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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, December 26th, 2018

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It’s your Boxing Day Open Thread!

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Good Morning!

It’s Boxing Day for our European, Canadian and Australian readers....what’s Boxing Day you ask? “There are a number of stories behind the origin of the term “Boxing Day”. It used to be customary for employers to give their employees or servants a gift of money or food in a small box on this day. This is still customary for people who deliver letters or newspapers, although the gift may be given before Christmas Day. In feudal times, the lord of the manor would gather all those who worked on his land together on this day and distribute boxes of practical goods, such as agricultural tools, food, and cloth. This was payment for the work that they had done throughout the year.” The more you know. 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. Put those IKEA instructions away, have another cup of Irish coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and a virtual eggnog. With that, let’s do this, beat the Bears!

Around the DN since our last thread:

The playoffs starts next weekend for the Vikings writes Wludford.

Pat Elflein and Kyle Rudolph were named to All-Christmas team per Chris.

Good Morning Gjallarhorn Ep 043 - In the Raw - An early Christmas win hosted by Luft, Drew and Ted.

Marksp18 ponders who the Vikings will select with the 2019 draft with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Mock 2018.

Chris notes nearly all of the Minnesota Vikings’ 2019 opponents have been decided.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com LB Eric Wilson made the most of his first start, the fans here made note of his excellent play.

Presser Points: HC Mike Zimmer expects ‘good things … if we keep fighting.’

A look at the NFC playoff picture entering week 17.

Early Look: Vikings vs. Bears.

Daniel House at Vikings Corner notes the Vikings had a slow start vs. the Lions but came on strong.

Matthew Coller at 1500espn writes Brian O’Neill’s progress has given Vikings’ O-line a boost.

League News:

Matt Millen undergoes a successful heart transplant.

At NFL.com NFL playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 17 of season.

Seahawks sign Pete Carroll to extension through 2021.

2019 NFL Draft order: Cardinals No. 1; Broncos close in on top 10.

We come to today’s media selection: Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

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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 country ham and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings!