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2014 Minnesota Vikings season


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Updated: 2017-06-08T22:35Z
2014 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachMike Zimmer
General managerRick Spielman
OwnerZygi Wilf
Home fieldTCF Bank Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place3rd NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersNone
Uniform
Vikings uniforms16.png

The 2014 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 54th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Mike Zimmer. It was the first of two seasons in which the Vikings played at the outdoor TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Construction of U.S. Bank Stadium began on the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, with a target of opening for the 2016 season.

Though the Vikings were eliminated from postseason contention after a loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 15, they improved on 2013's 5–10–1 record, which saw them go through a quarterback carousel and one of the worst defenses in the league that year, and arguably in Vikings' history.[1]

Offseason

2014 Draft

2014 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionHeightWeightCollegeContractNotes
RoundChoiceOverall
188Traded to the Cleveland Browns[A]
99Anthony BarrLinebacker6-5255UCLA4 years / $12.74 million[3]from Bills via Browns[A]
3232Teddy BridgewaterQuarterback6-2214Louisville4 years / $7.59 million[3]from Seahawks[B]
2840Traded to the Seattle Seahawks[B]
3872Scott CrichtonDefensive end6-3273Oregon State4 years / $3 million[5]
3296Jerick McKinnonRunning back5-9209Georgia Southern4 years / $2.75 million[6]from Seahawks[C]
48108Traded to the Seattle Seahawks[B]
55145David YankeyGuard6-6315Stanford4 years / $2.43 million[8]from Browns[A]
8148Traded to the Carolina Panthers[D]
28168Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[D]from Panthers[D]
66182Antone ExumCornerback6-0213Virginia Tech4 years / $2.34 million[10]from Falcons[D]
8184Kendall JamesCornerback5-10180Maine4 years / $2.33 million[8]
75220Shamar StephenDefensive tackle6-5309Connecticut4 years / $2.29 million[11]from Falcons[D]
8223Brandon WattsLinebacker6-0225Georgia Tech4 years / $2.28 million[11]
10225Jabari PriceCornerback5-10200North Carolina4 years / $2.28 million[8]from Giants via Panthers[D]

Draft trades

  1. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their original first-round selection (No. 8 overall) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the Browns' first- and fifth-round selections — Nos. 9 and 145 overall. The No. 9 selection had previously been acquired by the Browns in a trade with the Buffalo Bills.[2]
  2. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their second- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 40 and 108 overall, respectively) to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the Seahawks' first-round selection (No. 32 overall).[4]
  3. ^ The Vikings acquired this third-round selection as part of a 2013 trade that sent wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks.[7]
  4. ^ a b c d e f The Vikings traded their original fifth-round selection (No. 148 overall) to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for the Panthers' fifth- and seventh-round selections — Nos. 168 and 225 overall. The No. 225 selection had previously been acquired by the Panthers in a trade that sent linebacker Jon Beason to the New York Giants. The Vikings then traded the No. 168 selection to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the Falcons' sixth- and seventh-round selections (Nos. 182 and 220 overall, respectively).[9]

