2011 Minnesota Vikings season

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2011 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Leslie Frazier
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 3–13
Division place 4th NFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers DE Jared Allen
LB Chad Greenway (alternate)
Uniform
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The 2011 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League, and the first full season under head coach Leslie Frazier, who served as the team's interim head coach for the final six games of the 2010 season. It was also supposed to mark the first season with new starting quarterback Donovan McNabb, who had enjoyed great success with the Eagles but had a subpar year with the Redskins in 2010. McNabb played respectably, having a passer rating of 82.9 and only turing the ball over twice, but his 1–5 record as starter led to him being benched in favor of rookie Christian Ponder in Week 6, and McNabb was later waived on December 1, 2011. The team failed to improve on their 6–10 record from 2010, going 2–6 before their bye week, before being eliminated from playoff contention in week 12 with a 2–9 record. The team also suffered its first six-game losing streak since the 1984 season. Despite a poor year for the team, Jared Allen set a franchise record for most sacks in a season with 22. The team led the league in sacks with 50, but also tied a team record for fewest interceptions caught in a season with only 8.

Offseason[edit]

2011 Draft[edit]

Main article: 2011 NFL draft

After finishing with a 6–10 record in the 2010 season, the Vikings were allocated the 12th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

=Pro Bowler
2011 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 12 12 Christian Ponder QB 6-2 229 Florida State 4 years
2 11 43 Kyle Rudolph TE 6-6 259 Notre Dame 4 years
3 10 74 Traded to the New England Patriots[a]
4 9 106 Christian Ballard DE 6-4 283 Iowa 4 years
5 8 139 Brandon Burton CB 6-0 190 Utah 4 years
19 150 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[b] From Giants[c]
6 3 168 DeMarcus Love T 6-4 315 Arkansas 4 years From Broncos via Browns[b]
5 170 Mistral Raymond S 6-1 191 South Florida 4 years From Browns[b]
7 172 Brandon Fusco C 6-4 316 Slippery Rock 4 years
35 200 Ross Homan LB 6-1 240 Ohio State 4 years Compensatory pick[d]
7 12 215 D'Aundre Reed DE 6-4 261 Arizona 4 years
33 236 Stephen Burton WR 6-1 221 West Texas A&M 4 years Compensatory pick[d]
Oakland at Minnesota in week 11
^[a] During the 2010 season, Minnesota traded their 3rd round pick (74th overall) to New England for WR Randy Moss and their 2012 7th round selection (223rd overall).
^[b] Cleveland traded two 3rd round selections (168th and 170th overall) to Minnesota to move up 18 spots to the 150th overall selection and draft G Jason Pinkston.
^[c] The Giants traded their 5th round selection (150th overall) and a conditional 2012 7th round selection (which was not exercised) to Minnesota for RB Darius Reynaud and QB Sage Rosenfels.
^[d] Minnesota was awarded two compensatory picks for the loss of free agents Artis Hicks and Chester Taylor.

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Vikings' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 at Tennessee Titans L 3–14 0–1 LP Field Recap
2 August 20 at Seattle Seahawks W 20–7 1–1 CenturyLink Field Recap
3 August 27 Dallas Cowboys L 17–23 1–2 Mall of America Field Recap
4 September 1 Houston Texans W 28–0 2–2 Mall of America Field Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

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

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Preseason Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 6 0 7 20
Seahawks 0 0 0 7 7

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 3: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Preseason Week 3: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 14 3 3 23
Vikings 7 3 7 0 17

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

Game information

Week 4: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

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

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

Game information

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 at San Diego Chargers L 17–24 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 September 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–24 0–2 Mall of America Field Recap
3 September 25 Detroit Lions L 23–26 (OT) 0–3 Mall of America Field Recap
4 October 2 at Kansas City Chiefs L 17–22 0–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
5 October 9 Arizona Cardinals W 34–10 1–4 Mall of America Field Recap
6 October 16 at Chicago Bears L 10–39 1–5 Soldier Field Recap
7 October 23 Green Bay Packers L 27–33 1–6 Mall of America Field Recap
8 October 30 at Carolina Panthers W 24–21 2–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 14 at Green Bay Packers L 7–45 2–7 Lambeau Field Recap
11 November 20 Oakland Raiders L 21–27 2–8 Mall of America Field Recap
12 November 27 at Atlanta Falcons L 14–24 2–9 Georgia Dome Recap
13 December 4 Denver Broncos L 32–35 2–10 Mall of America Field Recap
14 December 11 at Detroit Lions L 28–34 2–11 Ford Field Recap
15 December 18 New Orleans Saints L 20–42 2–12 Mall of America Field Recap
16 December 24 at Washington Redskins W 33–26 3–12 FedEx Field Recap
17 January 1 Chicago Bears L 13–17 3–13 Mall of America Field Recap
LEGEND
Team names in bold indicate Vikings' home games.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week One: Minnesota Vikings at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 10 0 0 17
Chargers 7 0 7 10 24

