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 25: Cardinals Postgame

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.

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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 23: Redskins Postgame

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.

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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 21: Lions Postgame

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.

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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 19: Bears Postgame

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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 9: Panthers Postgame

September 26th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Vikings' 22-10 upset victory over the Panthers featuring plenty of praise for Harrison Smith and the defense, a little speculation regarding Laquon Treadwell's status and plenty more on Episode 9 of About the Labor.

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Episode 8: Packers Postgame

September 21st, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return after a brief hiatus due to some technical difficulties — RIP Google Hangouts On-Air — to discuss the numerous topics spawning from the Vikings' enormous 17-14 victory over the Packers in the inaugural game at U.S. Bank Stadium. From Sam Bradford's epic debut to Trae Waynes' game-sealing, performance-redeeming interception of Aaron Rodgers, the 8th installment of ATL assures a plethora of information, statistics and schematics from the Purple and Gold Gospel.

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Episode 7: Titans Postgame

September 12th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how the Shaun Hill-led Vikings fared in their 25-16 Week 1 victory over the Titans highlighted by Eric Kendricks' 77-yard pick-six and Stefon Diggs' 100-yard performance.

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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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Episode 5: Vikings Add Bradford

September 4th, 2016

The Minnesota Vikings traded a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford. Can he fill the void left by Teddy Bridgewater? Did the team pay too much? How does he fit in Minnesota?

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Episode 4: Bridgewater Injured

August 31st, 2016

The Minnesota Vikings suffered a devastating blow on Tuesday August 30 when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the 2016 season as a result of a severe knee injury. BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss their initial reactions to the news, Mike Zimmer's press conference, potential changes to Minnesota's offense and introduce their new rapid fire segment "A Gap Blitz".

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Episode 3: Seahawks Postgame (Preseason)

August 20th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings' 18-11 win over the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field during Week 2 of the preseason.

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Episode 2: Training Camp Recap

August 10th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss what they saw at Minnesota Vikings Training camp including strong impressions from rookie safety Jayron Kearse and second-year wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright's spot on the team's depth chart and their picks to win Mr. Mankato.

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Episode 1: Training Camp Preview

July 23rd, 2016

The inaugural About the Labor podcast features BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald breaking down which Minnesota Vikings positional battles fans should keep an eye on during training camp including their thoughts on who is most likely to start at safety opposite Harrison Smith and how the wide receiver depth chart may look come September.

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