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Monday Open Thread: November 21, 2016

Ahhhhh, a post-win Monday.

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Happy post-win Monday, DN faithful! Man, it feels like it's been a LONG time since we've had a win, yesterday was much needed for our favorite team. Let's take a quick look back at the game.

What we did right:

I think Shurmur did a good job calling plays yesterday. He got the running game going a LITTLE bit better than it's been, and it was enough to keep the Cardinals honest. Bradford had a nice, efficient game, and lets also give some credit to our O line for having another pretty good game. Thielen stole the show on offense, if you ask me. That touchdown catch was a thing of beauty. Our second half defense was stout, and our special teams had some very good plays. Then there's Xavier Rhodes........WOW. What a game for the X-Man.

What we could do better:

Kyle Rudolph could block better, he had a horrible day blocking yesterday. McKinnon had a decent game, but we need more from our running game than what we got. Our special teams allowed a couple big returns, and our first half defense was not good. The D made adjustments and came out & did a tremendous job in the second half, though.

This would hurt......a lot.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Cordarrelle Patterson got into the Viking's record books yesterday, per CCNorseman.

Chris has your post-game summary.

Ted posted the Stock Market Report: Cardinals.

Vikings news from other sources:

From ESPN, Brian Robison said the hit of the game was the collision on the sound guy by Linval Joseph (the pic above is from said collision).

The Vikings can finally exhale, per the Strib.


Here is Coach Zimmer's post-game locker room speech from yesterday.

Coach Zimmer also addressed the media after the game.

Craig Peters posted his Vikings-Cardinals notebook.

Kai Forbath and Jeff Locke made clutch plays in the win yesterday.

Wobby has 10 observations from yesterday's win.

Around the rest of the NFL:

Get all of the week 11 scores at

Tony Romo is eyeing the Broncos as an off-season landing spot, per

From, Jeff Fischer hit a milestone we all knew he'd hit. He now has the most losses of any coach in NFL history.

ESPN has the big story for every NFL team.

Other sports news of note:

From Saturday, the Avs scored three in the third to beat the Wild, 2-3.

We come to today's media selection. You know what's coming.

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags 
-No pictures that could potentially get someone fired or in serious trouble at their place of employment
-If you can't disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away
-While navigating the open thread, just assume it's sarcasm
-This isn't a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door

With that, the beer light is down and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don't forget to tip your waitress, & try the menudo.