The Vikings play Sunday on primetime TV, I have the DVR setup just in case. As most of you know I usually post league news in the comments, I won’t be able to until later today as I have something to get up early do take care of. In any case, it’s been 966 days since the Vikings lost to the Packers, bonus...the Vikings have never lost to the Packers at US Bank Field. I never did watch the first preseason game, work and life intruded, but I’m hoping to see Kyle Sloter with the second team (or first team) offense to see what he can do. 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 stop in at Remedy Brewing Co and have a beer, it’s the weekend!
Around the DN since our last open thread:
I asked GA Skol to setup a Survival League for the Open Thread regulars, no you don’t have to be an Open Thread regular to join, if you’re reading this at any point before the season starts get on board, Open Thread Survival League: the password is skol.
The Front Page writers have the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp stories in one convenient place.
Minnesota Vikings Training Camp: 53 man roster prediction by Ted.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Friday and shared some thoughts on the offensive and defensive line depth, looks ahead to Sunday’s game v Seattle.
Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday and discussed his plan with Vedvik, his role in the trade, Cutting winning the long snapper job and more.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports the latest on the Minnesota Vikings ahead of their Preseason Week 2 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks and notes Smith Jr. and Chad Beebe continue to impress the Vikings coaches.
NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger breaks down Garrett Bradbury’s preseason debut against the Saints.
Matthew Coller at SkorNorth.com says HC Mike Zimmer needs to see Vikings depth defensive backs step up.
NFC North Roundup:
At Pride of Detroit Notes: Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims ramping up CBD advocacy.
Detroit Lions-Houston Texans joint practice recaps, highlights: Rough day for Lions.
Detroit Lions to face Arizona Cardinals team without top 2 cornerbacks.
At Windy City Gridiron Bears vs. Giants Preseason 2019: 5 Questions with Big Blue View.
FanPulse: How confident are you in the 2019 Chicago Bears? (meh)
Bears Mailbag: Potential Cody Whitehair extension, could JaDeveon Clowney be an option and more Mitchell Trubisky talk.
At Acme Packing Company Packers sloppy, sluggish in 26-13 loss to Ravens in Week 2 of the preseason.
Packers stock watch: Curtis Bolton, wide receivers shine in slog vs. Ravens.
Friday Cheese Curds: Aaron Rodgers sits while the Packers burn the tape.
It’s that time for one of my favorite series every year Deadspin’s “Why Your Team Sucks” by Drew Magary. The most recent team to get roasted is the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I missed the Tennessee Titans yesterday. I’ll continue to update the teams as they are posted.
Consistent with the weekend news and links I’ll post the rest of the league news in the comments later today.
We come to today’s media selection: Pink Floyd - Welcome To The Machine
Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-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 preseason hype and Welcome Aboard