Episode 163: Fumble Luck

This week, Arif and Dusty break down the loss to the Dallas Cowboys, wherein Arif goes into great detail about just how incredibly, historically dominant the defensive line's performance was while taking it somewhat easy on Sam Bradford and the refs. Oh, and Adam Thielen fumbled. Featuring a 100% offtopic mailbag with strong takes on sweet potatoes, and a look at the Vikings possible playoffs picture, this episode will give you a smidgen of hope for the postseason!

Episode 162: Tamed by Lions

This week, Arif and Dusty talk Thanksgiving and turkey crowns before wondering aloud if Bishop Sankey bears any relation to Bishop, the Marvel comic book character. They also pick at the carcass of a difficult and disappointing Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions, which on balance was probably still better than roasted turkey.

Episode 160: The Power of Pikachu

Arif and Dusty discuss issues of critical importance, and also football. They do a brief recap of the Washington game and then look forward to the Arizona Cardinals game, which is surprisingly winnable. Along the way, they also ask key questions, like “Are the Vikings bad” before torturing the mailbag for content.

Episode 159: The Blair Walsh Question

Arif and James perform their weekly autopsy, this time on the Lions game. Arif has thoughts about blame, and then they move to what is essentially a full mailbag show. We dip into some controversy over burger preparation and even worse, Duck, Duck, [Insert Waterlogged Fowl].

Episode 158: Beyond The Norv

This week, Arif and Dusty tackle a busy week's news in a surprisingly concise episode that covers everything from Monday's disaster against the Bears to Norv's sudden departure and even a discussion of Sunday's game against the Lions. Now with 100% more optimism about the offense than any other podcast!

Episode 157: The Jay Cutler Rollercoaster

Arif and James preview the Chicago Bears game on Monday night and ponder the ultimate meaning of the meandering mailbag. We mull over the specific matchups in the game and then determine whether or not it's appropriate for Arif to help shape America's youth.


This week, Arif and Dusty recap the disappointing performance against the Eagles. Dusty theorizes that this is the most Vikings game that's happened in a while, and Arif suggests that the offensive line is not as bad as it looked last Sunday. Featuring a mailbag where the guys reach back into history to find a team worse than the 2016 Browns, this episode will make you feel at least a little better!

Episode 155: Back to Earth

This week, Arif & Dusty are joined by Bleeding Green Nation's Ben Natan to preview this week's game. Arif and Ben admit to being wrong about Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz respectively, and then endeavor to be less wrong about positional matchups this week given the numerous injuries to key players on both teams. Featuring a horrorshow of a mailbag that attempts to answer the question "what is a ceiling?" this episode is essential listening!

Episode 154: Surrender Your Cobra

Arif and Dusty get together during the VIkings' bye week to recap a thorough beating of the Texans and review the rather extensive Vikings injury report before taking a victory lap around the division and answering an extended mailbag featuring questions about dopey QBs, slow cookers, and Arif's professional wrestling persona. (A few about football, too.) Don't miss it!

Episode 153: Keep Everybody Alive w/ Brett Kolman

This week, Arif and Dusty are joined by YouTube star, NFL production staffer, and closet Vikings fan Brett Kollmann to talk mostly Vikings defense in advance of the Texans game. Featuring high expectations for T.J. Clemmings, some nice things about Harrison Smith, and a crucial bit of information about how to grow delicious brussels sprouts, this episode will reinforce the spreading belief that the Vikings are the best in the NFC, if not the entire NFL.

Episode 152: Zim Reapers

Arif and James recap the stellar performance the Vikings put together against the Giants and talk about the three-phase win the Vikings created. After that, they get into the nitty-gritty and attempt to figure out a better name for the defense than Purple Reign (it's in the title). It won't work.

Episode 151: Do Stuff (Giants Preview)

Arif and Dusty meet to discuss the Vikings prime-time curse before breaking down a matchup against a team that is historically susceptible to the power of purple. Did the Giants really improve their defensive line? How long can Sam Bradford keep this up? Whose phone numbers does Eli have? We answer all these questions and more on this week's game preview!

Episode 150: Punching Cam Newton in the Face

Arif and James break down the win against the NFC favorites, Carolina Panthers. They talk about the state of the offensive line, take a look at all the talk about "sustainability" and try to figure out if the running game has improved or stayed stagnant.

Episode 149: Panthers Preview w/Edgar Salmigo

Arif and James bring on guest Edgar Salmingo from PanthersWire of USAToday to discuss the matchup the with the Vikings. How do you stop Kelvin Benjamin? Do running back injuries hurt the Panthers more than the Vikings? Why is Stefon Diggs uniquely capable of producing against an otherwise tough Carolina defense?

Episode 147: China Food

Is Sam Bradford any good? What about Adrian Peterson? What about Aaron Rodgers? How fat is Eddie Lacy, and what did he have for lunch today? Is every player worth a first round draft pick or a $200 million dollar contract? Is Carson Palmer good enough for the Hall of Very Good? Norse Code MVP/LVP Justis Mosqueda joins Arif and Dusty to answer all these questions and many more before serving up a 32-course meal of hot, fresh takes from all over the league. Featuring fantastic nicknames for Brock Ostweiler and Tyrod Taylor, this Green Bay preview episode is a phenomenal first look at basically the entire 2016 NFL season.


Episode 146: Spoons Out for Harambe

In the first recap episode of the Vikings season, Arif and James break down each unit and their performanc. They try to figure out if Adrian Peterson's poor game was representative or fluky, whether or not the offensive line caused his problems and what might happen to the quarterback situation for next week.

Episode 145: Sham Hilford w/Ben Natan

This week, Arif and Dusty are joined by Bleeding Green Nation's Ben Natan, and a deep dive into the details of The Trade happens. Should Shaun Hill start Week 1? Did the Vikings pay too much for Sam Bradford? Will Bradford erupt from his chrysalis a fully-formed, team-leading butterfly? Is Food Wars a show about food? Answers to these questions and more are all in this week's Norse Code!