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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 Minnesota Vikings cannot stop the run but luckily Derrick Henry, the best powerback in the NFL, rolls into Historic US Bank Stadium with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. How will the Vikes even try to stop the rushing champ? Timestamps: • (1:33) How Will the Vikings Stop Derrick Henry? • (7:20) Yannick is Bringing the Stank • (12:29) 5 Vikings W…
 
Sam Ekstrom is joined by The Athletic's Arif Hasan to discuss the latest in Vikings football. Topics include: -What are the symptoms of the team's 0-2 start and how can they be fixed? -What can Kirk Cousins' do better, and are the safeties his fault? -Is Gary Kubiak to blame at all? -What impact will Anthony Barr's absence have? -What challenges do…
 
2020 has been a tough year. It's even worse as a Minnesota Vikings fan. Let me vent for a hot second. Timestamps: • (1:33) Raw Real Rant • (8:23) Trade Kirk to the 49ers • (16:03) Vikes sign DE Abdullah Anderson to the Practice Squad • (19:32) Week 3 NFL Power Rankings • (32:16) Garrett Bradbury is GOOD • (35::36) Vikings Sign LB Todd Davis A North…
 
The Minnesota Vikings gave head coach Mike Zimmer a lucrative multi-year extension this offseaon. If the team continues to crater, would ownership really consider pulling the plug on Zim? Timestamps: • (1:33) Fire Zim? • (7:24) Do the Vikes Regret the Diggs Trade? • (12:25) Kirk Cousins IS to Blame • (17:25) Don't Tank. Yet • (23:11) Are the Viking…
 
The Minnesota Vikings fell on their faces again Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts falling 28-11. Here are 5 Winners & Losers from the game that was. Timestamps: • (1:33) Vikings-Colts Recap • (15:37) This is ALL on Zimmer • (23:27) Keep Hope Alive • (31:54) The Dru Samia Dynasty is Cancelled • (38:00) Plau Oli Udoh at Right…
 
The 0-1 Minnesota Vikings look to get right Sunday as they invade Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the also 0-1 Indianapolis Colts. Here are 5 Keys to a Vikes Victory on Sunday! Timestamps: • (1:33) 5 Keys to Victory • (10:00) Pat Elflein Placed on IR • (14:42) Cameron Dantzler Misses Practice • (19:45) Inside the Dalvin Cook Contract • (24:49) Vikings…
 
New Minnesota Vikings edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue has had a long history of success versus Sunday's opponent the Indianpolis Colts. The former Jacksonville Jaguar will be to getting the Vikes pass rush out of the muck. Timestamps: • (1:33) Yannick Ngakoue OWNS the Colts • (7:50) Why No Anthony Barr Restructure • (12:25) Vikes Trying to Trade a Kick…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Locked On Vikings host Luke Braun to discuss Week 1 and look ahead to Week 2. Topics include: -Who were the biggest scapegoats in Week 1 in the Vikings' loss to the Packers? Secondary or pass rush? -What was the game's turning point? -Arif vs. Luke in Vikings-lose-to-the-Colts trivia -Is Philip Rivers washed…
 
Former Minnesota Vikings roster participant cornerback Xavier Rhodes will be lined up versus superstar wide receiver Adam Thielen for the first time in a real game on Sunday. Prediction? PAIN. Timestamps: • (1:33) Adam Thielen vs Xavier Rhodes • (7:11) Pressure on Andre Patterson • (12:05) Cameron Dantzle Actually Played Well • (16:36) BENCH PAT EL…
 
The Minnesota Vikings cornerbacks were completely toasted Week 1. How do Mike Hughes, Holton Hill, Cameron Dantzler and Jeff Gladney turn the season around? Timestamps: • (1:33) Fix the Cornerbacks • (6:21) Vikings Need Home Fans • (12:36) Blame Zimmer • (18:32) Dalvin and Mattison • (23:56) Kendricks is the GOAT • (28:21) SIGN DAMON SNACKS HARRISO…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman react to Minnesota's 43-34 Week 1 loss. -How weird was the viewing experience inside the stadium without fans? -What was the game's turning point? -How concerning were the pass rush and secondary? -Kirk Cousins didn't make big plays when it mattered. -Time to panic about the lack of rookie impact?…
 
