2008 Minnesota Vikings season

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2008 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Brad Childress
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs
(Philadelphia Eagles) 26–14
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Uniform
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The 2008 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 48th season in the NFL, and the 17th season in which they won their division. They won the NFC North with a 10–6 record, but had to play in the wild card round of the playoffs. They were paired with head coach Brad Childress's former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, who ended the Vikings' season with a 26–14 win.

It was the third season for the team under the direction of Childress. The 2008 season also marked the first season since 2000 that the Vikings made the playoffs and finished with a winning record.

Second-year running back Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing with 1,760 yards.

Offseason[edit]

Player and personnel moves[edit]

Releases and injuries[edit]

On February 11, it was announced that defensive end Kenechi Udeze had be diagnosed by doctors with a form of leukemia. KMSP-TV (Ch. 9) also reported that Udeze was at Fairview Southdale Hospital undergoing tests and that he had been at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester the week before.[1] Udeze was expected to be out for the 2008 season, but returned for one game against the Green Bay Packers on November 9 before ultimately retiring from professional football on July 29, 2009.

On February 20, the team released free safety Dwight Smith after two somewhat controversial seasons with the Vikings in which Smith had several run-ins with the law.[2] He was due to receive $2.5 million and a $500,000 roster bonus this season.

On February 27, the team released backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb.[3]

On February 29, the team traded wide receiver Troy Williamson to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth round draft pick in the 2008 draft[4] and linebacker Dontarrious Thomas left the team to join the San Francisco 49ers.[5]

On March 1, the Vikings' former defensive tackle Spencer Johnson joined the Buffalo Bills.[6]

On March 3, free agent running back Mewelde Moore left the team to join the Pittsburgh Steelers.[7]

On March 7, safety Tank Williams joined the New England Patriots and fullback Tony Richardson joined the New York Jets.[8]

Signings and extensions[edit]

On February 29, the team signed safety Madieu Williams, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals and fullback Thomas Tapeh, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles.[9]

On March 1, the team signed wide receiver Bernard Berrian, formerly of the Chicago Bears.[10]

On March 4, running back and special teams specialist Maurice Hicks, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, signed a three-year contract to join the team.[11]

On March 14, the team signed linebacker and special-teams standout Derrick Pope, formerly of the Miami Dolphins.[12]

On March 17, the Vikings signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Ellis Wyms, and re-signed wide receiver Robert Ferguson; all to 1 year contracts.[13]

On March 20 and March 21, Houston Texans safety Michael Boulware and former Green Bay Packers career backup defensive tackle Kenderick Allen to one-year contracts.[14]

On March 24, restricted free agent linebacker Heath Farwell was re-resigned to a one-year contract. Also, on the next day, the team signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Benny Sapp to a one-year contract.[15]

On April 8, former Vikings backup quarterback Gus Frerotte rejoined the team on a one-year contract.[16]

On April 23, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen, signed a six-year contract with the Vikings in a trade that gave the Chiefs the Vikings' 2008 first-round and both third-round draft picks. The trade may also involve the swapping of 2008 sixth round draft picks with Kansas City.[17]

On July 22, the Vikings signed their fifth-round pick, DT Letroy Guion, and their seventh-round pick WR Jaymar Johnson.[18]

2008 Draft[edit]

Minnesota Vikings 2008 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 17 17 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a]
2 12 43 Tyrell Johnson S 6–0 198 Arkansas State 4 years from Panthers via Eagles[b]
16 47 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[b]
3 10 73 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a] from Broncos[c]
19 82 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a]
4 18 117 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[b]
5 2 137 John David Booty QB 6–3 213 USC 4 years From Rams via Packers[d]
15 150 Traded to the Green Bay Packers[d]
17 152 Letroy Guion DT 6–4 295 Florida State 4 years from Eagles[b]
6 16 182 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a]
21 187 John Sullivan C 6–4 284 Notre Dame 4 years from Buccaneers via Chiefs[a]
27 193 Jaymar Johnson WR 6–0 176 Jackson State 4 years from Jaguars[e]
7 2 209 Traded to the Green Bay Packers[d] from Rams[f]
19 226 Traded to the New York Jets[g]

Note: All selections were moved up one overall position due to the forfeiture of the New England Patriots first round draft pick due to "Spygate scandal"

^[a] Minnesota traded their 1st round selection (17th overall), two 3rd round selections (73rd[c] and 82nd overall), and their 6th round selection (182nd overall) to Kansas City in exchange for DE Jared Allen and a 6th round selection (187th overall).
^[b] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selections (47th overall) and their 4th round selection (117th overall) to Philadelphia for a 5th round selection (152nd overall) and to move up 4 spots to the 43rd selection and make this pick.
^[c] During the 2007 Draft, Denver traded their 2007 6th round selection (176th overall-Rufus Alexander), 2007 7th round selection (233rd overall-Chandler Williams), and 2008 3rd round selection (73rd overall) to Minnesota for their 2007 4th round selection (121st overall-Marcus Thomas).
^[d] Minnesota traded their 5th round selections (150th overall) and a 7th round selection (209th overall) to Green Bay to move up 13 spots to the 137th selection and make this pick.
^[e] Jacksonville traded their 6th round selection (193rd overall) to Minnesota in exchange for WR Troy Williamson.[19]
^[f] St. Louis traded their 7th round selection (209th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for OT Adam Goldberg.
^[g] Minnesota traded their 7th round selection (226th overall) and DT C.J. Mosley to the Jets for QB Brooks Bollinger.

Undrafted free agents[edit]

Name Position College
Husain Abdullah S Washington State
Martail Burnett DE Utah
Leger Douzable DT Central Florida
Steven Hauschka K NC State
Erin Henderson LB Maryland
Nate Jones WR Texas
Jeremy "J" Leman LB Illinois
Tim Mattran C Stanford
Drew Radovich T USC
Darius Reynaud WR West Virginia
Brandon Sumrall CB S Mississippi
Marcus Walker CB Oklahoma
Kyle Wright QB Miami (Fla.)
Albert Young RB Iowa

Training camp[edit]

2008 Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato, Minnesota.

On May 27, Erasmus James was traded to the Washington Redskins for a conditional 2009 NFL draft pick.[20]

On June 27, the Vikings signed a one-day contract with seven-season member Robert Griffith so he could ceremonially retire as a member of the team.[21]

On July 16, a report by Jay Glazer appeared on FoxSports.com stating that the Green Bay Packers had filed tampering charges against the Vikings for allegedly inappropriately contacting Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre.[22]

On August 4, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that contact between the Vikings and Brett Favre over the summer did not violate league tampering rules, as the Packers alleged.[23]

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (CDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 8 7:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks L 17–34 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome KSTP-TV Recap
2 August 16 6:30 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens W 23–15 1–1 M&T Bank Stadium KSTP-TV Recap
3 August 23 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–12 1–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
4 August 28 7:00 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys L 10–16 1–3 Texas Stadium KSTP-TV Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Preseason Week 1: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 17 0 14 3 34
Vikings 7 10 0 0 17

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 8
  • Game time: 19:00
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,545
  • Referee: John Parry (132)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • MIN – Chester Taylor 1-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 12:31. Seahawks 17–14. Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 4:04.
  • MIN – Steven Hauschka 35-yard field goal, 0:40. Tied 17–17. Drive: 10 plays, 42 yards, 4:15.
3rd quarter
  • SEA – Trent Shelton 7-yard pass from Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare kick), 11:44. Seahawks 24–17. Drive: 5 plays, 32 yards, 2:20.
  • SEA – Joel Filani 1-yard pass from Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare kick), 4:45. Seahawks 31–17. Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 2:31.
4th quarter
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 20-yard field goal, 12:17. Seahawks 34–17. Drive: 11 plays, 64 yards, 4:44.
Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Preseason Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 13 3 0 23
Ravens 7 0 0 8 15

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: August 16
  • Game time: 18:30
  • Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C) (Clear)
  • Game attendance: 70,585
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette (42)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
1st quarter
  • MIN – Martin Nance 23-yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson (Steven Hauschka kick), 10:24. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 4:36.
  • BAL – Ray Rice 6-yard run (Matt Stover kick), 6:11. Tied 7–7. Drive: 7 plays, 73 yards, 4:13.
2nd quarter
  • MIN – Steven Hauschka 21-yard field goal, 14:58. Vikings 10–7. Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 6:13.
  • MIN – Robert Ferguson 5-yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Steven Hauschka kick), 6:58. Vikings 17–7. Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 4:44.
  • MIN – Steven Hauschka 34-yard field goal, 0:00. Vikings 20–7. Drive: 4 plays, −5 yards, 1:26.
3rd quarter
  • MIN – Steven Hauschka 48-yard field goal, 1:21. Vikings 23–7. Drive: 13 plays, 34 yards, 5:22.
4th quarter
Passing
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Receiving

Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Preseason Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 3 6 12
Vikings 0 7 3 0 10

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 23
  • Game time: 19:00
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,625
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers (51)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
1st quarter
  • None.
2nd quarter
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 14:12. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 1:44.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 35-yard field goal, 6:40. Vikings 7–3. Drive: 9 plays, 18 yards, 4:06.
3rd quarter
  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 37-yard field goal, 10:06. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 11 plays, 60 yards, 4:54.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 43-yard field goal, 2:50. Vikings 10–6. Drive: 13 plays, 56 yards, 7:16.
4th quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 37-yard field goal, 10:02. Vikings 10–9. Drive: 13 plays, 63 yards, 5:50.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 47-yard field goal, 0:04. Steelers 12–9. Drive: 11 plays, 45 yards, 2:08.
Passing
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Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Preseason Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 3 0 10
Cowboys 10 3 0 3 16

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: August 28
  • Game time: 19:00
  • Game weather: 95 °F (35 °C)
  • Game attendance: 60,246
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
1st quarter
  • DAL – Nick Folk 23-yard field goal, 8:28. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 73 yards, 6:32.
  • DAL – Tashard Choice 11-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 6:59. Cowboys 10–0. Drive: 2 plays, 24 yards, 0:31.
2nd quarter
  • MIN – Maurice Hicks 1-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 14:07. Cowboys 10–7. Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 3:11.
  • DAL – Nick Folk 52-yard field goal, 0:00. Cowboys 13–7. Drive: 5 plays, 32 yards, 0:38.
3rd quarter
  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 25-yard field goal, 10:22. Cowboys 13–10. Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 4:38.
4th quarter
  • DAL – Nick Folk 52-yard field goal, 11:14. Cowboys 16–10. Drive: 15 plays, 59 yards, 7:33.
Passing
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Receiving

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 8 6:00 p.m. at Green Bay Packers L 19–24 0–1 Lambeau Field ESPN Recap
2 September 14 12:00 p.m. Indianapolis Colts L 15–18 0–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
3 September 21 12:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers W 20–10 1–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap
4 September 28 12:00 p.m. at Tennessee Titans L 17–30 1–3 LP Field Fox Recap
5 October 6 7:30 p.m. at New Orleans Saints W 30–27 2–3 Louisiana Superdome ESPN Recap
6 October 12 12:00 p.m. Detroit Lions W 12–10 3–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap
7 October 19 12:00 p.m. at Chicago Bears L 41–48 3–4 Soldier Field Fox Recap
8 Bye
9 November 2 12:00 p.m. Houston Texans W 28–21 4–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
10 November 9 12:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers W 28–27 5–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap
11 November 16 12:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13–19 5–5 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
12 November 23 12:00 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars W 30–12 6–5 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Fox Recap
13 November 30 7:15 p.m. Chicago Bears W 34–14 7–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome NBC Recap
14 December 7 12:00 p.m. at Detroit Lions W 20–16 8–5 Ford Field Fox Recap
15 December 14 3:05 p.m. at Arizona Cardinals W 35–14 9–5 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 21 3:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons L 17–24 9–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap
17 December 28 12:00 p.m. New York Giants W 20–19 10–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap
  • The Vikings ranked 4th in the NFL in strength of schedule this season[24]
  • The Vikings are currently at the top of the list in Fantasy Football according to NFL.com

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 3 3 13 19
Packers 0 10 7 7 24

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

The Vikings began their 2008 campaign on the road against their NFC North foe, the Green Bay Packers, in the first game of 2008's Monday Night Football doubleheader. After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings attacked first with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 37-yard field goal. The Packers responded with QB Aaron Rodgers completing a 1-yard TD pass to FB Korey Hall, along with kicker Mason Crosby getting a 42-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Vikes tried to catch up as Longwell got a 27-yard field goal, but Green Bay replied with CB/PR Will Blackmon returning a punt 76 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to rally as QB Tarvaris Jackson completed a 23-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice (with a failed 2-point conversion), yet the Packers responded with Rodgers getting a 1-yard TD run. The Vikes would reply with RB Adrian Peterson getting a 3-yard TD run, but their final rally ended in an interception.

With the loss, not only did the Vikings begin their season at 0–1, but Head Coach Brad Childress fell to 0–5 against the Packers in his coaching career. In the first half, Minnesota was widely outgained in passing yards 139–6.

Week 2: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week 2: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 7 11 18
Vikings 6 3 6 0 15

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Hoping to rebound from their divisional road loss to the Packers, the Vikings played their Week 2 home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. In the first half, kicker Ryan Longwell helped Minnesota take the early lead with a 45-yard and a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter, along with a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Vikes increased its lead with Longwell getting a 46-yard and a 28-yard field goal. However, the Colts responded with RB Joseph Addai getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Indianapolis continued to gain ground as QB Peyton Manning completed a 32-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne, followed by a 2-point conversion run by RB Dominic Rhodes. Later, the Colts sealed the win with kicker Adam Vinatieri nailing the game-winning 47-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 0–2.

Week 3: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week 3: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 0 0 10
Vikings 0 10 7 3 20

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
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2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
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Trying to avoid an 0–3 start, the Vikings stayed at home for a Week 3 duel with the Carolina Panthers. Due to a poor performance, QB Tarvaris Jackson was benched in favor of veteran QB Gus Frerotte.

In the first quarter, Minnesota trailed early as Panthers kicker John Kasay got a 43-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Carolina increased its lead with RB Jonathan Stewart getting a 2-yard TD run. The Vikes would respond with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 28-yard field goal, along with CB Antoine Winfield sacking Panthers QB Jake Delhomme, fumbling the ball, and Winfield returning that fumble 19-yards for a touchdown just before halftime, the key play in the Viking victory. Head coach Brad Childress said a day later that Winfield had a half-second left before it was ruled an incomplete pass. In the third quarter, the Vikings got the lead as Frerotte completed a 34-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota sealed its victory with Longwell nailing a 32-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 1–2.

Week 4: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 10 0 7 17
Titans 10 10 3 7 30

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information
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2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
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Coming off their home win over the Panthers, the Vikings flew to LP Field for a Week 4 interconference duel with the Tennessee Titans. In the first quarter, Minnesota trailed early as Titans kicker Rob Bironas got a 20-yard field goal, while RB Chris Johnson got a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Vikes responded with RB Adrian Peterson getting a 28-yard TD run. However, Tennessee responded with Bironas kicking a 32-yard field goal, along with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. The Vikings closed out the half with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 42-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Titans increased their lead with Bironas nailing a 49-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to rally as Peterson got a 3-yard TD run, but Tennessee pulled away with Johnson's 6-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 1–3.

Week 5: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 10 10 0 10 30
Saints 10 0 7 10 27

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Titans, the Vikings flew to the Louisiana Superdome for a Week 5 Monday Night duel with the New Orleans Saints. In the game, QB Gus Frerotte was making his first MNF start since 1997 (when he was with the Washington Redskins).

In the first quarter, the Vikes trailed early as Saints QB Drew Brees completed a 17-yard TD pass to WR Devery Henderson. Minnesota would respond with CB Antoine Winfield returning a blocked field goal 59 yards for a touchdown, the first (and longest) ever in franchise history. New Orleans would answer with kicker Martín Gramática getting a 35-yard field goal, yet the Vikings replied with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 53-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Vikes took the lead on a trick play as RB Chester Taylor completed a 4-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe, along with Longwell kicking a 33-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Saints began to rally as RB Reggie Bush returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, New Orleans took the lead with Gramática's 53-yard field goal and Bush's 64-yard punt return for a touchdown. Afterwards, Minnesota answered with Frerotte completing a 33-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian, along with Longwell nailing the game-winning 30-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 2–3.

Antoine Winfield had a big game. In addition to his touchdown off of a blocked field goal, he had 8 tackles and a sack (with a forced fumble recovery).

This was also the first time in NFL history that a game had a combination of a blocked field goal, a TD pass by a non-quarterback, two field goals of 50+ yards, and two punts returned for touchdowns.

Week 6: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week 6: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 7 0 10
Vikings 2 0 7 3 12

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
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Coming off their Monday night road win over the Saints, the Vikings went home for a Week 6 NFC North duel with the Detroit Lions. In the first quarter, the Vikes got an early lead as Lions QB Dan Orlovsky unintentionally ran out of the back of his own end zone, giving Minnesota a safety which Orlovsky didn't know why the whistles were blown. In the second quarter, Detroit got the lead as kicker Jason Hanson got a 40-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Lions increased their lead as Orlovsky completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Vikings answered with QB Gus Frerotte completing an 86-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian. In the end of the fourth quarter, the Vikes got in field goal range due to a controversial pass interference call on Leigh Bodden. The Vikes sealed the win with kicker Ryan Longwell nailing the game-winning 26-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 3–3.

Week 7: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 14 10 7 10 41
Bears 14 13 14 7 48

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

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Coming off their divisional home win over the Lions, the Vikings flew to Soldier Field for a Week 7 NFC North duel with the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, the Vikes drew first blood as RB Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard TD run. The Bears would respond with QB Kyle Orton completing an 18-yard TD pass to TE Greg Olsen, along with RB Garrett Wolfe returning a blocked punt 17 yards for a touchdown. Minnesota would respond with QB Gus Frerotte completing a 24-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. In the second quarter, it would be back and forth. Chicago kicker Robbie Gould would get a 26-yard field goal, while Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell got a 42-yard field goal. Bears CB Zack Bowman would recover a fumble in Minnesota's endzone for a touchdown, while Vikings RB Chester Taylor got a 1-yard TD run. Chicago would close out the half as Gould got a 48-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Bears got the lead again as WR Rashied Davis recovered a fumble within Minnesota's endzone for a touchdown. The Vikes would reply as Peterson got a 54-yard TD run. Chicago would then strike again as Orton completed a 51-yard TD pass to WR Marty Booker. In the fourth quarter, the Bears struck again as RB Matt Forté got a 1-yard TD run. Minnesota tried to rally as Longwell nailed a 23-yard field goal, along with Frerotte completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian. However, Chicago's defense stepped up and prevented the Vikes from tying the game.

With the loss, the Vikings went into their bye week at 3–4.

The 89 combined points became the highest single-game scoring total in the history of the Vikes/Bears rivalry.

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week 9: Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 0 7 7 21
Vikings 7 14 0 7 28

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Coming off their bye week, the Vikings played a Week 9 interconference duel at home against the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, the Vikes drew first blood as RB Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard TD run. The Texans responded with CB Jacques Reeves returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Minnesota responded with QB Gus Frerotte completing an 8-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice and a 49-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian.

In the third quarter, Houston started to rally as QB Sage Rosenfels completed a 3-yard TD pass to WR David Anderson. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings answered with Frerotte completing a 25-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. The Texans tried to come back as Rosenfels completed a 14-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson. Fortunately, Minnesota's defense stiffened for the victory.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 4–4.

