2017 Minnesota Vikings season

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2017 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Zimmer
General manager Rick Spielman
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field U.S. Bank Stadium
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (vs Saints) 29–24
Lost NFC Championship (at Eagles) 7–38
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Uniform
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The 2017 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 57th in the National Football League, and their fourth under head coach Mike Zimmer. With the team's home stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, scheduled to host Super Bowl LII at the end of the season, the Vikings attempted to make history as the first team to play the Super Bowl on their home field; in recording their best regular season record since 1998, they clinched a first-round bye for the first time since 2009 and became the eighth team in the Super Bowl era to qualify for the playoffs in a season in which their stadium hosted the Super Bowl. They defeated the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round 29–24 on a walk-off play referred to as the "Minneapolis Miracle", but lost 38–7 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

Roster changes[edit]

Draft[edit]

2017 Minnesota Vikings draft
Draft order Player name Position College Contract Notes
Round Selection
1 14 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[A]
2 41 Dalvin Cook RB Florida State 4 years / $6.35 million from Bengals[B]
48 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[B]
3 70 Pat Elflein C Ohio State 4 years / $3.33 million from NY Jets[C]
79 Traded to the New York Jets[C]
86 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[D] from Dolphins[E]
104 Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[F] from Chiefs[D]
4 109 Jaleel Johnson DT Iowa from 49ers[F]
120 Ben Gedeon LB Michigan
128 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[B] from Dolphins[E]
132 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[G] from Chiefs[D]
139 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[H] from Browns via Eagles[G]
5 160 Traded to the New York Jets[C]
170 Rodney Adams WR USF from Chiefs[H]
180 Danny Isidora G Miami from Chiefs[H]
6 199 Traded to the Washington Redskins[I]
201 Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech from Washington[I]
7 219 Stacy Coley WR Miami from Cleveland via 49ers[F]
220 Ifeadi Odenigbo DE Northwestern from San Francisco via Washington[I]
230 Traded to the Washington Redskins[I] from Eagles[G]
232 Elijah Lee LB Kansas State
245 Jack Tocho CB N.C. State from Chiefs[D]

Draft trades

  1. ^ The Vikings traded their first-round selection (14th overall) and 2018 fourth-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford.[1]
  2. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their second- and fourth-round selections (48th and 128th overall) to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Cincinnati's second-round selection (41st overall).[2]
  3. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their third- and fifth-round selections (79th and 160th overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets' third-round selection (70th overall).[2]
  4. ^ a b c d The Vikings traded their third-round selection (86th overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Kansas City's third-, fourth-, and seventh-round selections (104th, 132nd and 245th overall).[2]
  5. ^ a b The Vikings traded their 2016 third-round selection to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Miami's third- and fourth-round selections (86th and 129th overall).[3]
  6. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their third-round selection (104th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for San Francisco's fourth- and seventh-round selections (109th and 219th overall).[2]
  7. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (132nd overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia's fourth- and seventh-round selections (139th and 230th overall).[2]
  8. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (139nd overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Kansas City's two fifth-round selections (170th and 180th overall).[2]
  9. ^ a b c d The Vikings traded their sixth- and seventh-round selections (199th and 230th overall) to the Washington Redskins in exchange for Washington's sixth- and seventh-round selections (201st and 220th overall).[2]
2017 Minnesota Vikings UDFA
Player Position College
Wes Lunt QB Illinois
Terrell Newby RB Nebraska
R.J. Shelton WR Michigan State
Josiah Price TE Michigan State
Aviante Collins OT TCU
Nick Fett OT Iowa State
Freddie Tagaloa OT Arizona
Tashawn Bower DE LSU
Caleb Kidder DE Montana
Sam McCaskill DE Boise State
Dylan Bradley DT Southern Miss
Eric Wilson LB Cincinnati
Shaan Washington LB Texas A&M
Horace Richardson CB SMU
Tommy Armstrong Jr. S Nebraska

Transactions[edit]

Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
January 2, 2017 Moritz Böhringer WR [RFC][4]
Kyle Carter TE
Cayleb Jones WR
Marquis Lucas OT
Tre Roberson CB
Bishop Sankey RB
Sterling Bailey DT
Austin Shepherd OT
Cedric Thompson S
March 8, 2017 Jeremiah Sirles OT 1 year / $690,000[5]
March 15, 2017 Terence Newman CB 1 year / $3.25 million[6]
Adam Thielen WR 3 years / $17 million[7]
March 24, 2017 Brian Robison DE 2 years / $7.5 million[8]
Departures
Date Player name Position Note New team
February 10, 2017 Brandon Fusco G Released[9] San Francisco 49ers
Mike Harris G
March 6, 2017 Chad Greenway OLB Retired[10]
March 9, 2017 Rhett Ellison TE UFA New York Giants[11]
Matt Kalil OT Carolina Panthers[12]
Jeff Locke P Indianapolis Colts[13]
March 10, 2017 Charles Johnson WR Carolina Panthers[14]
Captain Munnerlyn CB Carolina Panthers[15]
March 11, 2017 Audie Cole LB Jacksonville Jaguars[16]
March 13, 2017 Cordarrelle Patterson WR/KR Oakland Raiders[17]
March 14, 2017 Andre Smith OT Cincinnati Bengals
March 24, 2017 Scott Crichton DT Released
May 4, 2017 Marquis Lucas OT Waived
Sterling Bailey DE
Cedric Thompson S
May 16, 2017 B. J. Dubose DT Waived [18]
May 17, 2017 Toby Johnson DT Waived
May 27, 2017 Matt Asiata RB UFA Detroit Lions
May 31, 2017 Mitch Mathews WR Waived[19]
Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
January 3, 2017 Reid Fragel OT Kansas City Chiefs [RFC][20]
Marshall Koehn K Miami Dolphins
Taylor Symmank P
March 9, 2017 Riley Reiff OT Detroit Lions 5 years / $58.75 million[21]
March 10, 2017 Mike Remmers OT Carolina Panthers 5 years / $30 million[22]
March 14, 2017 Datone Jones DE Green Bay Packers 1 year / $3.75 million[23]
March 16, 2017 Latavius Murray RB Oakland Raiders 3 years / $15.0 million[24]
March 30, 2017 Terrell Sinkfield CB BC Lions (CFL) [25]
Mitch Mathews WR Cleveland Browns
Nick Truesdell TE Cleveland Gladiators (AFL)
March 31, 2017 Case Keenum QB Los Angeles Rams 1 year / $2.0 million[26]
April 3, 2017 Ryan Quigley P Arizona Cardinals 1 year / $2.0 million[27]
May 10, 2017 Michael Floyd WR New England Patriots 1 year / $1.5 million
May 17, 2017 Will Sutton DT Chicago Bears

[28]

^[RFC] Denotes this is a reserve/future contract.

Staff[edit]

2017 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman – Zygi Wilf
  • Owner/President – Mark Wilf
  • Owner/Vice Chairman – Leonard Wilf
  • General Manager – Rick Spielman
  • Executive Vice President – Football Operations – Rob Brzezinski
  • Chief Operating Officer – Kevin Warren
  • Assistant General Manager – George Paton
  • Director of College Scouting – Jamaal Stephenson
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Ryan Monnens

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Mike Priefer
  • Assistant Special Teams – Ryan Ficken

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Athletic Trainer – Eric Sugarman
  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Mark Uyeyama
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Derik Keyes
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Reshard Langford
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Chaz Mahle

Final roster[edit]

2017 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, 11 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Vikings' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 10.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at Buffalo Bills W 17–10 1–0 New Era Field Recap
2 August 18 at Seattle Seahawks L 13–20 1–1 CenturyLink Field Recap
3 August 27 San Francisco 49ers W 32–31 2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
4 August 31 Miami Dolphins L 9–30 2–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 14017
Bills 0 3 0710

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 3 0713
Seahawks 7 7 6020

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: August 18
  • Game time: 9:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 73 °F (23 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,550
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV: Fox-9
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week 3: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 7 7 10731
Vikings 0 0 171532

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 4: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 7 16 0730
Vikings 0 6 039

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 31
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,409
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • TV: Fox-9
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
Attendance
1 September 11 New Orleans Saints W 29–19 1–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,606
2 September 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 9–26 1–1 Heinz Field Recap 65,971
3 September 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34–17 2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,390
4 October 1 Detroit Lions L 7–14 2–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,730
5 October 9 at Chicago Bears W 20–17 3–2 Soldier Field Recap 61,834
6 October 15 Green Bay Packers W 23–10 4–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,848
7 October 22 Baltimore Ravens W 24–16 5–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,751
8 October 29 at Cleveland Browns W 33–16 6–2 Twickenham Stadium
(London, England)
Recap 74,237
9 Bye
10 November 12 at Washington Redskins W 38–30 7–2 FedExField Recap 74,476
11 November 19 Los Angeles Rams W 24–7 8–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,809
12 November 23 at Detroit Lions W 30–23 9–2 Ford Field Recap 66,613
13 December 3 at Atlanta Falcons W 14–9 10–2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap 71,185
14 December 10 at Carolina Panthers L 24–31 10–3 Bank of America Stadium Recap 73,728
15 December 17 Cincinnati Bengals W 34–7 11–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,833
16 December 23 at Green Bay Packers W 16–0 12–3 Lambeau Field Recap 78,092
17 December 31 Chicago Bears W 23–10 13–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,802

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week 1: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 3 3 31019
Vikings 3 13 31029

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 609
Steelers 7 7 6626

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 3 0 14017
Vikings 7 14 10334

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 4: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week 4: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 3 11014
Vikings 0 7 007

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,730
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich (52)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 5: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 14320
Bears 2 0 7817

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 70 °F (21 °C)
  • Game attendance: 61,834
  • Referee: Jerome Boger (23)
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 6: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 6: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 10 0010
Vikings 0 14 3623

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 7: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week 7: Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 3 3 3716
Vikings 3 6 9624

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

NFL London Games

Week 8: Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 9 111033
Browns 6 7 3016

at Twickenham Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 56 °F (13 °C)
  • Game attendance: 74,237
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette (42)
  • TV announcers (NFLN): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 10: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week 10: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 21 7338
Redskins 10 7 31030

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Game information

Week 11: vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week 11: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 0 007
Vikings 0 7 01724

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,809
  • Referee: Walt Anderson (66)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Greg Olsen and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 12: at Detroit Lions[edit]

NFL on Thanksgiving Day

Week 12: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 13 7 7330
Lions 0 10 6723

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 23
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,613
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 7 0714
Falcons 3 3 309

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 14: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 6 01124
Panthers 7 7 10731

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 0 077
Vikings 17 7 3734

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 16: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 10 0 3316
Packers 0 0 000

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 17: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 7 0310
Vikings 7 9 7023

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 31
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,802
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad (4)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Minnesota Vikings 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 382 252 W3
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 410 376 W1
Green Bay Packers 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 320 384 L3
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 264 320 L1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .461 .433 L1
2[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .492 .447 W3
3[b] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 .504 .460 L1
4[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[c] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3–3 7–5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .496 .368 W1
8[d] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .444 L1
9[d] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .488 .406 W2
11[e] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .539 .357 L3
12[e] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 5–7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .512 .438 W5
14[f] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 .555 .375 W1
15[f] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago,
    LA Rams and Washington was 5–0, compared to Minnesota's 4–1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. ^ a b LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b c Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle
    was 2–3, compared to Washington's 1–4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. ^ a b Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ 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.

Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 14, 2018 New Orleans Saints (4) W 29–24 1–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
NFC Championship January 21, 2018 at Philadelphia Eagles (1) L 7–38 1–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Game summaries[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (#4) New Orleans Saints[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#4) New Orleans Saints at (#2) Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 0 71724
Vikings 10 7 01229

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

NFC Championship: at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

NFC Championship: (#2) Minnesota Vikings at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 0 007
Eagles 7 17 7738

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: January 21, 2018
  • Game time: 6:40 p.m. EST/5:40 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 47 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,596
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli (85)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With their win against the Saints in the NFC Divisional Round, Minnesota became the first team in the Super Bowl era to advance to the conference championship game the same year they hosted the Super Bowl. Despite going to Lincoln Financial Field as three-point favorites, primarily due to a general lack of confidence in Eagles second-string quarterback Nick Foles, the Vikings lost in a massive upset to the number 1 seeded Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 38–7. Although the Vikings took an early lead on their opening drive via a pass from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph, the Eagles leveled the scores on a 50-yard Patrick Robinson interception return before scoring a further 31 unanswered points over the final three quarters. This loss extended the Vikings NFC title drought to 42 seasons, the longest in the NFL.

Pro Bowl[edit]

Four Vikings players were elected to the Pro Bowl when the rosters were announced on December 19, 2017, with three-time selection Everson Griffen, two-time selection Xavier Rhodes and first-timer Adam Thielen all named as starters, while Griffen's fellow third-timer Anthony Barr was named on the bench at outside linebacker behind the Cardinals' Chandler Jones and the Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan.[29][30] Safety Harrison Smith was rated as the best safety in the league by Pro Football Focus over the course of the season, but was not included in the roster for the Pro Bowl, leading to some considering him to be one of the biggest snubs of the season.[31][32][33]

Smith was eventually named to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster on January 22, after New York Giants safety Landon Collins withdrew due to injury. Kyle Rudolph was also included after Jimmy Graham pulled out with an injury, while Linval Joseph took the place of the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles' Fletcher Cox. Smith will be appearing in his third straight Pro Bowl, while Rudolph and Joseph are appearing in their second career Pro Bowls.[34] Barr and Griffen also pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to injury, replaced by Thomas Davis and Michael Bennett respectively.[35]

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Total
Passing yards Case Keenum 3,547
Passing touchdowns Case Keenum 22
Rushing yards Latavius Murray 842
Rushing touchdowns Latavius Murray 8
Receptions Adam Thielen 91
Receiving yards Adam Thielen 1,276
Receiving touchdowns Stefon Diggs
Kyle Rudolph
8
Points Kai Forbath 130
Kickoff return yards Jerick McKinnon 312
Punt return yards Marcus Sherels 372
Tackles Eric Kendricks 113
Sacks Everson Griffen 13.0
Interceptions Harrison Smith 5
Forced fumbles Everson Griffen 3

Source: Minnesota Vikings' official website[36]

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 3,753 234.6 11th
Rushing offense 1,957 122.3 7th
Total offense 5,710 356.9 11th
Passing defense 3,078 192.4 2nd
Rushing defense 1,337 83.6 2nd
Total defense 4,415 275.9 1st

Source: NFL.com.[37]

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