The Minnesota Vikings let one slip by versus the Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium. Here are the Winners and Losers from the game that was. Timestamps: • (1:33) Vikings-Packers Recap: Winners & Losers! • (13:16) 5 Ways the Vikings Can Fix This Hot Mess • (21:12) It's ONE Game • (29:54) Inside the Eric Kendricks Restr…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have signed superstar running back Dalvin Cook to a 5-year, $63 million extension with $28 million guaranteed. Timestamps: • (1:33) Vikings Sign Dalvin Cook to a 5-Year Extension! • (6:12) 5 Reasons Why the Dalvin Cook Extension is PHENOMENAL for Everyone • (14:12) Kirk Cousins is Better Than Aaron Rodgers Right NOW • (19:45) …
 
One of The Draft Rap host Luke Inman's favorite yearly guests stops by to scan the entire NFL and go division-by-division to preview what is sure to be one of the wackiest seasons ever to be played for a bevy of reasons. CBS Sports' Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for over 30 years and lays out his forecast for some of the biggest storylines of the…
 
The Minnesota Vikings welcome in the Greasy Grimey Green Bay Packers to US Bank Stadium on Sunday. Here are 5 keys for the Vikes to start the 2020 season with a W. Timestamps: • (1:33) Vikings-Packers Preview • (10:17) It's Ifeadi Odenigbo SZN • (15:21) 5 Available Edge Rushers for the Vikes • (22:12) Anthony Barr at DE? • (27:58) Speed Up the DJ W…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have placed superstar edge rusher Danielle Hunter on injured reserve with his "tweak". Hunter will now miss at least 3 weeks of the season under the new IR rules. Timestamps: • (1:33) Vikings Place Danielle Hunter on IR • (5:57) What Do the Vikings Do Without Danielle Hunter? • (11:29) Zimmer Needs to Talk. NOW • (16:42) Davan…
 
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman preview the Vikings' first game of the season against the Green Bay Packers. Topics include: -Danielle Hunter officially moved to the IR. What is the impact? -How will the Vikings handle their practice squad callups? -The guys make their official pre-season predictions -Week 1 gambling picks against the spread…
 
Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Adam Thielen is primed to kick of his revenge tour this week against the Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers. Can't wait. Timestamps: • (1:33) The Adam Thielen Revenge Tour Begins • (7:08) DT Albert Huggins on the Practice Squad • (13:13) Vikings Unofficial Depth Chart • (18:17) James Lynch Officially a DT • (24:20) …
 
The offseason seemeed to drag on, but it's finally here. Week 1. Minnesota Vikings vs the Greasy Grimey Green Bay Packers at Historic US Bank Stadium. Woooooooooo Timestamps: • (1:33) IT'S VIKINGS vs PACKERS WEEK • (10:04) Vikings Season Projections • (23:40) ESPN's NFL Predictions are Trash • (36:00) Thoughts on the Offensive Line... • (43:45) Wha…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have their inital 16 man practice squad set. Well... Most of it. Here's who made it. Timestamps: • (1:44) Vikings Set Practice Squad • (7:40) Vikes Claimed LB Ryan Connelly • (12:47) Kicker Chase McLaughlin Back on PS • (18:17) Yannick Over Clowney • (25:05) Adrian Peterson Signs with the Lions • (29:40) Don't Freak About the …
 
The Minnesota Vikings have trimmed their roster to 53. Here's a look at who made the squad, who missed, and who could find their way onto the practice squad. Timestamps: • (1:44) Minnesota Vikings 53 Man Roster • (8:24) Top 5 Controversial Vikings 53 Man Roster Moves • (15:17) Vikings MOCK Practice Squad (Yes. This is Happening) • (21:47) Fire Rick…
 
The Minnesota Vikings are a team that is lied about OFTEN in the national media. Let's debunk the 5 BIGGEST myths about the 2020 Vikes. Timestamps: • (1:44) 5 Biggest 2020 Vikings Myths • (10:07) Inside the Riley Reiff PAY CUT • (14:53) Vikings Starting Offensive Line • (21:26) Alexander Hollins is WR4 • (25:58) Emergency FINAL 53 Man Roster Projec…
 
As the Minnesota Vikings wind down training camp, difficult roster cuts will have to be made. Here are our Top-5 Timestamps: • (1:44) 5 Shocking Roster Cuts • (8:33) Start Roster Cuts Right Now • (14:14) Garrett Bradbury is the Key • (19:13) Kirk Cousins has STRONG COVID Thoughts • (23:44) Yannick Ngakoue - Honest Press Conferences • (29:10) Viking…
 
