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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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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.

Nov 18, 2019

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman are in studio to review the tale of two halves in Minnesota's 27-23 win. They discuss:

-The first-half disaster in all three phases

-The second-half rally, led by Kirk Cousins

-Shoddy special teams play

-What does the secondary need to do to improve?

-How do the final five games shape up?

Nov 14, 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 some potential draft prospects, the state of Minnesota football, and blitzing potential. Also a fun game.

In This Episode:

  • Alex calls in to talk draft prospects [6:00]
  • Hoodie calls in to talk Gophers vs. Vikings [21:00]
  • Fred calls in to talk about Minnesota's blitzing [41:00]
  • Who Am I? [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_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 14, 2019

Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to talk about the primetime win in Dallas. We talk about the defensive strategy, the Cowboys' play calling, and the effects of recent injuries to key players. We also discuss the upcoming matchup with Denver.

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.

Nov 11, 2019

Luke Inman and Sam Ekstrom break down Sunday night's thrilling 28-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Among the topics:

-Minnesota's morale-breaking rushing attack

-Mike Zimmer's aggressive decisions on the go-ahead drive

-Holding Ezekiel Elliott to one of his worst career games

-Looking ahead to the final six games and how the Vikings could chase a bye

Nov 6, 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 return of Sendejo in lieu of Kearse's looming suspension, Thielen's injury, and all the mistakes that could have been avoided in the loss to KC.

In This Episode:

  • Sendejo returns to Minnesota [3:00]
  • Fred calls in to talk about the mistakes in KC [14:00]
  • How long will Thielen be out? [28:00]
  • First timer calls in to talk Candy Draft [32:00]
  • Memory Frenzy [48:30]

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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.

Nov 6, 2019

Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to talk about their BBQ filled road trip to KC. We talk about all the different things that led to a narrow loss. Cousins struggles with pressure and accuracy, the defense gives up big plays, and some crucial mistakes on special teams.

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.

Nov 5, 2019

Luke and Tom are joined by Guest Host Cy Amundson as they react to a disappointing loss in Kansas City.

In this episode:

-Too many opportunities were left on the field

-Vikings make bad mistakes at the worst times

-The expectations for Pat Elflein are too high

-Can the Vikings win on the road against Dallas or Seattle?

Oct 31, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions. This week we talk about the Vikings secondary, after a quiet trade deadline we discuss some fun trade scenarios that could have been and The Official Halloween Candy Draft 2019.

In This Episode:

  • Vikings DBs vs Chiefs WRs [2:00]
  • Fred calls in to talk defense [12:00]
  • Trading Cousins for Garoppolo [27:00]
  • Bridgewater to the Bears? [33:00]
  • 2019 Candy Draft! [44:00]

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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.

Oct 31, 2019

Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to talk about the Thursday night win over Washington. We also talk about Dan Bailey's turnaround, Jayron Kearse making the news and a preview of the upcoming Chiefs game.

In This Episode:

  • A convincing win despite red zone troubles [5:30]
  • Charges brought against Jayron Kearse [19:00]
  • Most impressive win for the Vikings [26:00]
  • Rhodes' decline [35:00]
  • Mahomes or Moore [46:00]
  • Gambling Picks [53:00]

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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.

Oct 25, 2019

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman react to the fourth straight Minnesota win.

In today's special Friday edition:

-Luke didn't love the conservative gameplan, but will take the result.

-The offensive line is playing with tenacity.

-Production matched the Detroit; the Vikings just couldn't finish drives.

-Is there cause for concern with Xavier Rhodes?

Oct 24, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions. This week, we talk about Super Bowl-winning QBs, Trevon Diggs and J.D. Spielman, and an increasing role for Irv Smith Jr.

In This Episode:

  • Fred calls in to talk Super Bowl quarterbacks [7:00]
  • Alex from Chicago calls in to talk 2020 draft [23:00]
  • Has the pass blocking improved? [35:00]
  • Vikings receivers against Washington [45:00]
  • Thursday night predictions [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_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.

Oct 24, 2019

Sam is back in studio with Arif, Luke and Tom to talk about the offensive hot streak over the last three games. We discuss the recent win over Detroit, the upcoming matchup with Washington, and we reminisce about Adrian Peterson.

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.

