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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.

Vikings
May 24
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during pregame warm ups on Nov. 6, 2016.

Listen: Vikings begin OTAs without linebacker Anthony Barr

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand lead off with Anthony Barr's absence from voluntary practices this week. (2:00) Barr's rare no-show comes as he enters a contract year while two other NFL players tore knee ligaments in OTAs. (12:30) Brian Robison should be a celebrated Viking. (19:00) Observations from one OTA practice open to reporters. (25:00) National anthem policy. (33:00) Your Twitter questions, including the O-line and best fictional quarterback in a movie.
Vikings
April 30
Minnesota Vikings first round pick cornerback Mike Hughes from the University of Central Florida, surrounded by Zygi Wilf, Vikings owner, left to righ

Listen: Reviewing the Vikings' 2018 NFL draft class

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand recap the Vikings' 2018 NFL draft class with a few 'projects.'
Vikings
April 24
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman introduced the "Draft Room" as members of the media were given a tour of TCO Performance Center, Friday, March 9

Listen: The Vikings' balancing act with 30th pick of NFL Draft

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' options with the 30th-overall pick.
EPISODE 122
April 4
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman introduced Kirk Cousins during a press conference at the Vikings TCO Performance Center, Thursday, Mar

Listen: As Vikings shift focus to the draft, what should they prioritize?

Ben Goessling and Michael Rand take a look at what the Vikings have done in free agency so far, where they fall in the NFL pecking order, what their draft priorities should be and plenty of other good reader questions.
Vikings
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.
EPISODE 120
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.
EPISODE 119
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.
Vikings
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?
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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?
EPISODE 115
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.
EPISODE 114
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.
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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.
Vikings
January 2
Eric Kendricks (54) celebrated with Trae Waynes (26) after a tackle in the third quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - 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.
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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)
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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.
Vikings
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.
EPISODE 101
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.