New York Times "Fifth Down" blogger Andy Benoit's team previews are always a treat to read.
The writing is superb. The observations are honest and insightful. And on Tuesday he had his 2012 preview of the Minnesota Vikings.
As you would expect, it's not a pretty critique. Benoit picks the Vikings to finish last in the division (don't tell that to owner Zygi Wilf, who thinks the team will win the NFC North title this season), noting that the quarterback is young and inexperienced, the secondary is a huge question mark and the wide receivers and offensive line are no hell either.
But why spoil it for you, just read the article. It will knock the optimism out of you, which I think might be a good thing during the first year of a rebuilding project.