Roster changes

Re-signings
DatePlayer namePositionContract terms
December 30, 2013Adam ThielenWR2 years / $930,000
[RFC][12][11]
March 7, 2014Marcus SherelsCB2 years / $2.2 million[13][14]
March 11, 2014Matt CasselQB2 years / $10 million[15]
Everson GriffenDE5 years / $42.5 million[16]
March 12, 2014Joe BergerG1 year / $985,000[17]
March 14, 2014Jerome SimpsonWR1 year / $1 million[18][19]
March 15, 2014Charlie JohnsonG2 years / $5 million[20]
April 7, 2014Matt AsiataRB1 year / $570,000[21]
August 31, 2014Joe BanyardRB[22][PS]
Kain ColterWR
Isame FacianeDT
Chase FordTE
Zac KerinC
Justin TrattouDE
September 2, 2014Austin WentworthOT[23][PS]
September 16, 2014Zach LineFB[24][PS]
October 7, 2014Donte FosterWR[25][PS]
Chandler HarnishQB
November 12, 2014Ryan OttenTE[26][PS]
November 18, 2014Dominique WilliamsRB[27][PS]
^[RFC] Denotes this is a reserve/future contract.
^[PS] Denotes a signing to the Practice Squad.
Additions
DatePlayer namePositionPrevious teamContract terms
January 3, 2014Josh SamudaGMiami Dolphins (2012)1 year / $495,000 [RFC][50][51]
March 12, 2014Jasper BrinkleyMLBArizona Cardinals1 year / $830,000[52][53]
Linval JosephDTNew York Giants5 years / $31.5 million[54]
March 13, 2014Captain MunnerlynCBCarolina Panthers3 years / $14.25 million[55]
March 20, 2014Tom JohnsonDTNew Orleans Saints1 year / $845,000[56]
March 21, 2014Corey WoottonDEChicago Bears1 year / $1.5 million[57]
March 27, 2014Vladimir DucasseGNew York Jets1 year / $795,000[58][59]
April 8, 2014Lestar JeanWRHouston Texans1 year / $635,000[60][61]
May 13, 2014Antonio RichardsonOTTennesseeUndrafted FA[62]
May 19, 2014Dom DeCiccoLBChicago Bears[63][64]
August 31, 2014Mike HarrisOTSan Diego Chargers[22]
September 9, 2014Josh KadduLBPhiladelphia Eagles[65][PS]
September 20, 2014Charles JohnsonWRCleveland Browns[47]
November 3, 2014Pat DevlinQBMiami Dolphins[66][PS]
December 6, 2014Ahmad DixonSMiami Dolphins[67]
December 10, 2014Carter BykowskiOTSan Francisco 49ers[68]
December 17, 2014Jordan McCrayGGreen Bay Packers[69][PS]
December 24, 2014Justin AndersonLBNew York Giants[70][PS]
Henry JoseyRBJacksonville Jaguars[70]

Preseason

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordGame siteNFL.com
recap
1August 8Oakland RaidersW 10–61–0TCF Bank StadiumRecap
2August 16Arizona CardinalsW 30–282–0TCF Bank StadiumRecap
3August 23at Kansas City ChiefsW 30–123–0Arrowhead StadiumRecap
4August 28at Tennessee TitansW 19–34–0LP FieldRecap

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Oakland Raiders

Preseason Week 1: Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Raiders00066
Vikings1000010

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Coming off a season in which the Vikings let almost every team score at least 20 points on them (including the preseason), the Vikings showcased a defense that held the Raiders to a single digit score and kept them scoreless until the last 90 seconds of the 4th quarter, when they eventually scored a touchdown. This was the first time the Vikings' defense held any team to a single digit score since week 16 of the 2012 season. Rookie Anthony Barr recorded half a sack, and Kurt Coleman intercepted Raiders quarterback Derek Carr once.

On the offense, Matt Cassel started and shined on his sole drive, leading the team down the field, where Matt Asiata scored the Vikings' only touchdown of the game from a yard out. After Cassel's drive, rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater entered the game and played a few drives, completing 6 of 13 pass attempts for 49 yards, getting sacked twice, and fumbling once (fellow Viking Matt Kalil recovered the fumble). The Vikings got a field goal on the second drive. Shortly after the half, the signal calling was turned to Christian Ponder, who managed a pair of first-down passes of 17 and 15 yards early on, but produced little thereafter.

Week 2: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Preseason Week 2: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Cardinals777728
Vikings31001730

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 16
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 85 °F (29 °C)
  • Game attendance: 51,763
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad (4)
  • TV: KARE-11
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Vikings faced a Cardinals team that shut the Texans out 32–0 in week 1. The Cardinals strained the Vikings' defense, but the offense, headed by Matt Cassel in the first half, was able to keep pace with their scoring to see the Vikings trailing 14–13 at halftime. The Vikings switched to Teddy Bridgewater after the half, and the rookie quarterback orchestrated a pair of drives that put the Vikings back in the lead 24–21. A few drives later, the Vikings' defense would end up being penalized three straight times, allowing the Cardinals to score a touchdown through a botched snap that was recovered by the Cardinals and run into the end zone. The Vikings were given the ball with around a minute to score. Bridgewater led the Vikings down field in comeback fashion to score the game-winner with a pass to Rodney Smith, sealing another preseason victory for the Vikings.

