2005 Minnesota Vikings season

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2005 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Tice
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 2005 was the 45th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 86th regular season of the National Football League.

Offseason[edit]

Red McCombs sold the Minnesota Vikings to a group led by Zygi Wilf in May 2005. Wilf was originally going to be a limited partner to Reggie Fowler. However Fowler was not able to purchase the team. Wilf then became the lead owner and Fowler is one of a group of ownership partners.

2005 Draft[edit]

Main article: 2005 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 7 7 Troy Williamson Wide Receiver South Carolina from Raiders[a]
18 18 Erasmus James Defensive End Wisconsin
2 17 49 Marcus Johnson Tackle Mississippi
3 16 80 Dustin Fox Cornerback Ohio State
4 11 112 Ciatrick Fason Running Back Florida from Redskins[b]
19 120 Traded to the Washington Redskins[b]
5 18 154 Traded to the Washington Redskins[b]
6 17 191 C.J. Mosley Defensive Tackle Missouri
7 5 219 Adrian Ward Cornerback Texas-El Paso from Raiders[a]
16 230 Traded to the New York Jets[c]
^[a] Oakland traded their 1st round selection (7th overall), 7th round selection (219th overall), and LB Napoleon Harris to Minnesota in exchange for WR Randy Moss.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (120th overall) and 5th round selection (154th overall) to Washington to move up 8 spots to the 112th overall selection and make this pick.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 7th round selection (230th overall) to the New York Jets for LB Sam Cowart.

Regular season[edit]

The Vikings started off by losing their first two games to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24–13) and the Cincinnati Bengals (37–8). They would win in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints (33–16), but then they would go on to lose their next two road games to the Atlanta Falcons (30–10) and their division rival Chicago Bears (28–3). The Vikings would win at home against fellow division rival Green Bay Packers 23–20 by winning the same way the Packers did last season, which was a last second field goal. However, the Vikes had little to celebrate when in the next week- not only did they lose to the Carolina Panthers 38–13 on the road, but they also lost their star QB Daunte Culpepper for the season with a knee injury. Culpepper had thrown twice as many interceptions as touchdowns up at that point. At this point the Vikings were 2–5.

Taking Culpepper's place would be Brad Johnson (Viking from 1992–98 and quarterback of the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Buccaneers) and, upon taking over, led the Vikings to a six-game winning streak, including victories over the Detroit Lions at home (27–14), the New York Giants (24–21), the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field (20–17, once again on a last second field goal), the Cleveland Browns (24–12), the Detroit Lions at Ford Field (21–16), and a 27–13 home victory over the St. Louis Rams. Johnson ended up with the lowest interception to attempt ratio in Vikings history and the 3rd best passer rating in the NFC. The streak ended with an 18–3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the eventual Super Bowl champions. After having their chances of winning the NFC North extinguished when the Bears defeated the Packers 24–17 in Lambeau Field earlier in the day, the Vikings were officially eliminated from NFC playoff contention with a 30–23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Vikings won their last game of the 2005 season against the Bears, with a 34–10 victory. However, the Vikings fired head coach Mike Tice immediately following the game. They ended up with a 9–7 record and 1 win away from the playoffs.

The season is also remembered for the Love Boat scandal.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 11, 2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–13
63,939
2 September 18, 2005 at Cincinnati Bengals L 37–8
65,763
3 September 25, 2005 New Orleans Saints W 33–16
63,952
4 October 2, 2005 at Atlanta Falcons L 30–10
69,552
5 Bye
6 October 16, 2005 at Chicago Bears L 28–3
62,143
7 October 23, 2005 Green Bay Packers W 23–20
64,278
8 October 30, 2005 at Carolina Panthers L 38–13
73,502
9 November 6, 2005 Detroit Lions W 27–14
63,813
10 November 13, 2005 at New York Giants W 24–21
78,637
11 November 21, 2005 at Green Bay Packers W 20–17
70,610
12 November 27, 2005 Cleveland Browns W 24–12
63,814
13 December 4, 2005 at Detroit Lions W 21–16
61,375
14 December 11, 2005 St. Louis Rams W 27–13
64,005
15 December 18, 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers L 18–3
64,136
16 December 25, 2005 at Baltimore Ravens L 30–23
70,246
17 January 1, 2006 Chicago Bears W 34–10
64,023

Standings[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 5–1 10–2 260 202 L1
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 306 344 W1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 254 345 L1
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 298 344 W1

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Brad Johnson 1,885
Passing Touchdowns Brad Johnson 12
Rushing Yards Mewelde Moore 662
Rushing Touchdowns Ciatrick Fason 4
Receiving Yards Travis Taylor 604
Receiving Touchdowns Marcus Robinson 5
Points Paul Edinger 106
Kickoff Return Yards Koren Robinson 1221
Punt Return Yards Mewelde Moore 245
Tackles Antoine Winfield 98
Sacks Lance Johnstone 7.5
Interceptions Darren Sharper 9
Forced Fumbles Brian Williams
Richard Owens
2

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,146 Yards 196.6 YPG 20th
Rushing Offense 1,467 Yards 91.7 YPG 27th
Total Offense 4,613 Yards 288.3 YPG 25th
Passing Defense 3,332 Yards 208.2 YPG 22nd
Rushing Defense 1,841 Yards 115.1 YPG 19th
Total Defense 5,173 Yards 323.3 YPG 21st

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2005 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line – Steve Loney
  • Quarterbacks – Rich Olson
  • Running Backs – Dean Dalton
  • Wide Receivers – Wes Chandler
  • Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line – John Tice
  • Offensive Assistant/Assistant Quarterbacks – Randy Hanson
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Line – Brian Baker
  • Assistant Defensive Line – Jim Panagos
  • Linebackers – Pete Bercich
  • Coverage Coordinator – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Assistant Secondary – Kevin Ross

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Rusty Tillman
  • Assistant Special Teams – Jim Panagos

Strength and Conditioning

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

[1]

Final roster[edit]

2005 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
49 Active, 9 Inactive, 2 Practice squad

References[edit]

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

See also[edit]