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2005 Minnesota Vikings season

Updated: 2016-09-29T14:26Z
2005 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachMike Tice
OwnerZygi Wilf
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Division place2nd NFC North
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 2005 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 45th season in the National Football League and the 86th regular season.

The Vikings finished the 2005 season going 8–3 over the final 11 weeks. However, they failed to make the playoffs with an 9–7 record. Daunte Culpepper was injured after 7 games, making Brad Johnson the starter for the Vikings. The loss of Randy Moss and Culpepper made the Vikings drop from 2nd in passing offense in 2004 to 20th.


Red McCombs sold the Minnesota Vikings to a group led by Zygi Wilf in May 2005. Wilf was originally going to be a limited partner to Reggie Fowler. However Fowler was not able to purchase the team. Wilf then became the lead owner and Fowler is one of a group of ownership partners.

2005 Draft

Main article: 2005 NFL draft
2005 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
177Troy WilliamsonWide ReceiverSouth Carolinafrom Raiders[a]
1818Erasmus JamesDefensive EndWisconsin
21749Marcus JohnsonTackleMississippi
31680Dustin FoxCornerbackOhio State
411112Ciatrick FasonRunning BackFloridafrom Redskins[b]
19120Traded to the Washington Redskins[b]
518154Traded to the Washington Redskins[b]
617191C.J. MosleyDefensive TackleMissouri
75219Adrian WardCornerbackTexas-El Pasofrom Raiders[a]
16230Traded to the New York Jets[c]
^[a] Oakland traded their 1st round selection (7th overall), 7th round selection (219th overall), and LB Napoleon Harris to Minnesota in exchange for WR Randy Moss.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (120th overall) and 5th round selection (154th overall) to Washington to move up 8 spots to the 112th overall selection and make this pick.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 7th round selection (230th overall) to the Jets for LB Sam Cowart.

Regular season

The Vikings started off by losing their first two games to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24–13) and the Cincinnati Bengals (37–8). They would win in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints (33–16), but then they would go on to lose their next two road games to the Atlanta Falcons (30–10) and their division rival Chicago Bears (28–3). The Vikings would win at home against fellow division rival Green Bay Packers 23–20 by winning the same way the Packers did last season, which was a last second field goal. However, the Vikes had little to celebrate when in the next week- not only did they lose to the Carolina Panthers 38–13 on the road, but they also lost their star QB Daunte Culpepper for the season with a knee injury. Culpepper had thrown twice as many interceptions as touchdowns up at that point. At this point the Vikings were 2–5.

Taking Culpepper's place would be Brad Johnson (Viking from 1992–98 and quarterback of the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Buccaneers) and, upon taking over, led the Vikings to a six-game winning streak, including victories over the Detroit Lions at home (27–14), the New York Giants (24–21), the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field (20–17, once again on a last second field goal), the Cleveland Browns (24–12), the Detroit Lions at Ford Field (21–16), and a 27–13 home victory over the St. Louis Rams. Johnson ended up with the lowest interception to attempt ratio in Vikings history and the 3rd best passer rating in the NFC. The streak ended with an 18–3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the eventual Super Bowl champions. After having their chances of winning the NFC North extinguished when the Bears defeated the Packers 24–17 in Lambeau Field earlier in the day, the Vikings were officially eliminated from NFC playoff contention with a 30–23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Vikings won their last game of the 2005 season against the Bears, with a 34–10 victory. However, the Vikings fired head coach Mike Tice immediately following the game. They ended up with a 9–7 record and 1 win away from the playoffs.

The season is also remembered for the Love Boat scandal.


1September 11Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 13–240–1Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,939
2September 18at Cincinnati BengalsL 8–370–2Paul Brown Stadium65,763
3September 25New Orleans SaintsW 33–161–2Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,952
4October 2at Atlanta FalconsL 10–301–3Georgia Dome69,552
6October 16at Chicago BearsL 3–281–4Soldier Field62,143
7October 23Green Bay PackersW 23–202–4Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,278
8October 30at Carolina PanthersL 13–382–5Bank of America Stadium73,502
9November 6Detroit LionsW 27–143–5Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,813
10November 13at New York GiantsW 24–214–5Giants Stadium78,637
11November 21at Green Bay PackersW 20–175–5Lambeau Field70,610
12November 27Cleveland BrownsW 24–126–5Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,814
13December 4at Detroit LionsW 21–167–5Ford Field61,375
14December 11St. Louis RamsW 27–138–5Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,005
15December 18Pittsburgh SteelersL 3–188–6Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,136
16December 25at Baltimore RavensL 23–308–7M&T Bank Stadium70,246
17January 1Chicago BearsW 34–109–7Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome64,023


NFC North
(2) Chicago Bears1150.6885–110–2260202L1
Minnesota Vikings970.5635–18–4306344W1
Detroit Lions5110.3131–53–9254345L1
Green Bay Packers4120.2501–54–8298344W1


Team leaders

Passing YardsBrad Johnson1,885
Passing TouchdownsBrad Johnson12
Rushing YardsMewelde Moore662
Rushing TouchdownsCiatrick Fason4
Receiving YardsTravis Taylor604
Receiving TouchdownsMarcus Robinson5
PointsPaul Edinger106
Kickoff Return YardsKoren Robinson1221
Punt Return YardsMewelde Moore245
TacklesAntoine Winfield98
SacksLance Johnstone7.5
InterceptionsDarren Sharper9
Forced FumblesBrian Williams
Richard Owens

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing Offense3,146 Yards196.6 YPG20th
Rushing Offense1,467 Yards91.7 YPG27th
Total Offense4,613 Yards288.3 YPG25th
Passing Defense3,332 Yards208.2 YPG22nd
Rushing Defense1,841 Yards115.1 YPG19th
Total Defense5,173 Yards323.3 YPG21st



2005 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line – Steve Loney
  • Quarterbacks – Rich Olson
  • Running Backs – Dean Dalton
  • Wide Receivers – Wes Chandler
  • Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line – John Tice
  • Offensive Assistant/Assistant Quarterbacks – Randy Hanson

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Line – Brian Baker
  • Assistant Defensive Line – Jim Panagos
  • Linebackers – Pete Bercich
  • Coverage Coordinator – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Assistant Secondary – Kevin Ross

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Rusty Tillman
  • Assistant Special Teams – Jim Panagos

Strength and Conditioning

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


Final roster

2005 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
49 Active, 9 Inactive, 2 Practice squad


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

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