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Sunday slant: Vets find renewed hope

Jared Allen (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

It would have been easy for the Vikings' veterans to associate the youth movement with a season of struggle ahead. But, thanks to the steady influence of Leslie Frazier and players knowing preseason predictions are often pointless, the Vikings aren't just in the hunt, they're one of the lead dogs in the pack.

The transactions continued to pile up. After the Vikings moved on without Brett Favre, Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards, Pat Williams and Ben Leber in 2011, the early 2012 transaction wire was starting to look equally as daunting. March 10: The Vikings released Cedric Griffin, Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera. March 13: At the start of free agency, the Vikings made little effort to re-sign long-term...

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