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Monday Open Thread: September 19, 2016

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Welcome to your post-win-against-the Packers Monday open thread!

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Barooooooooo! I love Mondays, but I ESPECIALLY love Mondays the day after we beat the Packers. What a game!


pic courtesy of Ryan Keller

I hope that Adrian Peterson's injury isn't as severe as it seemed it might be, all the best to him as he recovers. Other than the injury(s), the game was great.

Here's my quick breakdown:

What we did right: Man, our defense is friggin' awesome. At one point in the 3rd quarter, the Packers had more penalty yards than passing yards. Our defense is stout & they're going to be fun to watch. Waynes, who was starting in place of Xavier Rhodes, got a few PI calls, a couple of which were questionable, but he vindicated himself in the 4th with an interception of Rodgers that pretty much put the game away. Overall, our defense looked like the elite defense we were hoping for this year.

As far as our offense goes, the passing game was clicking. Bradford looked sharp & showed off his arm on a couple throws. He was accurate, and he protected the ball well, even though he was under pressure a lot. You couldn't ask for more from a guy who has only been on the team for a couple weeks. Diggs is a beast, and he's only going to get better, I love how that kid plays the game.

What we could do better: Once again, our opponents focused on shutting down the run, and that's exactly what they did. Our run game was anemic, luckily Bradford and the passing game were able to get us in the end zone a couple times. We'll need to improve our run blocking if we want to have a balanced offense. Speaking of blocking, the pass blocking was not good. Fusco seemed to be overpowered consistently, and Kalil allowed a lot of pressure as well. Smith had a penalty and didn't look great at times, either. We'll definitely need to improve our play at O line as the year progresses.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris shared a report that the Packers wanted us to have Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.

Jeanna Thomas over at SB Nation said the Vikings can still be winners, thanks to their defense.

Adrian Peterson suffered an ankle injury last night.

Chris has your post-game wrap up.

Ted posted the Stock Market Report: Packers.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Forbes.com, Sam Bradford may be something special for the Vikings.

Adrian Peterson will have an MRI today for his injured knee, per the Strib.

From Vikings.com:

Here's their post-game wrap-up.

Wobby has 10 observations from the game.

Here's Coach Zimmer's post-game speech.

Coach Zimmer addressed the media last night. Sam Bradford addressed the media as well.

Here's a highlight reel with all of the catches Stefon Diggs made. 182 yards, wow!

The Vikings set a home attendance record last night.

The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders unveiled their new costumes.

Around the NFL:

From Yahoo Sports, Greg Roman issued a statement after he was fired by the Buffalo Bills. According to Yardbarker, the Bills ownership fired Roman without Rex Ryan's approval.

All the scores from week 2 are here at NFL.com.

NFL.com has their winners and losers from week 2.

Jimmy Garoppolo has a sprained AC joint, per NFL.com.

Twins update:

The Twins went 0-3 over the weekend. In 3 games, they scored 4 runs, which would explain why they got zero wins.

We come to today's media selection. It gives me great pleasure to bring you the Vikings fight song.

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 on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don't forget to tip your waitress, & try the head cheese.