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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: September 4th and 5th, 2021

Weekend Open Thread

Minnesota Vikings v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Good Morning!

This is the last weekend without Vikings football for a while; it’s time to get the honey-do list taken care of, get the lawn mowed and since it’s the weekend fire up the smoker for some smoked meat. I’m going to be cautiously optimistic about this year’s edition of the Vikings, and I’m going to die on a hill with my prediction of a 3-1 start even though it has been pointed out I don’t know what a ceiling or a floor means in relation to wins.

I wasn’t excited about the signing of the current QB2 to the practice squad, I do think the Vikings needed a veteran backup in case Kirk gets injured (unlikely) or catches a “cold” (more likely) and missed some games.

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 fire up the smoker or the grill and start chilling the beer.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Viking Hot Takes - Moves and Preparations.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com: 21 Things We’ve Learned About the Vikings Ahead of the 2021 Season.

Lunchbreak: NFL Continues Boosting ‘Inspire Change’ Initiative.

QB Sean Mannion addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday. And Discussed His Return To Minnesota, Working With Kubiak and Cousins, Impression of Mond and More.

From the Vikings Gazette: The Hall of Fame Series: Alan Page.

League News:

2021 NFL season preview: Fifty-six things to watch on the road to Super Bowl LVI.

Why the 49ers SHOULD utilize a two-quarterback system; Jameis Winston’s potential on the Saints.

NFL practice squad tracker: Team-by-team roster signings ahead of the 2021 season.

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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to wash your hands, watch out for the dude behind the plexiglass and Welcome Aboard!