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The Zone Coverage Football Machine

Zone Coverage Football Machine is a weekly conversation between two cerebral football minds.... and Andy Carlson. Arif Hasan breaks down the game through an analytic approach and has had his work featured in the Star Tribune, LA Times, Forbes, SB Nation, International Business Times, the Bleacher Report and MSNBC. He's currently a staff writer for the Daily Norseman and Cold Omaha. Luke Inman is the resident NFL Draft guru and has been breaking down prospects and tape for eDraft and Cold Omaha. His Prospect a Day series on YouTube is the toast of #DraftTwitter. Andy Carlson hosts a lot of podcasts and tries to be funny. #DreamTeam
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Apr 25, 2019

We hit the "what if" scenarios hard, as we answer all the great twitter questions and phone calls about the impending draft.

In This Episode:

  • Both Starting CBs traded to Arizona? [2:00]
  • Should Bradbury be taken at 18? [10:30]
  • Worst nightmare picks for the Vikings [21:00]
  • Does age play a part in draft strategy? [30:00]
  • Where will Spielman get money to pay the draft picks? [46:30]

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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.

Apr 25, 2019

Sam, Luke, and Arif put on their GM hats as they each do a full seven-round mock draft simulation for the Vikings, with some hot takes and deep looks at this year's draft talent.

In This Episode:

  • First Ppcks of the Mock Draft Simulation [7:00]
  • How Far Could Rashan Gary Fall? [16:00]
  • Some O-Lineman are found in the second round [26:30]
  • Third Round... Bargain Buys [33:30]
  • Cornerbacks and receivers in the fourth round [41:00]
  • Looking for diamonds in the rough in the late rounds [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.

Apr 18, 2019

How will this season play out? We dissect the newly released schedule and with only two weeks left, we talk more draft scenarios.

In This Episode:

  • How will the Vikings match up in 2019? [3:00]
  • Vikings need to have a strong season at home [14:30]
  • Predict the season and we'll buy you some Vikings tix [18:30]
  • Top 5 O-Linemen in this draft [23:00]
  • Vikings Running Backs [35:00]

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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.

Apr 18, 2019

We discuss the tight knit Vikings defense, Adam Thielen's contract extension, and the 2019 Zone Coverage Draft Guide is out.

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.

Apr 11, 2019

A bachelor draft party in Nashville, and whether it's best to chase players in the draft or take the best available player. Plus calls and Twitter questions.

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.

Apr 11, 2019

We talk about the affects of Holton Hill's suspension and whether Trae Waynes is still on the trading block. We also cover the new AAF signings and the ongoing drama that is the Green Bay Packers.

In This Episode:

  • The fallout of Holton Hill's suspension [4:30]
  • The new AAF signings [13:00]
  • Dakota Dozier adds solid depth to the O-line [25:00]
  • Packers dirty laundry exposed [34:30]
  • Final Results of the Most Valuable Viking [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.

Apr 4, 2019

As the draft gets closer we have a plethora of questions and analysis as we take Twitter questions and Skype calls from our wonderful followers.

In This Episode:

  • Most intriguing developmental depth piece [7:00]
  • Favorite sleeper draft pick [17:00]
  • Bridgewater vs Keenum vs Cousins [28:30]
  • Favorite corners in this year's draft [37:00]
  • Is there a need at receiver? [41:30]

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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.

Apr 3, 2019

In Hour 1, we cover the demise of the AAF, and the incoming XFL. We dive into the Vikings' list of Top 30 prospects and we play with a mock draft simulator.

In This Episode:

  • What happened to the AAF? [3:30]
  • The latest O-line signing, Brett Jones [20:00]
  • Vikings Top 30 Prospects [25:30]
  • Mock Draft Simulator [37:00]
  • March Madness Challenge Results [54:30]

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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.

Mar 27, 2019

How will Spielman move up and down in this years draft to create more value? What's Zimmer's track record with developing defensive talent? We tackle a ton of Twitter questions & take some phone calls!

