Sports reporter | Vikings

Ben Goessling covers the Vikings for the Star Tribune. He has covered the team since 2012, and has previously covered the Twins, Wild, Washington Nationals and prep sports.

After graduating from Apple Valley High School, Goessling majored in accounting and journalism at the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters. He coaches high school track and field and cross country, plays electric guitar and enjoys volunteering at Hope Academy in the Phillips neighborhood.


Vikings practice without three of their top four cornerbacks

Cornerback Mike Hughes missed his second day of practice this week because of the neck injury that has kept him out the past two games, while Holton Hill (who hasn't played since Week 4 against the Texans) continued to sit out because of a foot injury.


Review, readjust, reset: Cousins needs to get the little things right

Kirk Cousins has succeeded on downfield throws to his wide receivers. But the big weakness in his play has been with the more basic parts of the Vikings offense.


Five big questions that will define the Vikings' next 10 weeks

Sunday's game against the 5-1 Packers, winners of three straight against the Vikings, comes two days before a trade deadline that could reveal the team's true intentions after its dismal start.


After Ngakoue trade, Spielman says 1-5 Vikings still trying to compete

Yannick Ngakoue, the pass rusher the Vikings acquired in a bold trade before the start of the 2020 season, is on his way out of town, in what could be only the first of several moves before the NFL trade deadline.


Throwing it away: Interceptions sink Vikings again in loss to Falcons

Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions before the end of the first half at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Vikings limped into the bye week with a 40-23 loss to previously winless Atlanta


Ben Goessling's Vikings-Falcons game prediction

The Vikings believe they're headed in the right direction after nearly winning in Seattle, and with a home game before their bye week, they'll enjoy a productive day on offense.


Vikings show 'ton of improvement' but vocal Smith won't settle

As much as he's asked to stoke the Vikings defense with his athletic ability these days, Harrison Smith has increasingly found the impetus to do so with his mind and his words. "Losing is not OK," he said.


Vikings see running back Mattison as 'bigger version' of Dalvin Cook

As the Vikings look for their second win of the season Sunday at home against the Falcons, Alexander Mattison might be a central part of their game plan.


Ben Goessling's Vikings-Seahawks game prediction

The biggest reason the Seahawks are undefeated is a quarterback who's having the best season of his career, and Russell Wilson will make the difference in a close game.


Fifteen seconds from victory, Vikings lose to Seattle 27-26 on fourth-down TD

A commanding first half that saw the Vikings take a 13-0 lead through two quarters in Seattle dissolved quickly in the third quarter before the Seahawks finished them off with a 94-yard touchdown drive.