It’s almost weekend eve, hope your work week is going well. It’s freezing cold (for me anyway) where I live, I hope your weather is better and warmer than what I’m experiencing right now. For those interested, I did put together a game thread for tonight’s Thursday night football game between the Saints and the Cowboys, either these teams could be on our schedule come playoff time, but first it’s the Patriots up this week. While we’re waiting for the next Vikings game to start we’ll continue with our news and links full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and a virtual donut. With that, let’s do this,
Around the DN since our last thread:
Chris and Wludford have a place where you can keep up with all the Vikings-Patriots news.
Your initial Vikings injury report courtesy of Chris, Stefon Diggs, Xavier Rhodes sit out.
Vikings vs. Patriots: a reality check by Wludford.
Skelly10 notes Adam Thielen’s balling season is getting him paid. sidenote: did you know he’s a Minnesota native?
Norse Code Podcast Episode 259: Post-Turkey and Post-Packers hosted by Arif and James.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Film Room: A deep-dive into the Patriots offense, Brady’s brilliance.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick share the Parcells coaching tree and mutual admiration.
Notebook: Covering Gronk just part of the challenge against the Patriots.
Presser Points: Zimmer on Belichick and the Patriots play-makers.
At 1500epsn Matthew Coller ponders whether the Vikings should blitz Tom Brady.
From NFL.com Gruden on Reuben Foster: No guarantee he ever plays.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: I’ve ‘earned the right’ to criticize teammates. um, okay.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield: ‘I don’t regret any’ criticism of former head coach Hue Jackson.
Jags RB Leonard Fournette loses appeal, won’t play vs. Colts.
Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (right shoulder) limited at practice.
From analyst Gil Brandt, examining eight rookie deals, pay up or let them walk?
(included in this article is Vikings LB Anthony Barr).
We come to today’s media selection: Vikings vs Packers highlights
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!