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Don't believe the Vikes' hype

Why is everybody so excited about the Vikings? Because they are this year's trendy preseason pick. Happens every year.

Updated: September 12, 2005, 7:14 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

The NFL regular season begins this week, and it looks as though my fixation on baseball and cleaning the garage made me miss something vitally important: the sudden rise of the Minnesota Vikings.

Everybody is excited about the Vikings. It seems every expert has picked the Vikings to win their division, and several -- including John Clayton, the potentate of pigskin -- have picked them to go the Super Bowl.

Daunte Culpepper is pretty much a lock for MVP. Nate Burleson is ready ...

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