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Tuesday Open Thread: October 23, 2018

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Riding a three-game win streak, the Vikings prepare for their next game. It’s a big game, and it'll be on Sunday Night Football.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Merry Tuesday, everybody!

Anyone else starting to get excited for Sunday’s game yet? I am. You know, I enjoy this feeling....wait, this non-feeling. Lemme explain. You may remember a time in the not-so-distant past, when anytime the Vikings had a prime time game scheduled, you dreaded it the entire week leading up to the game. Dreaded it, you just KNEW it was going to be a disaster. It didn’t matter how well the Vikings were playing that year, and it didn’t matter how poorly their opponent was playing at the time. In the early part of this decade, it could have been the 1998 Vikings scheduled to play at home against the 2008 Lions (I know it’s impossible, but don’t bother me with reality right now), and if it was going to be a prime time game, the safe money would’ve been on the Lions to win by about 30, and 20 of the Vikings’ 22 starters would get injured, arrested, or abducted by aliens. Guaranteed. Ummm…...what was I talking about? Oh yeah, I don’t dread prime-time games anymore, and I like that feeling....err.....non-feeling.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

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Luft Krigare posted Good Morning Gjallarhorn Ep 26: In the Raw Jets post-game.

Lucas Ailport has three takeaways from the Vikings-Jets game. That’s funny, the Vikings had four takeaways from that game.

Eric shares five game-changing plays from the win over the Jets.

Arif posted Norse Code Podcast 254: Escape from New Jersey (2018).

Ted wonders just how big was Sunday’s win?

Vikings news from other sources and news from around the rest of the NFL:

The Cowboys traded a first-round pick to Oakland in exchange for Amari Cooper, per ESPN.

The Falcons squeaked out a win against the Giants last night, score and highlights from the Sporting News. The loss drops the Giants to 1-6. I wonder if Pat Shurmur is second-guessing his decision to take that head coaching job.

Fox Sports says the Vikings defense is now back to ‘elite’ status.

At Vikings.com, catch Coach Zimmer’s Monday presser, Wobby opens the Pick 6 Mailbag, and there’s lots of highlights, interviews, and more to sift through in the media vault.

Le’Veon Bell will remain somewhere other than with the Steelers again this week, per NFL.com. I don’t get how they could be unable to come to an agreement by now, or by a couple years ago, I’d love to have access to those “negotiations”. Both sides must walk into the room, they throw chairs and tables at each other, and they walk out when everything’s broken. Meeting adjourned, then they have a press conference & say that there was a lot of progress and they’re confident a deal will be done soon.

We come to today’s media selection:

Hey, how ‘bout a little Primus? Let’s get the week goin’, crank it up!

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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the knoephla soup