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43 minutes | 2 days ago
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?
65 minutes | 7 days ago
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
27 minutes | 16 days ago
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?
63 minutes | 21 days ago
Dormant Deadline, Odds of a Winning Streak & Great Everson Moments
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Zone Coverage contributor Chris Schad to discuss the latest with the Vikings: -Which backup quarterback will torch the Vikings if Matthew Stafford misses Sunday's game? -Was the Vikings' winning formula on Sunday sustainable? -What more can Dalvin do? -How tough it will be for Dalvin to reach Adrian Peterson's legacy -Favorite Everson Griffen moments in purple -Where to put the Vikings young guards -Week 9 picks against the spread
39 minutes | 23 days ago
How Did the Vikings Win, and What are the Ripple Effects?
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings' 28-22 win over the Packers. -Are the Vikings truly bad enough to tank for a top quarterback? -What will happen at the trade deadline? -What was the most surprising part of Sunday's victory? -Tom plays Monday Morning Quarterback on two big coaching moves -Dalvin Cook v. Adrian Peterson?
62 minutes | a month ago
Deadline Deals, Bye Week Viewing & Ngakoue Trade Fallout
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan give their latest takes on the state of the Minnesota Vikings: -Did the Vikings get fair return for the Yannick Ngakoue trade? -Does Danielle Hunter deserve a raise? -What is the value of the Vikings' top assets? -What teams intrigued you during the bye week? -Week 8 picks against the spread
64 minutes | a month ago
Tradeable Assets, Getting Younger & Zimmer's Future
Sam Ekstrom is joined by guest hosts Tom Schreier and Eric Thompson (Daily Norseman) to discuss what the Vikings should do after their 1-5 start: -Which assets are most/least tradeable at the deadline? -What does the future hold for Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman? -Can the Vikings get any younger with their lineup? -Should Minnesota kick the tires on G Quinton Spain? -Week 7 picks
63 minutes | a month ago
The Great 4th and 1 Debate, OL Development & Week 6 Picks
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman discuss the latest in Vikings football. Topics include: -Putting a bow on the Seattle Seahawks game -Were you satisfied with Kirk Cousins' performance? -How should the OL be constructed to maximize development? -Are the Vikings underrated based on underlying analytics? -Week 6 picks against-the-spread
69 minutes | 2 months ago
Jefferson vs. Diggs, DE Rotation & Seattle Challenges
Sam Ekstrom, Luke Inman and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings. Topics include: -Houston fires Bill O'Brien after losing to the Vikings. Is Pete Carroll next?!? -Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are the league's top two receivers on PFF. How does Jefferson's skillset stack up against Stefon Diggs'? -When will Dan Chisena record his first career catch? -What should the defensive end rotation look like without Danielle Hunter going forward? -What challenges does Seattle present besides Russell Wilson? -Should Kirk Cousins be rolling out more? -Week 5 picks against the spread
37 minutes | 2 months ago
The Vikings Win, But Does it Change the Season Outlook?
Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman react to Minnesota's 31-23 win over the Houston Texans: -The Vikings nearly blow a 15-point lead, but replay review saves them. -What is the ideal cornerback group moving forward? -Should Harrison Smith have been ejected? -Thielen and Jefferson look like a fantastic duo
64 minutes | 2 months ago
COVID Scare, Offseason Second Guesses & the Worst 0-3 Situations
Sam Ekstrom, Luke Inman and Arif Hasan discuss the latest in Vikings football. Topics include: -How does the 2020 season compare to 2010? -How can the defense realistically improve this year? -What offseason moves should be most second-guessed? -Which 0-3 teams are worst off? -Do the Vikings have any trade candidates at the deadline? -Week 4 picks against the spread
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Another Clunker Against the Colts
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to Minnesota's second straight blowout loss: -Did the Vikings overestimate their ability to avoid a rebuild? -What's up with Cousins? -When will Hunter rejoin and Ngakoue hit his stride, if ever? -What solutions are there on offense? -What challenges does Tennessee present in Week 3?
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Packers Dominate as Vikings Defense Falters
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?
69 minutes | 2 months ago
NFL Season Preview With CBS Sports' Pete Prisco
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 2020 season, including: An NFC North deep dive Brees vs Brady and the NFC South Most underrated player in the NFL Sophomore player primed for the biggest improvement Words of wisdom for rookie head coach Joe Judge Get prepared just in time for Week 1 of the NFL season with this special edition of The Draft Rap podcast on the Zone Coverage Podcast Network.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Hunter to IR, Season Predictions & Week 1 Gambling Picks
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 -X-factors for the Packers game
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Roster Reaction, First Look at Packers & Adrian Peterson to the Lions
Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings. Topics include: -Biggest surprises over the construction of the roster -What are the biggest matchups in the Green Bay game in Week 1? -Did Green Bay improve in the offseason? -Adrian Peterson has a new home
77 minutes | 3 months ago
Cousins' Comments, O-Line Drama & Ngakoue Reactions
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?
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Reaction to the Vikings' Trade For Yannick Ngakoue
Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman put together an emergency podcast on the breaking news that the Minnesota Vikings acquired DE Yannick Ngakoue from the Jacksonville Jaguars. -How talented is Ngakoue? -How does it change the Vikings' rotation? -What does it mean for Ifeadi Odenigbo? -Where will the money come from?
73 minutes | 3 months ago
No Fans, Danielle Hunter Panic Meter & Camp Standouts You Haven't Heard Of
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 Than, Less Than (i.e., Will Irv Smith Jr.'s receiving yardage be greater than or less than Justin Jefferson's?) -Twitter questions
79 minutes | 3 months ago
"Cornerback U" with Former New York Jets CB Eric Crocker
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 Minnesota Vikings secondary, breaking down the inexperienced unit's outlook under Mike Zimmer's watchful eye. Inman puts Crocker through the gauntlet during "Rapid Fire" where he unveils some serious hard hitting questions and answers like Jordan vs Lebron and the best way to cook a steak. You can only find this wide range of top notch sports journalism and broadcasting here on The Draft Rap.
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