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The Zone Coverage Football Machine

The Zone Coverage Football Machine is a weekly, in-depth Minnesota Vikings discussion that gives you locker room insights and on-field analysis from professional beat writers. Host Sam Ekstrom has been on the Vikings beat for Zone Coverage since 2014. Arif Hasan has covered the Vikings for Zone Coverage and The Athletic and brings an analytical slant. Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident draft and film guru. Together, they give you the most informed Vikings speculation you'll find anywhere.
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Jan 23, 2020

In Hour 2, Sam and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions! We talk about the Senior Bowl as Luke calls in from Mobile. We also talk about offensive coordinators, offensive line, and defensive cuts.

In This Episode:

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Jan 23, 2020

Sam and Tom are in studio while Arif and Luke go down to Mobile for the Senior Bowl. We talk about the rivalry between the Vikings and the Saints, the conference titles games, and contract extensions.

In This Episode:

  • Vikings-Saints playoff rival [6:00]
  • Titans vs. Chiefs [15:00]
  • Comparing the Vikings to the Niners [25:00]
  • Extending Cousins and Cook [34:00]
  • Would you rather... [44:00]
  • Prop Bet Promotion [52:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_SpinmanNFL) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Jan 16, 2020

In Hour 2, Sam, Luke, Arif and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions! We talk about some potential prospects, the offensive play calling and building around Cousins or drafting a QB.

In This Episode:

  • Drafting a QB [3:30]
  • Chad calls in to criticize Zimmer and Cousins [9:00]
  • Nick calls in to talk about the lack of deep throws [21:00]
  • Pat Shurmur back at OC for Denver [30:00]
  • Luke's Draft Prospect of the Week [43:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Jan 15, 2020

Sam, Luke, Tom, and Arif are in studio this week to wrap up the season as the Vikings lose to the 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. There are a lot of changes coming for the Vikings as we discuss the coaching staff and roster.

In This Episode:

  • We say goodbye to some of the coaching staff [6:00]
  • Stefanski goes to Cleveland [20:00]
  • Cousins' lack of aggressive plays [28:00]
  • Who will be playing for the purple next year? [34:00]
  • Gambling Picks [50:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_SpinmanNFL) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Jan 12, 2020

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman break down the 27-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

-The slow defensive start

-Where'd the offense go?

-Turning points in the second half

-Where should the team invest draft picks next year?

-How different is the defense going to look in 2020?

Jan 9, 2020

In Hour 2, Sam, Luke, Arif and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions! We talk about rattling Jimmy G, Stefanski's play calling, and how Stefon Diggs is affecting the game.

In This Episode:

  • Chad calls in to congratulate the Vikings [4:00]
  • Dan calls in to argue with Arif about the offense [15:00]
  • Diggs' energy on the sidelines [24:00]
  • Hoodie calls in to talk about playing on grass [34:00]
  • Joel calls in to talk about impact players on defense [49:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Jan 9, 2020

Sam, Luke, and Arif are in studio this week to talk about a big win in The Big Easy. We look at the standouts for the Vikings, the defensive game plan, and how the Vikings matchup against the 49ers.

In This Episode:

  • The New Orleans experience [3:30]
  • Heroes of the Game [11:00]
  • Defensive game plan [18:00]
  • Thielen's ankle injury [33:00]
  • Vikings chances against the 49ers [39:00]
  • Gambling Picks [51:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_SpinmanNFL) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Jan 6, 2020

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman recap the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon, and look ahead to their Divisional Round opponent, the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Recapping the Wild Card weekend victory
  • "Seeing one go through the net"
  • Dalvin, Diggs, Cousins, Thielen
  • Defense, Defense, Defense
  • Previewing the 49ers
Jan 2, 2020

In Hour 2, Sam, Luke and Arif are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions! We discuss how the playoffs will affect Cousins' future, Zimmer's track record of success and plenty of Vikings-Saints.

In This Episode:

  • Extending Cousins [1:30]
  • Ali calls in to talk Cousins against D-lines [7:00]
  • Fred calls in to talk about beating the Saints [19:00]
  • Was resting the best idea? [36:30]
  • Jerry calls in to build some hype for the playoffs [45:00]
  • Vikings 2010-19 All Underwhelming Team [54:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Jan 2, 2020

Sam, Luke and Arif are in studio this week to talk about the playoffs. The Vikings draw the Saints in the first round and we are here to break down the matchup. We also reflect on the season and the decade.

In This Episode:

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_SpinmanNFL) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Dec 30, 2019

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman spend a few minutes putting a bow on the Week 17 loss to the Bears before tooking ahead to next Sunday's playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. Subjects include: 

-Did yesterday's game help the stock of any backups?

-How did the Packers go 13-3?

-What are the Saints bringing to the table on offense?

-What are the Saints weaknesses?

Dec 24, 2019

Tom makes his triumphant return and he is joined by Sam and Luke this week for our lone episode of the week. We talk about a terrible loss to the Packers on Monday Night, a now meaningless game against the Bears and a look ahead to the playoffs.

