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Monday Open Thread: November 30, 2020

Games like that normally end badly for the Vikings

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Merry post-win Monday, everyone!

Well, much of the game was a snoozefest, but the homestretch was a rollercoaster, and it ended with the good guys putting another notch in the W column, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.

After a very impressive first drive, the Vikings offense decided to take a couple of quarters off. Besides the opening drive, they basically did nothing until the fourth quarter. Then, it got pretty exciting........ then deflating...... then exciting.......then deflating.........then.........we actually won one of these crazy games, they normally end badly for the Vikings. Cousins was razor sharp on the first drive, and clutch in the fourth quarter. The Carolina defense appeared to be focusing on limiting Cook, and they did a pretty good job of it. I felt my heart sink when Cook got injured, but after some time passed, he appeared to be moving around okay. Let’s hope the injury is minor. With Thielen out on the Covid-19 list, Bisi Johnson and Chad Beebe took advantage of their extra reps and had good days receiving. After he muffed a punt that almost put the final nail in the Vikings coffin earlier in the fourth quarter, I was happy to see Beebe catch what turned out to be the game winning touchdown.

The defense performed fairly well yesterday, despite how the score looks, as 14 of those 27 points given up were given up by the Vikings offense via fumbles. Two guys on defense who stood out to me and who I thought played well yesterday were Jeff Gladney and D.J. Wonnum. Both are rookies, and I hope to see more games from them like we saw yesterday. I’d like to see some improvement in the defense’s ability to get off the field on third down, and I miss the days when you could relax once the Vikings got a late lead, because we haven’t been able to hold a late lead this year, and they were a Walshed field goal away from another blown save yesterday.

For special teams, Colquitt and Bailey both had rock solid days, while the punt return/coverage teams did not have rock solid days.

It was an odd game for me yesterday, as I was also cheering for the opposing QB. I like Teddy Bridgewater, I think he’s a great person, and I think Rick made a huge mistake in letting him go. I’ll always root for the kid, I think he’s a hell of a person and a very good QB. One of those odd coincidences occured to me: the last time Teddy Bridgewater started a game in Minnesota, it was the 2015 playoff game against the Seahawks. In that game, on the final drive, Teddy led his team down the field and gave them a chance to win it with a field goal, only to see the kicker shank it wide left. Yesterday, on the final drive, he led his team down the field and gave them a chance to win it with a field goal, only to see the kicker shank it wide left. Odd. Anyway, best of luck to Teddy in his career, and I will always hold out hope that one day, he will be behind center for the Vikings once again. Tell me all you want to give it up, I’m not going to.

As I mentioned above, the Vikings’ slim playoff hopes are stil alive. The Patriots provided a little girth to those slim playoff hopes with a win over Arizona yesterday, and the Rams, Bears, and Buccaneers all lost as well. which all helped the Vikings chances at a wild card spot. The Cards appears to be worsening as the final quarter of the season approaches, and the Bears appear to be in a free-fall. The Vikings get to play the Bears and Buccaneers later this season, so the Vikings need to keep putting up wins and then see what happens. Like it was once said by Al Davis, just win baby.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris has the post-game wrap-up.

Breaking T is having a Black Friday sale.

Other Vikings/NFL news, and random oddities and annoyances:

Here are all of the NFL week 12 scores and highlights, courtesy of ESPN.

After losing a football game against the Browns, the Jaguars also lost their GM. GM Dave Caldwell was fired yesterday following the team’s loss, per NFL.com. The Jaguars are 1-10, have lost 10 in a row, and with the exception of a solid 2017 season, they have been.......subpar for more than a decade. Caldwell has been the GM for the past 8 seasons.

We come to today’s media selection:

I love to carry on this open thread tradition on days following a Vikings win. STRIKE UP THE BAND!!!!!

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-Take the gender hatred elsewhere, it won’t be tolerated
-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-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 waitress (from a minimum of six feet away, of course), and try the tiger meat.