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Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel and Digital Sports Editor Michael Rand 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.

EPISODE 92
August 14
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Listen: Exploring questions around the Vikings offense

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the latest developments around the Vikings.
EPISODE 91
August 7

Listen: Vikings' contract moves, camp observations and Senator Al Franken

In this Access Vikings podcast, our beat writers recap all the latest action from on and off the field from training camp at Minnesota State Mankato.
EPISODE 90
July 27
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater speaks at his first pr...

Listen: Bridgewater talks, but Vikings long-term QB picture remains unclear

Intro: What did we learn from Teddy Bridgewater's first news conference in almost a year? 12:00: Everson Griffen got an extension. Who's next? Apparently not Sam Bradford. 22:00: A fond farewell for Matt Vensel on his last Access Vikings podcast. 30:00: An extended run of very good Twitter questions.
EPISODE 89
July 18
Head coach Mike Zimmer returned to Vikings practice at Winter Park in...

Listen: Everything you need to know to catch up on the Vikings before camp

Open: Michael Floyd's suspension, Teddy without a brace and the final training camp in Mankato; 20:00: The highly controversial 17 most important Vikings of 2017; 40:00: Position battles to watch at camp. 48:00: Twitter questions!
EPISODE 89
June 15
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) joins other quarte...

Listen: 17 things we know about the Vikings heading into training camp

Intro: Breaking down what we learned during OTAs and minicamp; three hot takes (and a couple really hot ones) about the Vikings; will this be the last training camp in Mankato?
EPISODE 88
June 8
Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander worked on drills Wednesday May...

Listen: Who are the breakout and bounceback players for 2017 Vikings?

Intro: What did we learn from OTAs so far: 15:00: Who are Vikings candidates to break out and bounce back this year? Are they going 'backwards' as one NFL executive said? 31:00: Which Viking would you want to take a long car ride with? 40:00: Twitter questions.
EPISODE 87
May 25
Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and coach Mike Zimmer.

Listen: How are Teddy and Zimmer? Which Viking would you live with?

Intro: What did we learn about Teddy Bridgewater's recovery and Mike Zimmer's eye in the last two weeks? 26:00: More nuggets from OTAs, including the configuration of the rebuilt offensive line and picking your ideal Viking roommate. 45:00: Your good questions.
EPISODE 86
May 9
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the press a news co...

Listen: Bridgewater's recovery takes interesting turn with Zimmer comments

Intro: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had a lot of interesting things to say at rookie minicamp, including optimism about Teddy Bridgewater's eventual return. What does it mean? 16:00: Get to know the Vikings rookies. 25:00: Will Zimmer be tougher on his players this year? 32:00: Marion Barber II gets his college degree. 35:00: 8.5 wins -- over or under for the Vikings?
EPISODE 85
May 1

Listen: Recapping the Vikings' 2017 NFL draft and top pick Dalvin Cook

Join Matt Vensel, Andrew Krammer and Chip Scoggins for their review of the Vikings' moves in the 2017 NFL draft.
EPISODE 84
April 25

Listen: NFL draft is near; who will the Vikings take?

Intro: A look at the Vikings' major areas of need in the draft; 20:00: Matt Vensel's round-by-round Vikings mock draft. 38:00: All-time Vikings draft steals. 43:00: Wait, Adrian Peterson might sign with the Saints and play against the Vikings in week 1?
EPISODE 83
April 11

Listen: With draft approaching, are Vikings in the mix for Mixon?

Open: Catching up on significant recent news, including Teddy Bridgewater's throwing video and Sharrif Floyd's injury update; 18:00: Draft expert Matt Miller of Bleacher Report checks in on Vikings options, including controversial running back Joe Mixon; 40:00: Twitter questions galore.
EPISODE 82
March 21

Listen: Are the Vikings better off now than they were last year?

Intro: Breaking down the Latavius Murray signing and what it means for Adrian Peterson. 16:00: A lot of free agents decided not to sign with the Vikings. Why? 21:00: A bunch of them did sign, though. Are the Vikings better now than they were last year? 30:00: What holes are left to fill and who would start if the season began right now?
EPISODE 81
March 13

Listen: Are the Vikings doing enough in free agency?

Intro: Looking at the Vikings' two new offensive tackles; 12:00 -- so how are the Vikings doing in free agency? 22:00 -- Why didn't Alshon Jeffery sign here? 28:00 -- What about Eddie Lacy vs. Adrian Peterson; 34:00 -- A lot of Vikings players are leaving, and Rhett Ellison's dad spouted off about the organization.
EPISODE 80
March 8
Preston Smith (94) celebrated after sacking Sam Bradford for a 14-yard...

Listen: Are the Vikings going to sign some offensive linemen or what?

