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Monday Open Thread: October 18, 2021

They’re going to give me a heart attack one of these weeks

Minnesota Vikings v Carolina Panthers Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images

Happy Monday, everyone!

Well, they made a drama out of it, but the Vikings got the W yesterday on the road. After building an 11 point lead well into the 4th quarter, behind a strong defensive performance, a very good day by Dalvin Cook, and an excellent performance by Kirk Cousins, the Vikings surrendered that lead in a frustratingly horrific way (4th and 10 from the opposing team’s 5, and they convert a 50 yard pass?!?!). The tie sent them to overtime, and then Cousins and the passing game sealed the win for the Vikes. Hats off to Kirk Cousins for putting together one hell of a game.

I wish this team would learn how to seal a win, but hey, it’s a win, and the team is back to .500 going into the bye week. I’ll take it. It’s weird, I can see the Vikings beating any team in the NFL, but I can also see them losing to any team in the NFL. Odd. I’m also miraculously still alive in my survivor league.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

GASkol looks at Plays that Changed the Game: Week 6 Vikings at Panthers.

Chris posted Vikings Report Rewind LIVE: Vikings at Panthers.

Chris posted the post-game wrap-up.

Other Vikings/NFL news and random oddities and annoyances:

Over at, see all the highlights from yesterday’s game, and there are a ton of interviews and more to look through in the media vault.

Here are all of the NFL week 6 scores and highlights, courtesy of CBS Sports.

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With that, the bar light is on and the thread is open. Don’t forget to tip the cows, and try the tiger meat.