2013 Minnesota Vikings season

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2013 Minnesota Vikings season
Minnesota Vikings Logo 2013.png
The Vikings' new logo, introduced for the start of the 2013 season
Head coach Leslie Frazier
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 5–10–1
Division place 4th NFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers KR Cordarrelle Patterson
RB Adrian Peterson
Uniform
MNUniform2013.jpg
Timeline
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The 2013 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 53rd season in the National Football League. It also marked the Vikings' final season playing their home games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome; the team will play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium for the 2014 and 2015 seasons while construction of a new stadium, which is slated to open in 2016, takes place on the site of the Metrodome. Following a Week 9 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Vikings were no longer able to match their 10–6 record from 2012, and their loss to the Baltimore Ravens five weeks later sealed their elimination from playoff contention.

The Vikings failed to win a road game (0–7–1) for the first time since 2001. Much like in 2001, the Vikings did moderately well (13th) on offensive yardage (344.2 yards per game) despite a quarterback carousel not present in 2001, but ranked among the worst in defensive yardage (397.6 yards per game); only the Dallas Cowboys gave up more yards on defense with 415.3 per game. The Vikings' defense also allowed the most points in the NFL in 2013 at 480 (30.0 points per game), four points shy of matching the most points the team ever allowed in a single season.

It took until Week 10 for the Vikings to record their first win on American soil, their only other victory up to that point having come in the NFL International Series game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at London's Wembley Stadium in Week 4. Despite winning their last four home games to finish with an overall record of 5–10–1, the Vikings fired head coach Leslie Frazier after just over three seasons with the team.

Offseason[edit]

2013 draft[edit]

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 23 23 Sharrif Floyd Defensive tackle 6-3 297 Florida 4 years / $8 million
25 25 Xavier Rhodes Cornerback 6-1 210 Florida State 4 years / $7.8 million from Seahawks[a]
29 29 Cordarrelle Patterson Wide receiver 6-2 216 Tennessee 4 years / $7.2 million from Patriots[b]
2 20 52 Traded to the New England Patriots[b]
3 21 83 Traded to the New England Patriots[b]
4 5 102 Traded to the New England Patriots[b] from Lions[c]
23 120 Gerald Hodges Linebacker 6-1 243 Penn State 4 years / $2.58 million[1]
5 22 155 Jeff Locke Punter 6-1 209 UCLA 4 years / $2.344 million[2]
6 8 176 Traded to the Arizona Cardinals[e] from Titans[d]
21 189 Traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers[f]
28 196 Jeff Baca Guard 6-3 302 UCLA 4 years / $2.256 million[3] from Broncos via Eagles and Buccaneers[f]
7 7 213 Michael Mauti Linebacker 6-2 243 Penn State 4 years / $2.2 million[1] from Cardinals[e]
8 214 Travis Bond Guard 6-6 329 North Carolina 4 years / $2.22 million[4] from Bills via Seahawks[a]
23 229 Everett Dawkins Defensive tackle 6-2 292 Florida State 4 years / $2.2 million[1] from Vikings via Patriots[b] and Buccaneers[f]
Notes
^[a] Seattle traded their first-round (25th overall), seventh-round (214th overall) and 2014 third-round (96th overall) selections to Minnesota in exchange for wide receiver Percy Harvin.[5]
^[b] Minnesota traded their second-, third- and their seventh-round selections (52nd, 83rd and 229th overall), as well as Detroit's fourth-round pick (102nd overall)[c], to New England to move up to the 29th overall selection.[6]
^[c] Detroit traded their 2012 seventh-round selection (219th overall—Trevor Guyton) and their 2013 fourth-round selection (102nd overall) to Minnesota for their 2012 fifth-round selection (138th overall—Tahir Whitehead) and the 2012 seventh-round selection (223rd overall—Travis Lewis) that they received from New England in the trade for Randy Moss in 2010.[7]
^[d] During the 2012 NFL Draft, Tennessee traded their 2013 sixth-round selection (176th overall) for the 2012 seventh-round selection (211th overall—Scott Solomon) that Minnesota had obtained from Cleveland.[8]
^[e] Minnesota traded Tennessee's sixth-round selection (176th overall)[d] to Arizona for their seventh-round selection (213th overall) and CB A. J. Jefferson.[7]
^[f] Tampa Bay traded Denver's sixth-round selection (196th overall) and Minnesota's original seventh-round selection (229th overall) that they received from New England in a trade for RB LeGarrette Blount to Minnesota for their sixth-round selection (189th overall).[9]

