Ben Goessling | Star Tribune
Sports reporter | Vikings

Ben Goessling covers the Vikings for the Star Tribune. He has covered the team since 2012, and has previously covered the Twins, Wild, Washington Nationals and prep sports.

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.


Penalty on Cook was poor use of new replay rule, Zimmer says

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer insisted the video review of Stefon Diggs' nullified touchdown misread the actions of Dalvin Cook, who was called for pass interference on the play.


'Disappointed in my performance.' Cousins accepts heat for mistake-filled loss

After Green Bay jumped to an early 21-0 lead the Vikings were their own worst enemies as their rally attempt fell short, with quarterback Kirk Cousins having one of the worst games of his pro career.


Despite injuries, Zimmer feels 'good' about Vikings' cornerback depth

Mackensie Alexander, who dislocated his right elbow Sunday against the Falcons, won't play against the Packers, and Mike Hughes — still working his way back from a torn ACL -- is listed as doubtful.


Defense steps into spotlight in this year's Border Battle at Lambeau

In something of an odd twist for a rivalry that's revolved around offensive headliners for nearly 30 years, the defenses could be the keys to Sunday's game between the Vikings and Packers.


Cousins' NFL career got an early boost from new Packers coach LaFleur

When Matt LaFleur coaches his first regular-season game at Lambeau Field, he'll try to slow down the quarterback he helped bring into the NFL. Kirk Cousins will be trying to win for the first time in Green Bay.


Thielen foundation launches program to reward academic success with athletic equipment

Upgrades arrived at Brooklyn Center High School courtesy of Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen's charitable foundation, and Thielen and his wife, Caitlin, foresee more coming.


If Alexander's out, Vikings comfortable turning to Kearse

Safety Jayron Kearse might need to fill in if cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander and Mike Hughes are unavailable.


Vikings show off in opener by running Atlanta into the ground

Tests ahead, starting with the Green Bay Packers next Sunday at Lambeau Field, will likely require more balance than what the Vikings showed in Sunday's 28-12 victory over the Falcons.


Cousins has new offense and new comfort level with Vikings

The offensive overhaul has resulted in a familiar scheme for Kirk Cousins (after the addition of Gary Kubiak as assistant head coach) and more accouterments for the quarterback.


Showtime: Things about to get real for offensive coordinator Stefanski

The Vikings made some moves in hopes of sparing Kevin Stefanski from a rocky start in his first full season of calling offensive plays.