Thursday’s game wasn’t pretty my any means but our favorite team won with no major injuries going into the mini-bye. I had some choice spoiler tagged words to say during the game (as usual) hopefully some of the team issues will get straightened out with the break. I’m working on my “honey-do” list this weekend, and have decided to smoke a brisket for dinner Sunday, what are your plans? Meanwhile, let’s carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and go ahead and have a lunch beer, it’s Saturday and I’m having one too!
Around the DN since our last open thread:
MarkSP18 is back with Week 9 - Which college players are future Vikings 2019?
Vikings vs. Redskins Week 8: Five game-changing plays - Eric takes a look back at the most important plays from the 19-9 win over Washington.
A TED Talk, Week 8 by Ted.
Stock Market Report: Redskins, also by Ted.
Vikings vs Redskins - GMG In The Raw, posted by Luft Krigare.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media via a conference call on Friday from the TCO Performance Center and discussed the outlook for the second half of the season, QB Kirk Cousins play being “what we envisioned” the 4th and one call being “the dumbest decision I’ve made since I’ve been here” and more.
QB Kirk Cousins addressed the media following Thursday’s game vs. the Redskins.
Watch Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s locker room speech after Thursday’s win over the Redskins.
Vikings squarely in NFC playoff picture at midpoint of 2019 Season.
Around the NFC North:
Bears vs Chargers Injury Report: L.A. missing 2 defensive line starters.
Tactical Thinking Bears vs. Chargers: Welcome to the A-Rob Show.
Chris Tabor’s Bears special teams unit honors his mentor.
I no longer have confidence in the direction of the Bears and I’m not alone.
Detroit Lions Week 8 injury report: Darius Slay out, Da’Shawn Hand in vs. Giants.
Notes: Golden Tate still considers Matthew Stafford the best QB he’s played with.
Detroit Lions preview: Are the Giants as dysfunctional as they look?
Packers-Chiefs Q&A: Exploiting Kansas City’s weaknesses. and
Kansas City’s new defense under Steve Spagnuolo.
Post-Mahomes identity of Kansas City’s offense.
Consistent with the weekend thread, I’ll post league news in the comment section.
We come to today’s media selection: Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-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 waiter, enjoy the mini-bye and Welcome Aboard!
My prediction before the season was a 12-4 record, the Vikings are halfway there. Will the Vikings win 12 regular season games this year?
This poll is closed
Yes, 12 or more
No, less than 12
I’m still whining about the Packers and Bears games.
Something else, put your answer in the comments.