In This Episode:

  • Would the Vikings trade down?  [2:00]
  • Could Trae Waynes be a CB1? [9:00]
  • 3-4 Defense for the Vikes? Will Zimmer shake things up? [20:00]
  • Top 5 O-linemen in this year's draft [36:00]
  • Most Valuable Viking Tournament Results [43:30]

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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.

Mar 27, 2019

In Hour 1, we talk NFL rule changes, Luke Inman's mock drafts and Gronkowski's career.

 

In This Episode:

  • Goodbye Marcus Sherels [3:00]
  • Injury rehab and player return time [11:30]
  • NFL rule changes [18:00]
  • Luke's latest mock - Vikes take Devin Bush [28:00]
  • Gronk's Legacy [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.

Mar 21, 2019

The Vikings have now done some work on the offensive line, but they will need to continue to fill and reinforce through the draft. What is Spielman's plan for the cap?  Also, Twitter questions & open phone lines!

In This Episode:

  • Cousins or Lamar Jackson as an MVP candidate?  [2:00]
  • How will the Vikings free cap space going forward? [8:00]
  • Treadwell for Forest Lamp? [17:00]
  • Will Marcus Sherel's ever miss the cut? [27:00]
  • Is Josh Kline a quality signing? [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.

Mar 21, 2019

March Madness is in the air, but more importantly the Vikings have finally started to address the O-line. New and old faces, filling out depth through free agency and of course a March Madness Challenge.

 

In This Episode:

  • Josh Kline is a Minnesota Viking [6:00]
  • Would you rather have Nick Easton or Josh Kline [13:30]
  • Dan Bailey and Ameer Abdulluh are coming back [20:00]
  • Is Dan Bailey the guy or will they bring in competition? [33:00]
  • March Madness Challenge [41:30]

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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.

Mar 14, 2019

Are you happy with Anthony Barr's new contract? How do we clear up space in our remaining cap space? Also, Twitter questions & open phone lines!

In This Episode:

  • Could the Vikings have dropped Barr to move up Harrison Smith [14:00]
  • Should Everson Griffin feel pressured to restructure his contract as the Defensive Captain of this team? [17:00]
  • The Vikings are projected 3rd in the NFC North [22:00]
  • The Browns are... projected to win their division? [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.

Mar 13, 2019

It's free agent Wednesday, Anthony Barr signs a new contract with the Vikings, Richardson, Remmers, and Sendejo are gone, and... we have audio problems.

 

In This Episode:

  • Anthony Barr re-signs for $67.5 million [4:00]
  • Sheldon Richardson; gone... and good riddance? [8:00]
  • Did the Vikings overpay for Barr? What happens with the rest of the cap? [18:00]
  • Would you choose Ndamukong Suh over Barr? [22:00]
  • Where does Teddy Bridgewater end up? [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.

Mar 7, 2019

The regular crew is in studio to talk NFL Combine, Vikings' needs, and Twitter questions & open phone lines!

In This Episode:

  • Who is going to support Kirk? [4:00]
  • Rosen or Murray? [11:00]
  • Everyone says that the Vikings' have great depth across the organization, but something is wrong [22:00]
  • Uniforms and jerseys [31:00]
  • Waynes, Rhodes, or both? [39:00]

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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.

Mar 7, 2019

The regular crew is in studio to talk NFL Combine, Vikings' needs, and will they regret giving up on Anthony Barr before the team does?

In This Episode:

  • Arif's trip to Indianapolis [4:00]
  • NFL Combine [11:00]
  • Individual highlights from the combine [24:00]
  • How will Minnesota's cornerbacks hold up? [37:00]
  • Do the Vikings let go of Anthony Barr? [39:00]
  • What do you guys want to see on the Vikings' roster next year? 

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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.

Feb 28, 2019

We answer Twitter questions and take some calls, as we dive into O-line depth, the draft, and which current NFL player would make the best president.

