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Vikings reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune 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 : Podcast: Vikings plan to play Sunday in Houston after Titans outbreak

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer pressed his head into his hand as he watched from the sidelines in the second quarter against the Titans on Sunday.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak happening to the Vikings' most recent opponent in the Titans, and how Minnesota plans to try to get back to work before playing Sunday in Houston. They also take your Vikings questions.


Episode : Podcast: Big plays lift and sink Vikings in one-point loss to Titans

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) scrambled in the fourth quarter.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Chip Scoggins discuss the Vikings' 31-30 loss to the Titans, including the revived but imperfect offense and an ineffective defense ravaged by injuries.


Episode : Podcast: Fixing the Vikings offense and taking your questions

Vikings offensive guard Dru Samia, right, and offensive tackle Brian O'Neill, left, at practice at TCO Performance Center, Wednesday, September 23, 20

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss how the Vikings fix the offense. What's the likelihood of turning around an 0-2 start? Or 0-3 if Sunday's game vs. Tennessee goes south? They also take your Vikings questions.


Episode : Podcast: The Vikings' 0-2 start hasn't shown many signs of life

A Minnesota Vikings fan watches during the second half of an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Chip Scoggins recap the Vikings' 28-11 loss in Indianapolis, where they were thoroughly trounced by the Colts defense and allowed Indy's first 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver duo since 2010.


Episode 225: Podcast: If Vikings can't rebound vs. Colts, is it time to panic?

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard stiff armed Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith during the first quarter as the Vikings took on

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand take one more sad trip through the wreckage of Vikings' 43-34 loss to Green Bay. The conclusion: Not much went right, but we should learn more Sunday when the Vikings face the Colts.


Episode : Podcast: Vikings' defensive shortcomings highlighted vs. Packers

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams broke away from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson during the first quarter as the Vikings took o

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Chip Scoggins recap the Vikings' 43-34 season-opening loss to the Packers. First, they put Sunday's defensive collapse into historical context and then discuss where the team goes from here.


Episode : Podcast: Previewing the oddest of Vikings-Packers season openers

U.S. Bank Stadium will not look much different than this on gamedays for at least the beginning of the 2020 season, with no fans being allowed for Vik

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand preview the oddest of season openers Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings and Packers will play in front of no fans and amplified crowd noise. They also answer your Vikings questions.


Episode : Podcast: How Vikings balanced Reiff, Ngakoue deals to improve roster

Vikings tackle Riley Reiff (71) says the offensive line needs live reps to improve as a group for the upcoming season

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' latest balancing act to get star pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue into the fold while squeezing left tackle Riley Reiff out of $5 million. Plus, they answer your Vikings questions.


Episode : Podcast: Vikings' splash trade for Yannick Ngakoue alters big picture

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings making a splash in trading for ex-Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, and how the big-time addition will make ripples throughout the roster.


Episode : Podcast: Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson and storylines of Vikings camp

Vikings quarterbacks drilled on their handoffs with the running backs, including Kirk Cousins (8) giving the ball Dalvin Cook (33), during Sunday's pr

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the top story lines of Vikings training camp, including Dalvin Cook's light workload amid contract talks and young receivers and cornerbacks competing.


Episode : Podcast: Kirk Cousins wants to 'make those plays' when needed most

Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins called plays in the huddle in the first quarter.

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss how Kirk Cousins wants to grow his game, and how that meshes with the offense. They also talk recent COVID protocol changes and issues.


Episode : Podcast: Vikings lock in leadership amid rest of 2020 uncertainty

Both Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer are under contract through the 2020 seasons after one-year options were exercised for

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss how recent contract extensions for general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer give the tenured partnership a chance to see through this latest roster overhaul.


Episode : Podcast: Vikings' Ifeadi Odenigbo talks marching in Chicago

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo ran with the ball after recovering the ball from Chicago in the fourth quarter.

Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo joins Andrew Krammer to discuss protesting with strangers in Chicagoand what he hopes to see change after the killing of George Floyd.


Episode : Podcast: Vikings' social justice committee details plans to support change

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, owners Mark Wilf and Zygi Wilf stood with players Harrison Smith (22) (left) during the National Anth

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss how Vikings players, coaches and staffers have responded after global protests of social injustice and police brutality were sparked in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd.


Episode : Podcast: The NFL's hurdles to return and your Vikings questions

Empty stadiums, neutral sites and no bye weeks are among several alternatives being discussed for the 2020 NFL schedule.

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the difficulties for the NFL returning to facilities and eventually to play. They also take your Vikings questions -- including what would a potential Dalvin Cook extension look like? -- and discuss Mike Zimmer's base of operations during quarantine.


Episode : Podcast: Analyzing the Vikings' 15-man draft class and Gophers draftees

Fans watched the Vikings stretch before a training camp practice last season.

A historically big 15-man draft class has reloaded the Vikings roster. How did they fare in repairing the offensive line? Cornerback? What about Trent Williams? Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss, and welcome Star Tribune Gophers writer Megan Ryan to recap the U's draftees.


Episode : Podcast: Jefferson, Gladney give Vikings immediate contributors

Iowa State wide receiver Joseph Scates, left, fights with TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney (12) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sa

The Vikings made two first-round picks with 2020 in mind on Thursday night. Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand stay up late to discuss after the NFL Draft's first round.


Episode : Podcast: How early will Vikings pick from loaded WR class in NFL Draft?

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen gave a thumbs-up to fans before the game.

The Vikings are set to pick from a loaded receiver class in this NFL Draft. But how early? Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss in the fifth part of a five-podcast preview.


Episode : Podcast: Vikings secondary needs help from NFL draft

Podcast: Vikings secondary needs help from NFL draft

From starting cornerbacks to safety depth, the Vikings need multiple additions to the secondary in this NFL draft. Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss in the fourth part of a five-podcast preview.


Episode : Podcast: Vikings' O-line has holes to fill in this week's NFL Draft

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and offensive line. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – Minneapolis, MN – September 2

The Vikings offensive line needs at least one new starter in 2020. Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss if he'll arrive through this week's NFL Draft in the third part of a five-podcast preview.