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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, December 29th and 30th, 2018

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Weekend Open Thread

Miami Dolphins v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Good Morning!

Although the work week was short for some, it still feels like time is dragging until the Vikings vs. Bears game. I’ll be working on gameday, but I’m going to start hoarding remotes so I can switch a couple of the TV’s over the game....hopefully it’s the not the last game for the Vikings this season. In the meantime 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 egg scramble. 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.

Analysis of a slow start: Vikings vs. Lions by Wludford.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: Final injury reports for both teams by Chris.

Eric has his weekly preview article, this week Vikings vs. Bears Week 17: Binary.

Norse Code Podcast Episode 266: Feats of Strength hosted by Arif and James (with guest Lorin Cox)

Chris talks about the Bears/Vikings with Shawn & Maya in the Morning.

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 HC Mike Zimmer on the need for a fast start on both sides of the ball, the Bears deceptive secondary, importance of turnovers.

CB Mike Hughes met with the media on Friday to provide an update on his rehab from his knee injury that occurred last October.

WR Stefon Diggs on offensive lulls, Rudolph’s Hail Mary catch, Cousins approach to big games.

At 1500espn Matthew Coller ponders how the Vikings will slow down Khalil Mack.

Also from Matthew, Dalvin Cook’s time has arrived.

NFC North Roundup:

At Windy City Gridiron Bears vs. Vikings: TV schedule, NFC Playoff scenarios, previews, and more.

Bears vs. Vikings Three keys to the game.

From Pride of Detroit What went wrong with the Green Bay Packers? A schadenfreude investigation. When the Packers lose, we all win.

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia wants Matthew Stafford back in 2019.

Over at Acme Packing Company Packers-Lions Preview: Film shows Green Bay can succeed in the passing game.

Friday Packers Musings: The Packers could use another Cullen Jenkins at DE in 2019.

League news:

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

We come to today’s media selection: Led Zeppelin - The Immigrant Song

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

Poll

What is the key to defeating the Bears?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    take away Trubisky’s runs.
    (38 votes)
  • 7%
    contain Cohen and the Bears running game.
    (19 votes)
  • 12%
    run the ball to open up play action on offense
    (34 votes)
  • 18%
    shore up the protection scheme and blocking on the offense
    (48 votes)
  • 45%
    don’t commit turnovers on offense
    (118 votes)
  • 1%
    something else, put your answer in the comments
    (5 votes)
262 votes total Vote Now