Merry Monday everyone!
We made it through the bye week, I hope your nerves enjoyed the time off. I’m ready to see the good guys on the field again. I’m REALLY ready to see Teddy back on the field again, and as you’ve probably already heard, that day may be drawing near. I’m thankful for Keenum and the job he’s done as the backup, and I hope the team manages to keep him on the team after this year.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
According to LaCanfora, the Vikings will activate Teddy Bridgewater for week 10. I cannot wait, I’ve been rooting hard for this kid, & he’s worked his tail off to get back doing what he loves doing. Take ‘em the rest of the way!
Griffen, Rhodes, and Smith all made the NFL.com midseason All-Pro team, shared by Chris. I’m not shocked, those three may all be the best in the NFL at their respective positions (I said “may be”, so don’t start yelling at me).
According to Football Outsiders, the Vikings are in the top ten on both sides of the ball, per Chris. If you rely on the traditional sports media for your Vikings news, you’ll be shocked to learn that the Vikings have accomplished this without their starting QB. Our starting QB was injured, too.......two years in a row. Wow, there were years in the recent past when we were happy if they cracked the top 25. Have I ever mentioned how happy I am the team hired Zimmer? He’s done magnificent work, and Rick has performed much better as GM since Zim got here as well.
Chris wonders if Pat Shurmur may get another head coaching opportunity.
Has it been 10 years? Yep, 10 years ago, Adrian Peterson set the single-game rushing record, per Chris. I vividly remember watching that game, that second half was unbelievable.
Shamar Stephen and Eric Wilson were assessed fines from the London game.
Vikings news from other sources:
Sid Hartman at the Strib looks at the Vikings’ bye-week preparation for the second half of this successful season.
At Vikings.com, PA & Wobby talk about the team’s winning formula, Rick Spielman shared some thoughts about the QB situation and lessons learned from 2016, and there’s lots more to sift through in the media vault.
ESPN has a prediction on the Vikes’ second half record. They have the team at 4-4. I don’t recommend reading this, there is little to no logic in their predictions, and you may become dumber by reading it.
News from around the rest of the NFL:
From NFL.com, three players were ejected from the Cardinals-49ers game. The ejections stemmed from a skirmish after a late hit. I never understood the rationale behind throwing a punch at a dude when he’s wearing a helmet.
CBS Sports handed out some team grades for week 9. The Giants, Bucs, and Broncos won’t be making the honor roll this week.
From ESPN, Carson Wentz (who can never be an NFL QB because....small school and reasons and stuff) continues marching on in his MVP season. It’s sure fun to watch this kid dominate, he’s an easy person to cheer for. I like seeing good people succeed.
We come to our media selection:
Speaking of good people succeeding, I can’t think of a more fitting video for today, in light of the weekend’s news.
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