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Monday Open Thread: October 8, 2018

A big win on the road against a tough opponent, the Vikings righted the ship

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Merry Monday, everyone!

And a merry Monday it is. The Vikes got a big win on the road yesterday against a tough opponent. Not everything went perfectly, but I liked what I saw from our defense. They haven’t played as well as we expected, but they had a solid game overall yesterday, and held a strong offense to 6 points up to the fourth quarter. We found out that Linval Joseph is also a slot corner (I really wished they would have counted that as an INT so that I could make a “more interceptions than Chris Cook reference”), and some other players on the defense who needed to step up their game did so, Anthony Barr being one of them.

The running game still didn’t make much of an appearance, but the Eagle defense is probably not the opponent you want to go up against to re-find your running game. That being said, 3.3 yards per carry isn’t going to get it done.

I don’t know what the Vikings do to kickers when they’re signed here that causes their accuracy to disappear. Maybe there’s some weird pre-game team ritual where the kicker does a bunch of tequila shots just before kickoff. I don’t know, but whatever it is, they shouldn’t do it again. It ain’t funny anymore.

But, you know what? The team got a road win against the Super Bowl champions at a time when they desperately needed a win. I’m happy with the results, and I’m glad that the team looks to be climbing out of the funk they’ve been in. Mondays are awesome. Post road=win Mondays are even more awesome. SKOL!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

The gang from the Daily Norseman have your latest installment of The Norse Reporters, October 7, 2018.

Adam Schefter said that Everson Griffen is not expected back ‘anytime soon’, per Chris.

Chris has a clip of the ever-nimble NT/CB Linval Joseph as he gracefully sprints to the end zone to score a touchdown yesterday.

Chris has your post-game wrap-up.

John Gagliardi, a Vikings coaching legend, passed away this weekend.

The team wanted, then went and got a win for Tony Sparano yesterday, per Chris.

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

At, catch the post-game locker room speech(es), see Coach Zimmer’s post-game press conference, see full highlights of the game, and there’s a LOT more to sift through in the media vault. looks at the most impactful injuries from week five.

From FoxSports, catch up on all the NFL week five scores and highlights.

We come to our media selection:

I love when I get to play this one, let’s hope I get to start playing it weekly. Strike up the band!

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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 head cheese.