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When the Vikings took the field in Detroit Sunday Danielle Hunter Jersey , the Lions were the only team in the NFC North Mike Zimmer had a losing record against since becoming their head coach, going 4-5.For nearly thirty minutes, it looked like it would move to 4-6, as the Vikings offense couldn’t do anything well, except go three and out, while a couple untimely penalties on the defense extended drives and allowed the Lions to jump out to a 9-0 lead.But the offense finally got it together, and when Kyle Rudolph caught a Kirk Cousins Hail Mary to end the first half, everybody lost their minds in Detroit, Rock City, and the Vikes pulled away on the second half for a 27-9 win. Didn’t they, Kiss?I feel uptight on a Saturday nightNine o’ clock, the radio’s the only lightI hear my song and it pulls me throughComes on strong, tells me what I gotta doI got to...Get up!Everybody’s gonna move their feetGet down!Everybody’s gonna leave their seatYou gotta lose your mind in Detroit, Rock CityThe SMR that’s gonna take the first half of the column off follows.Blue Chip Stocks:Kyle Rudolph, TE: Yes, Rudolph had 2 TD’s and over 100 yards receiving, but it was his Hail Mary catch to end the first half that sparked the Vikings and got the offense out of their doldrums.Up until that play the Vikings had done virtually nothing, and had once again run a fairly wretched two minute drill. All of that washed away with the Hail Rudy, momentum switched over to the Vikings, and they never looked back.Kirk Cousins, QB: Cousins overcame a slow start to go 21-28 for 253 yards and three TD’s. For as bad as the Vikings played for about 25 minutes in the first half, when the switch came on for Cousins it stayed on Linval Joseph Jersey , and didn’t come off. On the season he’s completed over 70% of his pases, has 29 TD passes, and thrown for over 4,000 yards, numbers not seen since the days of Brett Favre’s Deal WIth the Devil season of 2009. He’s had a pretty remarkable year, and can get the Vikings into the playoffs with another strong performance next Sunday.Solid Investments:Dalvin Cook, RB: Like the rest of the offense, Cook looked like he was moving in cement early on, but came on with a strong second half, running with authority, and had a touchdown taken off the board on a nice catch and run. He had some impressive runs in the second half, and 58 of his 73 yards came in the last two stanzas.Holton Hill, CB: It’s been a hell of an ask to put an undrafted free agent into a starting role, and Hill has embraced the opportunity. I think he’s a better cornerback than Xavier Rhodes right now, and with every game his play seems to get better and better. If you want a PhD in how to be a defensive back, come to Minnesota.Mackensie Alexander, CB: Like Hill, Alexander has really playing good football for the past month. In the first half, when the Vikings seemed to be sleep walking through the game, Alexander seemed to be the only one consistently stepping up and making a play when it needed to be made. Things looked bleak for depth when Mike Hughes was lost with a torn ACL, but Mac and Hill are both playing some really good football right now.Junk Bonds:Mike Remmers, G: I haven’t seen the PFF grades Brett Jones Jersey , so maybe he grades out well in run blocking. But Remmers looked overmatched whenever I noticed him, and once again he was called for two or three really untimely penalties. Maybe it’s me, but I think the move to guard has been a failed experiment with Remmers, and this is a position that will need to be addressed in the off-season.Buy/Sell:Buy: The Hail Mary. I think the last time the Vikings had a Hail Mary to end a half was against the Saints in the 1987 playoffs. I didn’t see it coming at all, but Rudolph just went up and grabbed it. It was a great play, and it was really needed.Sell: Needing a Hail Mary. But you could argue it shouldn’t have been needed. The Lions are terrible, are dealing with a ton of injuries, and have nothing to play for. Had Minnesota come out and started the game like they started the second half, it would have been over by halftime. And take the Hail Rudy out of the equation, this game is a nail biter, when it shouldn’t have been.Buy: The defense not letting the game get out of hand in the first half. Early on, the game felt like it was getting ready to veer out of control, but the defense kept it together and kept Detroit out of the end zone. 9-0 was a lot better to come back from than 17-0 or 21-0, and even though they had a couple bad penalties called on them that kept drives alive, they never gave up a backbreaking play.Sell: The offense not able to anything