Access Vikings | Star Tribune
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, NFC North undergoing a quarterback shift

The Vikings can get Teddy Bridgewater back on the practice field after next Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, once the quarterback has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list for six weeks.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Anthony Barr hit that shifted the NFC North landscape. (1:30) Was Barr's hit clean on Aaron Rodgers? (10:00) One quarterback down, one Vikings quarterback is returning to the practice field. (14:00) Insight on Bridgewater's rehab up to this point. (22:30) How does this impact Case Keenum's run as starter? (25:30) Harrison Smith, a man on fire. (27:30) Mike McCarthy, an emotional challenger. (32:30) Vikings-Ravens: Joe Flacco hasn't been elite. (37:30) Adrian Peterson's revival. (42:00) Your questions.


Episode : Listen: Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings' murky QB situation

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago.

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' murky quarterback situation as Sam Bradford reels from a poor half in Chicago, Teddy Bridgewater nears a return to practice and Case Keenum may be in line for another start. Also: Everson Griffen's dominance, Xavier Rhodes' evolution and previewing Vikings-Packers on Sunday. Bonus: Brett Favre and the Packers keep relying on Samkon Gado's.


Episode : Listen: Impact of Dalvin Cook's injury on Vikings season

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook fumbled as he was hit by Lions safety Tavon Wilson in the third quarter. Worse news: Cook injured his left knee on the play.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the impact of Dalvin Cook's injury on this Vikings season. (2:00) What would a Latavius Murray-led offense look like? (12:30) Wait continues on Sam Bradford's left knee. (16:00) Adrian Peterson. (23:00) Wildcat, why? (27:00) Burden back on the defense. (34:00) Vikings-Bears and Mitchell Trubisky. (44:00) We answer your questions.


Episode 97: Listen: Was there ever any doubt Case Keenum would shine for Vikings?

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Casey Keenum greeted players at the end of the game.

Open: Case Keenum lit up the Buccaneers, just like everybody (nobody) expected. 8:00: Dalvin Cook is really good in all phases of the game. Who knew a running back was allowed to do that? 16:00: Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen: Where do they rank among NFL receiving duos. 30:00: A thoughtful national anthem discussion. 38:00: The Lions got hosed last week, and now they play the Vikings. 45:00: Your questions.


Episode : Listen: Vikings wise to be cautious with Sam Bradford

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) tosses a football during warmup time before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Ben Goessling, Michael Rand and Andrew Krammer go deep into the Vikings quarterback situation as Sam Bradford nurses a swollen knee. (2:00) To salvage chances, Vikings are wise to be cautious with Bradford despite loss. (15:00) Taking defensive temp after 26 points, 300-plus yards. (22:00) Looking back at Vikings' decision to sign Case Keenum as the backup. (23:00) Colin Kaepernick? (30:00) Previewing Vikings-Buccaneers. (42:00) We answer your Twitter questions.


Episode 95: Listen: Vikings recapture winning formula; will it stay?

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) ran after catching a 24 yard pass in the third quarter.

Michael Rand rejoins Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer to break down the Vikings' convincing win over the Saints. (2:00) Do Sam Bradford and the offense from Monday night have staying power? (11:00) Diggs and Thielen steal the show. (20:00) Adrian Peterson's return didn't go well. (27:15) Terence Newman, the nickel corner. (30:00) Previewing Vikings-Steelers (35:00) We answer your Twitter questions. (38:45) 'Unlimited' Brett Favre joins the show.


Episode : Listen: Vikings go young on 53-man roster, Saints preview and predictions

Minnesota Vikings center Pat Elflein (65) tackled a bag held by Minnesota Vikings center Nick Easton (62) during practice Tuesday.

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer preview the 2017 Vikings after a weekend full of roster moves. (1:00) What does Alex Boone's release mean for the Vikings offense? (10:00) Does starting 3 rookies signify a sense of urgency from the coaching staff? (16:30) Vikings make a move for a third QB in Kyle Sloter. (22:00) FB C.J. Ham and CB Tramaine Brock highlight our other roster takeaways. (31:00) Previewing Vikings-Saints and Adrian Peterson's return. (42:00) Predictions for Monday night and the 2017 season.


Episode 93: Listen: On the Vikings preseason, Mr. Mankato and roster cuts

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer in the second quarter.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and special guest Chip Scoggins break down the Vikings preseason from the starters. (1:00) Will 2017 be more of the same from this Vikings offense? (10:00) Is there any credence to the defense getting worn down in 2016? (18:00) The Mr. Mankato Award is coming down to the wire, and there's chaos. (28:30) Will LB Ben Gedeon be a rare rookie Week 1 starter in Mike Zimmer's defense? (32:00) Do we see any surprise cuts this weekend? Receivers and defensive tackles become our focus. (37:30) Has Jerick McKinnon won the kick return job?


Episode 92: Listen: Exploring questions around the Vikings offense

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the latest around the Vikings. Intro: Plenty of questions came out of the 17-10 exhibition win in Buffalo, mostly surrounding a retooled offense. (7:00) Starting with the offensive line. (15:00) Impressions of Dalvin Cook and his usage. (23:00) Who impressed? (26:00) Who needs to show more? (33:00) Up next: Blair Walsh and the Seahawks. (39:00) Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater in a Twitter mailbag.