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

With the loss, the Vikings started the season 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Two: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 0 10 14 24
Vikings 7 10 0 3 20

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

Game information

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

Week 3: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Three: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Lions 0 0 10 13 3 26
Vikings 6 14 0 3 0 23

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

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,466
  • Referee: Ron Winter (14)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton and John Lynch
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 0–3.

Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Four: Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 0 3 7 17
Chiefs 3 6 6 7 22

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 0–4.

Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Five: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 3 7 0 10
Vikings 28 0 3 3 34

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

Game information

With the win, the Vikings improved to 1–4.

Week 6: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Six: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 3 7 0 10
Bears 16 10 10 3 39

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 1–5.

Week 7: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Seven: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 6 20 0 33
Vikings 7 10 0 10 27

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

Game information

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 1–6.

Week 8: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Eight: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 7 7 3 24
Panthers 0 14 7 0 21

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

With the win, the Vikings went into their bye week at 2–6.

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Ten: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 7 0 7
Packers 14 3 14 14 45

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

After being swept by the Packers, the Vikings dropped to 2–7.

Week 11: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Eleven: Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 21 3 0 27
Vikings 7 0 0 14 21

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

Game information

With the loss, the Vikings dropped to 2–8.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Twelve: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 7 7 14
Falcons 7 10 0 7 24

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 68,115
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron (57)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Vikings dropped to 2–9, and were officially eliminated from postseason contention. The loss also guaranteed that the Vikings would finish in 4th place in the NFC North for the second straight season.

Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Thirteen: Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 0 14 14 35
Vikings 5 10 7 10 32

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

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,939
  • Referee: Terry McAulay (77)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Vikings dropped to 2–10 and the team had been swept by the AFC West.

Week 14: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Fourteen: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 7 7 7 28
Lions 21 10 0 3 34

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,988
  • Referee: John Parry (132)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Vikings dropped to 2–11 and were swept by the Lions for the first time since 1997.

Week 15: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 14 14 7 42
Vikings 3 10 0 7 20

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

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,623
  • Referee: Walt Anderson (66)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Sixteen: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 7 13 10 33
Redskins 0 10 10 6 26

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C) Sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,370
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

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

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

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,867
  • Referee: Mike Carey (94)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Vikings finished the season at 3–13 and also 0–6 against division rivals.

Standings[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Green Bay Packers 15 1 0 .938 6–0 12–0 560 359 W2
(6) Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 474 397 L1
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 353 341 W1
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 0 .188 0–6 3–9 340 449 L1

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Christian Ponder 1,853
Passing Touchdowns Christian Ponder 13
Rushing Yards Adrian Peterson 970
Rushing Touchdowns Adrian Peterson 12
Receiving Yards Percy Harvin 967
Receiving Touchdowns Percy Harvin 6
Points Ryan Longwell 104
Kickoff Return Yards Percy Harvin 520
Punt Return Yards Marcus Sherels 277
Tackles Chad Greenway 154
Sacks Jared Allen 22.0 *
Interceptions Jamarca Sanford 2
Forced Fumbles Jared Allen 4
  • Vikings single season record.

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing Offense 2,957 Yards 184.8 YPG 28th
Rushing Offense 2,318 Yards 144.9 YPG 4th
Total Offense 5,275 Yards 329.7 YPG 18th
Passing Defense 4,019 Yards 251.2 YPG 26th
Rushing Defense 1,712 Yards 107.0 YPG 11th
Total Defense 5,731 Yards 358.2 YPG 12th

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Minnesota Vikings 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2011 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, 10 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Notes and references[edit]