Thoughts on the Oscars [2:00]

Nick Easton's role on the O-Line [9:30]

The Vikings without Diggs and Thielen [23:00]

How much could Arif bench? [30:30]

Potential draft picks for NFC North rivals [39:00]

Stefon Diggs Fortune Cookie Tweets [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.

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Feb 28, 2019

We discuss prospects and draft strategies. Arif calls in from Indianapolis to talk about the combine and the hot Indianapolis night life.

In This Episode:

  • What is Spielman's plan going into the draft? [2:00]
  • Talkin' offensive line and Vikings most dire needs [11:00]
  • Arif calls in from Indianapolis to talk combine [19:00]
  • Enticing defensive prospects that could make an impact [28:00]
  • Potential trade possibilities [38:00]
  • FA, Trade, Extend [46:00]

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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.

Feb 21, 2019

Former Gopher Football Head Coach Jerry Kill joins the show! We discuss Kirk Cousins' shaving techniques, our hottest free agency predictions, 

In This Episode:

  • Jerry Kill joins the show! [2:00]
  • Kirk Cousins' shaving techniques [11:00]
  • Twitter Questions [17:00]
  • Free agency hot takes! [30:00]

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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.

Feb 21, 2019

Hour 1 of the Zone Coverage Football Machine: We talk Antonio Brown trade scenarios, Kareem Hunt's fit in Cleveland, Anthony Barr's tag eligibility, and 2019 NFL Draft coverage!

In This Episode:

  • Antonio Brown trade scenarios [4:30]
  • Kareem Hunt to Cleveland [14:00]
  • Anthony Barr [21:00]
  • Drills to watch at NFL Combine [25:00]
  • What are the Vikings looking for at the Combine [31:00]
  • Mystery caller! [38:00]

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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.

Feb 13, 2019

Would you rather have 1999-2019 Vikings or Falcons? Do you remember "He Hate Me" from the XFL? Will Minnesota draft an O-Lineman? Are the Vikings too nice?

In This Episode:

  • What are the positions that the Vikings could draft that would infuriate the fanbase? [7:00]
  • Fred calls in [19:00]
  • Are the Vikings too nice? [28:00]
  • What conditions create a Cousins trade? [29:00]
  • Defensive draft picks [43:00]
  • How do they replace Barr? [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.

Feb 13, 2019

Hour 1 of the Zone Coverage Football Machine: we talk Luke's second mock draft, the Viking's coaching staff, and play AAF Trivia!

In This Episode:

  • Marwan Maalouf - New special teams coach [7:00]
  • The Vikings defensive line coaching [24:00]
  • Are the Vikings too focused on the run? [25:00]
  • Luke's Mock 2.0 is out [27:00]
  • Kyler Murray [36:00]
  • AAF Trivia [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.

Feb 7, 2019

The guys take calls, answer Twitter questions and break down the Vikings' most pressing free agency needs, as well as some names that might fill them.

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.

Feb 6, 2019

We did not win our Cordarrelle Patterson bet, the Super Bowl may have been little bit of a dud, Tom Brady is the GOAT QB, and Tom Schreier does "comedy."

 

In This Episode:

  • Prop bets recovery [3:00]
  • The Patriots run seems impossible [10:00]
  • Would the Vikings have beaten the Week 12 Rams? [22:00]
  • Does John Sullivan stay with the Rams? [27:00]
  • Commercials Breakdown [28:00]
  • We nod to "Spongebob" [30:00]
  • Tom does "Comedy" because he lost the Loser Does Comedy NFL Postseason Picks [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 31, 2019

The Super Bowl is upon us! Our playoff picks are in, we all put money on the game, Sam is going to Vegas, and OPEN PHONE LINES & Twitter questions!

In This Episode:

  • Recap of Hour 1 [2:00]
  • The Vikings 2019 Roster [8:00]
  • Vikings Linebackers [14:00]
  • The chemistry of the offensive line [28:00]
  • Multiple great phone calls [30:00]
  • Game of Thrones [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.

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