Week 3: at Kansas City Chiefs

Preseason Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings7317330
Chiefs230712

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: August 23
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 97 °F (36 °C)
  • Game attendance: 73,442
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV: KARE-11
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Vikings traveled to Kansas City to play against Matt Cassel's former team. The defense played remarkably well, with Captain Munnerlyn, Chad Greenway and Shaun Prater each recording an interception. The Vikings' defense managed to hold the Chiefs to five points for a majority of the game until they got a touchdown in the final minute for a total of 12. For the third game running, Cassel was the starting quarterback and he played the majority of this game; he gained 152 passing yards with a touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson, and threw a pick, the Vikings' only turnover of their preseason. Bridgewater also saw a little action; though he made few pass attempts, he gained 40 passing yards and made two touchdown passes to Allen Reisner.

Week 4: at Tennessee Titans

Preseason Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings793019
Titans00033

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: August 28
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 80 °F (27 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,143
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman (34)
  • TV: KARE-11
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The Vikings traveled to Tennessee to face the Titans in the preseason finale. The Vikings' defense excelled in keeping the Titans to a minimal score, and recorded a strip sack by Corey Wootton and an interception by Julian Posey. Teddy Bridgewater was the starter for this game, and led the Vikings to score 10 points in their first two drives. Christian Ponder then took over for the rest of the game, leading three more scoring drives, though he and the offense were unable to score any touchdowns.

Regular season

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordGame siteNFL.com
recap
1September 7at St. Louis RamsW 34–61–0Edward Jones DomeRecap
2September 14New England PatriotsL 7–301–1TCF Bank StadiumRecap
3September 21at New Orleans SaintsL 9–201–2Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeRecap
4September 28Atlanta FalconsW 41–282–2TCF Bank StadiumRecap
5October 2at Green Bay PackersL 10–422–3Lambeau FieldRecap
6October 12Detroit LionsL 3–172–4TCF Bank StadiumRecap
7October 19at Buffalo BillsL 16–172–5Ralph Wilson StadiumRecap
8October 26at Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 19–13 (OT)3–5Raymond James StadiumRecap
9November 2Washington RedskinsW 29–264–5TCF Bank StadiumRecap
10Bye
11November 16at Chicago BearsL 13–214–6Soldier FieldRecap
12November 23Green Bay PackersL 21–244–7TCF Bank StadiumRecap
13November 30Carolina PanthersW 31–135–7TCF Bank StadiumRecap
14December 7New York JetsW 30–24 (OT)6–7TCF Bank StadiumRecap
15December 14at Detroit LionsL 14–166–8Ford FieldRecap
16December 21at Miami DolphinsL 35–376–9Sun Life StadiumRecap
17December 28Chicago BearsW 13–97–9TCF Bank StadiumRecap
Note: Division rivals are marked with bold text.

Standings

Division

NFC North
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
(2) Green Bay Packers1240.7505–19–3486348W2
(6) Detroit Lions1150.6885–19–3321282L1
Minnesota Vikings790.4381–56–6325343W1
Chicago Bears5110.3131–54–8319442L5