Week 10: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 10: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 14 3 27
Vikings 7 7 7 7 28

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Coming off their win over the Texans, the Vikings stayed at home for a Week 10 NFC North rematch with the Green Bay Packers. In the first quarter, the Vikes drew first blood as QB Gus Frerotte completed a 3-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice. The Packers would respond with RB Ryan Grant getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Minnesota increased their lead with kicker Ryan Longwell (former Packer) getting a 54-yard field goal, along with the Vikings picking up back-to-back safeties. The first one came when QB Aaron Rodgers committed intentional grounding in his own endzone, with the second one coming from DE Jared Allen sacking Rodgers in his own endzone. Green Bay would close out the half with kicker Mason Crosby getting a 47-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Vikes increased their lead as Frerotte completed a 47-yard TD pass to RB Chester Taylor. However, the Packers took the lead as safety Nick Collins returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown, along with CB/KR Will Blackmon returning a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, the Packers increased their lead as Crosby nailed a 40-yard field goal. The Vikings regained the lead as RB Adrian Peterson got a 29-yard TD run. Green Bay did manage to get a late drive going, yet Crosby's 52-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right, preserving head coach Brad Childress' first-ever win over the Packers.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 5–4.

Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 10 0 0 13
Buccaneers 3 3 7 6 19

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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Coming off their divisional home win over the Packers, the Vikings flew to Raymond James Stadium for a Week 11 duel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, the Vikes struck first as kicker Ryan Longwell got a 43-yard field goal. The Buccaneers responded with kicker Matt Bryant getting a 39-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Minnesota answered with QB Gus Frerotte completing a 4-yard TD pass to WR Bobby Wade. Tampa Bay would reply with Bryant making a 26-yard field goal. The Vikings closed out the half with Longwell getting a 26-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Buccaneers tied the game with FB B.J. Askew getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay took the lead as Bryant nailed a 29-yard and a 26-yard field goal. Minnesota tried to rally, but the Buccaneers' defense was too much to overcome.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 5–5.

Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week 12: Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 17 0 3 10 30
Jaguars 7 3 0 2 12

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information
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Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Buccaneers, the Vikings flew to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a Week 12 interconference duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, the Vikes got off to a fast start as LB Napoleon Harris returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown, while RB Chester Taylor got a 3-yard TD run. The Jaguars would respond with QB David Garrard completing an 8-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Williams. Minnesota would answer with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 54-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Jacksonville would get the period's only points as kicker Josh Scobee made a 21-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Vikings replied with Longwell making a 32-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota pulled away as Longwell nailed a 22-yard field goal, while RB Adrian Peterson got a 16-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Jaguars were given a safety when Vikings punter Chris Kluwe ran out of the back of his endzone.

With the win, Minnesota improved to 6–5.

Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 13: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 0 7 0 14
Vikings 0 17 7 10 34

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Coming off their road win over the Jaguars, the Vikings went home, donned their throwback uniforms, and played a Week 13 NFC North rematch with the Chicago Bears, with first place in the division on the line. In the first quarter, Chicago would strike first with QB Kyle Orton completing a 65-yard TD pass to WR Devin Hester. The Vikings would answer back in the second quarter with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 23-yard field goal. Later in the quarter, the Vikings defense would come up big with a goal line stand. DE Jared Allen made the key tackle just an inch short of the end zone on 4th and goal. On the very next play, QB Gus Frerotte ran a play action fake from his own endzone and found former Bears WR Bernard Berrian for a 99-yard touchdown pass. This tied an NFL record for the longest pass from scrimmage and it was the first-ever longest offensive touchdown play in franchise history. It was also the eleventh time in NFL history that a 99 yard play was made. Then, with 1:09 left until halftime, Frerotte found TE Jim Kleinsasser for a 21-yard gain to just inside the one-yard line. The play was originally ruled a touchdown, but was officially reviewed and it was determined that he was just short of the goal line. On the next play however, Frerotte got the touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 44 seconds left until the half.

