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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: December 17, 2018

The Vikings offense made its first appearance in several weeks, and it was a welcome sight

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Happy post-win Monday, everyone!

Now THAT was a fun game to attend. US Bank Stadium was rockin’, especially during the first quarter. Seeing the offense look like an actual offense again was a welcome sight for fans, and that place was LOUD.

Getting to the game was a bit of an adventure. Kiddo and I took off Saturday morning to join my wife in the cities so he could attend his first game. Well, he got sick along the way. Not sure what it was, he never gets sick, but he threw up 6 times between Fargo and Minneapolis. We got there....eventually, and thankfully, he was better by yesterday morning, and he got to go to the game. He loved it, and I’m guessing it will be his first of many more in the near future.

Coincidentally enough, this past weekend is also the same weekend in 2013 when we took our daughter to her first game. It popped up on bookface as one of those “5 years ago today” things, I thought that was pretty cool. An even further coincidence is that the Vikings won that game in 2013 as well. I guess we need to get kiddo to more games.

Offense: Dalvin Cook showed you why it’s a good idea to use the running game, and it was a lot of fun to watch him run yesterday. I love seeing kids like him succeed, so it’s especially fun for me to watch him dominate. Murray added some nice runs as well, andhe helped the Vikings grind down the clock to finish it off. Cousins had a pretty good day, minus the pick-6, and helped put together some solid drives. On days when the running game is working like it is, the quarterback doesn’t need to throw for 300 yards, he just needs to make throws to get first downs, and Cousins did just that. He also threw a beauty to Aldrick Robinson in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Defense: Rock solid. The one long run they allowed to open the second half was for 75 yards and 7 points (with the XP). Minus that run, the defense allowed 3 points and 182 yards on the day. They allowed 108 passing yards, and they sacked Tannehill 9 times for 71 yards, for a total of 37 net pass yards allowed on the day. That’s........impressive.

Concerns: That horrible and easy pick-6, Cousins has to be smarter with the ball than that. The timing of it was also crappy (not that there’s ever a good time for a pick-6), as the team had just gone up 21-0, and was looking to put the Dolphins away early. I also didn’t like to see the offense die for 2 quarters, but it was nice to see them come back to life in the 4th. In the end, it was a fun game to watch, and I’m glad I got to be there. SKOL!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Ted delivered the Stock Market Report: Dolphins.

Chris looks at the Vikings playoff picture.

Chris has the post-game wrap up.

SaxyPrince posted Climbing the Pocket: Episode 123 [Fired Up for Stefanski].

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

Here’s a link to the media vault at, they’ll have game highlights, pressers with coaches and players, and more.

Catch up on all the NFL Week 15 scores, along with highlights, courtesy of CBS Sports.

We come to today’s media selection:

My favorite DN tradition. STRIKE UP THE BAND!!

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, and try the offense, we just got a new chef.