Let's look at the Vikings' records at their peak moments of the past five seasons.
In those five years, the Vikings have never won 10 games in a season, and they've never won the NFC North. In each of these seasons the Vikes were doing enough to make us believe they could be something, but ultimately turned out to be merely teasing us. They made the playoffs in 2004 and won a playoff game at Lambeau Field, and that was good fun, of course; still, it's hard not to look back and see disappointed hopes.
We still don't know about 2007: if the Vikings beat Denver and Washington loses to Dallas, the Vikes will have made their second playoff appearance during these five seasons. Still, it feels like once again we've been teased.