for most of the first half. The Vikings went three and out on offense in their first four possessions and managed a grand total of five yards of offense. How is that even possible? With players like Cousins, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook, it feels like you almost have to try to be that bad. Seriously. If they make the playoffs and start a game that way they’re getting run out of the stadium. Furthermore, they had a chance (with some help) to clinch a playoff spot, but for about the first 25 minutes they played like they were more concerned about tee times in week 18 than playing football. Buy: The Vikings going to the playoffs. It’s simple for the Vikings, as they control their own destiny: Win next week and they’re in the playoffs Dan Bailey Jersey , and they’ll either go to Dallas or Chicago. They’ll be at home, where they generally play much better football, too.Sell: The Vikings going to the playoffs. But...it’s against the Bears, it’s going to be a high stakes game, and if they lose they go home. these games always make me nervous. But I’d rather be watching my team play with the playoffs at stake than for nothing at all. Weekend Open Thread"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsOpen ThreadsMinnesota Vikings News and Links: March 30th and 31st, 2019New,718commentsWeekend Open ThreadCDTShareTweetShareShareMinnesota Vikings News and Links: March 30th and 31st, 2019Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsGood Morning!Hope your weekend is off to a great start, as this is my weekend off I’ll be hit and miss as we’re trying to catch up on all the Netflix shows we’re watching...and other adult activities including cleaning the house, doing laundry and mowing the lawn.Speaking of cleaning the house, are the Vikings ever going to sign another free agent?Let’s redo a couple of contracts, convert some money to signing bonuses and get some new guys in the locker room. Thank you again to VikingsfaninChennai for the excellent poll ideas for the the weekend thread. Meanwhile we’ll catch up on our NFC North opponents and then carry on with our news and links thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Fire up the mock drafts and drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and try a beer from Remedy Brewing Company.Around the DN since our last open thread:From Chris, SB Nation held a re-draft and surprise they picked an offensive lineman, James Daniels.Ted continues his Greatest Playoff Win of All Time Tournament, Game 7(chasing HoF’er Joe Montana from the game, clear winner according to me)Daily Norseman FanPulse: Confidence increases slightly, still not great via Chris.(If you haven’t already, you can sign up to be part of FanPulse here).Chris has your Minnesota Vikings Free Agency Tracker.Vikings news from other sources:At Vikings.com, they’ll keep you up to the minute with their Vikings free agency tracker.On The Line: Kyle Rudolph on pass interference rule changes Tom Compton Jersey , his training regimen, Final Four plans and more.Expert Takes: Why LB Anthony Barr feels so at home with the Minnesota Vikings.Vikes Life: Vikings tour Tokyo and Italy, catch tennis star and ‘Disney on Ice’From Matthew Coller at SkorNorth.com Can Xavier Rhodes bounce back?NFC North Roundup: At Pride of Detroit they have the 2019 Detroit Lions free agency tracker: Latest signings, trades, more.Lions notes: Matthew Stafford has helped Detroit scout college, pros.Lions T.J. Lang officially announces retirement after 10 seasons.Everyone agrees: The Detroit Lions got better in free agency.Dueling Mock Drafts: Detroit Lions rebuilding the offense.At Windy City Gridiron Bears 2019 free agency tracker: News, signings, cuts, and more.Bears re-sign DeAndre Houston-Carson.Film Study Part 2: Comparing Clinton-Dix and Amos’ defensive fit.Have the Bears improved in free agency?Over at Acme Packing Company Matt LaFleur ready for first team meeting as Packers head coach.The draft offers depth, but expect the Packers’ biggest improvements at WR to come from within.Packers fans overwhelmingly say that Brian Gutekunst improved the team in free agency.Jordy Nelson’s peak years have gone underappreciated.NFL Draft 2019: Packers pre-draft prospect visits tracker.League news: Consistent with the weekend news and links I’ll post league news in the comments.We come to today’s media selection: Game of Thrones Dead Characters Medley(spoilers in here depending on how far you are into Game of Thrones)Again, we all know the rules, 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, 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 waiter, try not to annoy him and and as always, Welcome Aboard!