Good Morning!Shoutout to Norsfan yesterday for dropping a Fanpost news and links yesterday.Both Gone Fishin and I were traveling and I think we each anticipated the other would do the thread.It’s Christmas morning here in the US <a title="Authentic Matt Wile Jersey" href="">Authentic Matt Wile Jersey</a> , if you have small children in your home I hope they let you sleep past 0430 before waking you up with screams and screeches of delight.The tradition at our house when our kids were younger was that it was okay to get up early and get the stuff out of your stocking but they had to be quiet until my wife and I woke up.Let’s have a toast to “it was a nice idea in practice but never worked.”Hope your day is great, the food is perfect and guests leave early.While we’re waiting for the next Vikings game to start we’ll continue with our news and links full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Put those IKEA instructions away, have another cup of Irish coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and a virtual eggnog. With that <a title="Authentic Mike Remmers Jersey" href="">Authentic Mike Remmers Jersey</a> , let’s do this, beat the Bears!Around the DN since our last thread:The Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph made it look easy against Detroit notes Lucas.Chris has the updated NFC Playoff Picture: Vikings control their destiny, there is one spot remaining.Ted has the Vikings Stock Market Report vs the Lions.Vikings news from other sources:From HC Mike Zimmer addressed the media via conference call.A look at NFC Playoff picture entering Week 17.5 takeaways from the Vikings win over the Lions.Lunchbreak: ‘Discovering ground attack’ key in Vikings win over the Lions.Over at 1500espn Matthew Coller notes the Vikings win, but the slow offensive start is a reminder that there’s work to do.Also by Matthew, Eric Wilson’s strong game another example of UDFA market success.League Patriots QB Tom Brady “not getting into the specifics of his knee injury.”Jets CEO Christopher Johnson says “Todd Bowles is our Head Coach.”Matt Millen undergoes a successful heart transplant.Final playoff picture: What’s at stake in week 17?We come to today’s media selection: Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra - Christmas HitsAgain, we all know the rules <a title="" href=""></a> , but in case someone is new:-No discussion of politics or religion-No feeding of the trolls-This isn’t a male version of The View, so 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 <a title="" href=""></a> , 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, try the country ham and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings! Defensive end Everson Griffen returned to the Vikings a couple of weeks ago after missing more than a month of the season to address mental health issues.When Griffen returned, he said that those issues are “bigger than football” and would continue to be a focus as he resumed his career. On Tuesday, General Manager Rick Spielman said that Griffen has been diligent in that work and that he’s seen signs that it is paying off.“Everson has done everything he’s been asked to do by the professional medical people he’s working with and beyond <a title="Womens Rashod Hill Jersey" href="">Womens Rashod Hill Jersey</a> ,” Spielman said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Everson is in a very good spot now. But it’s not OK today — it’s an ongoing thing. Everson is hellbent on being a success story. But I want to make sure as an organization we put all the pieces in place to make sure that he has the best chance of success.”Griffen showed signs that his game is in a good place with 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits against the Lions. He’ll get back to work with the rest of the Vikings after this week’s bye.