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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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