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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: October 7, 2019

A solid game yesterday, let’s hope the offense can build on that.

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Happy Monday, everyone!

It’s good to be back home again. Louisville was wonderful, as always. It’s one of my favorite cities to visit, and my son told me he would like to move there (I’m all for it), but after a week, we were all happy to get back home on Saturday. It was absolutely beautiful during our visit, temps hovered in the mid-nineties for most of the trip, I was in heaven. We found a cool ranch (not the Doritos flavor, It’s a ranch that is cool) outside of French Lick Indiana where we got to play with kangaroos, feed giraffes, see elephants, and see some other cool things. It’s called Wilstem, and it’s about 10 minutes east of French Lick, for anyone wanting to check it out.

Then, while visiting Louisville, I stumbled across this awesome place called Riverside Cigar Shop and Lounge. It’s just across the river on the Indiana side in Jeffersonville. The owner was really cool, and everyone I talked to there was friendly. Get this, YOU CAN SMOKE A CIGAR INSIDE, they have lots of comfortable leather chairs to relax on, or you can sit at the bar next door, or out on the patio. They also have a great selection of cigars, I returned a time or two throughout the week to enjoy a stogy and chat with the locals. Any of you cigar aficionados who plan to travel to Louisville, I can’t recommend this place enough.

Okay, now for yesterday’s game. I think it went very well, and Vikings fans have plenty of reasons to be happy today. I know it was the Giants and their team isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but since I’ll criticize poor play against a strong opponent, I must also recognize good play against opponents who may not be as strong. To me, it isn’t all about stats. I saw some things in yesterday’s game that I liked, and I’ll start with Kirk Cousins. He played quarterback more aggressively yesterday than I’ve seen him play this season. He stuck some throws into a couple of tight windows, and he wasn’t as apprehensive as he had been this season. He still hung on to the ball too long a couple of times and didn’t pull the trigger on a couple open shots that were there, but I was happy to see him play like he did yesterday. The offense didn’t find the end zone from the red zone often enough, but overall, I was happy with what I saw from the offensive unit yesterday. Oh, and Dan Bailey didn’t miss yesterday, and he hasn’t missed a PAT or field goal since week two. Let’s hope our kicker misery is a thing of the past. It’s about time.

The defense was the defense, and they handled business, as we are accustomed to seeing from them. I love our defense.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris has your post-game wrap-up.

Ted stopped by and dropped off the Stock Market Report: New Jersey Giants.

The Vikings have fined Stefon Diggs over $200,000 for missing meetings and practices, per a story shared by Chris. Wow, that’s surprising, I wonder if we’ll ever learn what happened.

Other Vikings and NFL news, other sports news, and random oddities and annoyances:

Catch up on all the week five scores and highlights, courtesy of ESPN.

Teddy Bridgewater had a big day yesterday, completing 26 of 34 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns as he led the Saints to another win, box score courtesy of ESPN.

We come to today’s media selection:

My favorite DN tradition, STRIKE UP THE BAND!

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 tip the cows don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the Giant turkey drumstick.