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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: October 3rd, 2020

Saturday Open Thread

Tennessee Titans v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Good Morning!

I did see the news via Twitter than DE Danielle Hunter was in NYC (not getting bagels or visiting CRG) but rather (allegedly) getting a second opinion on the “tweak” in his cervical spine. Unless and until definitive news comes out from the team (hahahahahaha) about his injury, unless it’s anything other than a muscle pull but rather an injury that requires surgery, I say shut him down for the year. From the looks of it, this year’s team won’t sniff the playoffs and Hunter’s absence will give the coaching staff time to see the younger players game. Meanwhile we’ll carry on with our news and links open thread full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s the weekend, time to light the smoker and crack open a cold beverage, unless you have to work today and tomorrow like I do.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

2020 NFL Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans (most likely)

Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans: Final injury reports for both teams. A bit of good news for the Vikings.

Vikings at Texans Preview: Cleanup On Aisle 4. The Vikings and Texans have been a mess during their 0-3 starts. Eric ponders: Which team will mop up the competition for their first victory?

SKOL’ing With The Enemy - 04. Onebar and Lupagus chat with Mike from Battle Red Blog.

Norse Code Podcast Episode 341: I Don’t Know How To Make You Feel Better (with guest Aaron Reiss). Arif and James are here to discuss the COVID positives by the Titans and how this affects the Vikings moving forward. We also break down the Texans matchup with Aaron Reiss of The Athletic.

Unbelievable! - Stop the Bleeding. BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look at the Vikings’ matchup with the Texans.

Vikings news from other sources:

From GameDay View: Vikings-Texans Score Predictions. NFL Network’s Andrew Hawkins, Cynthia Frelund and Gregg Rosenthal preview the matchup between the Vikings and Texans.

Final Thoughts: After Unique Week, Vikings Ready for Texans.

Opposing Viewpoint: 5 Questions (and Answers) About Texans.

NFL Expert Picks: Vikings Doubted Against Texans.

League News:

Game Theory: Week 4 win probabilities, score projections. NFL Media’s Cynthia Frelund projects the score and win probability for every Week 4 game.

Gase: ‘Anything’s on the table’ for Sam Darnold after spraining shoulder in loss.

49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) set to return with QB Nick Mullens starting Week 4.
(damnit, I put Samul on IR in fantasy)

QB Index, Week 4: How low will Carson Wentz go?

Postponed Steelers-Titans game rescheduled for Week 7.

We come to today’s media selection: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze

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 wash your hands, and Welcome Aboard!