The Locked On Vikings podcast is your daily source for Minnesota Vikings news and analysis. The show brings you a breakdown the latest happenings in Eagan and elsewhere with an eye toward learning about football. From your host, your pal, and the kid you copied off in math class, Luke Braun. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/22/16 -- Packer Perspec...
Sam Ekstrom welcomes Bill Huber to the show to shed some light on Green Bay's four-game winning streak.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/21/16 -- Talking Barr, ...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels wonder what's happened to Anthony Barr, recount their trips to Lambeau Field and dig into how the Packers have won four straight.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/20/16 -- Mike Zimmer Do...
Sam Ekstrom plays some clips from Monday's press conference and gives you the latest Viking to hit the injured reserve.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/19/16 -- Embarrassing L...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss a disappointing 34-6 loss to Indianapolis and where the Vikings go from here.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/16/16 -- Adrian Peterso...
Sam Ekstrom opines on the Adrian Peterson press conference from Thursday and goes through his predictions for Sunday.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/15/16 -- Matt Danely Ta...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by Locked On Colts host Matt Danely, who explains why Andrew Luck has a very poor supporting cast.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/14/16 -- The Formula Fo...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels talk about Andrew Luck's career arc, how to beat the Colts and what T.Y. stands for.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/13/16 -- Arif Hasan Tal...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by writer Arif Hasan to touch on the Vikings' troubling run game, Sharrif Floyd heading to the IR and the Vikings getting another London game.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/12/16 -- Vikings Stay A...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels break down an ugly but effective win against the Jaguars and delve into some concussion conversation toward the end of the show.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/9/16 -- Locked On Jagua...
Sam Ekstrom welcomes Kerry Belkin to the show to get a Jaguars perspective. Could Gus Bradley be fired in Jacksonville? Plus, Sage Rosenfels joins to make his predictions for the weekend's games.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/8/16 -- AP Speaks & Zim...
Sam Ekstrom previews the Vikings-Jaguars game with audio from Mike Zimmer. Adrian Peterson also spoke for the first time since his injury and laid out some conditions for his return.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/7/16 -- Harrison Smith ...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss what Harrison Smith's ankle sprain means, how terrible outdoor practices are in the winter and what Jacksonville's mentality is right now with a 2-10 record.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/6/16 -- A Look Back to ...
Sam Ekstrom recaps how the Vikings accomplished their December rally in 2012, then he welcomes in Zachary Bennett of Locked On Wolves to talk a little hoops.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/5/16 -- Is There Still ...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss the newest playoff scenarios for the Vikings and talk about the best and worst of Sunday's NFL action.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/2/16 -- Same Old Story:...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss what they saw in Thursday night's heartbreaker. An otherwise strong performance was undone by silly mistakes and some suspect officiating.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 12/1/16 -- Mike Zimmer Und...
Sam Ekstrom reports on the breaking developments of Mike Zimmer's unexpected eye surgery. He also talks Cowboys with Drew Davison of Locked On Cowboys.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/30/16 -- Center-QB Exch...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels debate the pros and cons of Adrian Peterson returning this season. They also discuss how Joe Berger's injury will affect the Vikings and who needs to step up on Thursday to help pull the upset.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/29/16 -- Comparing the ...
Sam Ekstrom looks at how Dallas constructed its offensive line compared to the Vikings' O-line construction.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/28/16 -- Looking Back a...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels kick off Week 13 by looking back at the Debacle in Detroit and previewing the Vikings' date with Dallas.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/25/16 -- A Lions Fan Pe...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by local podcaster and Lions fan Sam Verhulst, who has some thoughts on Thursday's big win and his team's unexpected success.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/24/16 -- Immediate Reac...
Sam Ekstrom gives his initial take on the late defensive collapse and a series of boneheaded offensive plays as Minnesota loses 16-13 to Detroit.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/23/16 -- Thanksgiving G...
Matt Dery of Locked On Lions joins the program for the second time to preview the battle for the division lead. Sage Rosenfels also joins to make his Thanksgiving Day predictions.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/22/16 -- Wildcat Deep D...
Sam Ekstrom digs into the Vikings' Wildcat Formation this season and goes on to reminisce about how Randy Moss dominated the Dallas Cowboys, not once, but twice on Thanksgiving Day.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/21/16 -- Vikings Snap t...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss everything that happened in Sunday's win over Arizona, primarily the pass rush, special teams and game-changing plays.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/18/16 -- Larry Fitzgera...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss the key matchups of this weekend's Vikings-Cardinals game, Sage answers Twitter questions and both of them make predictions for the weekend.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/17/16 -- Chris Kluwe On...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to discuss his experiences with Blair Walsh and what likely led to his struggles and departure from the team.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/16/16 -- Blair Walsh Cu...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels react to the departure of Blair Walsh and give their thoughts on new kicker Kai Forbath.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/15/16 -- Kalil and Wals...
