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Access Vikings

Access Vikings

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: What we learned from Vikings spring practices

Quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during Vikings minicamp at TCO Performance Center in Eagan on Thursday.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a 2019 Vikings offense described as a "work in progress," a cohesive defense that looked strong while tinkering with changes and what the new playbook may offer.


Episode : Listen: Kirk Cousins, expectations and the 2019 Vikings

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss quarterback Kirk Cousins and where expectations should be for 2019. Also: Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings' most unsettled position group and -- which NFL quarterback can best chug a beverage?


Episode : Listen: An offense under development; story lines for Vikings OTAs

Vikings rookie quarterback Jake Browning practiced a handoff during a minicamp at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan in early May.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand set up the next four weeks of Vikings spring practices. Without pads or contact, what can be learned about first-round center Garrett Bradbury? How smooth will the transition be for Kirk Cousins to a Gary Kubiak-influenced system in which he's familiar? Where do things stand with Kyle Rudolph? If he stays, how could Rudolph be used alongside Irv Smith Jr.?


Episode : Listen: Recapping Vikings' draft, its impact on Kyle Rudolph's future

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph addressed the media during a press conference at the Twin Cities Orthopedic Center, Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Eagan, M

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer on the NFL Draft, the Vikings' 12-pick haul, top pick Garrett Bradbury and the offensive line, tight end Kyle Rudolph's future and more.


Episode : Listen: The first round and beyond, sorting out Vikings draft options

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Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' possibilities with the 18th overall pick on Thursday night. If not an offensive lineman, which position? What teams ahead, and behind, in the draft order could impact the Vikings' choice? How could the draft impact the future of Riley Reiff and Pat Elflein? Your Twitter questions and more.


Episode : Listen: Former NFL scout talks upcoming draft, Vikings' needs

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine

Andrew Krammer interviews former NFL scout Dan Hatman, who is now the Director of Scouting Development at the Scouting Academy. Hatman shares insights on the industry, scouting offensive linemen and the Vikings' likely need at tight end with Gary Kubiak in the fold.


Episode : Listen: How Vikings' free agency sets up the 2019 NFL draft

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks about first-round pick cornerback Mike Hughes from the University of Central Florida during a n

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' free agency moves and how they set up the upcoming NFL draft. Topics include the 18th-overall pick, Mike Zimmer's comments on Xavier Rhodes and a blockbuster trade that did not come to fruition for the Vikings.


Episode : Listen: Vikings double down on defense a week into NFL free agency

Former Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55)

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' offseason direction one week into NFL free agency and more than a month before the NFL draft. How can a major move still be made to address, let's say, the offensive line? We discuss that and much more.


Episode : Listen: Previewing Vikings' free agency, recapping the NFL scouting combine

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in In

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer talk the Vikings' upcoming roster decisions, including negotiations with Anthony Barr and Sheldon Richardson. We also review a week in Indianapolis, where much was gleaned about the state of the Vikings during the NFL scouting combine.


Episode : Listen: Takeaways from Super Bowl, Vikings coaching staff and offseason

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has tweaked his staff already this offseason.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the newly assembled Vikings coaching staff, including Gary Kubiak and three of his assistants. We also talk a defensive Super Bowl, the Vikings' open approach to Riley Reiff's job and take your Twitter questions.


Episode : Listen: Vikings begin 2019 with coordinator changes

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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.


Episode : Listen: Vikings' offseason primer after disappointing 2018

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

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.


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

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the playoff-type approach the Vikings are taking this week against the Bears. (5:00) A rematch against Chicago can give proof Vikings belong in playoff field. (10:00) Kirk Cousins doesn't need to be the reason they win, he just can't be the reason they lose. (20:00) Laquon Treadwell's Vikings tenure coming to an end? (31:00) Mark Craig joins to help answer your Twitter questions on Kevin Stefanski, Adam Thielen, Trae Waynes and more.


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

Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen.

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.


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

New Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski worked with quarterback Kirk Cousins in May.

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.


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

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) held off New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) while ultimately gaining nothing on a

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.


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

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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: 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.


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.