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Vikings reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer are bringing all you football enthusiasts another way to stay connected to the purple. Consider this podcast to be similar to any Vikings season: full of ups and downs, but never boring.

March 19
Minnesota Vikings new quarterback Kirk Cousins, right, is welcomed to the podium by head coach Mike Zimmer before addressing the media at a news confe

Listen: Vikings escalate Super Bowl hope with free agency splashes

Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' splash moves in free agency by signing Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson.
March 12
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in In

Listen: Everything you want to know about the Vikings and free agency

Intro: The Vikings have a lot of other free agents to sign aside from quarterbacks. Who might they lose and who might they keep? 12:00: OK, but seriously what about the quarterbacks? 25:00: We toured the new Vikings HQ in Eagan. It's nice! 30:00: Rapid-fire fielding all your Twitter and Facebook questions.
March 6
Kirk Cousins

Listen: Breaking down the Vikings' QB options, led by Kirk Cousins

The Vikings have four directions they could go when it comes to their 2018 quarterback: Sign Kirk Cousins; bring back Case Keenum and a low-priced backup; bring back Teddy Bridgewater and another mid-range target -- perhaps even a draft pick -- to compete for the job; or swing a trade for someone like Nick Foles. We broke down all those scenarios on a very QB-heavy podcast.
February 27
Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater

Listen: The Vikings' quarterback puzzle and the NFL combine

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' evolving situation at quarterback, which will start to take shape over the next couple weeks. (2:00) The Vikings reportedly won't place the franchise tag on Case Keenum. (9:00) The stage is set for a strong free agent push. Kirk Cousins, anyone? (15:00) "The only thing authentic in Indy is the medical." On the combine. (24:00) We look at the Vikings' needs, including draft prospects to watch along the offensive line and defensive line. (33:00) Should the Vikings' strategy change of not drafting QBs outside of dire need?
February 21
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo reacts on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 6

Listen: Vikings' new brain trust on offense and inside Hall of Fame pitch for Randy Moss

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Mark Craig discuss the Vikings' new brain trust on offense and go inside Mark's Hall of Fame pitch for Randy Moss earlier this month. (1:30) Hiring of John DeFilippo and Todd Downing remake offensive staff. But we start with QBs coach Kevin Stefanski's position in the organization. (15:45) QB talk continues with Kirk Cousins. (23:00) Sharrif Floyd and the NFLPA's grievance with the Vikings. (30:00) Hall of Fame voter Mark Craig gives a peek inside the ivory towers of this month's deliberations, specifically his successful pitch for Randy Moss.
February 6
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles talked during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center on Monday night.

Listen: The 2017 season reinforced pairing of quarterback and play caller

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the thrilling Super Bowl between the Eagles and Patriots and address this burning question: Has Nick Foles played his way into the conversation for the Vikings?
February 2
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater stopped by the Star Tribuneís table on Super Bowl Radio Row at Mall of America with his girlfriend, Erika Cardo

Listen: Teddy Bridgewater leads a jam-packed show filled with Vikings guests

Intro: Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and his girlfriend Erika Cardona join to talk about her children's book, Teddy's recovery and future. 11:00: Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph definitely does not want to be at this Super Bowl; 17:00: Former Vikings DE Jared Allen wants to help you go to the bathroom. 24:00: Vikings legend Carl Eller makes a case to keep Case Keenum; 34:00: Vikings CB Trae Waynes tries to move past the loss to Philadelphia; 39:00: Former Vikings QB Gus Frerotte has an idea for the QB conundrum; 44:00: Former Vikings WR Greg Jennings reflects on a long career.
January 30
On the set of The Rich Eisen Show and The Dan Patrick Show on the 8th floor of a downtown Minneapolis condo. Photos by Michael Rand

Listen: The Super Bowl super mix, featuring Rich Eisen, Dan Patrick and more

The most eclectic, non-Vikings Access Vikings ever. Intro: Rich Eisen and Dan Patrick recall past SportsCenter glory and their current state of happiness. 12:00: Snowboarder Hannah Teter is along for the Super Bowl ride and is promoting a worthy cause. 22:00: Joe "Road Warrior Animal" Laurinaitis tells an amazing Ric Flair story from his WWE days and talks football as well; 30:00: Caleb Truax, pride of Osseo and super middleweight boxing champion, ends the show in grand fashion.
January 24
Listen: The Vikings' offseason to-do list after an NFC title game collapse

