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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.