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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.

May 1, 2017
Former Minnesota Vikings player John Randle, right, announces Florida State's Dalvin Cook as the Vikings selection in the second round of the 2017 NFL

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.
April 25, 2017
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Pho

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?
April 11, 2017
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon (25) before the start of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa in Nor

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.
March 21, 2017
Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans in the first quarter of the AFC Wild

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, 2017
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, Detroit Lions tackle Riley Reiff (71) sets to black against the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game in

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, 2017
Preston Smith (94) celebrated after sacking Sam Bradford for a 14-yard loss late in the fourth quarter.

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, 2017
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, 2017
Xavier Rhodes celebrated his second interception of the game, a deep Carson Palmer pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd in

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, 2017
U.S. Bank Stadium will host the Super Bowl next year, which gives the Vikings the opportunity to become the first team to play the Super Bowl in their

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, 2017
A busy Vikings offseason will include decisions on several veterans, including, clockwise from upper left, QB Sam Bradford, DB Terence Newman, RB Adri

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, 2017
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, 2017
While acknowledging at his season-ending news conference that there is still no timetable for Teddy Bridgewater’s return and not denying there is a

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 back Adrian Peterson (28) , and linebacker Kentrell Brothers (40) on the sideline la

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 fans during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sa

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
Linval Joseph sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on their final drive.

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
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway (52) during NFL matchup between th

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

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
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) slides in front of Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) during the fourth quarter

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 U.S. Bank Stadium Thursday December 01,2016 in Minneapolis MN. The Minnesota Vi

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
Lack of big plays is an epidemic on offense. Jerick McKinnon is part of a Vikings running game that averages just 2.8 yards per carry.

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-yard for a touchdown in the second quarter.

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
Carson Palmer (3) attempted a pass in the third quarter.

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
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) walked off the field at the end of the game.

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
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) missed an extra point attempt in the third quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ - November 6, 2016, Min

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