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 38: Reviewing 2016 Special Teams

January 14th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' 2016 special teams performance and take a look at what might be to come in the future. Primary talking points include remembering Blair Walsh, just how good Kai Forbath was in relief, celebrating Marcus "cockroach" Sherels and what Minnesota may do on kick returns next season if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves via free agency.


Episode 37: Reviewing 2016 Defense

January 9th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' outstanding defensive season, sift through specific areas in need of improvement, evaluate the year-long performance of the unit's greatest contributors and speculate both on if the defense will be better next year and how to assure improvement in 2017. Primary talking points include the gaudy statistical rankings of the Vikings' defense, the spectacular play of Minnesota's defensive line and pass-rush, Mike Zimmer's ability to develop his secondary into one of the best in the NFL, Anthony Barr's regression and specific areas in need of improvement heading into next year.


Episode 36: Reviewing 2016 Offense

January 5th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald begrudgingly begin the Minnesota Vikings offseason with a thorough review of the team's offense. Primary talking points include Sam Bradford's first season in Minnesota, why it's difficult to debate quarterbacks at this point, the future of both Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon, a breakout season for the wide receiver and tight end positions and telling it like it is with regard to the offensive line.


Episode 35: Final 2016 Postgame

January 2nd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald finish off the inaugural season of the About the Labor podcast with a little discussion and analysis regarding the Minnesota Vikings' uplifting 38-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium to finish with an 8-8 record on the year. Primary talking points include an incredible stand-in performance by the left tackle most Vikings fans didn't even know existed, Rashod Hill, quarterback Sam Bradford taking a bow, running back Jerick McKinnon finally waking up from his season-long slumber, the disappointment of wide receiver Adam Thielen falling just short of 1,000 receiving yards and a handful of little previews regarding what you should expect from us all summer long.


Episode 34: Bears Revisited

December 30th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down the Minnesota Vikings' second matchup with the Chicago Bears in their final pregame assessment for the 2016 season. Primary talking points include running back Jordan Howard's quietly outstanding rookie season while playing in the shadow of Dallas Cowboys rookie rusher Ezekiel Elliott, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's nearly complete 34 defense, the potential for the Vikings to do something they haven't achieved since 2009, a brief discussion on the "Terence Newman situation" and some forward-thinking following what has been a disastrous year for Minnesota.


Episode 33: Packers Pregame

December 22nd, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look at the Green Bay Packers offense and defense ahead of their Christmas Eve matchup with the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Primary talking points include Green Bay's abundance of emerging playmakers on offense and outstanding offensive line headed by left tackle David Bakhtiari, whether or not Minnesota's strong cornerback trio can maintain coverage in spite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' ability to extend the play, a difference of opinion regarding the Packers' defensive line and what your favorite podcast hosts want for Christmas.


Episode 32: Colts Postgame

December 19th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the crushing 34-6 loss the Indianapolis Colts handed the Minnesota Vikings during Week 15. Primary talking points include Adrian Peterson, the reoccurring theme of a couple terrible performances per season under Mike Zimmer and revisiting the Sam Bradford trade again.


Episode 31: Colts Pregame

December 15th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald bring back do-it-all Vikings Territory analyst Austin Belisle to help determine just how great of a threat quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are to the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium on Episode 31 of the About the LaborPrimary talking points include running back Adrian Peterson's return to the practice field, the complete lack of talent surrounding Luck with exception to big play wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, an Indianapolis defense ravaged by injury and featuring essentially zero big-time playmakers and praise for all-time kicking legend Adam Vinatieri.


Episode 30: Jaguars Postgame

December 12th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald recap the Minnesota Vikings' 25-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Primary talking points include an evaluation of the offensive line's play, how Minnesota was able to escape Jacksonville with a road victory despite losing the turnover battle and a glance at the Vikings' playoff hopes.


Episode 29: Jaguars Pregame

December 8th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald came prepared with an abundance of Jacksonville Jaguars analysis as it relates to your Minnesota Vikings, as the About the Labor duo overshot the intended 45-minute mark by over 20 minutes thanks to a seemingly endless list of reasons why Blake Bortles should not be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Primary talking points include a full-blown demolition of the Jacksonville signal-caller and how him playing on Sunday more-or-less seals a Vikings win, interesting trios of running backs and wide receivers, including former Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon who has struggled to unleash his immense talent due to nagging injuries, substandard offensive line play and sharing the backfield with a quarterback that turns the ball over 2-to-4 times per game. Also on the docket is a thorough analysis of one of the most talented wide receivers in professional football, second-year mega target Allen Robinson, who Bortles can't find a way to connect with despite his elite height, wingspan and vertical leaping ability.

Finally, the guys discuss three levels worth of immense young talent including well-rounded defensive end and pass-rushing weapon Dante Fowler Jr., the most versatile athlete that the league may ever see in former UCLA superbacker Myles Jack as well as a defensive secondary loaded to the brim with ultra-cocky shutdown cornerback in the making Jalen Ramsey, criminally underrated safety Jonathan Cyprien and ball-hawking zone specialist Tashaun Gipson, who has spent the first half of his 20s in Cleveland before locking up the back end in Jacksonville.


Episode 28: Cowboys Postgame

December 5th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return to discuss what went wrong in the Dallas Cowboys' crushing 17-15 defeat of the Minnesota Vikings. Primary talking points include Minnesota's key mistakes in the matchup as well as the Vikings' chances of reaching the postseason at this point in the year.


Episode 27: Cowboys Pregame

November 30th, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald return from a brief Thanksgiving hiatus to deliver a thorough breakdown of the Minnesota Vikings' Thursday Night Football matchup with the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Primary talking points include brief thoughts on the potential return of running back Adrian Peterson, quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and the schematics behind the most efficient offense in professional football as well as a look at linebacker Sean Lee's defense which relies heavily on a questionable four-man pass-rush.


Episode 26: Lions Revisited

November 22nd, 2016

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take another look at the Detroit Lions ahead of the Minnesota Vikings traveling to Ford Field for a Thanksgiving showdown that could very well define the season. Primary talking points include assessing what went wrong in Minnesota's loss to Detroit back in Week 9, slowing down tight end Eric Ebron and the impact of a few key players absent from the previous matchup due to injury.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.