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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: 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., Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

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 Atlanta, GA.] JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.com

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.


Episode : Listen: On Case Keenum, 'the mean' and Vikings-Falcons

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) completed a pass during the first quarter at Ford Field Thursday November 23, 2017 in Detroit , MI.

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings (9-2) off a big Thanksgiving win against the Lions. (2:00) On an outstanding Case Keenum and the idea of regression to the mean. (10:30) An ode to the Vikings supporting cast on offense. (18:30) Previewing Vikings-Falcons and Xavier Rhodes-Julio Jones, Part II (26:00) The Falcons defense is also loaded with talent. (30:30) On concern and special teams. (37:30) Your questions via Facebook Live every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. (Star Tribune Sports)


Episode : Listen: On Vikings-Lions, the suddenly top NFC North rivalry

Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs made a reception during the second quarter against the Lions on Oct. 1.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand on the Vikings and Lions, the suddenly top NFC North rivalry. (1:30) First, debunking a QB myth. (6:00) On to Thanksgiving in Detroit, where the Lions have been a recent issue for the Vikings. (15:00) On Adam Thielen and stardom. (20:00) Balance is the difference with these 2017 Vikings. (35:00) Your questions! Join us live on Facebook every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. central.


Episode : Listen: Case Keenum's hot hand, Teddy Bridgewater and non-QB Vikings topics

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7).

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' evolving quarterback situation. (1:00) Case Keenum carries the hot hand and five straight wins. (10:45) Teddy Bridgewater is the unknown, but it's a matter of 'when' not 'if' he'll play this season. (15:00) Non-QB topics include a healthy defense, Sunday's game vs. the Rams, Adam Thielen and the secondary. (30:00) We answer your questions via Facebook Live.


Episode : Listen: Bridgewater, Bradford and the Vikings' potential change at QB

Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford during a practice at the London Irish Training Ground in perpetration for a game vs. the Cleveland Browns.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' potential change at quarterback. (1:00) Teddy Bridgewater will be activated on Wednesday, Goessling reports. Case Keenum still the expected starter in Washington. (9:30) Sam Bradford to injured reserve? (15:00) Bridgewater returns to a different offense. (17:30) Fake midseason awards! Offensive, defensive MVP, comeback player and letdown player. (35:00) Adrian Peterson was the only NFL player with 100 rushing yards last weekend. (39:00) Previewing Vikings at Washington on Sunday. (45:00) Your questions.


Episode 101: Listen: The Vikings' mission now is to not mess this up

Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) celebrated after sacking Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) in the third quarter at U.S Bank Stadium Sunday October 22,2017 Minneapolis , MN.

Intro: The Vikings won a Mike Zimmer dream game, and the defense has gone from very good to great. 20:00: The Browns are awful, but the Vikings still can't overlook them in London. 30:00: Are the Packers going to add a quarterback or what? 37:00: Listener questions.


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?