Sam Ekstrom gives two updates from Winter Park and then delves into Minnesota's short yardage woes that have plagued them for the last four games.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/14/16 -- Vikings Lose G...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels break down the Minnesota Vikings' fourth straight loss at Washington. Just how bad is the run blocking? Has the defense lost its edge? Do we miss Teddy? They answer all those questions and more and today's episode.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/11/16 -- Key Matchups a...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels give their final breakdown of Sunday's game and predict whether the Vikings can bring their losing streak to a close.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/10/16 -- Vikings FAQs
Sam Ekstrom addresses five important Vikings questions, including what the differences were between Norv Turner and Pat Shurmur's offense.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/9/16 -- Walsh Stays For...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels analyze the Vikings' decision to keep Blair Walsh (for the moment) and waive MyCole Pruitt. They also dole out midseason awards for the Vikings.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/8/16 -- Blair Walsh On ...
Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman explore the possibility of a new Vikings kicker and discuss some additional Vikings-Lions takeaways.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/7/16 -- Plenty of Regre...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels react to a brutal loss to the Detroit Lions. Why couldn't the offense score in the red zone? Why can't the defense rush the passer all of a sudden? And what to do with Blair Walsh?
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/4/16 -- West Coast Sche...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels contemplate what Pat Shurmur's offense might look like, the impact of a couple Vikings injuries and the all-important Vikings Donut Club.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/3/16 -- Matt Dery Talks...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by Matt Dery of Locked On Lions to talk about Game 7, which he attended, and the state of the Detroit Lions. Sage Rosenfels also calls in to weigh in more on Norv Turner's resignation.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/2/16 -- Norv Turner OUT...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels react to the breaking news of Norv Turner's resignation.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 11/1/16 -- Is the Sky Fall...
Sam Ekstrom ponders what happened in the Windy City on Halloween Night and whether the Vikings are capable of fixing their offensive -- and now defensive -- issues.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/31/16 -- Halloween, Vik...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss Sunday's NFL action before giving their final thoughts and predictions on Monday night's Vikings-Bears game.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/28/16 -- Arthur Arkush ...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by Arthur Arkush from Chicago to discuss the Bears' poor start to the season and his beloved Cubs in the World Series. Sage Rosenfels also appears to discuss the hard-hitting stuffed animal controversy involving Mike Zimmer.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/27/16 -- Pete Carroll R...
Sam Ekstrom is first joined by Arif Hasan to address the rumors of the Vikings signing another offensive lineman. Then new Locked On Wolves host, Zach Bennett, joins the show to review Minnesota's season-opening loss.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/26/16 -- Sage Addresses...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss the recent Deadspin article about the 2009 Vikings having a bounty program. They also talk about communication on the O-line and Jay Cutler's history against the Vikings.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/25/16 -- Correction, No...
Sam Ekstrom explains how Mike Zimmer has been good at bouncing back from losses and describes how Minnesota can rediscover its identity.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/24/16 -- Melancholy Mon...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss Minnesota's first loss of the season, a 21-10 clunker at Philadelphia.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/21/16 -- Bradford's Bes...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels give their final thoughts before the Vikings face the Eagles. They talk about Sam Bradford's top throws, the best home crowds in the NFL and who they think will win Sunday's top matchups.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/20/16 -- Eagles Insider...
Sam Ekstrom welcomes on Turron Davenport, host of Locked On Eagles. They talk the development of Carson Wentz, the Bradford trade and how the Philly offensive line is holding up.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/19/16 -- Top All-Time D...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss where the Vikings could rank amongst historically good defenses, the unfortunate news about George Edwards' DUI and which Vikings player would you most want to have off IR tomorrow.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/18/16 -- Focused Viking...
Sam Ekstrom gets you caught up on all the latest updates as the Vikings report back to practice following their bye week.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/17/16 -- NFL Review, Vi...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels review an exciting Week 6 in the NFL and try to figure out who's for real in the NFC. They also ponder who the worst teams in the NFL are.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/14/16 -- Cris Carter St...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels wrap up the bye week with a variety of talkers, including Sage's experiences with Cris Carter in Miami. They hit on three Vikinsg-related questions before predicting the NFC North games for the weekend.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/13/16 -- Matt Williamso...