In This Episode:

  • Defense creating turnovers [4:30]
  • Offense unable to capitalize [12:00]
  • Big turning points in the game [24:00]
  • RB status going into the playoffs [34:00]
  • Defense finding ways to create turnovers [39:00]
  • Who starts against the Bears? [44:00]
  • Saints in the playoffs [55:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Dec 19, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Luke and Arif are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions! It's a very special episode as Sam and Luke debut their brand new Christmas song, we draft our favorite Christmas hallmarks, and we talk Vikings.

In This Episode:

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Dec 19, 2019

Sam, Luke and Arif are in studio this week to talk about the big defensive effort in L.A. as the Vikings turned the Chargers over seven times. We discuss Boone and Mattison, improvement at the cornerback position and a preview of the Monday Night Packer game.

In This Episode:

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Dec 16, 2019

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman break down every aspect of Minnesota's 39-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

-Minnesota finishes its season 4-4 on the road in front of a huge contingent of Vikings fans

-The scoop-and-score that changed the game

-A conservative offense that let the Chargers hang around

-Where is the Vikings running game without Dalvin Cook, and how good is Mike Boone?

-Where do the Vikings stand in the NFC playoff picture?

Dec 12, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Luke and Arif are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions! We talk about the Chargers' close losses, Christmas shopping, potential playoff match ups, and drafting cornerbacks.

In This Episode:

  • Chargers losing close games [4:30]
  • Hoodie calls in to talk about the playoffs [13:00]
  • Wyatt calls in to talk about cornerbacks [28:00]
  • Fred calls in to talk about the matchup with L.A. [45:00]
  • Memory Frenzy [52:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Dec 12, 2019

Sam, Luke and Arif are in studio this week to talk about the solid defensive performance against Detroit. We also talk about Thielen's return, the Chargers roster and some draft talk.

In This Episode:

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Dec 9, 2019

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman discuss all the major talking points from Sunday's 20-7 victory over the Detroit Lions, including:

-A get-right game for the defense

-Putting Danielle Hunter's first five seasons in perspective

-The offense spreading the ball around

-Early thoughts on the Los Angeles Chargers

-NFC playoff picture updates

Dec 5, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam and guest host Eric Thompson are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions. We talk about Armon Watts' impact, the dominant 6-man offensive line for Seattle, and Anthony Harris' future with the Vikings.

In This Episode:

  • Ali calls in to talk Rhodes [5:00]
  • Alex calls in to talk Cousins' last drive [15:00]
  • Fred calls in to talk about the tough loss [34:00]
  • A different looking Detroit team [40:00]
  • Power Rankings [47:30]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Dec 5, 2019

Just Sam and special guest host Eric Thompson are in studio this week to talk about the Monday Night loss to Seattle. We talk about the Seahawks' strategy, the impact of Adam Thielen's injury, Xavier Rhodes' apology and Dalvin Cook's injury.

In This Episode:

  • Seahawks dominate time of possession [5:00]
  • Cousins' play vs Seattle [18:00]
  • Vikings really missing Adam Thielen [24:00]
  • Dalvin Cook's injury [30:00]
  • Can Rhodes rebound? [34:00]
  • Gambling Picks [42:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Dec 3, 2019

Sam Ekstrom dives into the myriad talking points of Monday night's 37-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

-The encouraging start on both sides of the ball

-The third quarter multi-phase collapse

-The secondary is still not fixed

-A questionable 4th and 4 play call

-The big picture in the NFC playoff race

Nov 27, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Luke and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions! What are you all-time favorite single-game performances under the Mike Zimmer era? Thoughts on Cousins contract situation? How will this team pay Dalvin Cook? And, of course, our THANKSGIVING DRAFT 2K19!

In This Episode:

  • Prepping for the snowstorm! [2:00]
  • Phone calls & Twitter Q's [7:00]
  • Thanksgiving Draft! [51:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Nov 26, 2019

Sam, Luke and Tom are in studio to talk about all the things that happened around the NFL during the Minnesota Vikings bye-week, the likelihood that they need to win out in order to clinch the division, preview of their upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks, and of course the team runs through their favorite gambling picks for this week!

In This Episode:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers Weekly w/ Justin The Producer [2:00]
  • Storylines from around the league [6:30]
  • Do the Vikings need to win out to clinch division? [15:00]
  • Vikings vs. Seahawks preview [25:00]
  • Josh Doctson released/Injury report [38:00]
  • Gambling Picks [45:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Nov 20, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions. We talk about the Kaepernick tryout, Stefanski's influence, and potential playoff scenarios. 

In This Episode:

  • Kaepernick to the Steelers? [6:00]
  • Alex calls in to talk about Will Hernandez [11:00]
  • Could Stefanski be a head coach next year? [24:00]
  • Red zone defense [32:00]
  • Handsome Head Coach Rankings [47:00]

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

Nov 20, 2019

Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to talk about a roller coaster ride at US Bank Stadium against the Denver Broncos. We analyze the offensive ineptitude in the first half and the historic comeback in the second half. 

In This Episode:

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Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) is a Zone Coverage staff writer covering the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers basketball.

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) covers the Minnesota Vikings for The Athletic.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident NFL Draft guru and video content creator.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the co-founder of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

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