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Weekend Open Thread: November 3rd and 4th, 2018

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It’s Game Day!

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Good Morning!

Hope the your weekend has started off on the right foot with family, food, fun and bacon! Sorry for my absence the last week, I just worked six 12 hour shifts in a row, also a big thank you to Gone Fishin’ for picking up my slack on Thursday and Friday. I’m in central Florida for my wife’s Ironman on Sunday which means I’ll be watching the Vikings game on my laptop or phone and I won’t be cooking out, what are your weekend plans? In the meantime, while we’re waiting for the next Vikings game to start we’ll continue with our Open Thread full of beer and rib 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:

Eric have a spot where you can keep up with all Vikings - Lions news.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen is the PFF offensive player of the month via Skelly10.

Vikings news from other sources:

At Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer joined Paul Allen on this week’s “Vikings GamePlan” to share his thoughts on Lions rookie RB Kerryon Johnson, their recent acquisition of DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison from the Giants, the challenge of shutting down the wide receiver duo of Marvin Jones and Kennny Golladay, Latavius Murray’s season so far and more.

On this week’s “Vikings GamePlan,” The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski joins the Winning Formula crew and the guys discuss the biggest keys to the Vikings claiming the NFC North crown.

Vikings full injury report against the Lions on Sunday.

Latavius Murray is a Salute to Service Award Nominee.

Vikings defense is ready for Detroit’s improved rushing attack.

At 1500espn how dangerous is Matthew Stafford for the Vikings’ defense and Everson Griffen aims to get back to form against Lions.

From Courtney Cronin at the ESPN NFC North blog ‘Damn, who is this guy?’ How the Vikings discovered Adam Thielen.

League news:

Consistent with the weekend thread I’ll post league news in the comments.

We come to today’s media selection: Hank Williams, Jr. - Country Boys Can Survive

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 and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, try the venison chili and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings!

Poll

Which of the following position or position group needs to step up the most to get the Vikings into the playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    QB-minimize turnovers
    (16 votes)
  • 45%
    O-line in run blocking
    (53 votes)
  • 8%
    RB’s being healthy and providing balance to the offense
    (10 votes)
  • 12%
    OC in his play calling
    (14 votes)
  • 19%
    D-line getting more pass pressures
    (23 votes)
116 votes total Vote Now