Merry Wednesday, everyone!
It’s the half-way point of the work week, we’re coasting into a nice weekend with some Sunday morning Vikings football to look forward to. Since Zimmer and company arrived, the team has slowly shed the curses that plagued them for years. The prime time curse, the Soldier Field curse, the “look like dog poop in games where they should dominate” curse, etc. etc. I’m cautiously confident that they’re going to handle their business on Sunday morning, and give us a nice win to enjoy with our coffee.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Chris has all the info you need to be able to find Sunday morning’s game.
The NFL upheld their ridiculous one-game suspension of Andrew Sendejo.
Chris tells us why he thinks a Vikings trade for Carlos Hyde could make sense.
Vikings news from other sources:
Over at the Pioneer Press, they look into the fan base in England, and how their football knowledge has grown since the NFL started crossing the pond.
Over at Vikings.com, Wobby opened the Pick 6 Mailbag, they shared the NFL Today’s look at Adam Thielen’s journey to the NFL, and lots more video to watch in the media vault.
ESPN wonders if the Vikings are the favorite to win the NFC North. I honestly don’t think it’s much of a question at this point. They’re playing the best football, even without their starting QB. That’s what having a more complete roster will do for you, one injury doesn’t torpedo the season.
News from around the rest of the league:
The Seahawks and Dwight Freeney have agreed to terms on a one year contract, per ESPN. The 37 year old will fill in for the injured Cliff Avril.
ESPN talks about the rocky relationship between Kirk Cousins and Washington (it’s Stephen A. Smith talking, don’t say I didn’t warn you). They also speculate on where he could play in 2018.
At NFL.com, Mark Sessler looks at 7 possible trades that could happen prior to the deadline.
We come to today’s media selection.
I love me some Widespread Panic, here’s one of their many great tunes.
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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 blood sausage.