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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: January 9th, 2020

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Thorsday Open Thread

Wild Card Round - Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Good Morning!

I’m back on service starting today through next Wednesday. I’ll take care of my usual threads, but fortunately Gone Fishin is back so you’ll get a break from me for a few days. Bob took his Eagles flags down after they lost last weekend, and no small surprise to some of us, the Vikings won so I still have my flags and lights up. I came home from hunting in Georgia and my next door neighbor (the nice one, not the dbag one) came over and said “my wife asked why you have purple lights up, I told her it’s because the Vikings won.” Speaking of hunting, it was a bust. I saw lots of birds, squirrels and a bobcat but no deer, next season is only ten months away. 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 beer run now, game day is Saturday this week.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

2019 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers, all the front page stories in one spot.

Vikings vs 49ers - Climbing The Pocket Network Round Table. From talking about the Vikings’ victory over the Saints (because it feels so good) to looking forward to Vikings vs 49ers, members of CTPN get their SKOL on!

Wludford ponders Vikings vs. 49ers: The Match-Up.

Chris has the Vikings Wednesday injury report: Receivers dealing with issues, hopefully those issues will be gone soon.

Also from Chris: Media jerk scams Kyle Rudolph out of game-winning gloves.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com Vikings RB Dalvin Cook was wired for sound during Sunday’s 26-20 overtime win against the Saints.

Kurt Warner on What Cousins’ Biggest Challenge Will Be Against 49ers? What is Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins’ biggest challenge vs. 49ers defense.

From Matthew Coller at SkorNorth.com How the Vikings can run their way through the playoffs.

League News:

I’ll be skipping the league links through the remainder of the playoffs unless something significant happens.....like our offensive coordinator getting hired as a head coach.

We come to today’s media selection: Metallica - No Leaf Clover

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, and Welcome Aboard!