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 95: Vikings at Seahawks - Pregame Primer

August 16th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take an in-depth look at the Seattle Seahawks' second- and third-string playmakers ahead of the Minnesota Vikings' matchup with Blair Walsh and Co. this Friday.

Recorded LIVE on Mixlr on August 15th.

Episode 95 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.


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 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 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 27: Cowboys Pregame

November 30th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return from a brief Thanksgiving hiatus to deliver a thorough breakdown of the Minnesota Vikings' Thursday Night Football matchup with the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Primary talking points include brief thoughts on the potential return of running back Adrian Peterson, quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and the schematics behind the most efficient offense in professional football as well as a look at linebacker Sean Lee's defense which relies heavily on a questionable four-man pass-rush.


Episode 26: Lions Revisited

November 22nd, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take another look at the Detroit Lions ahead of the Minnesota Vikings traveling to Ford Field for a Thanksgiving showdown that could very well define the season. Primary talking points include assessing what went wrong in Minnesota's loss to Detroit back in Week 9, slowing down tight end Eric Ebron and the impact of a few key players absent from the previous matchup due to injury.


Episode 24: Cardinals Pregame

November 17th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald assess the Minnesota Vikings' release of Blair Walsh and subsequent signing of Kai Forbath before diving into Bruce Arians' Arizona Cardinals on Episode 24 of About the Labor. Primary talking points include the offensive genius of Arians, the Cardinals' pair of pass-catching Minnesota natives and James Bettcher's aggressive 3-4 scheme built around a handful of All-Pros and a human California Redwood tree.


Episode 22: Redskins Pregame

November 10th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a long look at Jay Gruden's Washington Redskins on the latest episode of About the Labor. Primary talking points include the importance of Kirk Cousins within Washington's West Coast scheme, borderline flirting with dangerous tight end Jordan Reed, the alignments in which defensive coordinator Joe Barry employs edge-rusher Ryan Kerrigan and rookie "Moneybacker" Su'a Cravens and a pitiful attempt at closing out the show that includes a prize opportunity.


Episode 20: Lions Pregame

November 3rd, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome special guest Ted Glover (Daily Norseman) to the show to discuss offensive coordinator Norv Turner's shocking decision to resign his post as well as a thorough preview of the Minnesota Vikings' matchup against the Detroit Lions — particularly quarterback Matthew Stafford's wide receiver trio of Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin.


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 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 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 10: Giants Pregame

September 30th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald breakdown what the Vikings are up against when the New York Giants come to town for a Monday Night Football showdown. Episode 10 of About the Labor dives into the ins and outs of Giants' offense and defense, how the Vikings can win on both sides of the ball and of course five rapid-fire matchup-specific questions from our listeners.


Episode 6: Titans Pregame

September 10th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how the Vikings match up with Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans' rebuilt rushing attack in Week 1.