Vikings
How Teddy Bridgewater Left a Lasting Impact With the Minnesota Vikings
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 25, 2020
He was drafted in the first round, considered the savior of a franchise coming off a tough year. After some ups and downs as a rookie, he […]
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FOOTBALL MACHINE: Defensive Callbacks, Teddy Memories & Thanksgiving Food Draft
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 25, 2020
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Chris Schad to discuss the latest with the Vikings: -Does Kirk Cousins deserve any heat for the Vikings’ latest […]
Gophers
The Biggest Questions Facing the 2020-21 Golden Gophers Basketball Team
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 24, 2020
Believe it or not, Gophers basketball season has arrived, and it’s only about three weeks delayed. Richard Pitino’s group takes on Green Bay in Wednesday night’s season […]
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FOOTBALL MACHINE: Divvying Up the Blame in Vikings’ Loss to Dallas
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 23, 2020
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to Sunday’s 31-28 Vikings loss: -The offense deserves some heat, too –Dalvin Cook is taking some serious punishment –CeeDee Lamb and […]
Vikings
The Vikings Offense Shouldn’t Be Let Off the Hook in Loss to Cowboys
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 23, 2020
All three phases deserve blame in the Minnesota Vikings’ back-breaking 31-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The brunt, though, will go to the defense, which reverted back […]
Vikings
Defense Folds Late as Cowboys Rally Past Vikings, 31-28
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 22, 2020
In a game they absolutely needed, the Minnesota Vikings defense lost a pair of fourth-quarter leads and dropped a 31-28 decision to the Dallas Cowboys. HOW’D THE […]
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Vikings Mailbag: Special Teams Woes, End-of-Half Aggression & 2020 Redraft
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 20, 2020
For years the listeners of our Football Machine Vikings podcast have sent in amazing Twitter questions, and far too often we’ve had to leave many of them on the […]
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The Rise of the Vikings Underdog Defensive Line
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 19, 2020
Injuries, trades and free agent departures have forced the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive line to adapt to a new norm: Performing without star power. As Yannick Ngakoue struggles […]
Gophers
Daniel Oturu Ends the 16-Year Gophers Draft Drought
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 19, 2020
The 16-year drought is over. The Golden Gophers have an NBA draft pick. After coming close with fringe prospects Vincent Grier (2006), Trevor Mbakwe (2013) and Amir […]
Vikings
Vikings’ Use of Motion in Chicago Was Clever and Effective
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 18, 2020
There’s nothing groundbreaking about pre-snap motion. NFL teams use it between one-third to two-thirds of the time, to the point where it’s essentially white noise to the […]
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FOOTBALL MACHINE: Reassessing Two Big Trades, Previewing the Cowboys & 2015 v. 2020 Draft Classes
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 18, 2020
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Eric Thompson to discuss the latest with the Vikings. -“Woos and Boos” from Monday’s win against the Bears […]
Vikings
FOOTBALL MACHINE: An Ugly Win, A Playoff Pathway, Jefferson’s Excellence & Scuffling Special Teams
By Sam Ekstrom - Nov 17, 2020
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings’ 19-13 win over Chicago: -It was ugly for the Vikings, but imagine being a Bears fan -Minnesota hung […]