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman discuss a big week of Minnesota Vikings news: -Kirk Cousins' controversial mask comments -Riley Reiff restructuring his contract to stay in Minnesota -Does Yannick Ngakoue give the Vikings the best DE tandem in the league? -Is Alexander Hollins Mr. Mankato? -What stats will former Vikings have this year?…
 
Minnesota Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff took a last second pay cut to stay with the Vikes. Why did he do it? Two obvious reasons. Timestamps: • (1:44) Riley Reiff takes pay cut • () Joe Mixon screwed Dalvin • (14:03) Ifeadi mad • (18:44) Vikings Front 7 projections • (25:43) Update on Danielle Hunter's tweak • (30 :31) Jaleel Johnson is the D-Lin…
 
It's the final week of training camp before the 53 man roster cuts. Here's our final (post Yannick Ngakoue trade) stab at the roster + 16 man practice squad. Timestamps: • (1:44) FINAL 53 man roster projection • (9:22) Yannick Ngakoue took a pay cut • (15:02) Can the Vikes keep Danielle and Yannick longterm? • (21:10) Yannick's ONE weakness • (26:5…
 
The Minnesota Vikings got their scrimmage on Friday at historic US Bank Stadium. Here's what went down. Timestamps: • (1:44) Scrimmage recap • (6:48) Irv Smith year 2 • (13:30) Chill out on DJ Wonnum and James Lynch • (19:42) Top 5 questions • (27:00) Biggest camp disappointments • (34:30) Josh Kline return> • (40:30) Jeff Gladney is good to go A N…
 
The Minnesota Vikings pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade acquiring Jacksonville Jaguars edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue in exchange for a 2021 second round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth round selection. It's a bold and great move for the Vikes. Timestamps: • (1:44) Vikes trade for Yannick Ngakoue • (7:05) Top-5 Vikings affected by the trade …
 
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is quietly having the best training camp of his NFL career. Why is no one talking about it? Timestamps: • (1:44) Cousins best training camp ever • (8:07) Mackensie Alexander's father found ALIVE • (10:52) Vikings sign David Reese II, cut Brian Cole II • (16:29) Use Anthony Barr as an edge • (22:41) Vikings…
 
Handicapping the tighest Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Battles: Justin Jefferson vs Bisi Johnson, Tajae Sharpe vs Chad Beebe, Dakota Dozier vs Aviante Collins, Jaleel Johnson vs Armon Watt, and Jalyn Holmes vs Eddie Yarbrough. Timestamps: • (1:44) Training Camp battles • (9:03) Zimmer is right • (16:06) Ezra Cleveland finally at left tackle? • (2…
 
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman convene for another Zone Coverage Football Machine, covering the Vikings and the NFL. Topics include: -The Vikings announce no fans for at least the first two games. How will it affect the betting line? -Eddie Yarbrough trivia -What should be the panic level over Danielle Hunter's mysterious injury? -Greater T…
 
The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday morning that fans will not be allowed inside US Bank Stadium for the first two home games: Week 1 vs the Greasy Grimey Green Bay Packers and Week 3 vs the Low-T Tennessee Titans. Timestamps: • (1:44) No fans at USB • (6:56) Zimmer is 100% right • (12:43) Bisi Johnson fighting for WR2 • (17:58) Sign McLeod Bet…
 
This should be the week of the third preseason game aka the dressed rehearsal for the season. Here's our latest stab at the Minnesota Vikings 53 Man Roster and Practice Squad. Timestamps: • (1:44) 53 man roster projection • (9:30) Top 5 tradable Vikings • (19:18) KJ Osborn is more than just a returner • (25:03) Troy Dye is rising up • (29:37) Eddie…
 
Former New York Jets cornerback Eric Crocker stops by The Draft Rap studio to discuss the current training camp buzz along with his early picks to represent the NFC in the 2020 Super Bowl. Host Luke Inman has Crocker list his cornerback superlatives from best press to fastest cover man in the league. Plus, the duo take a deep dive into the Minnesot…
 
How the Minnesota Vikings depth chart is starting to shape up as training camp rolls along. Timestamps: • (1:44) Offensive depth chart • (8:34) Defensive depth chart • (16:55) 5 shocking roster cuts • (23:05) No fans to start at US Bank Stadium • (27:04) Adjust Justin Jefferson expectations • (33:14) Mike Zimmer press conference • (39:02) Vikes wor…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman discuss the latest from Vikings training camp, including: -False positives send eight Vikings into quarantine -Reasons why it's been a fairly uneventful camp for the Vikings -Who will be the surprise cuts? -How are the young corners developing? -Should the Vikings have added some veterans late in free agency?…
 
