Fact or Fiction: NFC North

The Vikings will finally finish what they started at the begining of last year.

Updated: June 3, 2004, 2:35 PM ET
ESPN.com

Each week during ESPN.com's offseason overviews we'll have two of our experts debate an issue for each division in Fact or Fiction. Today's Fact or Fiction question: The Vikings will finally finish what they started at the beginning of last year.

Fact or Fiction: The Vikings will finally finish what they started at the beginning of last year.
Mark Schlereth
Mark Schlereth
FACT

Offensively, this is an outstanding football team. RB Michael Bennett is going to be healthy and QB Daunte Culpepper is an outstanding quarterback. This team also possesses one of the best offensive lines in the league and a great receiving corps. Defensively, the Viking have made improvements at the defensive end and at the linebacker positions, which should be enough to vault them to the top of the division.
Merril Hoge
Merril Hoge
FACT

There are some components there that will get better. QB Daunte Culpepper is a great quarterback who can be one of the best in the league if he starts playing more consistently. He has the weapons on offense with a strong running back committee and a great wide receiver in Randy Moss. If Culpepper can play consistently like he did at the beginning of last season, the Vikings will be in good position. Also, the Vikings have taken strong steps to better their defense with offseason signings and a good draft. This team will finish what they started.

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