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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: 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

Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski spoke with quarterback Kirk Cousins during pre-game warmups Sunday. ] JEFF WHEELER • jeff.whee

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.


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.