Roster changes[edit]

RE-SIGNINGS
Date Player name Position Contract terms
January 7, 2013 Chase Baker DT 2 years / $900,000 [RFC][10]
March 12, 2013 Joe Berger C/G 1 year / $945,000[11]
Jerome Felton FB 3 years / $7.5 million[12]
Erin Henderson OLB 2 years / $4 million[13]
Phil Loadholt OT 4 years / $25 million[14]
Jamarca Sanford FS 2 years / $5 million[15]
Jerome Simpson WR 1 year / $2.1 million[16]
March 21, 2013 Andrew Sendejo FS 1 year / $630,000[17]
March 26, 2013 Marvin Mitchell OLB 1 year / $765,000[18]
April 12, 2013 A. J. Jefferson CB 1 year / $1.323 million[19]
April 15, 2013 Troy Kropog OT 1 year / $630,000[20]
April 22, 2013 Marcus Sherels CB 1 year / $555,000[21]
October 17, 2013 Brandan Bishop S [22][PS]
October 22, 2013 Shaun Prater CB 4 years / $2.285 million[23][24]
October 31, 2013 Chase Ford TE 2 years / $900,000[25][26][24]
November 4, 2013 Justin Trattou DE 2 years / $1.05 million[27][24][PS]
November 9, 2013 Audie Cole LB 3 years / $1.71 million[28][29][24]
November 11, 2013 Kevin Murphy T [30][PS]
December 11, 2013 Bradley Randle RB [31][PS]
December 16, 2013 Mike Remmers OT 2 years / $900,000[32][24]
December 18, 2013 Joe Banyard RB 2 years / $900,000[33][24][PS]
Spencer Nealy DE 2 years / $930,000[33][24]
December 24, 2013 Robert Steeples CB 3 years / $1.49 million[24][PS]
^[RFC] Denotes this is a reserve/future contract.
^[PS] Denotes a signing to the Practice Squad.
DEPARTURES
Date Player name Position Note New team
March 4, 2013 Michael Jenkins WR Released[34] New England Patriots[35]
March 11, 2013 Percy Harvin WR Traded[a] Seattle Seahawks
March 12, 2013 Antoine Winfield CB Released[36] Seattle Seahawks[37]
March 14, 2013 Jasper Brinkley MLB UFA Arizona Cardinals[38]
March 15, 2013 Geoff Schwartz G/T UFA Kansas City Chiefs[39]
April 30, 2013 Nicholas Taylor CB Released[40]
May 6, 2013 Chris Kluwe P Released[41] Oakland Raiders[42]
June 10, 2013 Devin Aromashodu WR UFA Chicago Bears[43]
August 31, 2013 Brandon Burton CB Released[44] Buffalo Bills
Stephen Burton WR Jacksonville Jaguars
Tyrone McKenzie LB
September 9, 2013 D'Aundre Reed DE Injury settlement[45] San Francisco 49ers
October 1, 2013 DeMarcus Love OT Released[46] Jacksonville Jaguars
October 8, 2013 McLeod Bethel-Thompson QB Released[47] San Francisco 49ers[48]
October 9, 2013 George Johnson DE Released[48]
November 6, 2013 Everett Dawkins DT Claimed off practice squad[49] Dallas Cowboys
November 13, 2013 Travis Bond G Claimed off practice squad[50] Carolina Panthers
November 25, 2013 A. J. Jefferson CB Released[51]
ADDITIONS
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
March 14, 2013 Matt Cassel QB Kansas City Chiefs 2 years / $7.4 million[52]
March 15, 2013 Greg Jennings WR Green Bay Packers 5 years / $45 million[53]
April 30, 2013 Zach Line FB Southern Methodist
Undrafted FA[54]
3 years / $1.49 million[55]
June 24, 2013 Desmond Bishop LB Green Bay Packers 1 year / $1.5 million[56]
October 6, 2013 Josh Freeman QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 year / $3.0 million
November 26, 2013 Kip Edwards CB Buffalo Bills [57]

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Vikings' preseason opponents and schedule were announced on April 4, 2013. Their preseason began with a loss to the Houston Texans at Mall of America Field on August 9, followed by road defeats against the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers; the game against the 49ers was the Vikings' second preseason matchup against the same opposition in two years. The preseason program concluded on a positive note – a home victory against the Tennessee Titans on August 29.[88]

