They may have finished third in the NFC North last season and had a losing record, but the Minnesota Vikings are expecting big things from next season.
The Vikings had a very outside chance of making the play-offs last year but missed out in end with everyone thinking they may make it this year.
How good are they?
The Vikings have been given a huge boost with the return of runningback Adrian Peterson to the roster and with the arrival of wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Towards the end of last year, then rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater earned the starting role and the top spot amongst quarterbacks on Pro Football Focus' list for December.
Bridgewater is about to enter his second year and he will be well equipped to lead the Vikings into another season.
However whilst everyone outside of the team is looking at the positive steps they have made, their starting quarterback is trying to keep his feet on the ground.
Bridgewater has commented on the current state of the team and it doesn't make good reading for Vikings fans.
"We know that the ceiling is very high and the expectation level is very high -- not only for the players, but from a coaching staff also. We know what's being asked of us, but we have a long way to go." - Bridgewater on the Vikings current team
Clearly trying to play down the hype, Bridgewater seems to understand how high the fans expectations are of their team.
Claiming that they have a long way to go isn't a surprise given that they find themselves in the same division as the team who were so close to reaching the Super Bowl last year in the Green Bay Packers.
Whilst everyone is expecting the Chicago Bears to have a painful season next year, question marks circle around the Vikings and the Detroit Lions
A big loss
The Lions finished second in the division last year but lost to the Dallas Cowboys during the wildcard weekend in last season's play-offs.
However the Lions have now lost star defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh who will be playing with the Miami Dolphins next year.
The question now becomes, who will be Green Bay's biggest challenger in the NFC North next season?
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