In the third quarter, both teams traded blows. The Bears would answer with Orton completing a 2-yard TD pass to RB Matt Forté, while Minnesota answered with RB Chester Taylor getting a 21-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Vikes pulled away as RB Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard TD run, while Longwell nailed a 27-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 7–5 and took 1st place in the NFC North for the first time since early in the 2007 season.

Week 14: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 3 7 10 20
Lions 3 3 7 3 16

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

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Fresh off their divisional home win over the Bears on Sunday night, the Vikings flew to Ford Field for a Week 14 NFC North rematch with the winless Detroit Lions. Late in the first quarter, Minnesota would trail as Lions kicker Jason Hanson got a 25-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Detroit increased its lead as Hanson got a 23-yard field goal. The Vikings closed out the half with a 35-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Longwell.

In the third quarter, Minnesota would take the lead as RB Chester Taylor got a 17-yard TD run. The Lions would reply with QB Daunte Culpepper (a former Viking) completing a 70-yard TD pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings regained the lead as QB Tarvaris Jackson completed an 11-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Detroit tried to rally as Hanson nailed a 39-yard field goal, yet Longwell helped Minnesota pull away with a 50-yard field goal, his fifth 50+ yarder of the season.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 8–5.

Week 15: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week 15: Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 21 7 7 0 35
Cardinals 0 0 14 0 14

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

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Coming off their hotly contested road win over the Lions, the Vikings flew to the desert for a Week 15 duel with the newly crowned NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals. Early in the first quarter, the Vikings got on the board first with a punt returned 82 yards by WR/PR Bernard Berrian for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter, the Vikings increased their lead with QB Tarvaris Jackson completing a 41-yard TD pass to Berrian. The Vikings closed out the first quarter with Jackson completing a 6-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice. In the second quarter, the Vikings increased their lead with Jackson completing an 11-yard TD pass to RB Chester Taylor for the only score of the period.

In the third quarter, Arizona tried to rally as QB Kurt Warner completed a 50-yard TD pass to WR Jerheme Urban. Later in the quarter, the Vikings tried to put the game away with a 34-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Longwell, only to have it blocked and Arizona returning it 62 yards for a touchdown by CB Roderick Hood. Finally, the Vikings put the game away for good with Jackson completing a 59-yard TD pass to WR Bobby Wade. Arizona tried to rally in the final minutes of the game, but on first-and-goal, they ran out of time.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 9–5 and to a one game lead over the Bears in the NFC North. If the Vikings won in week 16 against Atlanta or Chicago lost against Green Bay, the Vikings would clinch their 17th division title, and their first since 2000.

Week 16 vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week 16: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 10 7 0 24
Vikings 7 0 0 10 17

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Coming off their road rout of the Cardinals, the Vikings went home for a Week 16 battle with the Atlanta Falcons; a win would give the Vikings their first division title since 2000, and their first-ever NFC North title. Minnesota trailed early in the first quarter as Falcons running back Michael Turner got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Vikings would respond with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson completing a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. However, Atlanta would answer in the second quarter with quarterback Matt Ryan completing an 8-yard touchdown pass to running back Jerious Norwood, followed by kicker Jason Elam's 22-yard field goal.

The Falcons would further increase their lead in the third quarter as offensive guard Justin Blalock recovered Ryan's fumble in the endzone for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to rally as kicker Ryan Longwell nailed a 29-yard field goal, followed by Jackson's 17-yard touchdown pass to Shiancoe. However, Atlanta's defense prevented any further comeback from happening.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 9–6.

Week 17 vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week 17: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 9 7 3 19
Vikings 0 10 0 10 20

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Coming into their final game of the season against the New York Giants, the Vikings needed a win or a Chicago Bears loss to clinch the NFC North division title. The scoring began early in the 2nd quarter when Ryan Longwell kicked a 48 yard field goal. The Vikings continued the scoring with a 67 yard run by Adrian Peterson, the second longest of his career thus far. The Giants responded with a 51 yard John Carney field goal. The Giants continued the scoring with two John Carney field goals from 30 and 42 yards respectively to round out the end of the 2nd quarter.