Week Date Kickoff (CDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:00 p.m. Houston Texans L 13–27 0–1 Mall of America Field KARE-11 Recap
2 August 16 6:00 p.m. at Buffalo Bills L 16–20 0–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium KARE-11 Recap
3 August 25 7:00 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers L 14–34 0–3 Candlestick Park KARE-11 / NBC Recap
4 August 29 7:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans W 24–23 1–3 Mall of America Field KARE-11 Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Preseason Week 1: Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 7 3 14 27
Vikings 3 10 0 0 13

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
1st Quarter
  • HOU – Randy Bullock 48-yard field goal, 10:56. Texans 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 36 yards, 3:15.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 22-yard field goal, 5:50. Tied 3–3. Drive: 6 plays, 59 yards, 2:26.
2nd Quarter
  • MIN – Zach Line 61-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 12:26. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 5 plays, 94 yards, 2:34.
  • HOU – DeAndre Hopkins 34-yard pass from T. J. Yates (Randy Bullock kick), 6:24. Tied 10–10. Drive: 12 plays, 85 yards, 6:02.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 33-yard field goal, 1:19. Vikings 13–10. Drive: 5 plays, 32 yards, 0:53.
3rd Quarter
  • HOU – Randy Bullock 21-yard field goal, 4:28. Tied 13–13. Drive: 15 plays, 90 yards, 6:33.
4th Quarter
  • HOU – Lestar Jean 2-yard pass from Case Keenum (Randy Bullock kick), 10:26. Texans 20–13. Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 5:18.
  • HOU – Ray Graham 5-yard run (Randy Bullock kick), 4:31. Texans 27–13. Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards, 3:59.
Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Week 2: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Preseason Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 0 13 16
Bills 0 13 7 0 20

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
1st Quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 36-yard field goal, 0:05. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 62 yards, 5:51.
2nd Quarter
  • BUF – Jamie Blatnick fumble recovery in end zone (Dustin Hopkins kick), 8:45. Bills 7–3.
  • BUF – Dustin Hopkins 39-yard field goal, 1:12. Bills 10–3. Drive: 15 plays, 59 yards, 5:19.
  • BUF – Dustin Hopkins 35-yard field goal, 0:00. Bills 13–3. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 0:38.
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
  • MIN – Joe Banyard 1-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 9:18. Bills 20–10. Drive: 11 plays, 64 yards, 5:30.
  • MIN – Rodney Smith 35-yard pass from McLeod Bethel-Thompson (pass failed), 4:36. Bills 20–16. Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 3:11.
Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Preseason Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 7 0 14
49ers 10 10 0 14 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
1st Quarter
  • SF – Phil Dawson 30-yard field goal, 12:56. 49ers 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, −1 yard, 1:01.
  • SF – Quinton Patton 5-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Phil Dawson kick), 2:39. 49ers 10–0. Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards, 5:38.
2nd Quarter
  • MIN – Zach Line 1-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 3:00. 49ers 10–7. Drive: 5 plays, 28 yards, 2:18.
  • SF – Lavelle Hawkins 105-yard kickoff return (Phil Dawson kick), 2:45. 49ers 17–7. Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:15.
  • SF – Phil Dawson 50-yard field goal, 0:27. 49ers 20–7. Drive: 7 plays, 12 yards, 1:41.
3rd Quarter
  • MIN – Joe Webb 3-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 4:05. 49ers 20–14. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 5:35.
4th Quarter
  • SF – Jewel Hampton 4-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), 14:55. 49ers 27–14. Drive: 9 plays, 91 yards, 4:10.
  • SF – Anthony Dixon 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), 4:12. 49ers 34–14. Drive: 15 plays, 63 yards, 8:09.
Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Preseason Week 4: Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 3 14 3 3 23
Vikings 0 14 7 3 24

