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December 22, 2021
Podcast: Previewing Vikings-Rams and dissecting roster decisions

Podcast: Previewing Vikings-Rams and dissecting roster decisions

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand dissect some of general manager Rick Spielman's decisions, and look ahead to Sunday's Vikings-Rams game that'll challenge Minnesota's playoff hopes.
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December 22, 2021
Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 20

Rams pressure danger to Vikings after Hicks, Bears demolish line

Led by Akiem Hicks, only a part-time player in Monday's game, the Bears sacked Kirk Cousins four times and held him to a career-low in passing yards despite an all-reserve secondary. Here's what went wrong.
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December 22, 2021
Vikings defensive end D.J. Wonnum tackled Bears quarterback Justin Fields during the third quarter for one of his career-high three sacks at Soldier F

Behind Wonnum's big game, Vikings tie NFL sack record dating to '70s

Minnesota matched the 1974 Raiders for the longest streak of consecutive games with multiple sacks in NFL history. D.J. Wonnum had three against the Bears and said he "really shoulda had five."
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December 21, 2021
Podcast: Vikings get ugliest of wins in beating the Bears

Podcast: Vikings get ugliest of wins in beating the Bears

The Star Tribune's Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Jim Souhan discuss a pressured Kirk Cousins, a flustered Justin Fields and an ugly Vikings win from Soldier Field.
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December 20, 2021
Entering Monday night, Justin Jefferson’s 1,288 receiving yards ranked second in the league behind only the Rams’ Cooper Kupp.

Vikings' Pro Bowl picks: Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, Harrison Smith

Jefferson wore a Pro Bowl Randy Moss jersey during pregame warmups on Monday night in Chicago, where Moss broke the news of his selection to him.
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December 20, 2021
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen (19), who did not practice this week, will miss his third straight game with an ankle sprain suffered Dec. 5 in Detroit.

Vikings-Bears inactives: Thielen to miss another game

Adam Thielen tested his sprained left ankle for only a few minutes at Soldier Field on Monday night before the Vikings ruled him out. K.J. Osborn will start against a decimated Bears secondary.
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December 16, 2021
Podcast: Vikings head to Soldier Field, or their Bermuda Triangle

Podcast: Vikings head to Soldier Field, or their Bermuda Triangle

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand talk about wild Vikings-Bears games through the years, as well as Monday night's matchup between Kirk Cousins and Justin Fields.
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December 14, 2021
The Vikings scored 26 points in beating Pittsburgh, but quarterback Kirk Cousins had troubled when the Steelers pass rush pressured him.

Cousins will need to avoid pressure to be successful against Bears

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is 1-4 against the Bears during his Vikings tenure. He appears well set up for Monday night against a limping Chicago defense. But there's just one familiar catch.
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December 10, 2021
Podcast: Vikings' Harrison Smith helps prevent another defensive collapse

Podcast: Vikings' Harrison Smith helps prevent another defensive collapse

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Jim Souhan discuss a clutch play by safety Harrison Smith that prevented what would've been another defensive collapse for the Vikings against the Steelers.
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December 9, 2021
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) picks up 30 yards on a run in the third quarter , in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Th

Vikings-Steelers inactives: Cook returns from one-game absence

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will suit up against the Steelers on Thursday night, 11 days after dislocating his left shoulder in San Francisco.
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December 7, 2021
Podcast: On the Vikings defense, Barr's career and your questions

Podcast: On the Vikings defense, Barr's career and your questions

Ben Goessling, Michael Rand and Andrew Krammer discuss Anthony Barr's work on and off the field. They also look back at Mike Zimmer's defense in Detroit, talk Vikings-Steelers, and answer your Twitter questions.
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December 7, 2021
Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, defended by Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler, catches a 11-yard pass for the winning touchdown Sunday.

How Vikings pass defense woes started before Lions' winning drive

There were issues even when the Vikings didn't get hurt by them — including a busted coverage on the play when Cameron Dantzler intercepted a pass.
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December 7, 2021
Members of the Minnesota Vikings stand on the field after the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in

Vikings defensive dilemma on full display in final drive of Lions loss

Ben Goessling's Second Thoughts: Why didn't the Vikings put more pressure on Lions quarterback Jared Goff in the game's final minutes? Coach Mike Zimmer had to choose between two defensive shortcomings.
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December 5, 2021
Podcast: Vikings defense with another late collapse, this time in Detroit

Podcast: Vikings defense with another late collapse, this time in Detroit

From Ford Field after Sunday's 29-27 loss, Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings defense folding in another end-of-half situation under Mike Zimmer.
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December 5, 2021
Anthony Barr (55) and Eric Kendricks (54) will miss Sunday’s game against the Lions.

Vikings-Lions inactives: Linebacker Anthony Barr also ruled out for shuffled defense

With hamstring and knee injuries, Barr is the latest absence for a Vikings defense that is also without Eric Kendricks and Patrick Peterson.
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December 4, 2021
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks.

Vikings activate Pierce from IR, but rule Kendricks out for Sunday vs. Lions

Eric Kendricks will miss the game with a biceps injury that limited him in practice this week.
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December 1, 2021
Podcast: Vikings trying to avoid cold start to pivotal December stretch

Podcast: Vikings trying to avoid cold start to pivotal December stretch

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand preview Sunday's game in Detroit, discuss Dalvin Cook's injury, Kirk Cousins-Mike Zimmer, and much more.
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November 30, 2021
Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin (83) can’t make the catch for in the end zone as San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga (29) signs no

Why Vikings goal-line offense kept failing in 4th quarter of 49ers loss

The Vikings had four plays from San Francisco's 6-yard line, but came away with zero points, marking a key stretch in another one-score loss.
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November 29, 2021
San Francisco center Alex Mack had a handful of Anthony Barr’s Vikings jersey on Sunday as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looked to pass.

Increase in holding calls by NFL refs hurts and helps Vikings

Ben Goessling's Second Thoughts: While the league wants well-officiated games, there's a balance between adjudicating every play and bogging down the game with penalty calls.
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November 28, 2021
Podcast: Turnovers, attrition get best of Vikings in loss at San Francisco

Podcast: Turnovers, attrition get best of Vikings in loss at San Francisco

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Jim Souhan discuss the Vikings' turnovers, attrition, and the latest around the NFC from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.