About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast

“Don’t Tell Me About the Labor, Just Show Me the Baby” - Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

Episode 18: Bears Pregame

October 27th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald analyze the Minnesota Vikings' Monday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears on Episode 18 of the About the Labor Podcast. Primary talking points include quarterback Jay Cutler's influence on Alshon Jeffery and how cornerback Xavier Rhodes can slow the duo down; a pair of atrocious offensive lines and where they will be most vulnerable; and a step-by-step walkthrough of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's exotic 3-4 defensive scheme as well as its key playmakers and weaknesses.


Episode 17: Eagles Postgame

October 25th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' crushing 21-10 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles during Week 7. Primary talking points include severe issues with the team's offensive line, how much offensive coordinator Norv Turner is to blame and whether or not the team's first loss marks an outlier or the beginning of a trend.


Episode 16: Eagles Pregame

October 21st, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the Minnesota Vikings' matchup against Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox and the Philadelphia Eagles.


Episode 15: Bye Week Special — Undefeated Future

October 17th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald round out the Minnesota Vikings' bye week with another special taking a look at the future. General talking points include a look at upcoming games that could pose issues for Minnesota, where the team stands in both the NFC North and NFC as well as projecting under-the-radar players that could have an impact coming out of the bye.


Episode 14: Bye Week Special — Undefeated Revisited

October 12th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Austin Belisle (Vikings Territory) onto the show to help them hammer out the details of the Minnesota Vikings' undefeated start to the season. The first of two Bye Week Specials features the trio talking about the free-agent signing of offensive tackle Jake Long, a look back at the Sam Bradford trade after his MVP-caliber start to the year, a #WRONG section where each dude spends some time humbling himself and a mini About The Labor award show.


Episode 13: Texans Postgame

October 10th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Vikings' dominant effort against the Houston Texans that pushed the team's record to 5-0 on the year. Major talking points include Cordarrelle Patterson's continued development as a wide receiver, the defense shutting down Houston's greatest offensive weapons and where Minnesota stacks up against other teams in the NFL heading into its bye week. This episode also features a brand new intro made by Steve Danielson.


Episode 12: Texans Pregame

October 6th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald have their hands full with a talented Houston Texans team set to visit U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 5. The guys take a look at what makes quarterback Brock Osweiler worth his big pay day, analyze multitalented running back Lamar Miller, discuss what Xavier Rhodes shutting down wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins would mean for his career, examine the roles of rookie wide receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller and diagnose what route defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel takes to unleash pass-rushing talents Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus with his strong secondary led by cornerback Jonathan Joseph.

Additionally, the guys speculate on whether or not nose tackle Vince Wilfork can touch his toes.


Episode 11: Giants Postgame

October 4th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return to discuss the Vikings' 24-10 victory over the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Major talking points include the team's rapidly improving offense that has finally worked Cordarrelle Patterson into the fold, a complementary defense that continues to solidify itself as arguably the best in the NFL and whether or not the team is actually better off without guys like Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil in the starting lineup.