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
1st Quarter
  • TEN – Rob Bironas 28-yard field goal, 6:01. Titans 3–0. Drive: 18 plays, 70 yards, 8:59.
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
  • MIN – Marcus Sherels 109-yard kickoff return (Blair Walsh kick), 14:48. Vikings 21–17. Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:12.
  • TEN – Rob Bironas 29-yard field goal, 3:20. Vikings 21–20. Drive: 10 plays, 50 yards, 4:59.
4th Quarter
  • TEN – Rob Bironas 24-yard field goal, 12:53. Titans 23–21. Drive: 10 plays, 83 yards, 3:49.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 25-yard field goal, 1:38. Vikings 24–23. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 2:17.
Passing
Rushing
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 12:00 p.m. at Detroit Lions L 24–34 0–1 Ford Field Fox Recap
2 September 15 12:00 p.m. at Chicago Bears L 30–31 0–2 Soldier Field Fox Recap
3 September 22 12:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns L 27–31 0–3 Mall of America Field CBS Recap
4 September 29 12:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–27 1–3 Wembley Stadium (London, UK) CBS Recap
5 Bye
6 October 13 12:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers L 10–35 1–4 Mall of America Field Fox Recap
7 October 21 7:40 p.m. at New York Giants L 7–23 1–5 MetLife Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
8 October 27 7:30 p.m. Green Bay Packers L 31–44 1–6 Mall of America Field NBC Recap
9 November 3 12:00 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys L 23–27 1–7 AT&T Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 7 7:25 p.m. Washington Redskins W 34–27 2–7 Mall of America Field NFLN[b] Recap
11 November 17 3:25 p.m. at Seattle Seahawks L 20–41 2–8 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
12 November 24 12:00 p.m. at Green Bay Packers T 26–26 (OT) 2–8–1 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
13 December 1 12:00 p.m. Chicago Bears W 23–20 (OT) 3–8–1 Mall of America Field Fox Recap
14 December 8 12:00 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens L 26–29 3–9–1 M&T Bank Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 15 12:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles W 48–30 4–9–1 Mall of America Field Fox Recap
16 December 22 12:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals L 14–42 4–10–1 Paul Brown Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 29 12:00 p.m. Detroit Lions W 14–13 5–10–1 Mall of America Field Fox Recap
LEGEND
Team names in bold indicate Vikings' home games.
^[a] Simulcast on WCCO-TV.
^[b] Simulcast on WFTC.
 #  Blue/Red indicates the International Series game in London.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 7 10 0 24
Lions 3 10 14 7 34

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 78-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 10:39. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 1 play, 78 yards, 0:13.
  • DET – David Akers 33-yard field goal, 4:55. Vikings 7–3. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:44.
Second quarter
  • DET – David Akers 42-yard field goal, 14:47. Vikings 7–6. Drive: 7 plays, 25 yards, 3:08.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 4-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 12:17. Vikings 14–6. Drive: 4 plays, 65 yards, 1:36.
  • DET – Joique Bell 2-yard run (David Akers kick), 0:10. Vikings 14–13. Drive: 8 plays, 70 yards, 2:04.
Third quarter
  • DET – Joique Bell 1-yard run (David Akers kick), 10:19. Lions 20–14. Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards, 2:44.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 52-yard field goal, 6:42. Lions 20–17. Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards, 3:37.
  • DET – Reggie Bush 77-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (David Akers kick), 5:45. Lions 27–17. Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards, 0:57.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 4-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 1:37. Lions 27–24. Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards, 4:08.
Fourth quarter
  • DET – Joseph Fauria 1-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (David Akers kick), 6:47. Lions 34–24. Drive: 8 plays, 39 yards, 4:36.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 2: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 14 3 6 30
Bears 14 10 0 7 31

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: September 15
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Rain, 60 °F (16 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,181
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli (85)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • MIN – Brian Robison 61-yard fumble return (Blair Walsh kick), 7:34. Tied 14–14.
  • CHI – Tim Jennings 44-yard interception return (Robbie Gould kick), 2:51. Bears 21–14.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 20-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 1:11. Tied 21–21. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:40.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 20-yard field goal, 0:00. Bears 24–21. Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 1:11.
Third quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 28-yard field goal, 2:32. Tied 24–24. Drive: 13 plays, 81 yards, 5:45.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 28-yard field goal, 8:05. Vikings 27–24. Drive: 13 plays, 79 yards, 6:49.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 22-yard field goal, 3:15. Vikings 30–24. Drive: 8 plays, 43 yards, 3:13.
  • CHI – Martellus Bennett 16-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), 0:10. Bears 31–30. Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 3:05.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 3: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week 3: Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 17 0 7 31
Vikings 7 10 7 3 27

