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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 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.


Episode 122: Listen: As Vikings shift focus to the draft, what should they prioritize?

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman introduced Kirk Cousins during a press conference at the Vikings TCO Performance Center, Thursday, Mar

Ben Goessling and Michael Rand take a look at what the Vikings have done in free agency so far, where they fall in the NFL pecking order, what their draft priorities should be and plenty of other good reader questions.


Episode : Listen: Vikings escalate Super Bowl hope with free agency splashes

Minnesota Vikings new quarterback Kirk Cousins, right, is welcomed to the podium by head coach Mike Zimmer before addressing the media at a news confe

Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' splash moves in free agency by signing Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson. (5:00) A one-year, $8M deal for Richardson echoes a "all-in" approach from GM Rick Spielman.(10:00) It's a trenches arms race as the Vikings and Eagles both bolster D-lines in free agency. (13:00) Cousins and a tenure-defining decision from Spielman. (18:30) Cousins is on a diet not unlike Tom Brady's gluten/dairy/processed-free menu. (26:30) What's next? The Vikings have more questions on their own roster. (35:00) Your Twitter questions on the NFL Draft and more.


Episode 120: Listen: Everything you want to know about the Vikings and free agency

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in In

Intro: The Vikings have a lot of other free agents to sign aside from quarterbacks. Who might they lose and who might they keep? 12:00: OK, but seriously what about the quarterbacks? 25:00: We toured the new Vikings HQ in Eagan. It's nice! 30:00: Rapid-fire fielding all your Twitter and Facebook questions.


Episode 119: Listen: Breaking down the Vikings' QB options, led by Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

The Vikings have four directions they could go when it comes to their 2018 quarterback: Sign Kirk Cousins; bring back Case Keenum and a low-priced backup; bring back Teddy Bridgewater and another mid-range target -- perhaps even a draft pick -- to compete for the job; or swing a trade for someone like Nick Foles. We broke down all those scenarios on a very QB-heavy podcast.


Episode : Listen: The Vikings' quarterback puzzle and the NFL combine

Vikings quarterbacks Case Keenum (7) and Teddy Bridgewater are both unsigned going into next season.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' evolving situation at quarterback, which will start to take shape over the next couple weeks. (2:00) The Vikings reportedly won't place the franchise tag on Case Keenum. (9:00) The stage is set for a strong free agent push. Kirk Cousins, anyone? (15:00) "The only thing authentic in Indy is the medical." On the combine. (24:00) We look at the Vikings' needs, including draft prospects to watch along the offensive line and defensive line. (33:00) Should the Vikings' strategy change of not drafting QBs outside of dire need?


Episode : Listen: Vikings' new brain trust on offense and inside Hall of Fame pitch for Randy Moss

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo reacts on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 6

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Mark Craig discuss the Vikings' new brain trust on offense and go inside Mark's Hall of Fame pitch for Randy Moss earlier this month. (1:30) Hiring of John DeFilippo and Todd Downing remake offensive staff. But we start with QBs coach Kevin Stefanski's position in the organization. (15:45) QB talk continues with Kirk Cousins. (23:00) Sharrif Floyd and the NFLPA's grievance with the Vikings. (30:00) Hall of Fame voter Mark Craig gives a peek inside the ivory towers of this month's deliberations, specifically his successful pitch for Randy Moss.


Episode : Listen: The 2017 season reinforced pairing of quarterback and play caller

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles talked during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center on Monday night.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the thrilling Super Bowl between the Eagles and Patriots. Has Nick Foles played his way into the conversation for the Vikings? (4:30) The 2017 season made clear: the QB and OC pairing is critical. First, the Vikings will hire a new coordinator. (12:00) Exploring QB options from Cousins to Bridgewater's murky contract situation. (24:00) Andrew's millennial is showing. (26:30) Internal reviews on the Minneapolis Super Bowl experience. (34:00) Your questions on free agency and Sam Bradford..


Episode 115: Listen: Teddy Bridgewater leads a jam-packed show filled with Vikings guests

Listen: Teddy Bridgewater leads a jam-packed show filled with Vikings guests

Intro: Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and his girlfriend Erika Cardona join to talk about her children's book, Teddy's recovery and future. 11:00: Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph definitely does not want to be at this Super Bowl; 17:00: Former Vikings DE Jared Allen wants to help you go to the bathroom. 24:00: Vikings legend Carl Eller makes a case to keep Case Keenum; 34:00: Vikings CB Trae Waynes tries to move past the loss to Philadelphia; 39:00: Former Vikings QB Gus Frerotte has an idea for the QB conundrum; 44:00: Former Vikings WR Greg Jennings reflects on a long career.


Episode 114: Listen: The Super Bowl super mix, featuring Rich Eisen, Dan Patrick and more

On the set of The Rich Eisen Show and The Dan Patrick Show on the 8th floor of a downtown Minneapolis condo. Photos by Michael Rand

The most eclectic, non-Vikings Access Vikings ever. Intro: Rich Eisen and Dan Patrick recall past SportsCenter glory and their current state of happiness. 12:00: Snowboarder Hannah Teter is along for the Super Bowl ride and is promoting a worthy cause. 22:00: Joe "Road Warrior Animal" Laurinaitis tells an amazing Ric Flair story from his WWE days and talks football as well; 30:00: Caleb Truax, pride of Osseo and super middleweight boxing champion, ends the show in grand fashion.