Episode 91: Listen: Vikings' contract moves, camp observations and Senator Al Franken

Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Linval Joseph walked into Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - August 5, 2017, Mankato, MN, Minnesota State University Mankato, Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, NFL

Intro: On this Access Vikings podcast, we introduce Ben Goessling as our new Vikings beat writer. 1:30: Goessling and Andrew Krammer recap three big contract extensions the Vikings completed to keep the defense together. 17:00: All offense on the camp observations: Michael Floyd, Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook. 31:00: Senator Al Franken and his son, Joe, join to talk Vikings fandom, memories and their final camp trip to Mankato.


Episode 90: Listen: Bridgewater talks, but Vikings long-term QB picture remains unclear

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater speaks at his first press conference since his knee injury last year, during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn., Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Intro: What did we learn from Teddy Bridgewater's first news conference in almost a year? 12:00: Everson Griffen got an extension. Who's next? Apparently not Sam Bradford. 22:00: A fond farewell for Matt Vensel on his last Access Vikings podcast. 30:00: An extended run of very good Twitter questions.


Episode 89: Listen: Everything you need to know to catch up on the Vikings before camp

Head coach Mike Zimmer returned to Vikings practice at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Open: Michael Floyd's suspension, Teddy without a brace and the final training camp in Mankato; 20:00: The highly controversial 17 most important Vikings of 2017; 40:00: Position battles to watch at camp. 48:00: Twitter questions!


Episode 89: Listen: 17 things we know about the Vikings heading into training camp

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) joins other quarterbacks including Sam Bradford, right, during the NFL football teams practice Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Eden Prairie, Minn. Bridgewater is recovering from a knee injury that kept him out last season. Bradford was signed to replace him as starting quarterback.

Intro: Breaking down what we learned during OTAs and minicamp; three hot takes (and a couple really hot ones) about the Vikings; will this be the last training camp in Mankato?


Episode 88: Listen: Who are the breakout and bounceback players for 2017 Vikings?

Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander worked on drills Wednesday in Eden Prairie.

Intro: What did we learn from OTAs so far: 15:00: Who are Vikings candidates to break out and bounce back this year? Are they going 'backwards' as one NFL executive said? 31:00: Which Viking would you want to take a long car ride with? 40:00: Twitter questions.


Episode 87: Listen: How are Teddy and Zimmer? Which Viking would you live with?

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater embraced coach Mike Zimmer at the end of a 2015 game.

Intro: What did we learn about Teddy Bridgewater's recovery and Mike Zimmer's eye in the last two weeks? 26:00: More nuggets from OTAs, including the configuration of the rebuilt offensive line and picking your ideal Viking roommate. 45:00: Your good questions.


Episode 86: Listen: Bridgewater's recovery takes interesting turn with Zimmer comments

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the press a news conference during the first day of Vikings rookie minicamp at Winter Park, Friday, May 5, 2017 in Eden Prairie, MN.

Intro: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had a lot of interesting things to say at rookie minicamp, including optimism about Teddy Bridgewater's eventual return. What does it mean? 16:00: Get to know the Vikings rookies. 25:00: Will Zimmer be tougher on his players this year? 32:00: Marion Barber II gets his college degree. 35:00: 8.5 wins -- over or under for the Vikings?


Episode 85: Listen: Recapping the Vikings' 2017 NFL draft and top pick Dalvin Cook

Former Minnesota Vikings player John Randle, right, announces Florida State's Dalvin Cook as the Vikings selection in the second round of the 2017 NFL football draft as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stands by, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Intro: Columnist Chip Scoggins joins. We go pick-by-pick recapping the Vikings' 11-man draft class for 2017. (19:15) Our thoughts on Rick Spielman's trade-heavy approach that landed nine Day 3 picks. (26:30) The MMQB's Robert Klemko joins to discuss his profile on Dalvin Cook, a potential star with off-field concerns. (40:00) What will the backfield look like with Cook, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon? (45:20) What about the new guys and openings on defense? (50:15) We attempt to answer your Twitter questions.


Episode 84: Listen: NFL draft is near; who will the Vikings take?

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Intro: A look at the Vikings' major areas of need in the draft; 20:00: Matt Vensel's round-by-round Vikings mock draft. 38:00: All-time Vikings draft steals. 43:00: Wait, Adrian Peterson might sign with the Saints and play against the Vikings in week 1?


Episode 83: Listen: With draft approaching, are Vikings in the mix for Mixon?

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon (25) before the start of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa in Norman, Okla. In a video released by the Norman Police Department, Amelia Molitor said a group of men with Mixon sexually harassed her and she rejected Mixon's advances before Mixon punched her and broke bones in her face in July 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

Open: Catching up on significant recent news, including Teddy Bridgewater's throwing video and Sharrif Floyd's injury update; 18:00: Draft expert Matt Miller of Bleacher Report checks in on Vikings options, including controversial running back Joe Mixon; 40:00: Twitter questions galore.


Episode 82: Listen: Are the Vikings better off now than they were last year?

Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans in the first quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. The Texans won, 27-14. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1195715

Intro: Breaking down the Latavius Murray signing and what it means for Adrian Peterson. 16:00: A lot of free agents decided not to sign with the Vikings. Why? 21:00: A bunch of them did sign, though. Are the Vikings better now than they were last year? 30:00: What holes are left to fill and who would start if the season began right now?