2015 Minnesota Vikings season

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2015 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Zimmer
General manager Rick Spielman
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field TCF Bank Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Lost NFC Wild Card Playoff (Seahawks) 9–10
Pro Bowlers RB Adrian Peterson
DE Everson Griffen
S Harrison Smith
QB Teddy Bridgewater
LB Anthony Barr
AP All-Pros RB Adrian Peterson (first team)
KR Cordarrelle Patterson (second team)
Uniform
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The 2015 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 55th season in the National Football League and their second under head coach Mike Zimmer. It marked the last season in which the Vikings played their home games at the University of Minnesota's on-campus TCF Bank Stadium, before moving into U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in July 2016, located on the site of the now-demolished Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings improved on their 7–9 record from 2014 and clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012. They also won their first NFC North title since 2009 with a Week 17 victory at the Packers. As a result, they hosted the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the 2015–16 NFL playoffs, but lost 10–9 after kicker Blair Walsh missed a potential game-winning 27-yard field goal in the final seconds.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Draft[edit]

2015 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Contract Notes
Round Selection
1 11 Trae Waynes CB Michigan State 4 years / $12.944 million
2 45 Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA 4 years / $5.156 million
3 76 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[A]
80 Traded to the Detroit Lions[B] from Chiefs[A]
88 Danielle Hunter DE LSU 4 years / $3.077 million from Lions[B]
4 110 T. J. Clemmings OT Pittsburgh 4 years / $2.804 million
5 137 Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[C] from Buccaneers via Bills[D]
143 MyCole Pruitt TE Southern Illinois 4 years / $2.51 million from Lions via Broncos and Bears[B]
146 Stefon Diggs WR Maryland 4 years / $2.5 million from Falcons[C]
149 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[E]
6 185 Tyrus Thompson OT Oklahoma 4 years / $2.4 million from Falcons[C]
187 Traded to the Buffalo Bills[D]
193 B. J. Dubose DE Louisville 4 years / $2.399 million from Chiefs[A]
7 228 Austin Shepherd OT Alabama 4 years / $2.349 million
232 Edmond Robinson OLB Newberry 4 years / $2.34 million from 49ers via Dolphins[E]

Roster changes[edit]

Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
March 8, 2015 Tom Johnson DE 3 years / $7 million[5]
March 10, 2015 Matt Asiata RB 1 year / $800,000[6]
March 11, 2015 Joe Berger C 2 years / $2.155 million[7]
Cullen Loeffler LS 1 year / $1.05 million[8]
March 17, 2015 Mike Harris OT 1 year / $1.542 million[9]
July 4, 2015 John Sullivan C 3 years / $16.7 million[10]
July 26, 2015 Blair Walsh K 4 year / $14 million[11]
Departures
Date Player name Position Note New team
February 27, 2015 Charlie Johnson G Released[12]
March 10, 2015 Matt Cassel QB Traded[D] Buffalo Bills
Jerome Felton FB UFA
March 13, 2015 Christian Ponder QB Oakland Raiders
March 14, 2015 Jasper Brinkley ILB Dallas Cowboys
Greg Jennings WR Released[13] Miami Dolphins
March 16, 2015 Vladimir Ducasse G UFA Chicago Bears
March 26, 2015 Justin Anderson LB Released[14] Dallas Cowboys
Jordan McCray G Released[14]
April 2, 2015 Pat Devlin QB Released[15] Chicago Bears
August 24, 2015 Cullen Loeffler LS Released[16]
August 30, 2015 Joe Banyard RB Released[17] Jacksonville Jaguars
Brandon Bostick TE Arizona Cardinals
Jalil Carter CB
Justin Coleman CB New England Patriots
DaVaris Daniels WR New England Patriots
Stephen Goodin OT Brooklyn Bolts (FXFL)
Josh Kaddu LB
Jordan Leslie WR Jacksonville Jaguars
Caesar Rayford DE Los Angeles Kiss (AFL)
Chrishon Rose DT
DeMarcus Van Dyke CB Atlanta Falcons
September 5, 2015 Babatunde Aiyegbusi OT Waived[18]
October 6, 2015 Gerald Hodges MLB Traded[19] San Francisco 49ers
November 17, 2015 Chase Ford TE Signed off Practice Squad Baltimore Ravens
Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
February 18, 2015 Brandon Bostick TE Green Bay Packers Claimed off waivers[20]
March 11, 2015 Shaun Hill QB St. Louis Rams 2 years / $6.5 million[21]
March 13, 2015 Mike Wallace WR Miami Dolphins Acquired in trade[E]
March 19, 2015 DuJuan Harris RB Green Bay Packers 1 year / $660,000[22]
March 24, 2015 Casey Matthews LB Philadelphia Eagles 1 years / $825,000[23]
Taylor Mays S Cincinnati Bengals 1 year / $795,000[23]
March 26, 2015 Babatunde Aiyegbusi OL Dresden Monarchs (GFL) 3 years / $1.575 million[24]
March 27, 2015 Terence Newman CB Cincinnati Bengals 1 year / $2.25 million[23]
April 2, 2015 Mike Kafka QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers[15] 1 year / $660,000[25]
Caesar Rayford DE Montreal Alouettes (CFL) 1 year / $660,000[26]
April 6, 2015 Kevin McDermott LS Baltimore Ravens 2 years / $1.26 million[27]
May 11, 2015 Isaac Fruechte WR Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA) 3 years / $1.575 million[28]
June 9, 2015 Chrishon Rose DT East Carolina Pirates (NCAA) [29]
July 24, 2015 Josh Thomas CB Detroit Lions [30]
August 1, 2015 Ryan Whalen WR Cincinnati Bengals [31]
August 14, 2015 Greg Hickman DT Detroit Lions [32]
October 6, 2015 Nick Easton C San Francisco 49ers Acquired in trade[19]

