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Ben Goessling

Sports reporter | Vikings
Ben Goessling is in his sixth year covering the Vikings, having joined the Star Tribune in 2017 after four seasons at ESPN and one at the Pioneer Press. He is an Apple Valley High School and University of Minnesota graduate.
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Vikings hire former Raiders offensive coordinator Downing

Vikings hire former Raiders offensive coordinator Downing

The Vikings are hiring former Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, according to a league source.
If DeFilippo brings Vikings QB stability, he might not last here long

If DeFilippo brings Vikings QB stability, he might not last here long

Here the Vikings go again? A successful 2018 - especially on offense - could land new OC John DeFilippo a head coaching job for 2019.
DeFilippo: 'When the Vikings want to talk to you, that's a whole different ballgame'

DeFilippo: 'When the Vikings want to talk to you, that's a whole different ballgame'

When coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman sat down with new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, hours after the Eagles celebrated their Super Bowl championship with a parade, they knew they had his attention.
Position filled: Vikings make DeFilippo their offensive coordinator

Position filled: Vikings make DeFilippo their offensive coordinator

John DeFilippo, 39, beat out Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, who was thought to be the team's other leading candidate to replace Pat Shurmur.
Vikings interviewing Eagles QB coach for offensive coordinator job

Vikings interviewing Eagles QB coach for offensive coordinator job

According to Sirius XM's Adam Caplan, the Vikings will interview Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo on Thursday. The eventual hire will help sort out the team's quarterback situation.
The NFL is changing dramatically. Where do the Vikings fit in?

The NFL is changing dramatically. Where do the Vikings fit in?

The Vikings have big decisions ahead at key positions as they prepare for a 2018 season that looks to feature a tougher schedule and, despite their success, high-level uncertainty.
Despite missing Super Bowl run, Peterson says he'll 'always bleed purple'

Despite missing Super Bowl run, Peterson says he'll 'always bleed purple'

Adrian Peterson, in town for the Super Bowl, said he wants to play for possibly another four years, sticking to his oft-stated timeline of playing until he's 37
Patriots have Super Bowl legacy of seizing the day; will Eagles' pressure turn the tables?

Patriots have Super Bowl legacy of seizing the day; will Eagles' pressure turn the tables?

Tom Brady on Sunday can lock up the most championships by an NFL quarterback while coach Bill Belichick can surpass Vince Lombardi. But standing in their way in a stout Eagles team.
Foles gave Eagles a back-up plan that worked to perfection

Foles gave Eagles a back-up plan that worked to perfection

When a torn ACL ended quarterback Carson Wentz's MVP-caliber season on a December afternoon in Los Angeles, the Eagles' fortunes were hoisted onto Nick Foles' shoulders.
Vikings 2018 roster: Who's in, who's out for team heading into next season

Vikings 2018 roster: Who's in, who's out for team heading into next season

The Vikings have a strong nucleus heading into 2018, led by the league's top defense. But there will be changes before next season — possibly at the most important position on the roster.
Vikings search for a new offensive coordinator begins close to home

Vikings search for a new offensive coordinator begins close to home

The team will talk to QBs coach Kevin Stefanski and former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Zimmer's 2018 to-do list: Hire coordinator, sort out quarterbacks

Zimmer's 2018 to-do list: Hire coordinator, sort out quarterbacks

While things appear to be set up for the Vikings to have another strong season in 2018, two important positions on offense will have to be filled.
Elflein needing surgery; Zimmer won't attend Super Bowl

Elflein needing surgery; Zimmer won't attend Super Bowl

Vikings center Pat Elflein, who left the locker room on crutches and with his left foot in a walking boot after the NFC Championship Game, is among several players who will need off-season surgery.
Vikings bemoan lost opportunity: 'This is going to hurt for a while'

Vikings bemoan lost opportunity: 'This is going to hurt for a while'

A group of players that spent the past week talking about the need to take care of their current opportunity was left with no assurances another one would come along.
Shurmur named Giants head coach; who takes his role with Vikings?

Shurmur named Giants head coach; who takes his role with Vikings?

ESPN reported the Giants gave Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur a five-year contract, making him a head coach for the second time in his career.
Back home empty handed: Vikings suffer blowout to Eagles

Back home empty handed: Vikings suffer blowout to Eagles

There were no miracles in Philadelphia as the Vikings lost a sixth NFC championship and ended their season in humiliating fashion with the 38-7 defeat.
Go time: Can Vikings erase years of heartbreak with NFC title over Eagles?

Go time: Can Vikings erase years of heartbreak with NFC title over Eagles?

