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2004 Minnesota Vikings season

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2004 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachMike Tice
OwnerRed McCombs
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Division place2nd NFC North
Playoff finishWon NFC Wild Card Playoff (at Packers) 31–17
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (at Eagles) 14–27

The 2004 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League and the 85th regular season of the.

The Vikings finished the 2004 season going 3–7 over the final 10 weeks just like they did in 2003. However, they made the playoffs with an 8–8 record. Daunte Culpepper amassed MVP-like statistics, throwing for 4,717 passing yards (leading the NFL), 39 passing touchdowns (a Viking record), and 5,123 total yards (an NFL record). In the wild card matchup, the Vikings defeated the rival Green Bay Packers in their first ever playoff meeting, 31–17, becoming the second team in NFL history to have a .500 record (8–8) in the regular season and win a playoff game (the first team to do it was the St. Louis Rams, who beat Seattle 27–20 the day before the Vikings-Packers game took place). In the divisional round, the Vikings were defeated by the eventual NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles 27–14, ending their season in a game noted for Viking penalties, turnovers, and other miscues.

Following the season, Randy Moss was traded to the Oakland Raiders. The Vikings would not make the playoffs again until 2008.


2004 Draft

2004 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
11919Traded to the Miami Dolphins[a]
2020Kenechi UdezeDefensive EndUSCfrom Dolphins[a]
21648Dontarrious ThomasLinebackerAuburnfrom Saints[b]
1850Traded to the New Orleans Saints[b]
31982Traded to the Baltimore Ravens[c]
2588Darrion ScottDefensive EndOhio Statefrom Ravens[c]
419115Nat DorseyOffensive TackleGeorgia Tech
23119Mewelde MooreRunning BackTulanefrom Dolphins[a]
519151Traded to the New Orleans Saints[b]
23155Rod DavisLinebackerSouthern Mississippifrom Ravens[c]
619184Deandre EilandStrong SafetySouth Carolina
719220Jeff DuganTight EndMaryland
^[a] Miami traded their 1st round selection (20th overall) and 4th round selection (119th overall) to Minnesota to move up 1 spot to the 19th overall selection and draft OT Vernon Carey.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (50th overall) and 5th round selection (151st overall) to New Orleans to move up 2 spots to the 48th overall selection and make this pick.
^[c] Baltimore traded their 3rd round selection (88th overall) and 5th round selection (155th overall) to Minnesota to move up 6 spots to the 82nd overall selection and draft WR Devard Darling.

Regular season


1September 12Dallas CowboysW 35–17Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,105
2September 20at Philadelphia EaglesL 16–27Lincoln Financial Field67,676
3September 26Chicago BearsW 27–22Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,163
5October 10at Houston TexansW 34–28 (OT)Reliant Stadium70,718
6October 17at New Orleans SaintsW 38–31Louisiana Superdome64,900
7October 24Tennessee TitansW 20–3Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,108
8October 31New York GiantsL 13–34Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,012
9November 8at Indianapolis ColtsL 28–31RCA Dome57,307
10November 14at Green Bay PackersL 31–34Lambeau Field70,671
11November 21Detroit LionsW 22–19Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,156
12November 28Jacksonville JaguarsW 27–16Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,004
13December 5at Chicago BearsL 14–24Soldier Field62,051
14December 12Seattle SeahawksL 23–27Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,110
15December 19at Detroit LionsW 28–27Ford Field62,337
16December 24Green Bay PackersL 31–34Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,311
17January 2at Washington RedskinsL 18–21FedExField76,876


NFC North
(3) Green Bay Packers1060.6255–19–3424380L1
(6) Minnesota Vikings880.5003–35–7405395L2
Detroit Lions6100.3752–45–7296350L1
Chicago Bears5110.3132–44–8231331L4


WildcardJanuary 9, 2005at Green Bay PackersW 31–17Lambeau Field
DivisionJanuary 16, 2005at Philadelphia EaglesL 14–27Lincoln Financial Field


Team leaders

Passing YardsDaunte Culpepper4,717 *
Passing TouchdownsDaunte Culpepper39 *
Rushing YardsOnterrio Smith544
Rushing TouchdownsMoe Williams3
Receiving YardsNate Burleson1,006
Receiving TouchdownsRandy Moss13
PointsMorten Andersen99
Kickoff Return YardsKelly Campbell760
Punt Return YardsNate Burleson215
TacklesE.J. Henderson93
SacksKevin Williams11.5
InterceptionsAntoine Winfield3
Forced FumblesLance Johnstone5

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing Offense4,516 Yards282.2 YPG2nd
Rushing Offense1,823 Yards113.9 YPG18th
Total Offense6,339 Yards396.2 YPG4th
Passing Defense3,896 Yards243.5 YPG29th
Rushing Defense2,006 Yards125.4 YPG21st
Total Defense5,902 Yards368.9 YPG28th



2004 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Scott Linehan
  • Running Backs – Dean Dalton
  • Wide Receivers – Charlie Baggett
  • Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line – John Tice
  • Offensive Line – Steve Loney
  • Offensive Quality Control – Randy Hanson

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Ted Cottrell
  • Defensive Line – Brian Baker
  • Secondary – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Assistant Secondary – Kevin Ross
  • Defensive Assistant/Assistant Linebackers – Pete Bercich
  • Defensive Quality Control – Jim Panagos

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Kurtis Shultz
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Mark Ellis


Final roster

2004 Minnesota Vikings final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 7 Inactive, 0 Practice squad


  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
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