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Vikings reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune 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.

Vikings
August 20
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen led the team into the field before the pre-season matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks

Listen: Preseason takeaways and projecting the Vikings roster

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the difficult decisions ahead for the Vikings front office in trimming down to a 53-man roster. What will happen at receiver with Laquon Treadwell? Are new faces likely for the secondary? What about the backup quarterbacks?
Vikings
August 13
Minnesota Vikings specialists Matt Wile (6), Dan Bailey (5) and Kaare Vedvik (7).

Listen: Punter/kicker Kaare Vedvik brings intrigue to Vikings camp

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' latest bold move to shore up its special teams. On new punter/kicker Kaare Vedvik and what his role might be. Takeaways from the preseason opener in New Orleans, including talking about the possibility of Laquon Treadwell being cut later this month.
Vikings
August 2
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Listen: Who's up? Who's down? Takeaways from Vikings training camp

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss takeaways from Vikings training camp, including Mike Zimmer aiming softballs at his own dugout, taking stock of individual performances and much more.
Vikings
July 23
Vikings rookie center Garrett Bradbury snapped the ball to Kirk Cousins during the first day of training for Vikings rookies at TCO Performance Center

Listen: Storylines as Vikings training camp opens

The Vikings begin training camp in full on Friday, where there is no shortage of intrigue for the 2019 team. Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Mark Craig discuss everything from Kirk Cousins and the new offensive system to the offensive line, Mike Zimmer's defense and which rookies have a chance to surprise everybody.
Vikings
June 13
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during Vikings mini camp at TCO Performance Center Thursday June 13, 2019 in Eagan, MN.

Listen: What we learned from Vikings spring practices

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a 2019 Vikings offense described as a "work in progress," a cohesive defense that looked strong while tinkering with changes and what the new playbook may offer.
Vikings
June 3
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins took to the field for practice at the TCO Performance Center, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Eagan, MN.

Listen: Cousins, expectations and the 2019 Vikings

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss quarterback Kirk Cousins and where expectations should be for 2019.
Vikings
May 20
Minnesota Viking's rookie quarterback Jake Browning practiced during a mini-camp at the Twin Cities Orthopedic Center, Friday, May 3, 2019 in Eagan, M

Listen: An offense under development; story lines for Vikings OTAs

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand set up the next four weeks of Vikings spring practices.
Vikings
April 29
Vikings first-round pick Garrett Bradbury held his jersey with, from left, owner Zigi Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman, head coach Mike Zimmer, and

Listen: Recapping Vikings' draft, its impact on Kyle Rudolph's future

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer on the NFL Draft, the Vikings' 12-pick haul, top pick Garrett Bradbury and the offensive line, tight end Kyle Rudolph's future and more.
Vikings
April 22
Commissioner Roger Goodell poses with a fan after the Minnesota Vikings selected Central Florida's Mike Hughes during the first round of the NFL footb

Listen: The first round and beyond, sorting out Vikings draft options

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' possibilities with the 18th overall pick on Thursday night.
Vikings
April 11
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine

Listen: Former NFL scout talks upcoming draft, Vikings' needs

Andrew Krammer interviews former NFL scout Dan Hatman, who is now the Director of Scouting Development at the Scouting Academy. Hatman shares insights on the industry, scouting offensive linemen and the Vikings' likely need at tight end with Gary Kubiak in the fold.
Vikings
April 9
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks about first-round pick cornerback Mike Hughes from the University of Central Florida during a n

Listen: How Vikings' free agency sets up the 2019 NFL draft

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' free agency moves and how they set up the upcoming NFL draft.
Vikings
March 18
Minnesota Vikings Anthony Barr (55).

Listen: Vikings double down on defense a week into NFL free agency

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' offseason direction one week into NFL free agency and more than a month before the NFL draft.
Vikings
March 4
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in In

Listen: Previewing Vikings' free agency, recapping the NFL scouting combine

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer talk the Vikings' upcoming roster decisions, including negotiations with Anthony Barr and Sheldon Richardson. We also review a week in Indianapolis, where much was gleaned about the state of the Vikings during the NFL scouting combine.
Vikings
February 8
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has tweaked his staff already this offseason.