Draft trades

  1. ^ a b c Minnesota traded their third-round selection to Kansas City in exchange for Kansas City's third- and sixth-round selections.[2]
  2. ^ a b c Minnesota traded the third-round selection they received from Kansas City to Detroit in exchange for Detroit's third-round selection and a fifth-round selection.[2]
  3. ^ a b c Minnesota traded the fifth-round selection they received from Buffalo to Atlanta in exchange for Atlanta's fifth- and a sixth-round selections.[2]
  4. ^ a b c Buffalo traded the fifth-round selection they received from Tampa Bay during the 2014 NFL draft and a 2016 seventh-round selection to Minnesota in exchange for quarterback Matt Cassel and Minnesota's 2015 sixth-round selection.[3]
  5. ^ a b c Minnesota traded their fifth-round selection to Miami in exchange for wide receiver Mike Wallace and a seventh-round selection that Miami received from San Francisco in their trade for offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.[4]

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

On February 11, 2015, the NFL announced that the Vikings would play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The game was played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday, August 9.[33] The remainder of the Vikings' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 9. The Vikings first hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders before road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans,[34] making this the third consecutive year in which the Vikings face the Titans in the preseason.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
HOF August 9 Pittsburgh Steelers W 14–3 1–0 Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (Canton, Ohio) Recap
1 August 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–16 2–0 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
2 August 22 Oakland Raiders W 20–12 3–0 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
3 August 29 at Dallas Cowboys W 28–14 4–0 AT&T Stadium Recap
4 September 3 at Tennessee Titans L 17–24 4–1 Nissan Stadium Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Hall of Fame Game: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Hall of Fame Game: Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 3 003
Vikings 0 7 7014

at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio

Game information

Week 1: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Preseason Week 1: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 3 6 7016
Vikings 9 14 3026

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 15
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 86 °F (30 °C)
  • Game attendance: 50,610
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 2: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Preseason Week 2: Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 6 3 3012
Vikings 0 13 7020

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 22
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 79 °F (26 °C)
  • Game attendance: 50,656
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli (85)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Preseason Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 10 8728
Cowboys 0 14 0014

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: August 29
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 86,082
  • Referee: Ron Torbert (62)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 4: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Preseason Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 7717
Titans 14 0 3724

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: September 3
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 90 °F (32 °C)
  • Game attendance: 61,294
  • Referee: Brad Allen (122)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Vikings' 2015 schedule was announced on April 21.[35]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 14 at San Francisco 49ers L 3–20 0–1 Levi's Stadium Recap
2 September 20 Detroit Lions W 26–16 1–1 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
3 September 27 San Diego Chargers W 31–14 2–1 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
4 October 4 at Denver Broncos L 20–23 2–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
5 Bye
6 October 18 Kansas City Chiefs W 16–10 3–2 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
7 October 25 at Detroit Lions W 28–19 4–2 Ford Field Recap
8 November 1 at Chicago Bears W 23–20 5–2 Soldier Field Recap
9 November 8 St. Louis Rams W 21–18 (OT) 6–2 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
10 November 15 at Oakland Raiders W 30–14 7–2 O.co Coliseum Recap
11 November 22 Green Bay Packers L 13–30 7–3 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
12 November 29 at Atlanta Falcons W 20–10 8–3 Georgia Dome Recap
13 December 6 Seattle Seahawks L 7–38 8–4 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
14 December 10 at Arizona Cardinals L 20–23 8–5 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
15 December 20 Chicago Bears W 38–17 9–5 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
16 December 27 New York Giants W 49–17 10–5 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
17 January 3 at Green Bay Packers W 20–13 11–5 Lambeau Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 365 302 W3
(5) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 368 323 L2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 358 400 W3
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 335 397 L1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1 Carolina Panthers South 15 1 0 .938 5–1 11–1 .441 .438 W1
2 Arizona Cardinals West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 .477 .457 L1
3 Minnesota Vikings North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .504 .449 W3
4 Washington Redskins East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 8–4 .465 .403 W4
Wild Cards
5[a] Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .531 .450 L2
6[a] Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .520 .431 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Atlanta Falcons South 8 8 0 .500 1–5 5–7 .480 .453 L1
8[b] St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .527 .482 L1
9[b] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .535 .429 W3
10[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 .508 .473 W1
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 .504 .402 W2
12[c] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .500 .396 L3
13[c] Chicago Bears North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .547 .469 L1
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 .484 .406 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .539 .463 W1
16 Dallas Cowboys East 4 12 0 .250 3–3 3–9 .531 .438 L4
Tiebreakers[d]
  1. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Seattle based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c d St. Louis and Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on conference record. St. Louis finished ahead of Detroit based on head-to-head victory.
    Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on head-to-head sweep, while Philadelphia finished ahead of New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c The New York Giants and Chicago each finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory, while the Giants finished ahead of Chicago based on conference record.
  4. ^ 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.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week One: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 033
49ers 0 7 31020

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

The Vikings opened their 2015 season on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. Despite allowing San Francisco to start with the ball, the Vikings made a positive start, as Andrew Sendejo blocked a 28-yard field goal attempt from Phil Dawson, which Marcus Sherels returned 44 yards to the San Francisco 26-yard line. Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater was unable to complete a single pass on the next drive, forcing Blair Walsh to attempt a 44-yard field goal; however, he pushed it wide right. After forcing the 49ers to punt on the next series, the Vikings were themselves forced to punt immediately afterwards, only for the 49ers' rookie former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne to muff the catch, allowing the Vikings to recover the ball. The next drive saw the Vikings attempt to convert on 4th-and-3, but Bridgewater's completed pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph fell a yard short of a fresh set of downs.

Both sides exchanged punts at the start of the second quarter, with the 49ers eventually returning one 85 yards for a touchdown, only for it to be called back for an illegal block by a San Francisco player. However, the ensuing possession would end with a 49ers touchdown, as they drove 93 yards in just under 5 minutes, before Carlos Hyde finished the series with a 10-yard touchdown run; after finding nowhere to go on his initial run to the right, he beat a Minnesota defender with a spin move and ran back to the left side of the field, where quarterback Colin Kaepernick led him into the end zone. With the Vikings unable to score in the remaining 47 seconds, the first half ended 7–0 to San Francisco.

Minnesota started the third quarter with the ball, but they were unable to make it out of their half before being forced to punt. The 49ers then extended their lead on the ensuing possession, driving 73 yards to the Minnesota 11-yard line to set up a 30-yard field goal attempt for Dawson. The Vikings finally got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter, as Walsh finished off a 66-yard drive with a 37-yard field goal, but the 49ers pulled further ahead with a second touchdown for Hyde on a 17-yard run. Bridgewater attempted to spark the Vikings back into the game, but a deep pass intended for Rudolph was intercepted by Tramaine Brock, setting up a 25-yard field goal for Dawson. The next drive saw the Vikings go for it again on 4th-and-8, but Bridgewater was sacked for a loss of 14 yards, allowing the 49ers to kneel out the game.

Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Two: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 10 0616
Vikings 7 10 6326

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Adrian Peterson would rush for 134 yards on 29 carries and also had 2 receptions for 58 yards as the Vikings beat the Lions 26-16.

With the win, the Vikings went to 1-1.

Week 3: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Three: San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 7 0714
Vikings 3 7 14731

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Adrian Peterson would have another good day rushing the ball, as he ran for 126 yards on 20 rushes and scored twice. The game was all Vikings, as they lead the entire game. The game was officially put away after Chad Greenway returned an interception 91 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown.

With the win, Minnesota improved to 2-1.

Week 4: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Four: Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 10 01020
Broncos 3 10 7323

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

The Vikings would go down to tie the game after Blair Walsh converted a field goal from 33 yards out to tie the game at 20. The Broncos would go down and win the game when Brandon McManus kicked a game-winning 39 yard field goal. Adrian Peterson would have another stellar day rushing the ball, but it was not enough as the Vikings lost.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 2-2.

Week 6: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Six: Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 0 01010
Vikings 3 7 3316

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

With the win, the Vikings improved to 3-2. They would also be the last team to beat the Chiefs in 2015, as the Chiefs won 10 in a row after this game.

Week 7: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Seven: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 12 10328
Lions 14 3 0219

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

With the win, the Vikings improved to 4-2.

Week 8: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Eight: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 3 01323
Bears 3 7 3720

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 62 °F (17 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,311
  • Referee: John Hussey (35)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Holly Sonders
  • Preview, Game Book
Game information

With the win, Minnesota improved to 5-2.

