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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: December 14th, 2019

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Saturday Open Thread

11/16/03- Oakland, CA - Minnesota Vikings loose to the Oakland Raiders at the Network Associates Coliseum 28-18, their fourth consecutive loss after beginning the season 6-0. THIS PHOTO- Randy Moss on the sideline during the second half with the Viking

Good Morning!

How’s your weekend going? I’ll have a full two days of work today and Sunday but I’ll be keeping up with the Daily Norseman and the game via laptop and iPad. The weather looks good for the game if you’re going, hopefully we’ll get a huge Vikings fansbase representation. Consistent with the weekend thread, I highlighted this weeks opponents’ SB Nation site, but unfortunately they don’t look as active as we are, so we can continue talking smack about our NFC North opposition. Again, “Go Bears” on Sunday, one time only. 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 it’s Saturday, it’s your day of rest, so enjoy it.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

2019 NFL Week 15: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers, all the front page stories in one spot.

Climbing The Pocket: Episode 180 - Extension Time? Jordan Reid, Myles Gorham, and Yinka Ayinde join Jayson Brown to discuss Kirk Cousins’ play, signing him to a long-term extension, and the matchup vs the Chargers.

Vikings Mock 12.13.19 Too early for a mock draft? Never, ponders MarkSP18.

Vikings Friday Injury Report: He’s baaaaa-aaaack; Adam Thielen set to return notes Ted.

Norse Code Podcast Episode 309: A-Wreath (featuring Michael Peterson of Bolts from the Blue) hosted by Arif and James.

Unbelievable! - Cry Me a Rivers. BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down the Vikings’ impending matchup with the Chargers.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Friday: We’re Going to Have to Play Real Well to Win This Ballgame.

Watch the video version of ‘Xs and Os with Mike Zimmer,’ which airs on KFAN each Wednesday night, as Coach Zimmer and Paul Allen discuss the improved running defense against Detroit, how to key on RB Austin Ekeler and his pass-catching ability, rookie C Garrett Bradbury’s development, Chargers’ high-end pass-rush, and much more...

Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Friday.

Vikings Ready for Plenty of Chatter from Philip Rivers.

The Skinny Post: Vikings Prepare for Chargers RB Tandem in Final Road Test.

Opposing Viewpoint: Chargers Writer Answers 5 Questions About Los Angeles.

Matthew Coller at notes the Vikings are playing chess with CJ Ham.

This weeks opponent: The Los Angeles Chargers

SB Nation site: Bolts From The Blue.

NFL Bets: Gambling picks for better or norse.

The Lightning Round Podcast #204: Excellent offensive gameplan.

League News:

Consistent with the weekend thread, I’ll throw post league news and other pertinent stuff in the comment section once I wake up and drink coffee.

We come to today’s media selection: Joe Walsh - Life’s Been Good
(By Request of Gone Fishin)

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, and Welcome Aboard!


The discussion of extending Kirk Cousins, although seemingly farfected last year and during the early part of this season is beginning in earnest here and other parts of the internet. What’s your threshold to extend Cousins this offseason?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Super Bowl win, nothing less.
    (17 votes)
  • 11%
    NFC Championship game win
    (18 votes)
  • 29%
    Win a Wild Card game and Divisional Playoff game.
    (47 votes)
  • 44%
    Playoffs or no, give him a short extension, lower his cap hit and start looking for his replacement.
    (70 votes)
  • 4%
    Something else, put your answer in the comments.
    (7 votes)
159 votes total Vote Now