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CLE – Jordan Cameron 19-yard pass from Brian Hoyer (Billy Cundiff kick), 14:55. Browns 14–7. Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 3:26.
  • MIN – Christian Ponder 6-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 4:43. Tied 14–14. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:43.
  • CLE – Billy Cundiff 38-yard field goal, 6:07. Browns 17–14. Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards, 4:05.
  • CLE – Jordan Cameron 11-yard pass from Spencer Lanning (Billy Cundiff kick), 3:39. Browns 24–14. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 1:33.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 43-yard field goal, 1:08. Browns 24–17. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 1:20.
Third quarter
  • MIN – Christian Ponder 8-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 2:36. Tied 24–24. Drive: 3 plays, 9 yards, 0:49.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 30-yard field goal, 10:47. Vikings 27–24. Drive: 13 plays, 60 yards, 5:14.
  • CLE – Jordan Cameron 7-yard pass from Brian Hoyer (Spencer Lanning kick), 0:51. Browns 31–27. Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards, 2:30.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

NFL International Series
Week 4: Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 7 10 27
Vikings 10 10 14 0 34

at Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 54-yard field goal, 12:08. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 47 yards, 2:52.
  • MIN – Greg Jennings 70-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 8:06. Vikings 10–0. Drive: 3 plays, 76 yards, 0:56.
  • PIT – Le'Veon Bell 8-yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), 4:02. Vikings 10–7. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:04.
Second quarter
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 60-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 12:42. Vikings 17–7. Drive: 1 play, 60 yards, 0:10.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 26-yard field goal, 3:39. Vikings 17–10. Drive: 15 plays, 78 yards, 9:03.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 37-yard field goal, 0:39. Vikings 20–10. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 3:00.
Third quarter
  • PIT – Le'Veon Bell 1-yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), 11:28. Vikings 20–17. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:32.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 7-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 7:52. Vikings 27–17. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:36.
  • MIN – Greg Jennings 16-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 5:11. Vikings 34–17. Drive: 2 plays, 37 yards, 0:27.
Fourth quarter
  • PIT – Jerricho Cotchery 15-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), 12:42. Vikings 34–24. Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 3:13.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 28-yard field goal, 3:37. Vikings 34–27. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 3:12.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 6: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week 6: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 14 7 35
Vikings 0 3 0 7 10

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,963
  • Referee: Ron Winter (14)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CAR – Mike Tolbert 10-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 3:43. Panthers 14–0. Drive: 14 plays, 82 yards, 6:34.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 22-yard field goal, 0:14. Panthers 14–3. Drive: 15 plays, 76 yards, 3:29.
Third quarter
  • CAR – Brandon LaFell 79-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 13:56. Panthers 21–3. Drive: 3 plays, 86 yards, 1:04.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 7-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 6:10. Panthers 28–3. Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 5:50.
Fourth quarter
  • CAR – Mike Tolbert 1-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 7:40. Panthers 35–3. Drive: 5 plays, 21 yards, 3:02.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 23-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 1:00. Panthers 35–10. Drive: 11 plays, 89 yards, 2:38.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 7: at New York Giants[edit]

Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 0 0 0 7
Giants 3 7 7 6 23

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
  • NYG – Josh Brown 35-yard field goal, 5:24. Giants 3–0. Drive: 17 plays, 68 yards, 9:36.
  • MIN – Marcus Sherels 86-yard punt return (Blair Walsh kick), 0:23. Vikings 7–3.
Second quarter
  • NYG – Rueben Randle 24-yard pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 9:33. Giants 10–7. Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 3:34.
Third quarter
  • NYG – Peyton Hillis 1-yard run (Josh Brown kick), 8:37. Giants 17–7. Drive: 2 plays, 3 yards, 0:41.
Fourth quarter
  • NYG – Josh Brown 23-yard field goal, 12:13. Giants 20–7. Drive: 16 plays, 75 yards, 8:31.
  • NYG – Josh Brown 36-yard field goal, 11:03. Giants 23–7. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 1:00.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 8: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 8: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 17 7 13 44
Vikings 7 10 0 14 31

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • GB – Mason Crosby 30-yard field goal, 10:29. Packers 10–7. Drive: 17 plays, 70 yards, 8:24.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 36-yard field goal, 5:09. Tied 10–10. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 5:20.
  • GB – Jordy Nelson 76-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 3:38. Packers 17–10. Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards, 1:31.
  • GB – Micah Hyde 93-yard punt return (Mason Crosby kick), 1:30. Packers 24–10.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 8-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 0:04. Packers 24–17. Drive: 8 plays, 77 yards, 1:26.
Third quarter
  • GB – Eddie Lacy 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 6:50. Packers 31–17. Drive: 15 plays, 80 yards, 8:10.
Fourth quarter
  • GB – James Starks 25-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 14:16. Packers 38–17. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 5:32.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 20-yard field goal, 6:10. Packers 41–17. Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 6:36.
  • MIN – Toby Gerhart 13-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 4:42. Packers 41–24. Drive: 5 plays, 58 yards, 1:28.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 45-yard field goal, 2:53. Packers 44–24. Drive: 6 plays, 16 yards, 1:49.
  • MIN – Christian Ponder 19-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 1:24. Packers 44–31. Drive: 5 plays, 73 yards, 1:29.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 9: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week 9: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 7 7 6 23
Cowboys 3 3 14 7 27

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 41-yard field goal, 6:51. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 4:15.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 23-yard field goal, 2:08. Tied 3–3. Drive: 11 plays, 59 yards, 4:43.
Second quarter
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 44-yard field goal, 6:35. Cowboys 6–3. Drive: 12 plays, 58 yards, 6:56.
  • MIN – Christian Ponder 6-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 1:41. Vikings 10–6. Drive: 11 plays, 79 yards, 4:54.
Third quarter
  • DAL – Jason Witten 26-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 11:38. Cowboys 13–10. Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 3:22.
  • DAL – Nick Hayden fumble recovery in end zone (Dan Bailey kick), 11:28. Cowboys 20–10.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 31-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 8:11. Cowboys 20–17. Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 3:17.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 11-yard run (kick wide right), 5:40. Vikings 23–20. Drive: 8 plays, 87 yards, 4:52.
  • DAL – Dwayne Harris 7-yard pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 0:35. Cowboys 27–23. Drive: 9 plays, 90 yards, 2:09.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 10: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week 10: Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 10 14 3 0 27
Vikings 7 7 14 6 34

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • MIN – Cordarrelle Patterson 2-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 12:59. Vikings 14–10. Drive: 8 plays, 73 yards, 3:18.
  • WAS – Jordan Reed 11-yard pass from Robert Griffin III (Kai Forbath kick), 5:02. Redskins 17–14. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 7:57.
  • WAS – Logan Paulsen 1-yard pass from Robert Griffin III (Kai Forbath kick), 0:10. Redskins 24–14. Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 3:57.
Third quarter
  • WAS – Kai Forbath 40-yard field goal, 9:22. Redskins 27–14. Drive: 12 plays, 59 yards, 5:38.
  • MIN – John Carlson 28-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 4:32. Redskins 27–21. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 4:50.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 0:57. Vikings 28–27. Drive: 5 plays, 41 yards, 2:00.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 39-yard field goal, 9:54. Vikings 31–27. Drive: 7 plays, 30 yards, 2:38.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 40-yard field goal, 3:36. Vikings 34–27. Drive: 10 plays, 40 yards, 4:47.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 11: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 10 0 7 20
Seahawks 10 14 0 17 41

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 50-yard field goal, 11:25. Seahawks 3–0. Drive: 5 plays, 1 yard, 2:04.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 32-yard field goal, 4:40. Tied 3–3. Drive: 13 plays, 66 yards, 6:45.
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 4-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 11:25. Seahawks 10–3. Drive: 4 plays, 78 yards, 2:10.
Second quarter
  • MIN – Jarius Wright 38-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 11:28. Tied 10–10. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:32.
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 6:26. Seahawks 17–10. Drive: 9 plays, 79 yards, 5:02.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 45-yard field goal, 0:48. Seahawks 17–13. Drive: 11 plays, 44 yards, 5:38.
  • SEA – Doug Baldwin 19-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 0:10. Seahawks 24–13. Drive: 5 plays, 46 yards, 0:38.
Third quarter
  • None.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 6-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 13:14. Seahawks 31–13. Drive: 2 plays, 18 yards, 0:39.
  • SEA – Walter Thurmond 29-yard interception return (Steven Hauschka kick), 12:30. Seahawks 38–13.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 26-yard field goal, 10:12. Seahawks 41–13. Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:28.
  • MIN – Jarius Wright 21-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 2:18. Seahawks 41–20. Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 2:53.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 12: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 12: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Vikings 3 10 7 3 3 26
Packers 7 0 0 16 3 26

