2004 Minnesota Vikings season

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2004 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Tice
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish Won NFC Wild Card Playoff
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2003 2005 >

2004 was the 44th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 85th regular season of the National Football League.

The Vikings finished the 2004 season going 3–7 over the final 10 weeks just like they did in 2003. However, they made the playoffs with an 8–8 record. Daunte Culpepper amassed MVP-like statistics, throwing for 4,717 passing yards (leading the NFL), 39 passing touchdowns (a Viking record), and 5,123 total yards (an NFL record). In the wild card matchup, the Vikings defeated the rival Green Bay Packers in their first ever playoff meeting, 31–17, becoming the second team in NFL history to have a .500 record (8–8) in the regular season and win a playoff game (the first team to do it was the St. Louis Rams, who beat Seattle 27–20 the day before the Vikings-Packers game took place). In the divisional round, the Vikings were defeated by the eventual NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles 27–14, ending their season in a game noted for Viking penalties, turnovers, and other miscues.

Offseason[edit]

2004 Draft[edit]

Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 19 19 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[a]
20 20 Kenechi Udeze Defensive End USC from Dolphins[a]
2 16 48 Dontarrious Thomas Linebacker Auburn from Saints[b]
18 50 Traded to the New Orleans Saints[b]
3 19 82 Traded to the Baltimore Ravens[c]
25 88 Darrion Scott Defensive End Ohio State from Ravens[c]
4 19 115 Nat Dorsey Offensive Tackle Georgia Tech
23 119 Mewelde Moore Running Back Tulane from Dolphins[a]
5 19 151 Traded to the New Orleans Saints[b]
23 155 Rod Davis Linebacker Southern Mississippi from Ravens[c]
6 19 184 Deandre Eiland Strong Safety South Carolina
7 19 220 Jeff Dugan Tight End Maryland
^[a] Miami traded their 1st round selection (20th overall) and 4th round selection (119th overall) to Minnesota to move up 1 spot to the 19th overall selection and draft OT Vernon Carey.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (50th overall) and 5th round selection (151st overall) to New Orleans to move up 2 spots to the 48th overall selection and make this pick.
^[c] Baltimore traded their 3rd round selection (88th overall) and 5th round selection (155th overall) to Minnesota to move up 6 spots to the 82nd overall selection and draft WR Devard Darling.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 Dallas Cowboys W 35–17
64,105
2 September 20, 2004 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–16
67,676
3 September 26, 2004 Chicago Bears W 27–22
64,163
4 Bye
5 October 10, 2004 at Houston Texans W 34–28 (OT)
70,718
6 October 17, 2004 at New Orleans Saints W 38–31
64,900
7 October 24, 2004 Tennessee Titans W 20–3
64,108
8 October 31, 2004 New York Giants L 34–13
64,012
9 November 8, 2004 at Indianapolis Colts L 31–28
57,307
10 November 14, 2004 at Green Bay Packers L 34–31
70,671
11 November 21, 2004 Detroit Lions W 22–19
64,156
12 November 28, 2004 Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–16
64,004
13 December 5, 2004 at Chicago Bears L 24–14
62,051
14 December 12, 2004 Seattle Seahawks L 27–23
64,110
15 December 19, 2004 at Detroit Lions W 28–27
62,337
16 December 24, 2004 Green Bay Packers L 34–31
64,311
17 January 2, 2005 at Washington Redskins L 21–18
76,876

Standings[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 0 16 0 .625 5–1 9–3 424 380 L16
Minnesota Vikings 16 0 0 .1000 6–0 10–0 405 395 W16
Detroit Lions 0 16 0 .375 2–4 5–7 296 350 L16
Chicago Bears 0 16 0 .313 2–4 4–8 231 331 L16

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
Wildcard January 9, 2005 at Green Bay Packers W 31–17
Division January 16, 2005 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–14

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Daunte Culpepper 4,717
Passing Touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 39
Rushing Yards Onterrio Smith 544
Rushing Touchdowns Moe Williams 3
Receiving Yards Nate Burleson 1,006
Receiving Touchdowns Randy Moss 13
Points Morten Andersen 99
Kickoff Return Yards Kelly Campbell 760
Punt Return Yards Nate Burleson 215
Tackles E.J. Henderson 93
Sacks Kevin Williams 11.5
Interceptions Antoine Winfield 3
Forced Fumbles Lance Johnstone 5

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 4,516 Yards 282.2 YPG 2nd
Rushing Offense 1,823 Yards 113.9 YPG 18th
Total Offense 6,339 Yards 396.2 YPG 4th
Passing Defense 3,896 Yards 243.5 YPG 29th
Rushing Defense 2,006 Yards 125.4 YPG 21st
Total Defense 5,902 Yards 368.9 YPG 28th

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2004 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Scott Linehan
  • Running Backs – Dean Dalton
  • Wide Receivers – Charlie Baggett
  • Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line – John Tice
  • Offensive Line – Steve Loney
  • Offensive Quality Control – Randy Hanson
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Ted Cottrell
  • Defensive Line – Brian Baker
  • Secondary – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Assistant Secondary – Kevin Ross
  • Defensive Assistant/Assistant Linebackers – Pete Bercich
  • Defensive Quality Control – Jim Panagos

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Kurtis Shultz
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Mark Ellis

[1]

Final roster[edit]

2004 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 7 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06.