SI's Don Banks includes the Vikings as one of his "going up" teams. Unfortunately, I've heard this too many times from too many people in too many years to actually get excited about this. The Vikings look like a team on the rise during the offseason, but they haven't won 10 games in a season since 2000.
I also can't get too excited that Peter King ranks the Vikes as the 7th best team in the league. Again, I've seen this scenario play out (like when Peter King predicted the Vikes to reach the Super Bowl in 2005).
It's great to see national football columnists respecting the Vikings and predicting big things for them. But during last off-season, a whole lot of commentators thought the Vikings would be one of the worst teams in the league, and they turned out precisely mediocre. It's more fun to read good things about the Vikings during this offseason than it was to read bad things about the Vikings last offseason, but while it may be fun, we have to recognize that we've seen this before. Until it ends with a division title (the first since 2000), it's pretty empty.