Listen: Takeaways from Super Bowl, Vikings coaching staff and offseason

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the newly assembled Vikings coaching staff, including Gary Kubiak and three of his assistants. We also talk a defensive Super Bowl, the Vikings' open approach to Riley Reiff's job and take your Twitter questions.
Vikings
January 11
Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski spoke with quarterback Kirk Cousins during pre-game warmups Sunday. ] JEFF WHEELER • jeff.whee

Listen: Vikings begin 2019 with coordinator changes

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss Kevin Stefanski's promotion to full-time offensive coordinator, where the Vikings offense goes from here and the change at special teams coordinator.
Vikings
January 3
Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes packed up after yesterday’s loss to the Chicago Bears at TCO Performance Center Monday December 31, 2018 in Eagan, MN

Listen: Vikings' offseason primer after disappointing 2018

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' disappointing 2018 season and look ahead to the offseason. (2:00) The latest on the Vikings' coordinator search, including Kevin Stefanski and Hue Jackson. (14:00) On Kirk Cousins' season. (20:00) Previewing potential roster changes. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on Rick Spielman, potential trades and more.
Vikings
December 26, 2018
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer late in the fourth quarter at Ford Field Sunday December 23, 2018 in Detroit, MI.

Listen: Vikings get one more chance to prove they belong in NFC playoffs

Vikings beat writers Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the playoff-type approach the Vikings are taking this week against the Bears.
Vikings
December 19, 2018
Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen.

Listen: Vikings' playoff life, long-term outlook still at stake

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the two-game stretch ahead of a Vikings team that could be the NFC's No. 5 or No. 6 seed or eliminated from playoff contention altogether. (2:00) Run-first identity recaptured? (12:00) Wilf ownership gives early nod of approval to Spielman and Zimmer, whose contracts are up in 2019. (18:30) On a muddled NFC playoff picture and possibilities. (29:00) Your Twitter questions on good surprises of 2018, Anthony Barr's future and more.
Vikings
December 13, 2018
New Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski worked with quarterback Kirk Cousins in May.

Listen: Inside the Vikings' late-season change at offensive coordinator

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' Week 15 change at offensive coordinator. (2:00) What went wrong with John DeFilippo's 13-game tenure? (8:00) The real snags of Mike Zimmer's increased involvement on offense. (14:00) Kevin Stefanski gets his shot. (21:00) On Kirk Cousins' play. We end with a Sid Hartman story, the 2012 Ravens firing their OC and winning a Super Bowl and more.
Vikings
December 7, 2018
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) held off New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) while ultimately gaining nothing on a

Listen: Can the Vikings beat a winning team in Seattle?

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss whether this Vikings team is capable of a push into and through the playoffs. It's time to recalibrate expectations. (4:00) Monday night in Seattle can determine if these Vikings are worthy of a playoff spot. (12:00) Scouting the Seahawks, an offense much like Mike Zimmer wants. (20:00) On coordinator John DeFilippo's head coaching prospects. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on Kirk Cousins, Everson Griffen and more.
Vikings
November 28, 2018
Sheldon Richardson celebrated after he sacked Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com ñ Minneapolis, MN �

Listen: Vikings seek 2018 statement win vs. Patriots on the road

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a couple key Vikings ties to the Patriots ahead of Sunday's game in New England. (2:00) Are Patriots using Cordarrelle Patterson better than Vikings? (10:00) On similarities between Mike Zimmer and Bill Belichick. (20:00) The Vikings need more Dalvin Cook in the passing game. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on underrated Vikings, Trae Waynes' future and more.
EPISODE 142
November 23, 2018
Listen: Vikings searching for identity in critical game vs. Packers

Listen: Vikings searching for identity in critical game vs. Packers

The Access Vikings crew talks through a disappointing Vikings loss at Chicago and examines whether Mike Zimmer's desire to run the ball more is at odds with overall offensive success. The loss to Chicago set up a huge game Sunday against Green Bay that will bolster one team's playoff chances and damage the other's chances.
Vikings
November 12, 2018
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates with teammate Everson Griffen (97) after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Sta

Listen: Vikings can take control of NFC North in Chicago

In the latest edition of the Access Vikings podcast, Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings-Bears wrestle for control of the NFC North on Sunday night, answer Twitter questions and more.
Vikings
November 1, 2018
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, left, runs off the field after throwing an interception during the second half of an NFL football game aga

Listen: Evaluating Kirk Cousins, this Vikings team at 2018's midpoint

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings at the midpoint of the 2018 season.
Vikings
October 25, 2018
Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen apologized and took accountability for his actions during a press conference after practice, Wednesday, October 24,

Listen: Everson Griffen's return and Sunday's NFC playoff rematch

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand lead with defensive end Everson Griffen's return after five weeks away from the team. (1:00) On Griffen's shrouded mental health and a quick return. (10:00) Sunday's NFC playoff rematch could be a shootout. (13:00) How different it might've been if Marcus Williams tackled Stefon Diggs. (16:00) Sean Payton and Drew Brees, an innovative combo for the record books. (24:00) Why do teams throw backward passes? (30:00) Your Twitter questions on Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen and more.