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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: June 1st and 2nd, 2019

Weekend Open Thread

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Good Morning!

It’s June and you and I know it will be a gif fest all month long. OTA’s continue along with our slow march to training camp. Hope spring eternal in all most some Vikings fans as we enter the new season, jump aboard the hype train and chug the purple Kool-Aid....or don’t, I’m not the boss of you. No poll this weekend as VikingsFanInChennai is taking a break for the foreseable future, when he comes back we’ll go back to a weekend poll. Meanwhile we’ll catch up on our NFC North opponents and then carry on with our news and links thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and have another beer or two, it’s the weekend!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Steve Hutchinson makes trip to Kuwait to visit troops via Chris.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was wired for sound during OTA No. 4 at the TCO Performance Center.

Look back on some of the best ‘wired for sound’ moments from Vikings players during the 2018 season.

Lunch break: CBS Sports predicts the Vikings are ‘Ready to Run’ in 2019.

Back from injury, Hercules Mata’afa steps in at 3-tech.

NFL Network’s Charley Casserly shares how the Minnesota Vikings will balance the run and pass games.

3 Observations: Vikings 1st-Team defense stingy in red zone passing drill.

Intensity picks up as the Vikings hit midpoint of OTAs | Off The Cuff.

Matthew Coller at has takeaways from Week 2 of Vikings OTAs.

Also from Matthew, Vikings OC: continuity benefiting Kirk Cousins.

NFC North Roundup:

At Pride of Detroit Notes: Tom Savage and Connor Cook reflect on their paths to the Lions

Golden Tate believes Lions are headed in the right direction.

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia not slowing down in Year 2.

Friday open thread: Who will be the Lions’ leading receiver?
(Xavier Rhodes was not the right answer apparently)

At Windy City Gridiron Bears Betting the Bears in 2019: 15 game spreads and updated Super Bowl odds.

How athletic is the Bears offensive line?

Bears sign offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings.

Bear’s Den Friday Open Thread, May 31, 2019. (sidenote, Ken puts together a pretty impressive lists of links on his “Bears Den.”

Over at Acme Packing Company 2019 Packers 90-man roster ranking, #1: Aaron Rodgers looks for revitalization with Matt LaFleur.

Packers’ Matt LaFleur tears Achilles playing basketball, will coach from cart.

Packers 2019 90-man roster ranking, #2: David Bakhtiari remains the best left tackle in football.

Friday Cheese Curds: Elgton Jenkins will be on guard, not the center of attention.

League news:

Consistent with the weekend news and links I’ll post league news in the comments.

We come to today’s media selection: Rush - Limelight

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-This isn’t a male version of The View, so 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, try the chips and Welcome Aboard.