One more game. One more win. One last chance for the Vikings to earn a Super Bowl berth.
Good friends Keenum and Foles traveled a winding path to NFC title game

Good friends Keenum and Foles traveled a winding path to NFC title game

Case Keenum and Nick Foles — both signed as insurance plans for their teams before the season — will compete for a Super Bowl berth in Philadelphia in a most unlikely quarterback duel.
Zimmer's lengthy stretch between playoff wins gives Vikings greater urgency

Zimmer's lengthy stretch between playoff wins gives Vikings greater urgency

The long drought after Mike Zimmer won a Super Bowl on Dallas' staff in 1995 helped him make the point to his players that they shouldn't assume chances come along often.
Back to earth, Vikings move on to prepare for Eagles

Back to earth, Vikings move on to prepare for Eagles

On Monday morning, with perhaps the most dramatic moment in franchise history behind them and their biggest game in eight years ahead the Vikings got back to work the same way they always do.
Shurmur likely to be next New York Giants head coach

Shurmur likely to be next New York Giants head coach

According to a league source, Vikings' offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the Giants' top choice to become their next head coach.
Vikings activate Bradford, but Sunday status is unclear

Vikings activate Bradford, but Sunday status is unclear

Sam Bradford is back on the Vikings' 53-man roster, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be Case Keenum's backup.
Vikings' Shurmur interviews for jobs, then refocuses on Saints

Vikings' Shurmur interviews for jobs, then refocuses on Saints

Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur spent three days last week interviewing for four head coaching jobs, talking to the Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears and New York Giants about potential openings.
Hungry Thielen became star despite odds that weren't ever in his favor

Hungry Thielen became star despite odds that weren't ever in his favor

Once he arrived at Minnesota State, the Detroit lakes High School graduate began the process of elbowing his way through every obstacle that could hinder his future in football.
What revenge? Vikings not fueled by 2009 title game loss to Saints

What revenge? Vikings not fueled by 2009 title game loss to Saints

Only three players on the Vikings' active roster were even in the NFL at the time of the game. So while fans might be viewing this game as a chance for closure after a painful playoff loss, the current Vikings aren't.
Vikings will play Panthers-Saints winner in divisional round

Vikings will play Panthers-Saints winner in divisional round

Regardless of what happens Sunday, next week will be a rematch: The Vikings beat New Orleans in Week 1; Carolina was the last team to beat the Vikings on Dec. 10.
Bradford on return: Once you play in the NFL 'it's really hard to let it go'

Bradford on return: Once you play in the NFL 'it's really hard to let it go'

Sam Bradford said surgery was the last resort, but he's encouraged by the progress he has made in returning to the Vikings' practice field.
Rudolph, recovering from ankle injury, grateful for bye week

Rudolph, recovering from ankle injury, grateful for bye week

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said he would have been a "terrible" player if he had to be ready this week.
Bye week offers Vikings time to prepare, savor the moment

Bye week offers Vikings time to prepare, savor the moment

Some veterans have waited eight years to play another NFC divisional playoff game at home.
Vikings defeat Bears to clinch bye, enter postseason with edge

Vikings defeat Bears to clinch bye, enter postseason with edge

The Vikings head into the playoffs as the second team in franchise history to win at least 13 games, after a 23-10 win over the Bears on Sunday. The Vikings will open the playoffs in two weeks as the NFC's No. 2 seed
Wright bet on himself, and now Vikings' receiver is getting paid

Wright bet on himself, and now Vikings' receiver is getting paid

Jarius Wright agreed to restructure his contract, but has made up the difference with per-game roster bonuses.
With first-round bye at stake, Vikings have incentive vs. Bears

With first-round bye at stake, Vikings have incentive vs. Bears

Beating the Bears counts twice as much since it would also guarantee a first-round bye for the Vikings.
For Weatherly, Vikings' Renaissance man, football only part of story

For Weatherly, Vikings' Renaissance man, football only part of story

In the Vikings locker room, the defensive end's rich family history and array of interests and talents leave teammates in awe.
Barr takes out Rodgers: The hit that changed the 2017 football season

Barr takes out Rodgers: The hit that changed the 2017 football season

The Packers walked into U.S. Bank Stadium in October with a 4-1 record and in prime position for another run deep into the NFL postseason. Then, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured.
The call: The Vikings will beat the Packers if …

The call: The Vikings will beat the Packers if …

They establish the run while applying enough pressure to Brett Hundley to keep him from making plays outside the pocket.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says keeping players safe from vicious hits is getting even tougher

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says keeping players safe from vicious hits is getting even tougher

Packers coach Mike McCarthy made an effort to differentiate between the Anthony Barr hit on Aaron Rodgers and Sunday's by Thomas Davis.
The Vikings will beat the Bengals if ...

The Vikings will beat the Bengals if ...

