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.
Clock Management Debates, Dalvin's Workload & NFC Power Rankings
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Luke Braun to discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings:
-Praise and malaise from the win over the Panthers
-Debate over the Vikings' clock management strategies
-Is Dalvin Cook going to get worn down?
-What do the Jaguars do well?
-Who is in control of the NFC?
-Week 13 picks against the spread
Vikings Win, But They're Still a Ways From Being Taken Seriously
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings' dramatic 28-27 win over Carolina:
-Do you like zany football?
-Chad Beebe and Bisi Johnson emerge
-Kirk Cousins proves he can carry a team to victory
-The Vikings have yet to play a good 60-minute game
-The defensive line needs a playmaker to emerge
Defensive Callbacks, Teddy Memories & Thanksgiving Food Draft
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Chris Schad to discuss the latest with the Vikings:
-Does Kirk Cousins deserve any heat for the Vikings' latest loss?
-What former Vikings defensive player would be most useful on this year's defense?
-What will happen if Adam Thielen misses the Panthers game?
-Would you want the 2020 version of Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings?
-The best Vikings to hunt with
-Week 12 picks
-Thanksgiving Food Draft 2020
Divvying Up the Blame in a Loss to Dallas
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to Sunday's 31-28 Vikings loss:
-The offense deserves some heat, too
-Dalvin Cook is taking some serious punishment
-CeeDee Lamb and Justin Jefferson are going to be fun to watch for years to come
-What happened to the defense?
-Special teams was negative again
-Do the Vikings still have a chance at the playoffs?
Chicago Takeaways, Reassessing Two Big Trades & Previewing the Cowboys
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Eric Thompson to discuss the latest with the Vikings.
-"Woos and Boos" from Monday's win against the Bears
-Could the Vikings make a change at special teams coordinator? And how will special teams screw up the end of their season?
-How do the Ngakoue and Diggs trades look in retrospect?
-Where will Cam Dantzler fit when he returns?
-What are the biggest threats on the Dallas offense and defense?
-Could the 2020 draft class exceed the 2015 class?
-Week 11 picks
An Ugly Win, A Playoff Pathway, Jefferson's Excellence & Scuffling Special Teams
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings' 19-13 win over Chicago:
-It was ugly for the Vikings, but imagine being a Bears fan
-Minnesota hung tough to overcome obstacles
-Justin Jefferson is legit
-Mike Zimmer dialed up well-timed blitzes against a hapless Nick Foles
-Could the Vikings make a change at special teams?
-What's up next for the Vikings?
-Nervous to face Andy Dalton in the slightest?
Customer ReviewsSee All
Arif can talk in circles sometimes, but I feel smarter after listening to him for some reason. It’s weird. You guys need to do more pods with guest hosts!
Just Not the Same
The podcast used to have some elite #chemistry but Sam is a bit too robotic/high school football game radio guy for this show. For all of Andy’s downfalls his hosting and comedic ability made this show what it was. I certainly do not want to listen to Tom break down a Vikings loss, the only real analysis I want would be from Arif or Luke. Keeping a 20 minute betting section in an abbreviated show is insane, I don’t think a single listener cares how much fake money you bet on the Jags covering. I’ll tune on once every few months but I just miss the old show. Maybe it’ll turn around when they can take calls again and Sam doesn’t screen out any Twitter questions he doesn’t personally like.
Some of the best Vikings, NFL and NFL draft content out there. Excited for the 2 hour shows again in the future! Always a great listen.