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Thursday Open Thread: September 8, 2016

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Happy Thorsday, DN faithful! We're finally here, it's opening day of the 2016 NFL regular season. Teddy Bridgewater will be having surgery today, let's pray it goes well and he makes a full recovery.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Arif posted Podcast Episode 145: Sham Hilford with Ben Natan.

Coach Zimmer won't name our starting quarterback before Sunday.

Chris put together his first Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup.

Pete Prisco says he still has the Vikings in the playoffs, per

The Vikings brought back Bykowski and waived Roberson.

Rick Spielman wason the Dan Patrick show.

Wludford has an NFC North Preview.

Vikings news from elsewhere:

Over at, they have rankings for the best current NFL helmets. Guess who has the best?


You can follow updates on's running log.

Shaun Hill and Sam Bradford are both preparing to start in Tennessee.

The Vikings receivers are searching for an express route to merge with the QBs.

Sam Bradford talked with the media yesterday, and Shaun Hill did as well.

Here's Coach Zimmer's press conference from yesterday.

Around the NFL:

J.J. Watt said he questioned whether he'd play again during his latest rehab, per

From, the Saints and Drew Brees agreed to an extension with $44.25 million fully guaranteed.

Rob Ryan was targeted in an ambush plot by two dangerous criminals. Odd.

Twins update:

The Twins decided to take a night off from getting beat, and they defeated the Royals, 6-5. Buxton is continuing to tear it up in this latest stint in the majors, as he went 2 for 4 last night.

We come to today's media selection. Here's a little video I found, it's the top 10 Vikings plays of 2015.

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 chitlins.