January 2nd, 2017
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald finish off the inaugural season of the About the Labor podcast with a little discussion and analysis regarding the Minnesota Vikings' uplifting 38-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium to finish with an 8-8 record on the year. Primary talking points include an incredible stand-in performance by the left tackle most Vikings fans didn't even know existed, Rashod Hill, quarterback Sam Bradford taking a bow, running back Jerick McKinnon finally waking up from his season-long slumber, the disappointment of wide receiver Adam Thielen falling just short of 1,000 receiving yards and a handful of little previews regarding what you should expect from us all summer long.
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.
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.
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.
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 Labor. Primary 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 21st, 2016
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down the Minnesota Vikings' 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium in the 25th installment of the About the Labor podcast. Primary talking points include Cordarrelle Patterson's continued growth and Xavier Rhodes' progression into one of the NFL's top cornerbacks.
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.
November 14th, 2016
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald sift through the Minnesota Vikings' fourth consecutive loss against the Washington Redskins. Primary talking points include the defense's continued regression and the lack of complementary football.
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.
November 7th, 2016
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald sift through the wreckage of the Minnesota Vikings' latest loss against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Primary discussion topics on Episode 21 of About the Labor include an improved offense under Pat Shurmur and what to do with kicker Blair Walsh.
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.
November 1st, 2016
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald attempt to digest the Chicago Bears' 20-10 thumping of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on Episode 19 of About the Labor. Primary talking points include offensive coordinator Norv Turner's incompetency calling plays, a lackluster defensive effort and the dumpster fire that is Minnesota's offensive line.
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.
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.
October 21st, 2016
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the Minnesota Vikings' matchup against Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox and the Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.