Intro: With free agency starting Thursday, what exactly are the Vikings going to do. So many teams need offensive linemen, just like them. 20:00: And then there's the question of what happens with Adrian Peterson. 32:00: Giving retiring LB Chad Greenway his due.
EPISODE 79
March 3
Adrian Peterson, the soon-to-be 32-year-old will likely have to continue his chase of the career rushing record elsewhere.

Listen: Are the Vikings done with Peterson, and is their new RB at the combine?

Intro: Taking a look at the ripple effect of news that the Vikings won't pick up Adrian Peterson's option. 13:00: Story lines out of the NFL Combine with free agency looming next week. 30:00: Strengths and weaknesses by position at the NFL Draft.
EPISODE 78
February 16

Listen: What moves should the Vikings make? One attempt at an 'ideal' offseason

Podcast: The guys take control of the Vikings' reins for an 'ideal' offseason. Plus, who to keep among Vikings' free agents?
EPISODE 77
February 2

Listen: The Minneapolis Super Bowl is a year away; can the Vikings make it?

Open: What do the Vikings have to do to be this year's Falcons and get to the Super Bowl Minneapolis is hosting next year? 22:00: What will it be like to have the Super Bowl here? 31:00: Maureen Bausch, CEO of Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, joins. 45:00: Your questions.
EPISODE 76
January 18

Listen: Grading the 2016 Vikings and looking ahead to the 2017 draft

Intro: What have we learned from the playoffs so far and is Sam Bradford ELITE; 15:00 -- Dane Brugler of CBS Sports joins to talk NFL draft and the Vikings options. 35:00 -- Breaking down Andrew Krammer's team grades. 43:00 -- Listener questions.
EPISODE 75
January 5
Adrian Peterson cleans out his locker.

Listen: Five burning offseason questions for the Vikings

Part II of our massive season-ending podcast: Five burning offseason questions. Which Vikings will stay and which will go? What are the biggest positions of need to address in the draft and free agency?
EPISODE 74
January 5

Listen: Mike Zimmer solved the offseason QB dilemma, but others remain

Intro: Breaking down Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's comment that Sam Bradford has earned the right to start. 20:00: What about Pat Shurmur, Adrian Peterson and other decisions? 35:00: Season awards. 42:00 Drew Magary joins and tries not to swear.
EPISODE 73
December 29, 2016
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (24), left running bac...

Listen: Several players may be taking last snaps as Vikings on Sunday

Intro: Andrew Krammer and Matt Vensel take a different approach to breaking down Sunday's Vikings season finale vs. the Bears. (2:20) Have Vikings like Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil already played their last game in Minnesota? (8:50) Are Cordarrelle Patterson, Captain Munnerlyn and others playing their last Vikings games on Sunday? (24:10) A brief preview on the Bears, QB Matt Barkley and RB Jordan Howard. (28:40) Krammer and Vensel are split on Sunday's winner.
EPISODE 72
December 28, 2016
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers celebrates his touchdown run with fan...

Listen: Untangling the Vikings' DB mess and 2016 with Patrick Reusse

Intro: Matt Vensel and Andrew Krammer are joined by Patrick Reusse to untangle the Vikings' coverage mess at Lambeau. (2:00) So, what happened? (18:40) Adam Thielen, 'one of the greatest stories in team history' (32:30) Where does 2016 rank among bizarre Vikings seasons? 2010? 1972? (39:00) Looking ahead to Sunday's season finale vs. the Bears. (44:20) Twitter questions on the 2017 offseason
EPISODE 71
December 21, 2016
Vikings Linval Joseph sacks Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on their final dr...

Listen: Did the Vikings defense break after carrying the load?

Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press joins us to recap the Vikings' colossal letdown against the Colts.
EPISODE 70
December 15, 2016

Listen: Why the Vikings' pass rush could have a big day vs. Colts, Andrew Luck

Breaking down the upcoming Vikings-Colts game with playoff implications for both teams. 00:25: Andrew Luck is on pace for a career-worst sack total and the Vikings' rushers are surging. 9:45: Sam Bradford dealing with a right shoulder injury. What to make of Adrian Peterson's return to practice? 24:30: DT Tom Johnson talks the start of his career in Indy as an undrafted free agent and the time they sent him to the now-defunct NFL Europe. 28:00: Andrew and Matt pick their 'X factors' for Sunday's game vs. the Colts.
EPISODE 69
December 13, 2016

Listen: Stefon Diggs joins the Access Vikings podcast

Breaking down the Jacksonville victory and digesting the news on Sharrif Floyd and Adrian Peterson. 23:00: Stefon Diggs breaks down the crazy season-to-date. 35:00: Are the Lions Super Bowl contenders? 40:00: Diggs rejoins, opines on Old Bay seasoning. 45:00: Will the Vikings beat the sliding Colts?

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