From what I’ve read online it’s likely the Vikings will rest some starters on Sunday against the Bears to (hopefully) get everyone healthy for the Wild Card game against who ever they play, most likely the New Orleans Saints from what I’m reading. My 12-4 annual prediction remains an abject miss for four years in a row, next year will be same I’m sure. 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 still have enough brisket and pork to go around.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Daily Norseman FanPulse: A slight confidence drop for the Vikings notes Chris.
Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup: Week 17.
Climbing The Pocket: Episode 181 -Green Bay and the Infinite Sadness. Yinka Ayinde joins Jayson Brown to discuss what went wrong in the Green Bay game, to revisit the pros and cons of extending Kirk Cousins, and to discuss how the team should handle Week 17.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Friday, Explains Thought Process Going Into Team’s Approach To Sunday’s Game, More.
The Skinny Post: Vikings to Close Out Regular Season at Home.
Lunchbreak: Already in Playoffs, Vikings in ‘Clean Up’ Mode.
Filtered by the Fan: Which Opponent Do You Hope Vikings Play in Wild Card Round?
Also from Mr. Coller: How Week 17 results can create a path to NFC title game for Vikings.
This week’s opponent: The Chicago Bears
SB Nation Site: Windy City Gridiron.
Bears vs. Vikings Injury Report: Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks are out.
Week 17 Game Preview: Bears-Vikings II
Who will be the 2019 Chicago Bears fall guy?
Consistent with the Saturday/Weekend thread I’ll post league news in the comment section.
We come to today’s media selection: Metallica - Seek and Destroy (Remastered)
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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!