Week 9: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Nine: St. Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Rams 6 9 03018
Vikings 10 0 80321

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

The Rams would tie the game with 12 seconds remaining after Greg Zuerlein converted a 53 yard field goal. However, the Vikings would ultimately win the game when Blair Walsh kicked a 40 yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 6-2.

Week 10: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Ten: Minnesota Vikings at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 10 10 01030
Raiders 0 14 0014

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 15
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 62 °F (17 °C)
  • Game attendance: 54,700
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Holly Sonders
  • Preview, Game Book
Game information

With their 5th straight win, the Vikings improved to 7-2.

Week 11: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Eleven: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 6 10 31130
Vikings 6 0 7013

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 7-3 and had their 5-game winning streak snapped.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Twelve: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 0 31020
Falcons 0 3 0710

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,610
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman (34)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With the win, the Vikings improved to 8-3.

Week 13: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 14 14338
Vikings 0 0 707

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 52,430
  • Referee: Terry McAulay (77)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Vikings would suffer a major blowout loss to Seattle. Seattle would dominate the game all day, as Minnesota couldn't get into any rhythm.

With the bitter loss, the Vikings fell to 8-4.

Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Fourteen: Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 3 01020
Cardinals 10 0 7623

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 8-5.

Week 15: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Fifteen: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 7 3717
Vikings 7 10 71438

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 36 °F (2 °C)
  • Game attendance: 52,421
  • Referee: Brad Allen (122)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With the win, the Vikings improved to 9-5.

Week 16: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Sixteen: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 0 3 7717
Vikings 3 16 131749

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

The Vikings would blow out the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Adrian Peterson would rush for 104 yards on 22 carries and the Vikings defense forced 3 turnovers (all interceptions by Eli Manning).

With the win, the Vikings improved to 10-5 and with the Packers losing in Arizona earlier in the day, they will face Green Bay for the NFC North Championship.

Week 17: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 3 14020
Packers 3 0 01013

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 24 °F (−4 °C)
  • Game attendance: 78,412
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich (52)
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Vikings would clinch the NFC North for the first time since 2009 with the win.

With the win, the Vikings ended their season at 11-5 and finished 3-0 on the road against their division.

Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 10, 2016 Seattle Seahawks (6) L 9–10 0–1 TCF Bank Stadium Recap

Game summaries[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. #6 Seattle Seahawks[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: #6 Seattle Seahawks at #3 Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 01010
Vikings 3 0 609

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

The Vikings' only points in this game came from the foot of kicker Blair Walsh, whose three field goals put them 9–0 up by the end of the third quarter; however, Seattle would outscore them 10–0 in the fourth quarter, with a touchdown catch from Doug Baldwin being followed by a 46-yard Steven Hauschka field goal in the first seven minutes of the quarter. The Vikings had a chance to win it with 20 seconds remaining, but Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal, reminding Vikings fans of Gary Anderson's missed field goal in the 1998 NFC Championship Game, which would have sent the team to a fifth Super Bowl.

Pro Bowl[edit]

Running back Adrian Peterson was the only Minnesota Viking selected for the 2016 Pro Bowl. It was Peterson's seventh Pro Bowl selection, tying him for the fourth-most in Vikings franchise history with offensive tackle Ron Yary.[36] After Houston Texans DE J. J. Watt suffered an injury in the wildcard round game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was called up to replace him, his first career Pro Bowl selection.[37] Griffen was followed by a fellow first-time Pro Bowler, safety Harrison Smith, on January 25, after Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks was ruled out of the game due to injury.[38] The next day, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and linebacker Anthony Barr were added to the Pro Bowl roster as replacements for injured Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins respectively.[39]

Final roster[edit]

2015 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, 10 Practice squad

Staff[edit]

2015 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Teddy Bridgewater 3,231
Passing touchdowns Teddy Bridgewater 14
Rushing yards Adrian Peterson 1,485
Rushing touchdowns Adrian Peterson 11
Receptions Stefon Diggs 52
Receiving yards Stefon Diggs 720
Receiving touchdowns Kyle Rudolph 5
Points Blair Walsh 135
Kickoff return yards Cordarrelle Patterson 1,019
Punt return yards Marcus Sherels 311
Tackles Eric Kendricks 92
Sacks Everson Griffen 10.5
Interceptions Terence Newman 3
Forced fumbles Anthony Barr 3

Source: Minnesota Vikings' official website[40]

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 2,928 183.0 31st
Rushing offense 2,211 138.2 4th
Total offense 5,139 321.2 29th
Passing defense 3,759 234.9 12th
Rushing defense 1,748 109.2 17th
Total defense 5,507 344.2 13th

Source: NFL.com.[41]

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