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
  • GB – Scott Tolzien 6-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 4:59. Packers 7–0. Drive: 11 plays, 87 yards, 5:59.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 36-yard field goal, 1:37. Packers 7–3. Drive: 6 plays, 24 yards, 3:22.
Second quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 47-yard field goal, 4:24. Packers 7–6. Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 4:23.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 0:50. Vikings 13–7. Drive: 7 plays, 63 yards, 2:24.
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 29-yard field goal, 14:22. Vikings 23–7. Drive: 12 plays, 85 yards, 6:04.
  • GB – Eddie Lacy 3-yard run (pass failed), 11:42. Vikings 23–13. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 2:40.
  • GB – Jarrett Boykin 6-yard pass from Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby kick), 3:30. Vikings 23–20. Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards, 5:10.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 27-yard field goal, 0:46. Tied 23–23. Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 1:41.
Overtime
  • GB – Mason Crosby 20-yard field goal, 10:25. Packers 26–23. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 4:35.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 35-yard field goal, 3:49. Tied 26–26. Drive: 12 plays, 63 yards, 6:36.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 13: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Bears 3 3 14 0 0 20
Vikings 0 7 3 10 3 23

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,134
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers (51)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 30-yard field goal, 1:06. Bears 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 5:10.
Second quarter
  • MIN – Cordarrelle Patterson 33-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 7:27. Vikings 7–3. Drive: 5 plays, 90 yards, 2:33.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 40-yard field goal, 2:47. Vikings 7–6. Drive: 10 plays, 58 yards, 4:40.
Third quarter
  • CHI – Alshon Jeffery 80-yard pass from Josh McCown (Robbie Gould kick), 14:08. Bears 13–7. Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:52.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 32-yard field goal, 7:08. Bears 13–10. Drive: 13 plays, 66 yards, 7:00.
  • CHI – Alshon Jeffery 46-yard pass from Josh McCown (Robbie Gould kick), 5:15. Bears 20–10. Drive: 4 plays, 83 yards, 1:53.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Greg Jennings 8-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 7:41. Bears 20–17. Drive: 13 plays, 89 yards, 6:25.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 30-yard field goal, 0:20. Tied 20–20. Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 2:20.
Overtime
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 34-yard field goal, 1:43. Vikings 23–20. Drive: 7 plays, 47 yards, 2:24.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 14: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 3 3 20 26
Ravens 7 0 0 22 29

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Light snow, 33 °F (1 °C)
  • Game attendance: 70,921
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 39-yard field goal, 4:28. Ravens 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 45 yards, 5:42.
Third quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 40-yard field goal, 12:02. Ravens 7–6. Drive: 8 plays, 38 yards, 2:58.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Jerome Simpson 8-yard pass from Matt Cassel (pass failed), 14:22. Vikings 12–7. Drive: 5 plays, 33 yards, 1:40.
  • BAL – Dennis Pitta 1-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Joe Flacco–Torrey Smith pass), 2:05. Ravens 15–12. Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 4:27.
  • MIN – Toby Gerhart 41-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 1:27. Vikings 19–15. Drive: 2 plays, 68 yards, 0:38.
  • BAL – Jacoby Jones 77-yard kickoff return (Justin Tucker kick), 1:16. Ravens 22–19. Drive: 0 plays, 77 yards, 0:11.
  • MIN – Cordarrelle Patterson 79-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 0:45. Vikings 26–22. Drive: 3 plays, 79 yards, 0:31.
  • BAL – Marlon Brown 9-yard pass form Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick), 0:04. Ravens 29–26. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 0:41.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Playing in the snow in Baltimore, the Vikings sought out their first road win of the season. During the first half, Adrian Peterson injured his ankle and was dropped from the game. Despite taking the lead with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings were unable to hold on as the Ravens scored a game-winning touchdown with four seconds left. With the loss, the Vikings dropped to 3–9–1 and were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Week 15: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week 15: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 6 13 8 30
Vikings 7 10 10 21 48