Listen: The Vikings' offseason to-do list after an NFC title game collapse

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer break down the Vikings' offseason to-do list, starting with questions at quarterback and offensive coordinator. (4:30) The Vikings have an attractive situation for a quarterback. (13:00) Who will be the next offensive play caller? (16:30) How do they improve the NFL's No. 1 defense from last year? (29:00) Who's staying? Who's going? Looking at possible retirements and free-agent exits. (40:30) Your Twitter questions on quarterbacks, Danielle Hunter and Mike Remmers.
January 17
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen wore the expression of shock after the improbable, last-play victory over New Orleans on Sunday night.

Listen: The Vikings ride a miraculous play into the NFC title game in Philly

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand recap a Vikings game for the ages. (1:00) What's the name of the play? Seven Heaven? Minnesota Miracle? The Whiff-Six? (4:15) What's the story if that miraculous Stefon Diggs touchdown doesn't happen? (13:15) Previewing Vikings-Eagles for a trip to the Super Bowl. (20:00) Pat Shurmur is the Giants' top choice for head coach, Goessling reports. (26:00) We answer your questions on Facebook Live, starting with Saints coach Sean Payton taunting Vikings fans before the play. We talk offensive line, the hit on Andrew Sendejo and only Ben has seen 'Miracle' among us three.
January 9
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) left celebrated safety Harrison Smith (22) forth quarter interception .The Minnesota Vikings played th

Listen: On Vikings-Saints, revenge and Case Keenum's playoff debut

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the NFC Divisional playoffs between the Vikings and Saints. (2:45) An evolved Saints offense comes into U.S. Bank Stadium post-Adrian Peterson. (10:30) Would this really be a revenge game for the 2009 NFC title? (17:00) What's the definition of "crunk"? (18:00) Your Vikings questions via Facebook Live. (22:00) The Vikings seem better suited to sell out to stop the Saints' run, and still cover outside, than the Panthers. (27:30) Are the NFC's two best teams playing Sunday in Minnesota? (33:00) How will Case Keenum handle his first playoff start? And plenty more.
January 2
Eric Kendricks (54) celebrated with Trae Waynes (26) after a tackle in the third quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï - December 31

Listen: The 2-seed Vikings enter NFC playoffs with a feel as favorites

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a different feel around this 2-seed Vikings team, which finished red-hot with the most wins since 1998. (2:00) Which of the three possible opponents makes the best matchup? (12:00) Are unexpected runs the best for fan bases? (18:00) Sam Bradford returns to practice. (27:00) Ben's hot take about Packers fans. (34:30) Pat Shurmur's interview list is growing with head coaching openings.
December 27, 2017
Listen: Intrigue abounds for Vikings quarterbacks and NFC playoffs

Listen: Intrigue abounds for Vikings quarterbacks and NFC playoffs

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss quarterback Sam Bradford's expected return to Vikings practice next week.
December 19, 2017
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrated his sack of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a six yard loss.

Listen: The NFC North-champion Vikings enter an odd air at Lambeau

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' NFC North title and favorable position in a wide-open NFC. (2:00) Top seeds have dominated recent Super Bowl runs, but is this a chalk year? (8:00) An odd atmosphere at Lambeau Field the night before Christmas Eve. (14:00) Zimmer's Vikings defense hasn't been better a year after the infamous 'miscommunication.' (22:00) Pro Bowl guesses. (27:00) We answer your questions on Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith and Case Keenum.
December 12, 2017
Minnesota Vikings' Case Keenum (7) runs past Carolina Panthers' Kurt Coleman (20) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Su

Listen: Revisiting the Vikings' margin for error, NFC playoff picture

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' margin for error, which seemed greater against a tough road foe in Carolina.
December 5, 2017
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray (25) singled a first down in the first half at Mercedes -Benz Stadium Sunday December 3, 2017 in Atlant

Listen: On Super Bowl hopes, an impressive win in Atlanta and irreplaceable Vikings

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the 10-2 Vikings and a fan base often difficult to sell on big-time success given the franchise's Lombardi Trophy-less history.
November 29, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) completed a pass during the first quarter at Ford Field Thursday November 23, 2017 in Detroit , MI.

