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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.

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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
December 9, 2016

Listen: Turnover-prone Blake Bortles might be what reeling Vikings need

Can the Vikings take advantage of the NFL's interception leader in Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles? What will they do without safety Harrison Smith? Why could center Joe Berger (or Nick Easton) play a critical role on Sunday in Jacksonville? And Matt Vensel has sensitive eyes.
December 5, 2016
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) on the sideline at...

Listen: Will Adrian Peterson return to save the Vikings before it's too late?

Recapping the Dallas game, Mike Zimmer's eye problems, the playoff picture and Adrian Peterson's potential return.
November 29, 2016

Listen: Assessing the Vikings' playoff chances with five games to go

- Can the Vikings get their act together in time to make the playoffs? We look around the NFC and assess their chances. - Will they start the turnaround against Dallas, the NFC's top team? We delve into that difficult matchup for the Vikings defense. - Also, special guest Mark Craig joins to discuss the Vikings season, playoff hopes and his book: "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die."
November 22, 2016
Xavier Rhodes (29) intercepted a Carson Palmer pass and returned 100-y...

Listen: Vikings get off the schneid with first win in over a month

In this Access Vikings game plan podcast, reporters Matt Vensel and Andrew Krammer and columnist Chip Scoggins recap the wild and imperfect win over Arizona and what to make of the defensive effort. They talk about Xavier Rhodes, who was Sunday's hero, but is still seeking consistency, and ask whether Cordarrelle Patterson has now earned another contract in Minnesota? They also look ahead to the Vikings-Lions, who faced off just three weeks ago.
November 17, 2016

Listen: Are the Vikings catching Carson Palmer at the right time?

In this Access Vikings game plan podcast, reporters Matt Vensel and Andrew Krammer also discuss the Vikings' toughest running back test yet in David Johnson, what to expect from the Stefon Diggs-Patrick Peterson matchup, and whether Arizona's so-so protection will allow the Vikings' pass rush to find a groove again?
November 15, 2016

Listen: Vikings waive Walsh in latest shakeup during losing streak

Intro: Breaking down the Blair Walsh news; 8:00: Oh, other things were also terrible against the Redskins. 22:00: Kevin Seifert compares 2016 to the 2003 Vikings season. 38:00: Will this team ever win -- or love -- again? 44:00: Kentrell Brothers does NOT like to be tickled.
November 11, 2016
Minnesota Vikings Anthony Barr (55).

Listen: Hey, what happened to the Vikings' vaunted pass rush?

On the Access Vikings Gameday Preview podcast, Matt Vensel and Andrew Krammer discuss how the Vikings might remain creative to get into the end zone against Washington and lament the disappearing pass rush. Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr discusses his disappearing stats and the first half of his season.
November 8, 2016

Listen: Vikings can't kick their losing ways -- or an extra point

Intro: Blair Walsh's missed kicks finally cost the Vikings, but the defense and clock management were also to blame for a team that now sits at 5-3 at the midpoint. 22:00: Tom Linnemann, who has played the game, breaks down what Sam Bradford is seeing. 37:00: Hot take: Is Rick Spielman the next scapegoat? 44:00: Previewing Washington
November 4, 2016

Listen: In midst of slump, Vikings turn to Shurmur vs. Lions

After a tumultuous week that saw offensive coordinator Norv Turner abruptly resign, the Vikings will try to end a two-game losing streak when they host the Lions on Sunday.
November 2, 2016
Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner chatted earlier this year.

Listen: Norv Turner is out. Where do the Vikings go from here?

In the midst of recording our regular podcast Wednesday morning, news emerged that Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigned. So we scrapped everything and regrouped with a Turner-specific podcast.
October 28, 2016

Listen: Can Vikings' offensive line rebound against Bears?

On the offensive line, trio of tackles face another tough test in the against the Bears' pass rushers. The lack of a running game is an underlying concern that is not helping the Vikings' pass protection woes. Also: Jay Cutler makes his return to a Bears team that is more beat up than the Vikings, with 11 players on injured reserve.

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