Vikings
Vikings Mailbag: The Future at Safety, Money Allocation & Imitating the 49ers
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 20, 2021
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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What Can Minnesota Take Away From the NFL’s Final Four Teams?
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 18, 2021
There was only one “upset” in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, and the winner of that game was Tom Brady. Otherwise, both top seeds and […]
Gophers
What’s Up With the Gophers’ Home-Road Splits?
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 15, 2021
There have been myriad off-the-court challenges in an unorthodox season of college basketball being played through a pandemic. But for Minnesota, especially, the tests on the court […]
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Rick Spielman is Losing His “Sounding Board” in George Paton
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 14, 2021
More than 20 years ago, when Rick Spielman was leaving the Chicago Bears to become the vice president of player personnel in Miami, he made a point […]
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FOOTBALL MACHINE: Goodbye, George Paton, Wild Card Review & National Championship Thoughts
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 14, 2021
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings and National Football League: -George Paton takes a job with the Denver Broncos. What is […]
Vikings
There is Ambiguity at Safety For First Time in the Zimmer Era
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 10, 2021
For over half a decade, the Minnesota Vikings have essentially had three starting safeties thanks to smart acquisitions, strong player development and some good fortune. That makes […]
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FOOTBALL MACHINE: Gary Kubiak Replacements & Revisiting Preseason Predictions
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 7, 2021
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Luke Braun to start discussing the Minnesota Vikings offseason: -Who were the Week 17 winners and losers? -Are the […]
Gophers
Liam Robbins Has Stepped Up For the Gophers
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 6, 2021
The Gophers’ last two wins — blowout victories over two ranked teams, Michigan State and Ohio State — have started in identical fashion. Minnesota won the tip […]
Vikings
What Zimmer Revealed About the Offseason in His Season-Ending Press Conference
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 5, 2021
An honest Mike Zimmer filled up his Zoom rectangle for a final time this season and held court for over 20 minutes as he reflected on a […]
Vikings
FOOTBALL MACHINE: Week 17 Gameplan, Jefferson Sets the Record & Filling Roster Holes
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 4, 2021
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings’ final game, a 37-35 win in Detroit: -It was the offensive gameplan they should’ve had all season: Embrace […]
Vikings
Minnesota Needs to Maximize Justin Jefferson’s Greatness Next Year
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 4, 2021
The man known for The Griddy was giddy in the final postgame press conference of his rookie season. Justin Jefferson stands alone as the only NFL rookie […]
Vikings
Justin Jefferson Sets Rookie Yardage Record in Vikings’ 37-35 Win
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 3, 2021
It was a virtually meaningless game, but the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions did their best to entertain. A back-and-forth affair went Minnesota’s way, 37-35. They finish […]