Sam Ekstrom welcomes Matt Williamson of Locked On NFL to discuss the league as a whole and how far the Vikings can go.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/12/16 -- #AskTheSage: J...
Sam Ekstrom quizzes Sage Rosenfels with Twitter questions on the status of the Vikings' offensive line, what bye weeks looked like for him and which presidential candidate would he want running the Vikings?
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/11/16 -- Vikings Sign J...
Sam Ekstrom breaks the news of Minnesota signing LT Jake Long, then recaps the first five games with some of the team's top highlights.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/10/16 -- Vikings Crush ...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels rehash Minnesota's dominant win over Houston to move to 5-0. They discuss the improving offense, the stifling third down defense and the selfless coaching staff that has brought the #Vikings to this point.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/7/16 -- Offensive Code ...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss the offensive playcalling strategies for the Vikings and Texans, Sam hits Sage with some quarter-of-the-way stats, and they both make their predictions in the four NFC North games.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/6/16 -- Robert Land of ...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by Robert Land of Locked On Texans to preview Sunday's tilt. They discuss the game's key matchups and the confidence levels of their respective fan bases.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/5/16 -- Vikings-Giants ...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels close the book on New York and open the book on Houston as the undefeated Vikings begin a short week of preparation after their 24-10 win against the Giants.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/4/16 -- Vikings Dominat...
Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman dissect the dominant defensive performance and balanced offensive approach in Minnesota's fourth straight victory.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 10/3/16 -- Dome Collapse M...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels remember the disastrous 2010 Metrodome Collapse, discuss the big NFL storylines from Sunday and give their official predictions for Monday night's battle against the New York Giants.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/30/16 -- How QBs Watch F...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss how quarterbacks scout the opposition, update the Vikings injury situation and speculate who could fill in if Zach Line misses time. Plus, the Giants may not have anybody left in the secondary.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/29/16 -- Giants Talk Wit...
Sam Ekstrom and Art Stapleton go back and forth and discuss their teams' strength and weaknesses in advance of Monday's matchup.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/28/16 -- Stopping Beckha...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels begin previewing the New York Giants game by reminiscing about Sage's year with the team. They talk Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin and Odell Beckham, Jr., as well as whether or not the Vikings' defensive success is sustainable.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/27/16 -- Turnover Creati...
Sam Ekstrom explains how the Minnesota Vikings are generating so many takeaways, the status of Alex Boone and why Laquon Treadwell isn't getting much playing time.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/26/16 -- Vikings Win Wit...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels break down Minnesota's convincing win over Carolina to stay unbeaten. They discuss how the Vikings flustered Cam Newton and how Sam Bradford is finding success in an unfamiliar offense.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/23/16 -- The Futures of ...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels wonder what lies ahead for Matt Kalil, Sharrif Floyd and Adrian Peterson and how they'll be affected from a contract standpoint next year. They also discuss what makes Carolina so tough to stop and give their official gam...
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/22/16 -- Peterson Opts F...
Sam Ekstrom explains why the Vikings can still compete without Kalil and Peterson, and he takes a look back at the last time the Panthers and Vikings played.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/21/16 -- Carolina Look-A...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels begin previewing the Vikings game at Carolina and how they'll be functioning without Adrian Peterson. Sam also checks Sage's panic level on a few concerning issues.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/20/16 -- Adrian's Torn M...
Sam Ekstrom provides an Adrian Peterson knee update and explains how the Vikings should move forward without him.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/19/16 -- Vikings Win, Pe...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels both report on the experience being inside US Bank Stadium for the Vikings' 17-14 win over the Packers. They also talk about the game's turning points and what the Vikings still need to fix.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/16/16 -- Kalil's Injury,...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels explain what it will take for the Vikings to beat the Packers on Sunday Night Football. Sam also has a pop quiz for Sage to see if he has a photographic memory like Aaron Rodgers.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/15/16 -- The Packer Repo...
Sam Ekstrom and Bill Huber get up speed on each other's teams as they deliver a mega-pod in preparation for Sunday's Border Battle. Plenty of info on Rodgers, Lacy, Peterson and Diggs to get you ready for the big game.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/14/16 -- Aaron Rodgers P...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels talk Vikings-Packers with memories of Brett Favre facing his old team, the video game-like qualities of Aaron Rodgers and how Kevin Harlan delivered the greatest play-by-play call in the history of sports.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/13/16 -- Blair Walsh Opi...
