The NFL’s Plan to Shorten the Preseason Has Several Ripple Effects
By Sam Ekstrom - Jul 2, 2020
It appears as if the NFL is shortening its preseason — a move that pundits have requested for many years. Ironically, it took a pandemic to make […]
FOOTBALL MACHINE: Cam to the Pats, Desmond King Trade Rumors and the 4th of July Food Draft
By Sam Ekstrom - Jul 1, 2020
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman discuss the latest NFL and Vikings storylines. Topics include: -Cam Newton signs a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. […]
Would a Desmond King Trade Make Sense For the Minnesota Vikings?
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 29, 2020
Minnesota Vikings training camp is less than a month away, and the team still has some roster building to do. In two months since the draft, the […]
What We Can Learn From Gary Kubiak’s Last Stint as a Playcaller
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 25, 2020
The last time the Vikings entered two consecutive seasons with the same offensive coordinator was 2015-16 with Norv Turner. Those are also the last seasons Minnesota’s new […]
FOOTBALL MACHINE: Best Mic’d Up Vikings, Either-Or Position Battles & Numbers Game
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 24, 2020
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman discuss the latest with the NFL and the Minnesota Vikings. Topics include: -Which Vikings would you like to hear mic’d […]
Andre Patterson, Adam Zimmer Talk All Three Levels of Minnesota Vikings’ Defense
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 19, 2020
The Minnesota Vikings’ defensive continuity that has spanned most of Mike Zimmer’s tenure would’ve come in handy this virtual offseason. In fact, the Minnesota defense of 2017-19 […]
Gary Kubiak on Dalvin Cook’s Holdout, Justin Jefferson’s Fit in the Offense and Virtual Coaching
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 18, 2020
Gary Kubiak wasn’t entirely sure how to turn his webcam on for Wednesday’s Zoom session with local reporters. But he wouldn’t be the first coach to struggle […]
FOOTBALL MACHINE: Paying Dalvin vs. Harris, Concerned or Not Concerned & Favorite Summer Treats
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 17, 2020
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman delve into the latest Minnesota Vikings and league topics, including: -Which Vikings would you prioritize paying before Dalvin Cook? -Arif […]
Where Both Gach Fits With the 2020-21 Gophers Lineup
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 16, 2020
The Golden Gophers rounded out their 2020-21 roster with a big acquisition Monday. Both Gach announced his decision to transfer from Utah and join Richard Pitino’s squad […]
Minnesota Vikings’ Social Justice Committee Speaks From the Heart About Race, Reform
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 11, 2020
Andre Patterson turns 60 on Friday. He was born in 1960 in the heart of the Civil Rights movement, and the Vikings co-defensive coordinator says he’s observed […]
FOOTBALL MACHINE: Dalvin Cook Holdout, National Anthem Protests & Rookie of the Year Candidates
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 10, 2020
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL. Topics include: -Dalvin Cook’s reported holdout, what it could mean […]
The Minnesota Vikings Hold the Leverage in Dalvin Cook’s Contract Situation
By Sam Ekstrom - Jun 9, 2020
Dalvin Cook‘s cards are now on the table. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that the fourth-year Minnesota Vikings running back will not participate in any more team […]