It’s weekend eve, I hope you had a great work week and are looking forward to a Vikings win over the Saints on Sunday. Look on the front page and below for a link to donate through Saints punter Thomas Morstead’s foundation to raise funds to support Best Christmas Ever© families in Minnesota and the Greater New Orleans area to lift up families who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own by giving them a Best Christmas Ever. If you have the extra money and inclination I hope you’re able to join me in donating. While we’re waiting for the next Vikings game to start we’ll continue with our open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom and snark. With that, let’s do this.
Around the DN since our last thread:
Chris and Eric have a spot where you can keep up with all the Vikings vs. Saints news.
From Chris Vikings CB Marcus Sherels and Saints P Thomas Morstead are teaming up for Best Christmas Ever.
Saxyprince writes Tell Me, Tell Me Kirk Cousins has been getting a lot of passes batted down lately. Is he giving something away?
Eric has his weekly game article, this week Vikings vs. Saints Week 8 Preview: Recalibrated Rematch.
Vikings NFC North Rivals: News and Notes, Week 8 Dan reads up on our division opponents so we don’t have to!
Chris takes a brief look at Vikings vs Saints history.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Former Viking Ben Leber joins the ‘Winning Formula’ crew this week to discuss the type of game it might need to be for the Vikings to win.
Expert Picks: Forecasting the Vikings-Saints rematch.
Presser Points: DeFilippo on drive within great players, Edwards and Priefer on challenges presented by the Saints.
HC Mike Zimmer named coach of the year by Minnesota Sports Awards.
From their lunch break series: Vikings v Saints listed among the best NFL matchups in week eight.
Throwin’ it back to ’98: Vikings rally in the 3rd quarter to down the Lions.
At 1500espn they ponder If LT Riley Reiff returns, will Vikings start rookie Brian O’Neill at right tackle?
From NFL.com Everson Griffen: Off-field issues “bigger than football.”
NFL announces Week 15, 16 Saturday schedules.
Jags QB Blake Bortles ‘couldn’t care less’ about critics, has eyes on SBLIII.
NFL fires official Hugo Cruz for performance-based reasons.
Jags WR A.J. Bouye (calf) ruled out for Jaguars vs. Eagles and will not travel to London.
2018 NFL trade deadline: One move for each NFC team to make.
We come to today’s media selection: Filter-Hey Man Nice Shot
Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door
-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 get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer
-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away
-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasm.
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 venison chili and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings!