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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, December 28th, 2018

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Weekend Eve Open Thread

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

Good Morning!

Only two moar days until we find out if the season is over or continues until the following weekend. I’m still leaning towards “continues until the following weekend” because I drink heavily from the Purple Koolaid and I think the Bears are paper tigers until proven otherwise. We will see this weekend. 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 Irish coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and some leftover country ham. With that, let’s do this, beat the Bears!

Around the DN since our last thread:

The front page writers have a spot where you can keep up with all the Vikings-Bears news.

Daily Norseman on Minnesota Sports Weekly talking Bears at Vikings.

Talking about the season finale with Bears Talk Underground.

Per Chris, ST Coach Mike Priefer: Marcus Sherels to miss game against the Bears.

Your Vikings injury report update from Chris: Linval Joseph, Mike Remmers return, Chad Beebe out again though.

Chris has the Vikings power rankings roundup, Week 16.

Eric from the Daily Norseman on The Bear Front Podcast.

Since SB Nation doesn’t provide automatic comment counts anymore, we geeks have a fanpost you can comment your total on for the year to see how many comments you’ll have in 2019, plus if you commented your total last year you can figure it out....math is required.

Vikings news from other sources:

At Vikings.com Wobby opens the pick 6 mailbag and answers reader questions.

Notebook: Vikings offensive focus vs the Bears is getting the run game going.

Presser Points: Stefanski on Bears D, Edwards on Trubisky, Priefer on punt returners.

NFL expert picks: Vikings “Win-and-In” in Week 17, a couple were wrong.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero discusses how the Minnesota Vikings are preparing for the Chicago Bears ahead of their Week 17 contest.

A Season in the Heartland from Sports Illustrated. These are the highs and lows of Minnesota’s journey, with an ending yet to come.

League News:

From NFL.com Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: I haven’t thought about retirement.

Top 10 MVP candidates: Patrick Mahomes leads field.

Marcus Mariota returns to Tennessee Titans practice.

Teddy Bridgewater excited for first extended action since 2015, good luck to him!

We come to today’s media selection: Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls

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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 green chili cornbread and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings!