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 34: Bears Revisited

December 30th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down the Minnesota Vikings' second matchup with the Chicago Bears in their final pregame assessment for the 2016 season. Primary talking points include running back Jordan Howard's quietly outstanding rookie season while playing in the shadow of Dallas Cowboys rookie rusher Ezekiel Elliott, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's nearly complete 34 defense, the potential for the Vikings to do something they haven't achieved since 2009, a brief discussion on the "Terence Newman situation" and some forward-thinking following what has been a disastrous year for Minnesota.


Episode 33: Packers Pregame

December 22nd, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look at the Green Bay Packers offense and defense ahead of their Christmas Eve matchup with the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Primary talking points include Green Bay's abundance of emerging playmakers on offense and outstanding offensive line headed by left tackle David Bakhtiari, whether or not Minnesota's strong cornerback trio can maintain coverage in spite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' ability to extend the play, a difference of opinion regarding the Packers' defensive line and what your favorite podcast hosts want for Christmas.


Episode 32: Colts Postgame

December 19th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the crushing 34-6 loss the Indianapolis Colts handed the Minnesota Vikings during Week 15. Primary talking points include Adrian Peterson, the reoccurring theme of a couple terrible performances per season under Mike Zimmer and revisiting the Sam Bradford trade again.


Episode 31: Colts Pregame

December 15th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald bring back do-it-all Vikings Territory analyst Austin Belisle to help determine just how great of a threat quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are to the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium on Episode 31 of the About the LaborPrimary talking points include running back Adrian Peterson's return to the practice field, the complete lack of talent surrounding Luck with exception to big play wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, an Indianapolis defense ravaged by injury and featuring essentially zero big-time playmakers and praise for all-time kicking legend Adam Vinatieri.


Episode 30: Jaguars Postgame

December 12th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald recap the Minnesota Vikings' 25-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Primary talking points include an evaluation of the offensive line's play, how Minnesota was able to escape Jacksonville with a road victory despite losing the turnover battle and a glance at the Vikings' playoff hopes.


Episode 29: Jaguars Pregame

December 8th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald came prepared with an abundance of Jacksonville Jaguars analysis as it relates to your Minnesota Vikings, as the About the Labor duo overshot the intended 45-minute mark by over 20 minutes thanks to a seemingly endless list of reasons why Blake Bortles should not be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Primary talking points include a full-blown demolition of the Jacksonville signal-caller and how him playing on Sunday more-or-less seals a Vikings win, interesting trios of running backs and wide receivers, including former Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon who has struggled to unleash his immense talent due to nagging injuries, substandard offensive line play and sharing the backfield with a quarterback that turns the ball over 2-to-4 times per game. Also on the docket is a thorough analysis of one of the most talented wide receivers in professional football, second-year mega target Allen Robinson, who Bortles can't find a way to connect with despite his elite height, wingspan and vertical leaping ability.

Finally, the guys discuss three levels worth of immense young talent including well-rounded defensive end and pass-rushing weapon Dante Fowler Jr., the most versatile athlete that the league may ever see in former UCLA superbacker Myles Jack as well as a defensive secondary loaded to the brim with ultra-cocky shutdown cornerback in the making Jalen Ramsey, criminally underrated safety Jonathan Cyprien and ball-hawking zone specialist Tashaun Gipson, who has spent the first half of his 20s in Cleveland before locking up the back end in Jacksonville.


Episode 28: Cowboys Postgame

December 5th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return to discuss what went wrong in the Dallas Cowboys' crushing 17-15 defeat of the Minnesota Vikings. Primary talking points include Minnesota's key mistakes in the matchup as well as the Vikings' chances of reaching the postseason at this point in the year.