Vikings Podcast: Hock, Shock, and 2 Smoking Predictions

Gotta admit: I’m a sucker for snappy titles. Shock may be a touch strong, but let’s roll with it for the rhyme that just rolls off the tongue.

In the latest episode of Notes from the North — a humble Vikings podcast — Sizzlin’ Sam and I unpack the T.J. Hockenson news, discuss the roster surprises/predictions, and then offer a pair of season predictions. Take a peak at what he had to say: “Kyle and Sam breakdown Kyle’s prediction results, and the Hockenson extension. Then they give areas they are looking for in terms of success or challenges the team may face, before giving a final prediction on the record for the season.”

Sizzlin’ Sam is always a man of few words. Let’s offer up a few more thoughts.

Vikings Podcast: 09.04.2023

Massive money, to be sure, and yet the eye-catching headlines make the situation appear different from reality.

Questions Answered: Hockenson Trade Best in Franchise History, Bradbury, Packers Elimination
Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Hockenson is a great player who deserves a great contract. Previously, there has been some discussion about the modest yards-per-catch average as a reason for pause, but the hope is that Kevin O’Connell will allow the talented tight end to get down the field with greater regularity.

The fine work over at Over the Cap helps demystify how the contract will actually impact Minnesota’s budget moving forward. We spend a few moments discussing the finances on the podcast.

Vikings Get a Decent Grade
Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah looks on before the game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Finishing at 49/53 for my roster prediction isn’t a bad place to be, but it falls short of an elite guess. Listen in for some added thoughts on the matter.

Finally, we offer a couple predictions for how the season will unfold. There’s a final record guess, a divisional winner declared, and some specific areas of the team that are both encouraging and worrisome.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
Nov 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (68) blocks against New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Folks who are into Vikings podcasts or think they’d like to get into Vikings podcasts should feel free to give Notes from the North a shot. Hop over to iTunes, Spotify, or Podbean. My understanding is that you don’t need an account at these spots. Just press play and enjoy the pod.

Enjoy the listening, Vikings fan.

K. Joudry is the Senior Editor for Vikings Territory and PurplePTSD. He has been covering the Vikings full-time since the summer of 2021. He can be found on Twitter and as a co-host for Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast.