Not to overlook this weekend’s game (which I’ll be watching from a deer stand if I can manage it) but the schedule for next year’s home and away games for the Vikings were announced. I’ve already picked out an away game to go to (if it works out with my schedule) have you started looking at potential games to go to next year? No, it’s just me? From the reading I’ve done and the Vegas line the Vikings have no chance this weekend which I think works perfectly for a Mike Zimmer coached team. 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 start the prep for Wild Card weekend, tailgating starts on Thursday this week.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
A TED Talk, Week 17 by Ted.
Vikings 2020 opponents officially set. We now know who the Vikings will play next season. (Hello Tampa)
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Monday, “I Don’t Think Anybody Believes We Can Win This Game.”
Lunchbreak: ESPN Previews Vikings-Saints Wild Card Game.
Early Look: Vikings at Saints.
Another NFL officiating controversy; Wild Card Weekend primer.
NFL coaching tracker: Latest news, developments.
Arians: We can win with QB other than Jameis Winston.
We come to today’s media selection: Metallica - Master of Puppets
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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!