Ah, the weekend, so glad it’s here. Oh wait, it’s not your weekend yet is it, well it’s mine and I’m going to cram fourteen days worth of fun into seven days before I have to go back to work. Think I’ll do some Christmas shopping while I’m off. 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 Packer week, if you’re not excited about the game on Monday I’m not sure what to tell you.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Minnesota Vikings Keep KFAN Through 2024: Vikings football has called KFAN home now for 20 consecutive seasons notes Skelly10.
Ted posits It’s a Major Award! Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey has won the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award for the...ho hum...third time this year.
E47: Pocket Protectors. WAR Cousins - Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown to recap the Chargers game, to dissect our playoff and Superbowl odds, and to discuss how valuable Kirk Cousins has been to the Vikings this season.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Vikings Defensive Line Coach Andre Patterson sat down with Paul Allen on this week’s “Vikings GamePlan” to look back on the play that led to Ifeadi Odenigbo’s touchdown in Los Angeles. Plus, Patterson explains the importance of getting an interior pass-rush, DE Danielle Hunter’s stellar season and what lies ahead for him, and more.
Cy Amundson addresses fan comments and questions, including looking at who are some of this season’s unsung heroes so far, the preferred destination and opponent if the team is able to make it into the playoffs, the amount of yards being allowed by the defense in recent weeks, key matchups that will help determine Monday’s winner between the Vikings and Packers, and more.
Head Coach Mike Zimmer joined ‘The Power Trip Morning Show’ live from TCO Studios on Wednesday and discussed the team’s Pro Bowl selections, evaluating players through the media, his relationship with Deion Sanders and more.
DE Ifeadi Odenigbo joined Paul Allen’s show on KFAN live from TCO Studios on Wednesday.
Lunchbreak: Cousins Tops NFL.com’s List of ‘Pro Bowl Snubs’
Odell Beckham jokes he’s told CFL teams to acquire him.
NFL Playoff Picture.
ESPN Playoff Machine.
We come to today’s media selection: Blues Brothers: Soul Man - SNL
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