Ben Goessling | Star Tribune
Sports reporter | Vikings

After graduating from Apple Valley High School, Goessling majored in accounting and journalism at the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters. He coaches high school track and field and cross country, plays electric guitar and enjoys volunteering at Hope Academy in the Phillips neighborhood.


New York welcome: Cousins expects jeers after jilting Jets

Last offseason, the Jets offered quarterback Kirk Cousins more money but he chose Vikings. "Criticism's going to be a part of it," Cousins said.


Vikings fears confirmed: Hughes lost for the season

Rookie cornerback Mike Hughes will be lost for the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament suffered Sunday against Arizona.


Kirk Cousins must beware of linemen with hands up

Though he still completed 70.5 percent of his passes on Sunday, Kirk Cousins' day against the Cardinals — during which he went 24-for-34 for 233…


Running with a purpose, Vikings blitz Cardinals behind Murray

The Vikings overcame seven tipped passes and the likelihood that their first-round draft pick will be lost for the season by relying on a previously absent running game and stout defense.


Vikings-Arizona preview: A repeat of Week 3? Not likely

If the Cardinals can win, it would be the franchise's first victory in Minnesota since 1977, when they were in St. Louis and the Vikings were at Met Stadium.


Cook and Cardinals star at a rushing crossroads in their careers

Vikings Insider: A couple of years before the Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook, they brought in David Johnson for a pre-draft look following his college career at Northern Iowa.


Getting a chance, Weatherly comes through for depleted defensive line

While Everson Griffen remains away from the team dealing with mental health issues, the Vikings have turned to Stephen Weatherly, who forced a pivotal fumble in the victory over the Eagles.


A bit of payback: New Vikings take lead in holding off Eagles

Bringing in John DeFilippo at offensive coordinator and Kirk Cousins at quarterback paid off for the Vikings as they built a 17-point lead and held off the Eagles 23-21 in their NFC title-game rematch.


Vikings standout safety Harrison Smith is a pro's pro

As Harrison Smith continues to fashion a career that could have him on a Hall of Fame trajectory, he's driven by an approach that leaves little room for half measures.


Vikings, Eagles struggling as they prepare for NFC title-game rematch

A Week 5 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions wouldn't avenge the NFC title game loss, but its benefits would be clear.