The Vikings face a Bengals team missing all three of its starting linebackers and both of its regular starting cornerbacks. The Vikings should be able…
Vikings' suddenly unstable line feels all too familiar

Vikings' suddenly unstable line feels all too familiar

As the Vikings got back to work Monday, following their first loss since Oct. 1, they were beset by familiar questions about a topic they'd rather not have to revisit.
Reiff in walking boot as offensive line issues mount for Vikings

Reiff in walking boot as offensive line issues mount for Vikings

The Vikings, who had already ruled out right tackle Mike Remmers, deactivated center Pat Elflein for the game. Then, left tackle Riley Reiff limped off in the third quarter.
Vikings now scoring instead of stalling in the red zone

Vikings now scoring instead of stalling in the red zone

The Vikings have been nearly perfect at collecting TDs once inside the 20-yard line since returning from the bye week.

For NFL playoff seeding, Vikings' game against Panthers is pivotal

The Vikings want to keep pace with the Eagles in tiebreakers.
Zimmer's way: Vikings grab top seed in playoff picture by shutting down Falcons

Zimmer's way: Vikings grab top seed in playoff picture by shutting down Falcons

Without the benefit of a sack to derail a possession or a turnover to end one, the Vikings kept Atlanta out of the end zone for the first time in almost two years and took over the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture.
Vikings haven't had mainstay at QB in 25 years, routinely make the playoffs

Vikings haven't had mainstay at QB in 25 years, routinely make the playoffs

Few teams have done better scrambling at punching in new faces at quarterback than the Vikings.
Case Keenum becomes fifth quarterback in Vikings history to win NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors

Case Keenum becomes fifth quarterback in Vikings history to win NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors

The Vikings will start Case Keenum for the 10th time this season on Sunday in Atlanta, in the quarterback's first game after winning NFC…
Vikings, even at 9-2, have flaws they hope to fix before further exposed

Vikings, even at 9-2, have flaws they hope to fix before further exposed

The Vikings seem in no hurry to tout their Super Bowl credentials at this point - not with two critical road games coming up.
Resilient, resourceful Vikings step up where last year's team fell apart

Resilient, resourceful Vikings step up where last year's team fell apart

The Vikings have steamrolled over some of the same issues that caused them to trip a year ago, on their way to a 9-2 record and a three-game division lead when they withstood the Lions' comeback Thursday.
Vikings struggle to score and win against the Lions in the Zimmer era

Vikings struggle to score and win against the Lions in the Zimmer era

It's awfully hard to win games consistently when you average 15.3 points.
After playoff-style win over Rams, Vikings hit the road daring to dream

After playoff-style win over Rams, Vikings hit the road daring to dream

In the 24-7 victory over Los Angeles, the Vikings asserted themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders in the NFC as they begin their most difficult road stretch of the season.
Vikings' Cook: 'Better than ever' when he returns from knee injury

Vikings' Cook: 'Better than ever' when he returns from knee injury

Dalvin Cook is keeping a positive outlook on the knee injury that ended his rookie season.
Shurmur's unpredictable, creative Vikings offense is catching fire

Shurmur's unpredictable, creative Vikings offense is catching fire

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's ability to expand the playbook has helped the Vikings stay ahead of defenses and resulted in 71 points over the last two games.
Emotional Bridgewater returns to Vikings sideline: 'A great moment for my life'

Emotional Bridgewater returns to Vikings sideline: 'A great moment for my life'

Teddy Bridgewater was overcome with emotion in the moments before kickoff of the Vikings' game against Washington.
One year, three months, 16 days: How Bridgewater prepared for his return

One year, three months, 16 days: How Bridgewater prepared for his return

Teddy Bridgewater is finally back in uniform for the Vikings. While away from the team rehabbing his injured knee he did the only other thing he could do to prepare: he studied.
In the eyes of Vikings teammates, Bridgewater looks strong, ready

In the eyes of Vikings teammates, Bridgewater looks strong, ready

Teddy Bridgewater has mixed in some first-team work with snaps on the scout team since he's returned to practice during the past three weeks.
Medical clearance likely only thing between Bridgewater and active roster

Medical clearance likely only thing between Bridgewater and active roster

Multiple league sources said Teddy Bridgewater will likely be added to the Vikings' active roster on Wednesday, as long as his left knee gives doctors no last-minute cause for concern.
Vikings at midseason: Where they're at (and where they need to go)

Vikings at midseason: Where they're at (and where they need to go)

Even after a hot start, the Vikings have some things to figure out in the second half to make a serious run in the postseason.
Keenum's mobility among greatest assets behind Vikings' success

Keenum's mobility among greatest assets behind Vikings' success

Case Keenum's mobility, used to stress defensive coverages and create big plays downfield, has become a major part of the Vikings offense
For Vikings' offensive line, bye week couldn't come soon enough

