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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 225
September 16
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard stiff armed Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith during the first quarter as the Vikings took on

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

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.
Vikings
September 14
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams broke away from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson during the first quarter as the Vikings took o

Podcast: Vikings' defensive shortcomings highlighted vs. Packers

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.
Vikings
September 9
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

Podcast: Previewing the oddest of Vikings-Packers season openers

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.
Vikings
September 4
Minnesota Vikings offensive tackles Riley Reiff (71) celebrates the team's win with Brian O'Neill after the second half of an NFL football game agains

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

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.
Vikings
August 30
Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer took to the field as the Vikings practiced at US Bank Stadium, Friday, August 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. ]

Podcast: Vikings' splash trade for Ngakoue alters big picture

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.
Vikings
August 21
Vikings quarterbacks drilled on their handoffs with the running backs, including Kirk Cousins (8) giving the ball Dalvin Cook (33), during Sunday's pr

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

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the top story lines of Vikings training camp.
Vikings
August 10
Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins called plays in the huddle in the first quarter.

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

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.
Vikings
August 4
Both Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer are under contract through the 2020 seasons after one-year options were exercised for

Podcast: Vikings lock in leadership amid rest of 2020 uncertainty

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.
Vikings
June 13
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, owners Mark Wilf and Zygi Wilf stood with players Harrison Smith (22) (left) during the National Anth

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

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.
Vikings
May 29
Empty stadiums, neutral sites and no bye weeks are among several alternatives being discussed for the 2020 NFL schedule.

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

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.
Vikings
April 24
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

Podcast: Jefferson, Gladney give Vikings immediate contributors

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.
Vikings
April 22
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen gave a thumbs-up to fans before the game.

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

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.
Vikings
April 21
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.
Vikings
April 21
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and offensive line. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – Minneapolis, MN – September 2

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

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.
Vikings
April 17
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (95) recovered a Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) in the fourth quarter .

Podcast: Vikings' D-line makeover to continue in NFL Draft

The Vikings defensive line is undergoing a rare makeover. Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss during the second part of a five-podcast preview of the NFL Draft.
Vikings
April 17
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer

Podcast: Challenges of an unprecedented NFL draft (and your Vikings questions)

We begin a five-podcast preview of the NFL draft, starting with story lines for the Vikings in an unprecedented "virtual" draft.
Vikings
March 27
Podcast: Vikings' defensive departures and free-agent moves

Podcast: Vikings' defensive departures and free-agent moves

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand keep their social distance while discussing Everson Griffen's departure, the Vikings' plan with safety Anthony Harris and the Michael Pierce signing.
Vikings
February 28
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) blew a kiss to the fans after his third catch of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday

Podcast: Hints at Vikings' initial approach from NFL scouting combine

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer recap a week in Indianapolis, from where the NFL scouting combine provided some hints at the Vikings' initial approaches to free agency and the draft. We talk Stefon Diggs, Kirk Cousins and much more.
Vikings
February 7
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (right) and assistant coach/offensive consultant Gary Kubiak share a run-first philosophy in a pass-happy NFL.

Podcast: Vikings' coordinator hires, Super Bowl and tough decisions

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand preview the many decisions facing the Vikings this offseason. First, how do familiar coordinators in Gary Kubiak and Andre Patterson/Adam Zimmer set the stage for personnel moves to come?
Vikings
January 8
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter, left, and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen celebrated their defense in the first quart

Podcast: Can the Vikings keep rolling in San Francisco?

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer preview Saturday's NFC Divisional playoff game in San Francisco, where the 49ers defensive line poses a tough challenge for the Vikings offense.
Vikings
January 6
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen celebrated after he sacked New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the third quarter.

Podcast: On Kirk Cousins, Mike Zimmer and an impressive Vikings playoff win

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Jim Souhan return from the visiting locker room in the Superdome to recap the Vikings' 26-20 overtime playoff win against the Saints.
Vikings
January 1
Members of the Skol Line showed their pride with the Skol cheer from the tunnel during halftime. ] ELIZABETH FLORES • liz.flores@startribune.com The

Podcast: Answering your questions on Vikings-Saints, Stefanski, more

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer empty the mailbag and answer your questions about Sunday's NFC wild-card game between the Vikings and Saints.
Vikings
December 30, 2019
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) returns a fumble in the first quarter Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn

Podcast: Vikings get tall task in playoff trip to New Orleans

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer react to the Vikings' first-round playoff matchup in New Orleans, starting with the opportunity for quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Vikings
December 27, 2019
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) celebrated with the defense after recovering a fumble in the first quarter.

Podcast: Finding meaning in Vikings' regular season finale vs. Bears

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer find meaning in the Vikings' season finale against the Bears, when starters might or might not play that much.
Vikings
December 19, 2019
Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone (23).

Podcast: Vikings-Packers, impact of Cook's likely absence and Pro Bowl

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer preview all things Vikings-Packers ahead of Monday night's matchup, including how Dalvin Cook's likely absence will impact the offense, stories about the Pro Bowl and your Twitter questions.