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Vikings Minnesota Vikings Hats , John DeFilippo diligently worked on developing his system around the skill-position pillars he inherited and learning the strengths and weaknesses of his new players.DeFilippo also held some frank offseason conversations with head coach Mike Zimmer about how the Philadelphia Eagles so successfully attacked his scheme. This weekend, those tips will finally come in handy for Zimmer and the rest of Minnesota's defense.The Vikings visit the Eagles on Sunday in a rematch of the NFC championship game that sent them home humbled after a 38-7 defeat. DeFilippo was the quarterbacks coach for the team that went on to win the Super Bowl, earning him a ring for his trophy case and a promotion with Minnesota.Much is at stake for the Vikings (1-2-1), beyond any superficial desire for revenge. They're already behind in what promises to be another ultra-competitive NFC playoff race.For all the proficiency that Kirk Cousins has displayed passing the ball to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, the Vikings have had unreliable protection in front of him and also failed to run the ball with any consistency. DeFilippo, naturally, will face another critical test of his play-calling acumen on the road in one of the most difficult stadiums for a visiting team to play in.There's more to this game than that for him, though. The Eagles, despite only serving two years under head coach Doug Pederson, were the team that raised the 40-year-old DeFilippo's profile as an up-and-coming head coach candidate. Pederson helped teach him the value of outside-the-box and aggressive thinking."If you were doing your job, he let you run with it Minnesota Vikings Womens Hoodie , take something and make it better," DeFilippo said, "and that was my goal every day."Don't forget that Philadelphia, too, is DeFilippo's de facto hometown. He was a star quarterback at suburban Radnor High School, while his father was the athletic director at Villanova. Going to Eagles training camp or attending Monday night games at Veterans Stadium was a standout memory from his youth. Stepping inside Lincoln Financial Field will be a moving moment for DeFilippo, for sure."I'm human. You know it will be," DeFilippo said, adding: "Once the game starts, it's going to be like any other game. But I have nothing but respect for everyone there in that building. Just like this building, there are some really phenomenal people."The early returns on DeFilippo's presence with the Vikings have produced similar sentiments."He's done a phenomenal job Womens Customized Minnesota Vikings Jerseys ," Thielen said. "He just loves the game of football. He wants us to do well on the field, and that goes for everybody on offense. That's what you want in a coach. You want a guy who cares a lot about you and wants to have success as a team, not just as an offense."Thursday Open Thread: September 13th, 2018 Good Morning!By the time you’re reading this I was supposed to have the next four days off to go hunting in South Carolina, but instead Mother Nature took a giant deuce on my plans in the form of Hurricane Florence, so I’ll be a work and more irritable than usual.Speaking of the hurricane, if you’re in the path (or potentially in the path) I hope you have your hurricane supplies ready and if appropriate, have evacuated.Having been through two Super Typhoons while I was in Okinawa listening to the wind whistle by at 150mph isn’t a great time.In the meantime, while we’re waiting for the next Vikings game to start we’ll continue with our daily thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom and snark. With that , let’s do this.Around the DN since our last thread:Kirk Cousins is not who you think he is, by Ted.Since I’m not sure if this is a parody, I’m going to take an IQ test.Skelly10 writes that WR Stefon Diggs bought a 15k Starbucks diamond chain and Aaron Rodgers will not practice Wednesday, status for Sunday against Vikings is unknown.Who is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week? Lucas tells us it’s Harrison Smith.Vikings’ NFC North Rivals: News and Notes, Week 2 by Dan.Roughing the Podcast episode 52 has assigned seating and no one is happy where Ted and Di talk 49ers, Packers Week, season predictions, and answer listener questions.Vikings news from other sources:From DE Everson Griffen was wired for sound during the game against the 49ers.Five Vikings-Packers story lines to follow during the game.State of 8: QB Kirk Cousins on playing the Packers, RB Dalvin Cook’s versatility.From their lunch break series: WR Stefon Diggs elite route running helped against DB Richard Sherman.From the Players Tribune: Xavier Rhodes tells us who the best 7 players are in the NFC North.League news: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski on CB Jalen Ramsey’s barbs: Talking trash “not my focus.”WR Martavis Bryant rejoins Raiders on one-year deal.Bills rookie QB Josh Allen named the starter v. the Chargers.Giants DB Landon Collins says forcing the Cowboys to make Dak Prescott pass provides the Giants a better opportunity to win.We come to today’s media selection: The Cars-You’re All I’ve Got TonightAgain, 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 Minnesota Vikings Womens T-Shirt , 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.

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