I watched the game Thursday night, all of it mind you because that’s what I do, through these first four games of the season that have become the soup sandwich that is the Vikings so far I just can’t pinpoint the issue. Is it the offensive line, the defense, the putrid running game, the kicker, the coaching staff, maybe our expectations of a new OC and QB were to high? All of the above? I don’t know, but I do know that this mini-bye allows the team to look in the mirror to see what has worked and what isn’t working. I have to tell you had that Kirk Cousins not fumbled and the offense tied the game against the Rams I had 100% confidence that the Rams would go screaming down the field for another touchdown. I’m not going to dwell on the last game because it serves no point to live in the past, but I am going to talk about it for the next week! In the meantime while we’re waiting for the next Vikings game to start we’ll continue with our weekend thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom and snark. With that let’s do this.
Around the DN since our last thread:
Rams Outlast Vikings in a Shootout, 38-31, a round up of last night’s action by Dan.
Finally from Chris It’s all fun and games until someone loses a finger.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media via a conference call on Friday.
5 Takeaways from Thursday Night’s Loss to the Rams.
After Further Review: Kirk Cousins creates space for throw to Adam Thielen.
3 non-Vikings games to watch in Week 4.
At the NFC North blog Courtney Cronin writes after being shredded by the Rams, Vikings’ once-vaunted defense faces identity crisis.
At 1500espn Matthew Coller notes Vikings waste brilliant bounce-back performance by Cousins
Consistent with the weekend thread I’ll post league news in the comments, will probably be delayed until later in the morning.
We come to today’s media selection: Bugs Bunny -Rabbit of Seville
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, try the venison chili and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings!
Which part of the team is the biggest concern going forward this season for the Vikings?
This poll is closed
the offensive line
the running game
the pass defense
the defensive line