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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: December 27th, 2019

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Weekend Eve Open Thread

Denver Broncos v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Good Morning!

How are we all still feeling four days removed from the Monday clownshow? Apathetic, ambivalent, something else? I’m still disappointed that the Vikings team I thought would show up didn’t; and have others have indicated this is a continuing issue. I’m working this weekend and if what I’ve read is true regarding the Vikings resting starters it’s 50/50 whether I’ll turn the game on at work or not....who am I kidding? I’ll tune in but I’m going hunting during the weekend of the Wild Card game. 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 have some leftovers, we have enough brisket and pork to go around.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

2019 NFL Week 17: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, all the front page stories in one place.

A TED Talk, Week 16 Yin and Yang (and Boxing Day exempted) by Ted.

Which College Players Are Future Vikings - 2019 Bowl Week 2 Primer from MarkSP18.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday and Detailed the Problems on Offense Against Green Bay, Strategy of Game Planning For Sunday, More.

The Voyage | Episode 12. Go inside General Manager Rick Spielman’s office as he informs the team’s Pro Bowl players that they’ve earned that honor. Plus, take a look back on the Week 15 win over the Chargers and the disappointment that followed with Monday’s defeat against the Packers.

During Monday’s halftime, the Vikings honored former players who turned in great performances against the Packers over the years, including appearances by Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Jake Reed, Daunte Culpepper, Matt Birk, and many more.

Matthew Coller at ponders: The case for playing starters vs. the Bears.

League News:

Jadeveon Clowney says ‘no way’ he’s not playing vs the 49ers.

Mohamed Sanu still adjusting to life in Patriots offense.

NFL teams that need new quarterback; QBs who need new team.

ESPN Playoff Machine.

We come to today’s media selection: Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times

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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!