Episode : Listen: The Vikings' offseason to-do list after an NFC title game collapse

Listen: The Vikings' offseason to-do list after an NFC title game collapse

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer break down the Vikings' offseason to-do list, starting with questions at quarterback and offensive coordinator. (4:30) The Vikings have an attractive situation for a quarterback. (13:00) Who will be the next offensive play caller? (16:30) How do they improve the NFL's No. 1 defense from last year? (29:00) Who's staying? Who's going? Looking at possible retirements and free-agent exits. (40:30) Your Twitter questions on quarterbacks, Danielle Hunter and Mike Remmers.


Episode : Listen: The Vikings ride a miraculous play into the NFC title game in Philly

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen wore the expression of shock after the improbable, last-play victory over New Orleans on Sunday night.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand recap a Vikings game for the ages. (1:00) What's the name of the play? Seven Heaven? Minnesota Miracle? The Whiff-Six? (4:15) What's the story if that miraculous Stefon Diggs touchdown doesn't happen? (13:15) Previewing Vikings-Eagles for a trip to the Super Bowl. (20:00) Pat Shurmur is the Giants' top choice for head coach, Goessling reports. (26:00) We answer your questions on Facebook Live, starting with Saints coach Sean Payton taunting Vikings fans before the play. We talk offensive line, the hit on Andrew Sendejo and only Ben has seen 'Miracle' among us three.


Episode : Listen: On Vikings-Saints, revenge and Case Keenum's playoff debut

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) left celebrated safety Harrison Smith (22) forth quarter interception .The Minnesota Vikings played th

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the NFC Divisional playoffs between the Vikings and Saints. (2:45) An evolved Saints offense comes into U.S. Bank Stadium post-Adrian Peterson. (10:30) Would this really be a revenge game for the 2009 NFC title? (17:00) What's the definition of "crunk"? (18:00) Your Vikings questions via Facebook Live. (22:00) The Vikings seem better suited to sell out to stop the Saints' run, and still cover outside, than the Panthers. (27:30) Are the NFC's two best teams playing Sunday in Minnesota? (33:00) How will Case Keenum handle his first playoff start? And plenty more.


Episode : Listen: The 2-seed Vikings enter NFC playoffs with a feel as favorites

Eric Kendricks (54) celebrated with Trae Waynes (26) after a tackle in the third quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - December 31

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a different feel around this 2-seed Vikings team, which finished red-hot with the most wins since 1998. (2:00) Which of the three possible opponents makes the best matchup? (12:00) Are unexpected runs the best for fan bases? (18:00) Sam Bradford returns to practice. (27:00) Ben's hot take about Packers fans. (34:30) Pat Shurmur's interview list is growing with head coaching openings.


Episode : Listen: Intrigue abounds for Vikings quarterbacks and NFC playoffs

Listen: Intrigue abounds for Vikings quarterbacks and NFC playoffs

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss quarterback Sam Bradford's expected return to Vikings practice next week. (1:00) First, a Vikings win vs. Chicago ends slim chance of losing NFC's 2 seed. (5:00) Do you even consider interrupting Case Keenum's run? (15:00) What does the timing say about Bradford's return to practice? (18:30) A change at long snapper. (24:00) On Pat Shurmur's future and George Edwards calling plays. (41:00) Your questions! Impressions of Trae Waynes. The franchise tag. Playoffs.


Episode : Listen: The NFC North-champion Vikings enter an odd air at Lambeau

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrated his sack of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a six yard loss.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' NFC North title and favorable position in a wide-open NFC. (2:00) Top seeds have dominated recent Super Bowl runs, but is this a chalk year? (8:00) An odd atmosphere at Lambeau Field the night before Christmas Eve. (14:00) Zimmer's Vikings defense hasn't been better a year after the infamous 'miscommunication.' (22:00) Pro Bowl guesses. (27:00) We answer your questions on Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith and Case Keenum.


Episode : Listen: Revisiting the Vikings' margin for error, NFC playoff picture

Minnesota Vikings' Case Keenum (7) runs past Carolina Panthers' Kurt Coleman (20) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Su

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' margin for error, which seemed greater against a tough road foe in Carolina. (2:00) A good sign? A bevy of self-inflicted errors resulted in a 7-point loss. A bad sign: offensive line injuries. (10:00) The Vikings remain in the driver's seat for the NFC's No. 2 seed, a first-round bye. (18:00) A little Vikings-Bengals with a win clinching the NFC North. (23:30) What's a catch? (30:00) We answer your questions via Facebook Live (Star Tribune Sports).


Episode : Listen: On Super Bowl hopes, an impressive win in Atlanta and irreplaceable Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray (25) singled a first down in the first half at Mercedes -Benz Stadium Sunday December 3, 2017 in Atlant

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the 10-2 Vikings and a fan base often difficult to sell on big-time success given the franchise's Lombardi Trophy-less history. (2:00) Rand took a very scientific poll and 70 percent of you are skeptical about realistic Super Bowl aspirations. (8:00) The 14-9 win in Atlanta didn't reveal many holes, just the thin margin for error. (18:00) We're on to Carolina. (25:00) We answer your questions on Bradford and backup QBs. (32:00) Krammer goes solo on Facebook app imperialism, Mackensie Alexander and most irreplaceable Vikings.