Oct 21, 2019

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman hit on all the biggest talkers following Minnesota's big road win at Detroit. They discuss:

-Kirk Cousins' resurgence and his league-best three-game stretch

-Dalvin Cook's tough yards in the run game

-Different pass targets stepping up with Adam Thielen injured

-Issues in the secondary against an aggressive Matt Stafford

Oct 17, 2019

In Hour 2, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions. This week, we talk about Viking Superlatives, an aggressive offense, the remaining road schedule, and gambling picks.

In This Episode:

  • Harris and Barr [2:30]
  • Alex from Chicago calls in to talk about the Lions [8:30]
  • Hoodie calls in to talk Vikings on the road [16:30]
  • Alex from Kenosha calls in to talk Spielman [28:00]
  • Wyatt calls in to talk Reiff and Rhodes [40:00]
  • Gambling Picks [51:30]

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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.

Oct 17, 2019

Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio this week to talk about the electrifying win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Luke hosts in Sam's absence, as we talk about what led to a dominant win over the Eagles, the Vikings rise in DVOA, and another divisional road game against Detroit.

In This Episode:

  • Diggs finally gets a chance to shine [6:30]
  • The O-line has their best game of the season [18:00]
  • The Lions are a good team with a tough defense [35:30]
  • Most dangerous aspects of Detroit [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_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.

Oct 14, 2019

Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman get together for their weekly reaction to the latest Vikings game. They discuss Minnesota's assertive offensive approach, their ability to keep Carson Wentz contained and the upcoming schedule.

Oct 10, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions. This week, we talk about Bisi Johnson and Mike Hughes, Vikings D-line vs Eagles O-line, and how Dalvin Cook stacks up against Christian McCaffery.

In This Episode:

  • Fred calls in to talk Mike Hughes and Bisi Johnson [6:00]
  • Alex calls in to talk Cousins' pocket awareness [19:30]
  • A different Alex calls in to talk defensive turnovers [28:00]
  • Is Dalvin the best running back in the league? [40:00]

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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.

Oct 9, 2019

Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio this week to talk about bounce back performance from the Vikings offense as they went to New York and brought home a win. We discuss the balanced offensive attack, defensive penalties, and evaluate the cornerbacks. We also look ahead to next week's match up with the Eagles.

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.

Oct 7, 2019

Luke Inman and Sam Ekstrom are back with a half hour of reaction to Sunday's 28-10 win over the New York Giants.

Topics include Minnesota's improved offensive performance, an aggressive defensive plan, Daniel Jones' outlook as a pro and the Vikings' next opponent Philadelphia.

Oct 3, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions. In this episode, we compare the 2012 Vikings to the current team, we talk about how to get the the star receivers involved, and plans for drafting a QB.

In This Episode:

  • Bradbury's pass protection struggles [9:00]
  • Fred calls in to talk about the 2012 Vikes [13:00]
  • Ali calls in to talk Diggs and Thielen [31:00]
  • Drafting a QB [40:00]
  • Giants Preview [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.

Oct 3, 2019

Sam, Arif, Luke, and Tom are in studio this week to talk about the abysmal performance in Soldier Field as the Vikings lose to the Bears. We also touch on the rumors surrounding Stefon Diggs, the soft coverage by the defense and Kirk's decision making and accuracy down field. 

In This Episode:

  • Diggs missing from practice [7:30]
  • WRs have reason to be upset with Cousins' play [20:30]
  • Defense plays soft coverage [31:00]
  • CATEGORIES - Giants Preview [44:30]
  • Gambling Picks [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.

Sep 30, 2019

Luke Inman hosts and Sam Ekstrom joins from the airport as they break down the Vikings' disappointing 16-6 loss at Soldier Field. They discuss:

-The frustrating slow start on defense again

-Cousins' lack of playmaking

-Discontent with the receivers

-Where do the Vikings go from here?

Sep 26, 2019

In Hour 2, Sam, Arif, Luke and Tom are in studio to take your phone calls and answer your Twitter questions. In this episode, we talk about the state of the NFC North, Chicago's injuries, and what kind of balance will the Vikings offense bring to Soldier Fields.

In This Episode:

  • Chad calls in to talk trash [2:30]
  • Hoodie calls in to talk injuries [11:00]
  • Michael calls in to talk offensive tactics vs the Bears [25:00]
  • Is anything holding the Vikings back? [38:00]
  • Fred calls in to talk Mitch Trubisky [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.

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