If you’re an Open Thread regular you probably know I changed jobs in late September, while I’m adjusting to the requirements of my new job I haven’t been able to spend as much time on my hobbies as I’d like. Fortunately since I’m off work until next Wednesday I’ll be able to go hunting today though Monday on our lease in South Carolina. Even better, my youngest son is coming with me, so we’ll spend the weekend together hunting deer and grilling meat. 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 beat the Lions!
Around the DN since our last thread:
Eric and Chris have a spot where you can catch up on all the Vikings-Lions news.
The weekly preview article by Eric, this week: Vikings at Lions Week 16 Preview: Christmas Trappings.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday and touch on the offenses’s success vs. Miami, the challenges that await in Detroit and more.
Defensive Coordinator George Edwards Edwards addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday and discussed the Lions use of WR Kenny Golladay, DB Mackensie Alexander’s improvement and Coach Terence Newman’s involvement with the defense this year.
DT Sheldon Richardson addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday.
From 1500espn Matthew Coller notes LB Anthony Barr is making a case for a contract extension with his recent play and All-22 film: A look at how the Vikings gave Kirk Cousins more support.
Pressure is on Kirk Cousins to deliver with new Vikings OC notes Courtney Cronin at the ESPN NFC North blog.
From NFL.com Tom Pelissero says NFL execs say MVP is a three-man race.
Patriots WR Josh Gordon indefinitely suspended.
Saints’ DE Cam Jordan questions Big Ben’s HOF resume.
Joe Flacco landing spots: Jaguars, Redskins among fits for QB.
Panthers put LB Shaq Thompson on IR.
We come to today’s media selection: Cody Jinks - Gone Fishin
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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 jalapeno cornbread and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings!