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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.

Vikings
January 11
Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski spoke with quarterback Kirk Cousins during pre-game warmups Sunday. ] JEFF WHEELER • jeff.whee

Listen: Vikings begin 2019 with coordinator changes

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss Kevin Stefanski's promotion to full-time offensive coordinator, where the Vikings offense goes from here and the change at special teams coordinator.
Vikings
January 3
Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes packed up after yesterday’s loss to the Chicago Bears at TCO Performance Center Monday December 31, 2018 in Eagan, MN

Listen: Vikings' offseason primer after disappointing 2018

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' disappointing 2018 season and look ahead to the offseason. (2:00) The latest on the Vikings' coordinator search, including Kevin Stefanski and Hue Jackson. (14:00) On Kirk Cousins' season. (20:00) Previewing potential roster changes. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on Rick Spielman, potential trades and more.
Vikings
December 26, 2018
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer late in the fourth quarter at Ford Field Sunday December 23, 2018 in Detroit, MI.

Listen: Vikings get one more chance to prove they belong in NFC playoffs

Vikings beat writers Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the playoff-type approach the Vikings are taking this week against the Bears.
Vikings
December 19, 2018
Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen.

Listen: Vikings' playoff life, long-term outlook still at stake

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the two-game stretch ahead of a Vikings team that could be the NFC's No. 5 or No. 6 seed or eliminated from playoff contention altogether. (2:00) Run-first identity recaptured? (12:00) Wilf ownership gives early nod of approval to Spielman and Zimmer, whose contracts are up in 2019. (18:30) On a muddled NFC playoff picture and possibilities. (29:00) Your Twitter questions on good surprises of 2018, Anthony Barr's future and more.
Vikings
December 13, 2018
New Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski worked with quarterback Kirk Cousins in May.

Listen: Inside the Vikings' late-season change at offensive coordinator

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' Week 15 change at offensive coordinator. (2:00) What went wrong with John DeFilippo's 13-game tenure? (8:00) The real snags of Mike Zimmer's increased involvement on offense. (14:00) Kevin Stefanski gets his shot. (21:00) On Kirk Cousins' play. We end with a Sid Hartman story, the 2012 Ravens firing their OC and winning a Super Bowl and more.
Vikings
December 7, 2018
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) held off New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) while ultimately gaining nothing on a

Listen: Can the Vikings beat a winning team in Seattle?

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss whether this Vikings team is capable of a push into and through the playoffs. It's time to recalibrate expectations. (4:00) Monday night in Seattle can determine if these Vikings are worthy of a playoff spot. (12:00) Scouting the Seahawks, an offense much like Mike Zimmer wants. (20:00) On coordinator John DeFilippo's head coaching prospects. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on Kirk Cousins, Everson Griffen and more.
Vikings
November 28, 2018
Sheldon Richardson celebrated after he sacked Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com ñ Minneapolis, MN �

Listen: Vikings seek 2018 statement win vs. Patriots on the road

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a couple key Vikings ties to the Patriots ahead of Sunday's game in New England. (2:00) Are Patriots using Cordarrelle Patterson better than Vikings? (10:00) On similarities between Mike Zimmer and Bill Belichick. (20:00) The Vikings need more Dalvin Cook in the passing game. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on underrated Vikings, Trae Waynes' future and more.
EPISODE 142
November 23, 2018
Listen: Vikings searching for identity in critical game vs. Packers

Listen: Vikings searching for identity in critical game vs. Packers

The Access Vikings crew talks through a disappointing Vikings loss at Chicago and examines whether Mike Zimmer's desire to run the ball more is at odds with overall offensive success. The loss to Chicago set up a huge game Sunday against Green Bay that will bolster one team's playoff chances and damage the other's chances.
Vikings
November 12, 2018
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates with teammate Everson Griffen (97) after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Sta

Listen: Vikings can take control of NFC North in Chicago

In the latest edition of the Access Vikings podcast, Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings-Bears wrestle for control of the NFC North on Sunday night, answer Twitter questions and more.
Vikings
November 1, 2018
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, left, runs off the field after throwing an interception during the second half of an NFL football game aga

Listen: Evaluating Kirk Cousins, this Vikings team at 2018's midpoint

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings at the midpoint of the 2018 season.
Vikings
October 25, 2018
Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen apologized and took accountability for his actions during a press conference after practice, Wednesday, October 24,

Listen: Everson Griffen's return and Sunday's NFC playoff rematch

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand lead with defensive end Everson Griffen's return after five weeks away from the team. (1:00) On Griffen's shrouded mental health and a quick return. (10:00) Sunday's NFC playoff rematch could be a shootout. (13:00) How different it might've been if Marcus Williams tackled Stefon Diggs. (16:00) Sean Payton and Drew Brees, an innovative combo for the record books. (24:00) Why do teams throw backward passes? (30:00) Your Twitter questions on Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen and more.
Vikings
October 17, 2018
Danielle Hunter (99) celebrated after a sack in the first quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com ñ October 14, 2018, Minneapolis, MN

Listen: On Danielle Hunter's rise, and many Vikings-Jets connections

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Mark Craig discuss Danielle Hunter's rise and many connections between the Vikings and Jets. (2:00) Craig details his Sunday profile on Hunter's winding path to budding NFL star. (8:00) How Kirk Cousins played the Jets' $90 million offer into more Vikings money. (14:00) The Vikings-Jets connections continue with head coaches Mike Zimmer and Todd Bowles. (19:00) Ex-Jet Sheldon Richardson returns to New York. (24:00) Your Twitter questions, including how did a kicker win NFL MVP in 1982?
Vikings
October 15, 2018
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter sacked Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen in the second quarter on Sunday.

Listen: On Kirk Cousins' hot start, sustainability and previewing Cardinals

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss Kirk Cousins' fast start to his first Vikings season. (3:00) On the sustainability of an often-hit quarterback playing well. (12:00) Shifting tackles. (15:00) Everson Griffen's continued absence and the pass rush. (20:00) Mackensie Alexander's snaps dwindling. (25:00) Vikings-Cardinals preview. (32:00) Your Twitter questions on Adam Thielen's contract, Packers dysfunction and more.
Vikings
October 1, 2018
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks catches a pass in front of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes during the second half in an NFL foot

Listen: Defensive collapse gives Vikings another worry for Philly

What defensive trends are worrisome heading into a NFC Championship Game rematch in Philadelphia?
Vikings
September 20, 2018
Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey kicks a field goal during an NFL football game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ,

Listen: Inside the Vikings' change at kicker with veteran Dan Bailey

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' move at kicker after rookie Daniel Carlson was waived. (5:00) On why Dan Bailey was available, and what he brings to the Vikings. (16:00) The woeful Bills come to town this Sunday. (25:00) Gauging Pat Elflein's timeline to return. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on defensive back playing time, issues on grass fields and the receivers.
Vikings
September 12, 2018
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) left and and linebacker Anthony Barr (55) sprinted down the field at TCO Performance Center Wedne

Listen: Vikings' chance comes early in Green Bay to reestablish division hold

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' surge into Lambeau Field on Sunday. (1:00) They're preparing for Aaron Rodgers, limited or not. (7:00) Mike Hughes' debut was more uneven than it seemed. (15:00) Kirk Cousins' NFC North debut. (19:00) Dalvin Cook is full steam ahead. (26:00) On Mike Zimmer's conservative approach in game situations. (29:00) State of the O-line, and a new addition. (32:00) Your Twitter questions on all things Vikings.
Vikings
September 5, 2018
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Ph

Listen: On a busy cutdown weekend and Sunday's opener vs. 49ers

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' notable roster cuts, 53-man roster and preview Sunday's season opener against the 49ers. (3:00) Terence Newman's move into coaching. (8:45) Will Brian Robison continue his NFL career elsewhere? (11:00) A new center will snap for Kirk Cousins on Sunday. (14:30) Special teams upheaval. (20:00) Previewing the 49ers game. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on cornerbacks, emergency quarterback and more.
Vikings
August 28, 2018
Vikings guard Tom Compton.

Listen: Who's going to make the Vikings' 53-man roster?

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' acquisition of center/guard Brett Jones, Pat Elflein's status, project the 53-man roster and answer your Twitter questions on quarterbacks, George Iloka and running backs.
Vikings
August 23, 2018
Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Pat Elflein is starting training camp om the PUP list. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com ñ July 25,

Listen: Weighing George Iloka's addition and Pat Elflein's absence

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' addition of George Iloka, wonder why Pat Elflein hasn't practiced and more. (2:00) How can Iloka's addition impact the defense? (10:00) Your state of the offensive line update. (24:00) The run game has been a preseason plus. (27:00) Debating Krammer's 53-man roster projection. (35:00) Your Twitter questions.
Vikings
August 15, 2018
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with receivers Adam Thielen (19) and Stefon Diggs (14) during a joint practice with the Jacksonville

Listen: Despite wild week, encouraging signs from Vikings' preseason opener

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss encouraging signs from the Vikings' preseason opener and a wild week at training camp. (2:00) What's up with Everson Griffen missing practice? (11:00) A state of the offensive line update, after a reporter's injury rant. (13:00) Krammer isn't panicking about the O-line after Kirk Cousins' strong start in Denver. (19:00) The Jaguars are in town for joint practices. (24:00) On Dalvin Cook. (30:00) Mike Hughes getting rare high praise from Mike Zimmer. (37:00) Your Twitter questions on trades, NFL rules, linebackers and quarterbacks.
Vikings
August 8, 2018
Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Nick Easton (63) Cornelius Edison (67) and Tom Compton (79).

Listen: Previewing Vikings' preseason opener, reviewing Moss' induction

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Mark Craig preview the Vikings' preseason opener in Denver on Saturday. (2:00) First, an update on Nick Easton's "not good" injury situation. (5:00) The Case Keenum revenge game. (8:00) Laquon Treadwell, Sheldon Richardson and the most intriguing players to watch. (14:00) A tale from Kirk Cousins. (20:30) Mark was in Canton, and reviews Randy Moss' Hall of Fame induction. (34:30) Who's the next Viking to go in? Are we watching any HoFers right now?
Vikings
July 31, 2018
Stefon Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown to beat New Orleans 29-24 in the NFC divisional round at TCF Bank Stadium in January.

Listen: Another core Vikings player signs an extension in Stefon Diggs

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Chip Scoggins discuss Stefon Diggs' contract extension and the impact on the roster.
Vikings
July 26, 2018
Minnesota Vikings tight end coach Clancy Barone worked with the offensive line on Wednesday.

Listen: Grieving Vikings tasked with starting training camp

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the passing of Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano and the opening of training camp. (1:00) Sparano's legacy and impact on Vikings. (6:00) Center Pat Elflein starts camp on PUP. (10:00) Revisiting Joe Berger's impact and how it'll be missed. (19:00) Each of us has a top question that needs answering in camp. (27:00) Newcomers to watch (not named Kirk or Sheldon). (33:00) Your Twitter questions, including Sheldon Richardson, O-line coaches and tacos.
Vikings
June 14, 2018
Vikings tackle Mike Remmers, right, ran drills on the field during a mandatory Vikings three-day minicamp at the TCO Performance Center, June 13, 2018

Listen: Recapping an expectation-fueling Vikings offseason

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand recap the Vikings offseason following the end of a three-day minicamp in Eagan. (3:00) The State of the Offensive Line. (8:45) How's Kirk Cousins looking? (13:30) Anthony Barr focused on refining pass-rush moves. (18:30) Kickers! (22:00) Laquon Treadwell, Kendall Wright and the receiving corps. (28:00) Under-the-radar guys to watch. (31:30) Your questions, including on Nick Easton, Marcus Sherels and tacos.
Vikings
June 4, 2018
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Listen: John DeFilippo, Vikings OTAs and burner accounts

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and the connection that helped lead to quarterback Kirk Cousins.