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 21-yard field goal, 13:19. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 4:16.
  • PHI – Alex Henery 51-yard field goal, 8:55. Vikings 10–6. Drive: 10 plays, 47 yards, 4:24.
  • MIN – Matt Asiata 1-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 1:06. Vikings 17–6. Drive: 16 plays, 75 yards, 7:49.
  • PHI – Alex Henery 33-yard field goal, 0:00. Vikings 17–9. Drive: 8 plays, 66 yards, 1:06.
Third quarter
  • MIN – Matt Cassel 6-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 12:03. Vikings 24–9. Drive: 4 plays, 52 yards, 1:38.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 38-yard field goal, 4:43. Vikings 27–9. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:21.
  • PHI – DeSean Jackson 30-yard pass from Nick Foles (Alex Henery kick), 3:14. Vikings 27–16. Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards, 1:29.
  • PHI – Zach Ertz 3-yard pass from Nick Foles (pass failed), 0:15. Vikings 27–22. Drive: 3 plays, 45 yards, 1:03.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Matt Asiata 1-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 13:01. Vikings 34–22. Drive: 6 plays, 54 yards, 2:14.
  • MIN – Cordarrelle Patterson 5-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 6:54. Vikings 41–22. Drive: 3 plays, 36 yards, 1:01.
  • PHI – Jason Avant 16-yard pass from Nick Foles (Nick Foles–Riley Cooper pass), 4:26. Vikings 41–30. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:28.
  • MIN – Matt Asiata 5-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 1:09. Vikings 48–30. Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 3:17.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 0 7 0 14
Bengals 14 14 14 0 42

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CIN – Vincent Rey 25-yard interception return (Mike Nugent kick), 10:02. Bengals 21–7.
  • CIN – Jermaine Gresham 16-yard pass from Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent kick), 2:22. Bengals 28–7. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 3:09.
Third quarter
  • CIN – Mohamed Sanu 7-yard pass from Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent kick), 10:35. Bengals 35–7. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:25.
  • CIN – A. J. Green 2-yard pass from Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent kick), 3:19. Bengals 42–7. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 5:12.
  • MIN – Cordarrelle Patterson 35-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 1:34. Bengals 42–14. Drive: 5 plays, 67 yards, 1:45.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 17: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week 17: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 7 6 13
Vikings 7 0 0 7 14

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • None.
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • DET – David Akers 25-yard field goal, 14:25. Lions 10–7. Drive: 13 plays, 76 yards, 7:36.
  • DET – David Akers 53-yard field goal, 12:43. Lions 13–7. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:51.
  • MIN – Cordarrelle Patterson 8-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh kick), 9:19. Vikings 14–13. Drive: 2 plays, 8 yards, 0:08.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

In the last game to be played at the Metrodome before its demolition, the Vikings hosted their divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions. This turned out to be the only game of the Vikings' season (including preseason) in which the opposing team scored fewer than 20 points. A 50-yard run from Cordarrelle Patterson for the first score of the game put the Vikings up 7-0, where the score remained through halftime. After the half, Reggie Bush struck back with a 19-yard TD reception to tie the game at 7-7 in the third. The fourth quarter saw David Akers make two field goals to put the Lions in the lead 13-7. However, Matt Cassel threw a TD pass to Patterson to put the Vikings back in the lead 14-13, which they managed to hold onto for the remaining nine minutes of the game.

Head coach Leslie Frazier was fired as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings the following day. His tenure ended with a record of 21–32–1 in over three years.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Green Bay Packers 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 438 W1
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 L2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 L4
Minnesota Vikings 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 W1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 *Seattle Seahawks (1) West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 zCarolina Panthers (2) South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 yPhiladelphia Eagles (3) East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 yGreen Bay Packers (4) North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 wSan Francisco 49ers (5) West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 wNew Orleans Saints (6) South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .200 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

Staff[edit]

2013 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2013 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
53 Active, 8 Inactive, 6 Practice squad

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Matt Cassel 1,807
Passing touchdowns Matt Cassel 11
Rushing yards Adrian Peterson 1,266
Rushing touchdowns Adrian Peterson 10
Receptions Greg Jennings 68
Receiving yards Greg Jennings 804
Receiving touchdowns Greg Jennings 4
Points Blair Walsh 121
Kickoff return yards Cordarrelle Patterson 1,393
Punt return yards Marcus Sherels 335
Tackles Chad Greenway 134
Sacks Jared Allen 11.5
Interceptions Chad Greenway 3
Forced fumbles Jared Allen 2

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
Passing offense 3,427 214.2 23rd
Rushing offense 2,081 130.1 8th
Total offense 5,508 344.2 13th
Passing defense 4,598 287.4 31st
Rushing defense 1,767 110.4 16th
Total defense 6,365 397.8 31st

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