Sam Ekstrom explains why it would be tough to replace Blair Walsh, then welcomes in Arif Hasan to get a deeper look at Sunday's win.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/12/16 -- Hill Manages, D...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels break down a Week 1 Vikings win, 25-16 over Tennessee. They discuss the performance of the Shaun Hill, the lackluster run game, Stefon Diggs' improvement and Blair Walsh's kicking woes.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/9/16 -- Week 1 Predictio...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels look ahead to the Week 1 Titans matchup and play a Vikings-centric 'Would You Rather?' game.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/8/16 -- Vikings-Titans T...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by Locked On Titans host Terry McCormick to discuss Marcus Mariota, the Titans' exciting rookies and the release of David Cobb in Tennessee.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/7/16 -- Mariota Impressi...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels dive into the Tennessee Titans matchup in Week 1, and Sage answers questions from Twitter.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/6/16 -- The Importance o...
Sam Ekstrom breaks down how Sam Bradford will get incorporated into the offense and how Rick Spielman negotiated the deal.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/5/16 -- Vikings Trade Fo...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels opine on the Sam Bradford acquisition and whether Rick Spielman made a good move. They also recap a fairly uneventful roster cut day.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/2/16 -- Spielman's QB Se...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels react to Rick Spielman's comments on Teddy Bridgewater and his quarterback search. They also talk about a couple standouts in last night's game who may have improved their future in the NFL.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 9/1/16 -- Travis Rodgers o...
Sam Ekstrom discusses how the Vikings might go about finding a replacement for Teddy Bridgewater before welcoming in Locked On Rams host Travis Rodgers to talk Vin Scully, Hard Knocks and Todd Gurley's ceiling.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/31/16 -- The Teddy Bridg...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels confirm the news of Teddy Bridgewater's torn ACL and begin analyzing back-up options. They also dissect the departure of John Sullivan, Minnesota's veteran center.
EMERGENCY LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/30/16 -- Firs...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels react to Teddy Bridgewater's significant knee injury and contemplate how the Vikings will move forward.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/30/16 -- 2-Point Convers...
Sam Ekstrom is joined by Arif Hasan of ColdOmaha.com to discuss the John Sullivan trade rumors and the Vikings' offensive line. Sam also points out the value of the 2-point conversion.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/29/16 -- Teddy, Diggs, S...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels rehash the Vikings' first game at US Bank Stadium, talk about the top performances and discuss what NFL roster cut days are like.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/26/16 -- Contract "Holdo...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss the advantages for Teddy Bridgewater of playing indoors, the Joey Bosa contract situation and alpha dogs in NFL locker rooms. Then Sam wraps up the week by quizzing Sage on old box scores from his past.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/25/16 -- The Real Meanin...
Sam Ekstrom describes Rhett Ellison's fascinating press conference at Vikings practice, how preseason success correlates to the regular season and looks at the status of each NFC North foe.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/24/16 -- Zimmer vs Media...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss the continued discontent between Mike Zimmer and the media, whether Adrian Peterson should play in the preseason and how amazing knee rehabs are these days.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/23/16 -- Vikings FAQs
Sam Ekstrom attempts to answer some common Vikings questions pertaining to Zach Line, the new stadium and the battle at center.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/22/16 -- Quarterback Car...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss the latest Vikings' QB confusion, the state of the team's offensive line and whether Jerick McKinnon can be a legit starter post-Peterson.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/19/16 -- Teddy's No-Show...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels discuss Mike Zimmer's decision to not play Teddy Bridgewater on Thursday, their concerns about the Vikings' run game and the mentality of a back-up quarterback.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/18/16 -- Ponder Got a Jo...
Sam Ekstrom congratulates Christian Ponder on the new gig in San Francisco, then describes what he's looking for in tonight's Vikings preseason game at Seattle.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/17/16 -- Blair Walsh, Ad...
Sage Rosenfels joins Sam Ekstrom to preview the Seattle preseason game. Can Blair Walsh bounce back from last year's miss? Should Adrian Peterson play in the preseason? And who will claim the second safety spot beside Harrison Smith?
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/16/16 -- Shamar Stephen ...
Sam Ekstrom details the reemergence of Shamar Stephen, reports on the latest Vikings' practice news and explains why the current rookie class may not be as strong as last year's.
LOCKED ON VIKINGS -- 8/15/16 -- Brett Favre Sto...
Sam Ekstrom and Sage Rosenfels kick off the Locked On Vikings Podcast by reminiscing about the 2009 Vikings and wondering if the 2016 team can make a similar run.