Sports reporter | Vikings

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 expect to have Dalvin Cook back against the Panthers

Cook, Anthony Barr, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen didn't have injury designations in the team's final injury report, meaning they should be available Sunday.


Vikings at Carolina: Three story lines, two key matchups, one prediction

The Vikings are beginning their toughest stretch of the season, but have a good opportunity to get to .500 before their bye.


Vikings' Jefferson expects to play Sunday at Carolina

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson has a sore left ankle and has been limited in practice this week but said Thursday, "I'm good to go."


Cook and McCaffrey, standouts from 2017 draft, await first NFL meeting

The Vikings' Dalvin Cook and Carolina's Christian McCaffrey have never played against each other because of injuries, reflecting the fraught nature of their position.


Cousins surprises Vikings' social justice group with $500,000 gift

The committee has been in operation since before the 2018 season, working on issues like law enforcement and criminal justice reform and educational outcomes for students of color.


With Dalvin Cook out, Vikings used Mattison like . . . Dalvin Cook

Ben Goessling's Second Thoughts: Alexander Mattison and Derrick Henry are the only NFL running backs with two 30-touch games this season. Also, concerns, trends and a big question.


Who would have thought? Kicker rescues Vikings after fourth-quarter meltdown

The Vikings blew a 10-point lead to winless Detroit in the last five minutes, and needed a 54-yard field goal from Greg Joseph as time ran out for the 19-17 victory.


Four reasons the Vikings must beat the Lions on Sunday

The Vikings' schedule only gets tougher after Sunday's matchup with winless Detroit, the kind of game that good teams should be able to put away.


Vikings-Lions preview: Three story lines, two key matchups and one prediction

The Vikings have won seven in a row against Detroit, which is 0-4 and has an injury-riddled roster heading to U.S. Bank Stadium.


Vikings run defense regroups with Barr, but may lose Pierce

The Vikings are 25th in the league in rushing yards, after finishing 27th a year ago, despite the return of injured players and a series of offseason investments.