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Vikings reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer 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.


Episode : Listen: Vikings can take control of NFC North in Chicago

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates with teammate Everson Griffen (97) after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Sta

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.


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

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ran off the field after throwing an interception during the second half against New Orleans on Sunday. Saints cornerb

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings at the midpoint of the 2018 season. (2:00) On a season-altering stretch through the NFC North. (8:00) Do we know the Vikings' identity? (16:00) Evaluating Kirk Cousins midway through his first Vikings season. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on play calling, clock management and Dalvin Cook.


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

Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen apologized and took accountability for his actions during a press conference after practice, Wednesday, October 24,

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.


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

Danielle Hunter (99) celebrated after a sack in the first quarter.

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?


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

Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter sacked Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen in the second quarter on Sunday.

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.


Episode : Listen: Defensive collapse gives Vikings another worry heading into Philly

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

What defensive trends are worrisome heading into a NFC Championship Game rematch in Philadelphia? (3:00) How much is it lack of pass rush? How are opponents scheming? (20:00) Mike Zimmer admits possible 'over coaching.' (25:00) The quarterback hand-size info you all needed. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on Iloka, offensive line play and DeFilippo.


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

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,

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.


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

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) left and and linebacker Anthony Barr (55) sprinted down the field at TCO Performance Center Wedne

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.


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

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Ph

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.


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

Vikings guard Tom Compton.

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.


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

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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.


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

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with receivers Adam Thielen (19) and Stefon Diggs (14) during a joint practice with the Jacksonville

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.


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

Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Nick Easton (63) Cornelius Edison (67) and Tom Compton (79).

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?


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

Stefon Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown to beat New Orleans 29-24 in the NFC divisional round at TCF Bank Stadium in January.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Chip Scoggins discuss Stefon Diggs' contract extension and the impact on the roster. (2:00) Ben has the details on Diggs' five-year, $72 million extension. How does it stack up to other WRs in the NFL? (7:00) How does this impact Anthony Barr's pending free agency? (12:00) What about the underpaid Adam Thielen? (17:00) The financial puzzle is at the cost of the Vikings' "middle class" on the roster. (25:00) Kirk Cousins has the "pieces in place." (30:00) Your Twitter questions on Trae Waynes, Nick Easton and Dalvin Cook.


Episode : Listen: Grieving Vikings tasked with starting training camp

Minnesota Vikings tight end coach Clancy Barone worked with the offensive line on Wednesday.

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.


Episode : Listen: Recapping an expectation-fueling Vikings offseason

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

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.


Episode : Listen: John DeFilippo, Vikings OTAs and burner accounts

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

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. (0:30) First, Anthony Barr is back with an insurance policy. (6:30) Ben on DeFilippo's influences and how early he targeted Cousins. (13:30) Observations from OTAs and legitimate camp competitions. (30:00) Star Tribune NFL writer and Hall of Fame voter Mark Craig joins to talk Adrian Peterson's candidacy. (44:00) Your Twitter questions and the CF statement of the week.


Episode : Listen: Vikings begin OTAs without linebacker Anthony Barr

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during pregame warm ups on Nov. 6, 2016.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand lead off with Anthony Barr's absence from voluntary practices this week. (2:00) Barr's rare no-show comes as he enters a contract year while two other NFL players tore knee ligaments in OTAs. (12:30) Brian Robison should be a celebrated Viking. (19:00) Observations from one OTA practice open to reporters. (25:00) National anthem policy. (33:00) Your Twitter questions, including the O-line and best fictional quarterback in a movie.


Episode : Listen: Reviewing the Vikings' 2018 NFL draft class

Minnesota Vikings first round pick cornerback Mike Hughes from the University of Central Florida, surrounded by Zygi Wilf, Vikings owner, left to righ

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand recap the Vikings' 2018 NFL draft class with a few 'projects.' (5:00) Is drafting CB Mike Hughes at No. 30 overall an indictment on Mackensie Alexander? (13:00) Does trading up for kicker Daniel Carlson signal end for Kai Forbath? (20:00) Vikings continue to show confidence in 'culture.' (25:00) Vikings pick up Trae Waynes' fifth-year option. (30:00) Your Twitter questions on right guard, running back and linebacker depth.


Episode : Listen: The Vikings' balancing act with 30th pick of NFL Draft

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman introduced the "Draft Room" as members of the media were given a tour of TCO Performance Center, Friday, March 9

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' options with the 30th-overall pick on Thursday night. (2:00) At the end of the round, there's little fortune telling. (13:30) With high-priced defenders and Kirk Cousins, cheap contributors (draft picks) are all the more important. (17:00) Ranking the remaining extensions left for Vikings after Eric Kendricks signed a five-year deal. (25:00) Schedule takes! (30:00) Your questions on O-linemen, quarterbacks and the draft. (36:30) Dan Hatman, former NFL scout and leader at The Scouting Academy joins the show with insight on the draft process and 2018 prospects.