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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 16 December 2023

“All we are not stares back at what we are.” ― W.H. Auden

2023 Pac-12 Championship - Oregon v Washington Photo by Brandon Sloter/Image Of Sport/Getty Images

Bowl games are starting off in earnest today with 7 games on tap. Since there also is an NFL triple header they might not get much viewership. Add in the matchups and the players that are in the transfer portal and these games could be even more snooze fests.

College Football Bowl Game Opt-Out Tracker (2023)

It is not worth doing Bowl watch posts any longer but maybe for the big games.

The Vikings need to step up today.

Since yore last open thread

2023 NFL Week 15: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals

Vikings vs. Bengals: How to watch, TV schedule, game time, betting odds and more

Norse Code Podcast Episode 499: Bloomin Onions and Lobsters (with guest Joe Goodberry)

5 Questions with the Enemy: Christopher Gates of SB Nation’s Daily Norseman

The Brian Flores Experience

Giving Props: Best player bets for the Vikings against Cincinnati

Vikings elevate Myles Gaskin, Trishton Jackson ahead of Saturday’s game

Daily Norseman Staff NFL Picks, 2023: Week 15

Other Vikings News

Have the Vikings played themselves out of selecting a QB in the first round?

“When you look at the very top, I don’t think there is any question that Caleb Williams and Drake Maye are going to be at the top of this entire draft,” Coller said. “Jayden Daniels has played himself into a spot in the first round, as well, by winning the Heisman, putting up crazy numbers but also that skillset, his speed, his arm talent, that plays in the NFL.
“We’ve seen a lot of quarterbacks with similar skillsets have success whether it’s Lamar Jackson or Jalen Hurts. I think the NFL has figured out, and we saw it last year with Anthony Richardson being taken high, that those physical abilities, they will translate if you can coach them. I think they might have played themselves out of those three but there are other prospects here as well that have potential to step in and be a franchise quarterback.”
“Michael Penix Jr., to me, looks like someone who could be a potential fit with his arm talent,” Coller continued. “He’s a pocket passer but he has got tons of accuracy and arm strength. He has picked apart defenses to bring Washington to places that University has not been to in a long time, as far as getting into the college football playoffs.
“We are a long way from that because Kirk Cousins could still potentially come back. I think one thing we can check off though is Josh Dobbs being the bridge quarterback. That seems, now, less likely to happen. So, it’s either going to be draft, a trade that we can’t anticipate right now or Kirk Cousins returning. I think there are lots of options that we’re going to find out over the next couple months,” Coller said.

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