Listen: On Case Keenum, 'the mean' and Vikings-Falcons

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings (9-2) off a big Thanksgiving win against the Lions. (2:00) On an outstanding Case Keenum and the idea of regression to the mean. (10:30) An ode to the Vikings supporting cast on offense. (18:30) Previewing Vikings-Falcons and Xavier Rhodes-Julio Jones, Part II (26:00) The Falcons defense is also loaded with talent. (30:30) On concern and special teams. (37:30) Your questions via Facebook Live every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. (Star Tribune Sports)
November 21, 2017
Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs made a reception during the second quarter against the Lions on Oct. 1.

Listen: On Vikings-Lions, the suddenly top NFC North rivalry

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss Thanksgiving Day's Vikings-Lions game, which will feature this season's best two teams in the NFC North.
November 14, 2017
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7).

Listen: Case Keenum's hot hand, Teddy Bridgewater and non-QB Vikings topics

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' evolving quarterback situation.
November 7, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford during a practice at the London Irish Training Ground in perpetration for a game vs.

Listen: Bridgewater, Bradford and the Vikings' potential change at QB

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' potential change at quarterback. (1:00) Teddy Bridgewater will be activated on Wednesday, Goessling reports. Case Keenum still the expected starter in Washington. (9:30) Sam Bradford to injured reserve? (15:00) Bridgewater returns to a different offense. (17:30) Fake midseason awards! Offensive, defensive MVP, comeback player and letdown player. (35:00) Adrian Peterson was the only NFL player with 100 rushing yards last weekend. (39:00) Previewing Vikings at Washington on Sunday. (45:00) Your questions.
October 24, 2017
Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) celebrated after sacking Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) in the third quarter at U.

Listen: The Vikings' mission now is to not mess this up

Intro: The Vikings won a Mike Zimmer dream game, and the defense has gone from very good to great. 20:00: The Browns are awful, but the Vikings still can't overlook them in London. 30:00: Are the Packers going to add a quarterback or what? 37:00: Listener questions.
October 17, 2017
The Vikings can get Teddy Bridgewater back on the practice field after next Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, once the quarterback has be

Listen: Vikings, NFC North undergoing a quarterback shift

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Anthony Barr hit that shifted the NFC North landscape.
October 10, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, i

Listen: Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings' murky QB situation

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' murky quarterback situation as Sam Bradford reels from a poor half in Chicago, Teddy Bridgewater nears a return to practice and Case Keenum may be in line for another start. Also: Everson Griffen's dominance, Xavier Rhodes' evolution and previewing Vikings-Packers on Sunday. Bonus: Brett Favre and the Packers keep relying on Samkon Gado's.
October 3, 2017
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook fumbled as he was hit by Lions safety Tavon Wilson in the third quarter. Worse news: Cook injured his left knee on th

Listen: Impact of Dalvin Cook's injury on Vikings season

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the impact of Dalvin Cook's injury on this Vikings season. (2:00) What would a Latavius Murray-led offense look like? (12:30) Wait continues on Sam Bradford's left knee. (16:00) Adrian Peterson. (23:00) Wildcat, why? (27:00) Burden back on the defense. (34:00) Vikings-Bears and Mitchell Trubisky. (44:00) We answer your questions.
September 26, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Casey Keenum greeted players at the end of the game.

Listen: Was there ever any doubt Case Keenum would shine for Vikings?

Open: Case Keenum lit up the Buccaneers, just like everybody (nobody) expected. 8:00: Dalvin Cook is really good in all phases of the game. Who knew a running back was allowed to do that? 16:00: Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen: Where do they rank among NFL receiving duos. 30:00: A thoughtful national anthem discussion. 38:00: The Lions got hosed last week, and now they play the Vikings. 45:00: Your questions.