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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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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.

    Defensive Callbacks, Teddy Memories & Thanksgiving Food Draft

    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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Divvying Up the Blame in a Loss to Dallas

    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?

    • 42 min
    Chicago Takeaways, Reassessing Two Big Trades & Previewing the Cowboys

    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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    An Ugly Win, A Playoff Pathway, Jefferson's Excellence & Scuffling Special Teams

    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?

    • 34 min
    Dalvin Cook, Midway Superlatives, Gameplan vs. the Bears

    Dalvin Cook, Midway Superlatives, Gameplan vs. the Bears

    Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Luke Braun to discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings:
    -What has led to Dalvin Cook's unreal surge?
    -What defensive adjustments have been made to right the defense?
    -Halfway superlatives: Biggest surprise, biggest disappointment, worst coaching move, Cousins' best throw
    -Would you prefer the Vikings' active roster defense or the all-IR defense?
    -Week 10 picks against-the-spread

    • 53 min
    Dalvin's Dominance & A Path to the Playoffs

    Dalvin's Dominance & A Path to the Playoffs

    Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to Minnesota's 34-20 over Detroit.
    -Dalvin Cook rushes for over 200 yards
    -There are some serious 2012 vibes to the current offense
    -Mike Zimmer has kept things steady throughout the rocky season
    -The Vikings could easily jump to the 8-seed soon
    -What awaits in Chicago on Monday?

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

meandmydogandanimpossibleview ,

Easy listening

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!

alexpicchietti ,

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.

1984 Sheepdog ,

Top notch

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.

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