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The Vikings are positioning themselves to become a regular playoff team rather than one that merely pops up every so often.Jimmy Graham Jersey.
The circumstances feel so different from those in 2012.Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey. That team required a Herculean MVP performance from Adrian Peterson to secure a wild-card berth.DeMarco Murray Jersey. Without Peterson's near-historic season, the Vikings don't make the playoffs.
They had Christian Ponder at quarterback and an aging and statistically average defense with an archaic scheme. Peterson masked their flaws.
That formula was not viable over the long haul.
The infrastructure of the current operation provides more substance in projecting the future and feeling confident in the direction.
The team hired the right coach in Mike Zimmer, who has resuscitated the defense and changed the overall culture within the organization.