Vikings
Vikings Mailbag: Who to Play vs. Detroit, Jefferson vs. AP & the Best Mediocre Guard
By Sam Ekstrom - Jan 1, 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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Which Announcers Bring the Vikings the Worst Luck?
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 31, 2020
Let’s get this out of the way right now: Nobody ever asked for this story to be written, and in all likelihood, nobody ever would have. If […]
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Should Kirk Cousins Be Satisfied With His 2020 Offensive Production?
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 30, 2020
“I don’t see him taking a step back. I see him continuing to ascend.” That was Mike Zimmer speaking on Kirk Cousins‘ after his extension that tied […]
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FOOTBALL MACHINE: Vikings Resolutions, 5 Key Roster Moves & the Case to Keep Zimmer
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 30, 2020
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Chris Schad to break down the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What should their New Year’s resolutions be? -Does […]
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Looking at 5 Key Players Who Could Be Gone After the Lions Game
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 28, 2020
For just the second time in six seasons, the Minnesota Vikings will enter Week 17 with no playoff aspirations, meaning Sunday’s meeting with the Detroit Lions could […]
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The Gophers Finally Have a Clutch-Time Assassin
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 28, 2020
The Gophers’ overtime upset of No. 4 Iowa will likely go down in the annuls as The Brandon Johnson Game, named for the grad transfer who canned […]
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FOOTBALL MACHINE: A Defensive Embarrassment, Upgrading the O-Line and Mad Cousins?
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 27, 2020
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings’ 52-33 loss on Christmas Day and what happens next as the offseason nears: -Mike Zimmer calls out his “bad […]
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The Vikings Really Missed Michael Pierce This Year
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 26, 2020
If there’s any caveat, any hollow consolation to explain away the worst defensive performance of the Mike Zimmer era and one of the worst in Minnesota Vikings’ […]
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Vikings Defense Disappears in 52-33 Loss to Dash Postseason Hopes
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 25, 2020
It seemed like a low point when the Minnesota Vikings allowed 40 points to the winless Atlanta Falcons in Week 6, but they might’ve found a new […]
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It Didn’t Have to Be This Way at Guard For the Vikings
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 24, 2020
There are 17 quarterbacks in the NFL that have dropped back at least 480 times this year, and Kirk Cousins has been pressured at a higher rate […]
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FOOTBALL MACHINE: Vikings-Saints Nostalgia, Nothing or Something, Keep/Extend/Release
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 23, 2020
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What are their memories of the two Vikings’ playoff wins over the Saints, and what […]
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The Vikings Need to Be More Aggressive On Second Down
By Sam Ekstrom - Dec 22, 2020
In Week 14, the Minnesota Vikings garnered the unfortunate distinction of losing for a second time in 2020 despite possessing the ball for over 39 minutes. They […]