In the 3rd quarter, the Giants took the lead when David Carr threw a 23 yard pass to Domenik Hixon, then added a 20 yard John Carney field goal early in the 4th quarter, making for a Giants 9-point lead. The Vikings came back with a 54 yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson to Bernard Berrian and clinched the win when Ryan Longwell nailed a 51 yard game-winning field goal as time expired.

With the victory, the Vikings finished the regular season at 10–6, winning their first division title since 2000 and earning their first playoff berth since 2004.

Standings[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 379 333 W1
Chicago Bears 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 375 350 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 10 0 .375 4–2 5–7 419 380 W1
Detroit Lions 0 16 0 .000 0-6 0-12 268 517 L16

Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
WC January 4 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles L 14–26 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap

Game summaries[edit]

NFC Wildcard Round: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

NFC Wildcard Round: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 6 10 0 10 26
Vikings 0 14 0 0 14

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
1st quarter
  • PHI – David Akers 43-yard field goal, 6:44. Eagles 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 1:38.
  • PHI – David Akers 51-yard field goal, 0:00. Eagles 6–0. Drive: 6 plays, 42 yards, 2:36.
2nd quarter
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 40-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 11:05. Vikings 7–6. Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards, 3:55.
  • PHI – David Akers 31-yard field goal, 7:29. Eagles 9–7. Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 3:36.
  • PHI – Asante Samuel 44-yard interception return (David Akers kick), 6:34. Eagles 16–7.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 3-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 1:51. Eagles 16–14. Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 4:43.
3rd quarter
  • None.
4th quarter
  • PHI – Brian Westbrook 71-yard pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick), 6:37. Eagles 23–14. Drive: 1 play, 71 yards, 0:16.
  • PHI – David Akers 45-yard field goal, 1:55. Eagles 26–14. Drive: 6 plays, 20 yards, 0:54.
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  • PHI – Brian Westbrook – 3 rec, 83 yards
  • MIN – Bernard Berrian – 2 rec, 36 yards

Entering the postseason as the NFC's third seed, the Vikings began their playoff run at home against the No. 6 Philadelphia Eagles and for the first time in eight years, the Vikings hosted a playoff game. Minnesota would trail early as Eagles kicker David Akers got a 43-yard and a 51-yard field goal. The Vikings would respond in the second quarter as running back Adrian Peterson got a 40-yard touchdown run. However, Philadelphia would answer with Akers' 31-yard field goal, followed by cornerback Asante Samuel's 44-yard interception return for a touchdown. Minnesota would end the half with Peterson's 3-yard touchdown run.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Eagles would increase their lead in the fourth quarter with quarterback Donovan McNabb's 71-yard touchdown pass to running back Brian Westbrook, followed by an Akers 45-yard field goal. Try as they might, the Vikings were unable to build any momentum to mount a rally.

With the loss, the Vikings' season ended with an overall record of 10–7.

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Gus Frerotte 2,157
Passing Touchdowns Gus Frerotte 12
Rushing Yards Adrian Peterson 1,760
Rushing Touchdowns Adrian Peterson 10
Receiving Yards Bernard Berrian 964
Receiving Touchdowns Bernard Berrian
Visanthe Shiancoe
7
Points Ryan Longwell 127
Kickoff Return Yards Maurice Hicks 690
Punt Return Yards Bernard Berrian 114
Tackles Chad Greenway 115
Sacks Jared Allen 14.5
Interceptions Ben Leber
Benny Sapp
Madieu Williams
Antoine Winfield
2
Forced Fumbles Antoine Winfield
Cedric Griffin
4

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 2,956 Yards 184.8 YPG 25th
Rushing Offense 2,338 Yards 146.1 YPG 5th
Total Offense 5,294 Yards 330.9 YPG 17th
Passing Defense 3,449 Yards 215.6 YPG 18th
Rushing Defense 1,230 Yards 76.9 YPG 1st
Total Defense 4,679 Yards 292.4 YPG 6th

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Minnesota Vikings 2008 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Coaching Assistants

Final roster[edit]

2008 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
52 Active, 8 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

References[edit]