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Episode 73

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Colin Kaepernick dilemma, debate which Minnesota Vikings players have the “hottest seat” heading into 2017, rank the NFC North’s defensive lines and review the franchise’s biggest mistakes of the past decade on Episode 73 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda & NBA Finals Takes (0:00)
  2. Colin Kaepernick: Is he a Fit in Minnesota? Is he a Fit Anywhere? (6:36)
  3. The Hot Seat: It’s Gut-Check Time (21:38)
  4. NFC North Rankings: Defensive Line (33:00)
  5. Take 5: Biggest Vikings Mistakes of Past ~15 Years (44:57)
  6. Sign-Out: Standard Procedure  (57:32)

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Episode 70 — The Countdown to Episode 100 Begins

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota’s “fatal flaw”, continue their NFC North positional rankings with wide receiver and tight end and debate the top five current Vikings players.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro (0:00-1:26)
  2. Vikings’ Fatal Flaw (1:27-13:23)
  3. New Player Breakdown: Tommy Armstrong (13:24-19:45)
  4. Attending a Non-Football College (19:46-22:10)
  5. NFC North Rankings: Wide Receivers (22:11-32:40)
  6. NFC North Rankings: Tight Ends (32:41-43:38)
  7. Take 5: Best Current Vikings (43:39-54:19)
  8. Sign-Out: Same Old Song and Dance (54:20-55:15)

About the Labor Podcast Episode 63

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald examine CJ Ham’s transition to fullback, how the Minnesota Vikings’ 2017 draft class stacks up against the rest of the NFC North and introduce a new Top-5 ranking segment, beginning with a focus on Rick Spielman’s draft history.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro (0:00-1:29)
  • CJ Ham: Analyzing the Division II product’s transition from running back to fullback (1:30-11:33
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Chicago Bears (11:34-18:43)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Detroit Lions (18:44-24:30)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Green Bay Packers (24:31-31:30)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: How the Minnesota Vikings stack up (31:31-33:29)
  • Top-5 Debate: Rick Spielman Draft Picks (33:30-51:00)
  • Sign Out (51:01-52:20)

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Heading into the fourth quarter in Jacksonville on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings had 15 minutes to overcome a four point deficit and keep their playoff chances alive. After two touchdowns in the final quarter, the Vikings were able to pull ahead of the Jaguars and get a 25-16 win.

With the win the Vikings record improves to 7-6 on the season and their hope for the postseason is still alive.

A majority of the game was a battle between each team’s two kickers (which obviously made the matchup as exciting as possible). Minnesota kicker Kai Forbath and Jaguars kicker Josh Myers combined to make all six of their field goal attempts during the first half on Sunday.

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Apparently the Minnesota Vikings Week 11 victory over the Arizona Cardinals was too good to be true. Here everyone was, all happy and stuff that the Vikings had snapped their four-game losing streak and then they go and drop a stinker in Detroit against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

Injuries continue to hamper this team’s chances of doing anything spectacular this season, but that really should not be an excuse. Every team in the league deals with injuries each year and it just comes down to which team is able to deal with them in a better manner.

Speaking of dealing well with injuries this season, absolutely no one envisioned the Dallas Cowboys to come into their matchup with the Vikings this week riding a 10-game win streak.

Like Minnesota, the Cowboys also lost their starting quarterback to an injury before the start of the year and were left scrambling. But instead of pouting and sulking about their injury problems, Dallas has turned 2016 into a season to remember so far.

Perhaps the Vikings should take a few lessons from the resiliency of the Cowboys this year?

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