As Minnesota Vikings training camp rolls along, players are stepping up and some are... A work in progress. Here are the top-5 Vikings training camp disappointments: Tajae Sharpe, Dillon Mitchell, Dru Samia, Josh Metellus, and Nate Stanley. Timestamps: • (1:44) Top 5 camp disappointments • (8:08) What now for Dalvin Cook? • (16:16) No fans for the …
 
The Minnesota Vikings and superstar running back have reportedly broken off contract negotiations. Now what? Timestamps: • (1:44) Dalvin & Vikings halt talks • (7:44) 53 man roster projection • (15:16) Vikings sign LB Hardy Nickerson Jr • (20:31) Sign Logan Ryan • (25:37) Aviante Collins starting at LG? • (30:47) Justin Jefferson with the 1s • (36:…
 
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman join to discuss what they've learned so far at Vikings training camp. Topics include: -Is the defensive line a bigger concern than we expected? -Are the starting guard candidates good enough? -Which unheralded rookies (if any) have stood out? -How are the top four draft picks looking, and which rookie corner w…
 
It's still relatively early in training camp, but here are the Top-5 Minnesota Vikings who are shining: Cameron Dantzler, Justin Jefferson, Hercules Mata'afa, KJ Osbron, and Nevelle Clarke. Timestamps: • (1:44) 5 Camp stars so far • (10:45) It's Cameron Dantzler SZN • (16:19) Brian O'Neill is JACKED • (22:19) Latest on Danielle Hunter's injury • (2…
 
The Minnesota Vikings had their first padded practice Monday afternoon. Here are our main takeaways. Timestamps: • (1:44) Thielen truth bombs • (8:45) Gary Kubiak presser • (19:00) Zim shouts out Alexander Hollins • (24:37) Is this it for Anthony Harris? • (30:20) What now for NDSU's Trey Lance? • (38:06) First practice takeaways A Northern Digital…
 
The Minnesota Vikings announced plans to livestream their first padded practice on Monday. Huzzah! We'll also livestreaming at the same time, man. Timestamps: • (1:44) Livestream practice this afternoon • (5:57) Elflein moving to right guard • (12:43) Gary Kubiak is the father of the modern NFL • (20:08) Mike Zimmer press conference • (28:39) Dalvi…
 
With former Minnesota Vikings edge rusher Everson Griffen now officially a Dallas Cowboy, how will the Vikes replace Sack Daddy? It's Ifeadi Odenigbo and the crew. Timestamps: • (1:44) 5 Vikes who will replace Everson • (9:17) Everson turned down a "better" offer? • (16:56) Don't blame Everson • (22:44) Reaction to O-Line depth chart • (29:26) It's…
 
In a shocking turn of events, Minnesota Vikings edge rusher Everson Griffen ====== has reportedly signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Timestamps: • (1:44) Everson to the Cowboys • (8:14) If the Vikings Were On Hard Knocks... • (14:39) 3 Vikings who should be traded • (21:16) Trade for Jets NT Folorunso Fatuaski • (28:10) Todd McShay's 2021 Mock Draft i…
 
Sam Ekstrom, Luke Inman and Arif Hasan are back to discuss the latest with the National Football League and the Minnesota Vikings. Topics include: -What are the ripple effects of college football postponing until the spring? -What do we want to see from the Vikings at the first open training camp practices? -What will the depth chart be at wide rec…
 
Look at the Minnesota Vikings revenge tour for the 2020 season. Also which former Vikings players and coaches will be looking for their own piece this season. Timestamps: • (1:45) Vikings revenge tour 2020 • (16:45) Vikings waive Cam Smith, will pay salary • (22:00) Big Ten shuts down football • (25:06) Xavier Rhodes trashes the Vikings • (29:15) C…
 
The Minnesota Vikings and superstar running back Dalvin Cook are close to an extension and could be a done deal this week. Timestamps: • (0:40) Vikes extend Dalvin this week • (5:45) Vikings still in on Everson Griffen • (11:16) Holton Hill is finally maturing • (15:34) Justin Jefferson is Cris Carter 2.0? • (20:46) Vikes cut 3 players • (25:20) Re…
 
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