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Wednesday Open Thread: September 28, 2016

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Hump Daaaayyyyy!

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! It's the peak of the week, it's all downhill from here.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris has your latest power rankings roundup.

The Vikings promoted Beavers (snicker), and added two others to our practice squad.

Chris wants to know who gets your Vikings game ball for week 3.

Ted was on 1700 KBGG Des Moines.

The Zimmer Foundation is offering a chance to win MNF Tickets, per Chris.

Wlufdord previews the Vikings-Giants game.

Arif posted Podcast Episode 150: Punching Cam in the Face.

Vikings news from elsewhere:

Peter King on the MMQB looks at the Vikings' secret weapon.

NFL.com look at Next Gen Stats and say that the Vikings employ a creative defense.

From Vikings.com:

Wobby gives us 5 Vikings-Giants storylines to follow.

Brian Robison is a leader who follows, from Craig Peters.

Eric Smith says Kyle Rudolph and the Vikings want faster starts on offense. I'm guessing fans will agree.

A team-first attitude drives the vaunted Vikings defense, per Eric Smith.

From Lindsey Young, Jerrick McKinnon and the Vikings noticed a different approach by the Panthers' run defense.

Around the rest of the league:

J.J. Watt re-injured his back and could miss the season, per NFL.com. Ouch, that one hurts the Texans.

Carson Wentz and Trevor Siemian, two rookie quarterbacks, highlight the players of the week for week 3, per NFL.com.

Twins update:

The Twins, not satisfied with just having the first overall pick, but still grinding away at the loss column, added number 101 last night. Berrios struggled a bit again, and they fell to the Royals in 11 innings, 3-4.

We come to our media selection. Well, youtube isn't working for me today, so I guess I'll just sit here and sing. Enjoy!

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 hakarl (thanks, kauabunga!).