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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: January 14, 2019

The Conference Championship games are set......but I’m thinking about the draft, and looking forward to next year.

Jake Reed #86...

Merry Monday, everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I wasn’t able to really get into the games, so I got all the finishing touches done on my ceiling re-texture project, and it looks GREAT. I got far more enjoyment out of that than I did from watching football, but I did watch the games, with interest that ranged from “somewhat interested” to “do I see any corners that need to be caulked?”. My only real interest was on Saturday. I knew the winner of the NFC matchup will be who I’ll root for in the NFCCG, so I watched that fairly closely. Wow, LA dominated Dallas from the start. If LA was able to do something in the red zone, that game would have been a blowout, and probably should have been. That Dallas defense was whipped, tired, and defeated, and probably hoping someone would throw in the towel.

I knew who would win the first game on Sunday (and it wasn’t who I wanted to win), and I didn’t want either team to win the second game, so I just kinda worked on things, played Legos and such with kiddo, and took an occasional glance at the game, that’s about it. Tough loss for the Eagles, especially after going up by 14 early. Man, that drop by Jeffery came just a little over a month after claiming to have the “best hands in the NFL”, (from

In the end, I’ll be rooting hard for the Chiefs and Rams next week, but will be thinking about the draft while I’m watching.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

The match-ups are set, Chris wants to know WHO YA GOT!?

Chris shared a report that said the Vikings offered Mike Priefer a new contract, but he chose to move on to Cleveland instead.

The Vikings have contacted Darren Rizzi to fill the special teams coordinator position left vacant by Priefer.

The 49ers denied permission to the Vikings (and a couple other teams) to interview Mike LaFleur (he’s the brother of the Packers’ newly hired head coach).

Wludford floats a potential mega deal between the Raiders and Vikings.

Lucas Ailport thinks that Larry Fitzgerald should consider finishing his career in purple and gold.

Vikings news from other sources and news from around the rest of the league:

In case you hadn’t heard, Kevin Stefanski will remain in Minnesota as the team’s offensive coordinator, per ESPN.

From, Stefanski is preparing to “pull apart the offense and build a foundational scheme”.

Sheldon Rankins may have suffered a torn Achilles in yesterday’s game, per

From, here is a recap of scores and highlights from the weekend’s games, and a schedule for next weekend.

We come to today’s media selection:

We haven’t watched any videos of drunk people in a while, her you go. If any of you (or me) are on any of these videos, I wasn’t aware of that, and it being posted here is COMPLETELY unintentional, but also funny. Enjoy!

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, and try the head cheese.