For Vikings' offensive line, bye week couldn't come soon enough

After beginning the regular season in good health, the Vikings' offensive line arrives at the bye week in need of some recovery time.
Feud between the Packers' Aaron Rodgers and the Vikings' Anthony Barr is not done quite yet

Feud between the Packers' Aaron Rodgers and the Vikings' Anthony Barr is not done quite yet

LONDON – The Vikings will play their second game Sunday since Anthony Barr's hit that broke Aaron Rodgers' right collarbone, while the Packers take…
Keenum expected to start despite Zimmer's 'we'll see' line

Keenum expected to start despite Zimmer's 'we'll see' line

Case Keenum returned to full participation in Thursday's practice after being limited on Wednesday because of a chest injury.
Recipe for Vikings victory: Dominant defense, half-dozen field goals

Recipe for Vikings victory: Dominant defense, half-dozen field goals

Minnesota's defense, in a commanding performance against a Ravens team down to three receivers early in the game, propelled the Vikings to a 5-2 record.
Ravens at Vikings: Vikings will beat the Ravens if ...

Ravens at Vikings: Vikings will beat the Ravens if ...

The Ravens have six takeaways in three road games, and their best chance to get a third road victory is to create a couple of turnovers on Sunday. Short of that, the Vikings should handle an inconsistent Baltimore offense and get to 5-2.
Vikings defense has come a long way since 2013 wild affair vs. Ravens

Vikings defense has come a long way since 2013 wild affair vs. Ravens

The unit has greatly improved its play in the final two minutes of a game.
All eyes on Bridgewater, but Vikings' whole QB situation worth watching

All eyes on Bridgewater, but Vikings' whole QB situation worth watching

At present, the Vikings' quarterbacks room has two former first-rounders who have played a combined six quarters this season, and two undrafted free agents who have helped steady things in the meantime.
One journey ends, another starts: Bridgewater cleared to practice

One journey ends, another starts: Bridgewater cleared to practice

On Wednesday, more than 13½ months after he injured his left knee in the Vikings' final practice of the 2016 preseason, Teddy Bridgewater will make his return.
Dodging Rodgers: Vikings top Packers, aim to take control of NFC North

Dodging Rodgers: Vikings top Packers, aim to take control of NFC North

The Vikings and Packers both now have to trudge through the season with quarterback issues after Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone early in Sunday's game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The chase is on Sunday: It's Griffen vs. Rodgers

The chase is on Sunday: It's Griffen vs. Rodgers

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen on Sunday resumes his classic cat-and-mouse dance with Packers' escape artist Aaron Rodgers.
Vikings make great escape to survive 20-17 against Bears

Vikings make great escape to survive 20-17 against Bears

The Vikings surged after replacing Sam Bradford with Case Keenum at the end of the first half, and finally overcame the Bears, who used trick plays to keep pace.
Vikings' Floyd leans on support from outside football

Vikings' Floyd leans on support from outside football

Wide receiver Michael Floyd returns from a four-game suspension Monday, troubles behind him — forever if his backers have their way.
Bradford will play tonight against the Bears, Zimmer says

Bradford will play tonight against the Bears, Zimmer says

In a production meeting on Sunday night, Zimmer told ESPN's broadcast crew he anticipates Bradford starting at quarterback.
The Call: The Vikings will beat the Bears if ...

The Call: The Vikings will beat the Bears if ...

The Vikings have lost nine of their past 10 games in Chicago, including a 20-10 loss last year that marked the beginning of Mike Zimmer's eye issues, the end of Norv Turner's tenure as offensive coordinator and the point when the season went off the rails.
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford hopeful he can play Monday

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford hopeful he can play Monday

The pain and swelling in the quarterback's injured left knee are expected to diminish over time.
Cook's season over, Vikings look at how to make up for his loss

Cook's season over, Vikings look at how to make up for his loss

In the short-term, the biggest thing the Vikings might miss about rookie running back Dalvin Cook is the number of big plays he made in such a short time.
The Call: Vikings beat the Lions if ...

The Call: Vikings beat the Lions if ...

A closer look at Sunday's matchup.
Keenum preps for another Lions showdown as Bradford rests knee

Keenum preps for another Lions showdown as Bradford rests knee

Case Keenum, still technically the Vikings backup QB but who spoke with reporters Wednesday, was tripped up by a late-game Lions interception last season.
Lid pops off the Vikings offense with deep balls, big catches now in play

Lid pops off the Vikings offense with deep balls, big catches now in play

Remember last year, when the Vikings' best way to mitigate their offensive line issues was to have Sam Bradford quickly unload what amounted to a long handoff?
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