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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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 17, 2017
The Vikings can get Teddy Bridgewater back on the practice field after next Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, once the quarterback has be

Listen: Vikings, NFC North undergoing a quarterback shift

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Anthony Barr hit that shifted the NFC North landscape.
October 10, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, i

Listen: Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings' murky QB situation

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' murky quarterback situation as Sam Bradford reels from a poor half in Chicago, Teddy Bridgewater nears a return to practice and Case Keenum may be in line for another start. Also: Everson Griffen's dominance, Xavier Rhodes' evolution and previewing Vikings-Packers on Sunday. Bonus: Brett Favre and the Packers keep relying on Samkon Gado's.
October 3, 2017
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook fumbled as he was hit by Lions safety Tavon Wilson in the third quarter. Worse news: Cook injured his left knee on th

Listen: Impact of Dalvin Cook's injury on Vikings season

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the impact of Dalvin Cook's injury on this Vikings season. (2:00) What would a Latavius Murray-led offense look like? (12:30) Wait continues on Sam Bradford's left knee. (16:00) Adrian Peterson. (23:00) Wildcat, why? (27:00) Burden back on the defense. (34:00) Vikings-Bears and Mitchell Trubisky. (44:00) We answer your questions.
September 26, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Casey Keenum greeted players at the end of the game.

Listen: Was there ever any doubt Case Keenum would shine for Vikings?

Open: Case Keenum lit up the Buccaneers, just like everybody (nobody) expected. 8:00: Dalvin Cook is really good in all phases of the game. Who knew a running back was allowed to do that? 16:00: Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen: Where do they rank among NFL receiving duos. 30:00: A thoughtful national anthem discussion. 38:00: The Lions got hosed last week, and now they play the Vikings. 45:00: Your questions.
September 19, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) tosses a football during warmup time before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunda

Listen: Vikings wise to be cautious with Sam Bradford

Ben Goessling, Michael Rand and Andrew Krammer go deep into the Vikings quarterback situation as Sam Bradford nurses a swollen knee.
September 13, 2017
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) ran after catching a 24 yard pass in the third quarter.

Listen: Vikings recapture winning formula; will it stay?

Michael Rand rejoins Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer to break down the Vikings' convincing win over the Saints. (2:00) Do Sam Bradford and the offense from Monday night have staying power? (11:00) Diggs and Thielen steal the show. (20:00) Adrian Peterson's return didn't go well. (27:15) Terence Newman, the nickel corner. (30:00) Previewing Vikings-Steelers (35:00) We answer your Twitter questions. (38:45) 'Unlimited' Brett Favre joins the show.
September 5, 2017
Minnesota Vikings center Pat Elflein (65) tackled a bag held by Minnesota Vikings center Nick Easton (62) during practice Tuesday.

Listen: Vikings go young on 53-man roster, Saints preview and predictions

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer preview the 2017 Vikings after a weekend full of roster moves. (1:00) What does Alex Boone's release mean for the Vikings offense? (10:00) Does starting 3 rookies signify a sense of urgency from the coaching staff? (16:30) Vikings make a move for a third QB in Kyle Sloter. (22:00) FB C.J. Ham and CB Tramaine Brock highlight our other roster takeaways. (31:00) Previewing Vikings-Saints and Adrian Peterson's return. (42:00) Predictions for Monday night and the 2017 season.
August 30, 2017
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer in the second quarter.

Listen: On the Vikings preseason, Mr. Mankato and roster cuts

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and special guest Chip Scoggins break down the Vikings preseason from the starters. (1:00) Will 2017 be more of the same from this Vikings offense? (10:00) Is there any credence to the defense getting worn down in 2016? (18:00) The Mr. Mankato Award is coming down to the wire, and there's chaos. (28:30) Will LB Ben Gedeon be a rare rookie Week 1 starter in Mike Zimmer's defense? (32:00) Do we see any surprise cuts this weekend? Receivers and defensive tackles become our focus. (37:30) Has Jerick McKinnon won the kick return job?
August 14, 2017
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.
August 7, 2017
Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Linval Joseph walked into Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï - August 5,

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.
July 27, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater speaks at his first press conference since his knee injury last year, during NFL football training cam

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.
July 18, 2017
Head coach Mike Zimmer returned to Vikings practice at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

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!
June 15, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) joins other quarterbacks including Sam Bradford, right, during the NFL football teams practice Tue

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?
June 8, 2017
Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander worked on drills Wednesday in Eden Prairie.

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.
May 25, 2017
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater embraced coach Mike Zimmer at the end of a 2015 game.

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.
May 9, 2017
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the press a news conference during the first day of Vikings rookie minicamp at Winter Park, Friday,

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?