2005 Minnesota Vikings season
|2005 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Mike Tice|
|Home field||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
|Division place||2nd NFC North|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
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.
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||7||7||Troy Williamson||Wide Receiver||South Carolina||from Raiders[a]|
|18||18||Erasmus James||Defensive End||Wisconsin|
|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.
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.
|1||September 11, 2005||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 24–13||
|2||September 18, 2005||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 37–8||
|3||September 25, 2005||New Orleans Saints||W 33–16||
|4||October 2, 2005||at Atlanta Falcons||L 30–10||
|6||October 16, 2005||at Chicago Bears||L 28–3||
|7||October 23, 2005||Green Bay Packers||W 23–20||
|8||October 30, 2005||at Carolina Panthers||L 38–13||
|9||November 6, 2005||Detroit Lions||W 27–14||
|10||November 13, 2005||at New York Giants||W 24–21||
|11||November 21, 2005||at Green Bay Packers||W 20–17||
|12||November 27, 2005||Cleveland Browns||W 24–12||
|13||December 4, 2005||at Detroit Lions||W 21–16||
|14||December 11, 2005||St. Louis Rams||W 27–13||
|15||December 18, 2005||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 18–3||
|16||December 25, 2005||at Baltimore Ravens||L 30–23||
|17||January 1, 2006||Chicago Bears||W 34–10||
|Green Bay Packers||4||12||0||.250||1–5||4–8||298||344||W1|
|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|
|Kickoff Return Yards||Koren Robinson||1221|
|Punt Return Yards||Mewelde Moore||245|
|Forced Fumbles||Brian Williams
|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|
|2005 Minnesota Vikings staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
|2005 Minnesota Vikings final roster|
- 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06.