Conference

#TeamDivisionWLTPCTDIVCONFPFPAPDSTK
Division leaders
1[a]*Seattle SeahawksWest1240.7505–110–2394254140W6
2[a]zGreen Bay PackersNorth1240.7505–19–3486348138W2
3[a]yDallas CowboysEast1240.7504–28–4467352115W4
4yCarolina PanthersSouth781.4694–26–6339374–35W4
Wild Cards
5[b]wArizona CardinalsWest1150.6883–38–431029911L2
6[b]wDetroit LionsNorth1150.6885–19–332128233L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7Philadelphia EaglesEast1060.6254–26–647440074W1
8San Francisco 49ersWest880.5002–47–5306340–34W1
9[c]New Orleans SaintsSouth790.4383–36–6401424–23W1
10[c]Minnesota VikingsNorth790.4381–56–6325343–18W1
11[d]New York GiantsEast6100.3752–44–8380400–20L1
12[d]Atlanta FalconsSouth6100.3755–16–6381417–36L1
13[d]St. Louis RamsWest6100.3752–44–8324354–30L3
14Chicago BearsNorth5110.3131–54–8319442–123L5
15Washington RedskinsEast4120.2502–42–10301438–137L1
16Tampa Bay BuccaneersSouth2140.1250–61–11277410–133L6
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis based on conference record.
  5. ^ 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.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

Game summaries

Week 1: at St. Louis Rams

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings31071434
Rams00336

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

The Vikings opened their season on the road against the St. Louis Rams and took the lead in the first half with a field goal in each quarter from 52 yards and 46 yards, respectively, from third-year kicker Blair Walsh and an eight-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel to Greg Jennings with 21 seconds left in the half, set up by an interception from Josh Robinson at the Rams' 35-yard line. The Rams struck back early in the third quarter with a field goal from Greg Zuerlein before Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson made the play of the game with a 67-yard touchdown run. The Vikings secured the game late in the fourth quarter as TE Kyle Rudolph connected with Cassel on a seven-yard touchdown pass, while Rudolph's former Notre Dame teammate Harrison Smith took an interception 81 yards for the Vikings' fourth touchdown of the game. Zuerlein added another field goal late in the game to make the final score 34–6 to the Vikings, their first road victory since week 16 of the 2012 season against the Houston Texans.

Week 2: vs. New England Patriots

Week 2: New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Patriots10143330
Vikings70007

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

The Vikings began their opening home game of the season without Adrian Peterson, who was deactivated after being charged with negligent injury of a child for allegedly beating his four-year-old son with a tree branch.[107] He was replaced in the starting lineup by Matt Asiata, who got the Vikings off to a good start with a 25-yard touchdown reception from Matt Cassel on the game's opening possession. The defense then forced the Patriots into a three-and-out, only for Cassel to throw an interception attempting to find Jarius Wright deep downfield. Devin McCourty returned the ball 60 yards to the Minnesota 1-yard line, and two plays later, Stevan Ridley ran in to tie the scores. A second interception early in the second quarter resulted in another scoring drive for New England, as Tom Brady connected with Julian Edelman on a nine-yard TD catch. As the first half drew to a close, the Vikings drove downfield to give Blair Walsh a 48-yard field goal attempt with 19 seconds on the clock; however, Patriots DE Chandler Jones was able to burst through the Minnesota offensive line and block the kick before scooping up the ball and returning it 58 yards for the Patriots' third TD of the half.

After the break, Cassel threw another two interceptions, one in each quarter, with the first resulting in a 47-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal. The second occurred with six minutes left in the game, and the Patriots were able to hang onto possession until the two-minute warning before turning the ball over on downs at the Minnesota 19-yard line. Aided by two pass interference penalties, Cassel led the Vikings down the field and thought he had managed to cut into the New England lead with a 16-yard pass to Greg Jennings with 41 seconds to play, only for Jennings to be ruled out of bounds before gaining possession of the ball. Cassel was then sacked for a 14-yard loss on the next play and the game finished as a 30–7 Patriots win.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings06309
Saints1300720

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

After initially stating that Adrian Peterson would return to the active roster for their Week 3 game at New Orleans, the Vikings later placed the running back on the inactive list indefinitely, pending the outcome of the court case against him. Despite coming into the game at 0–3, the Saints started well, scoring two touchdowns on their first two drives, although DE Everson Griffen was able to block the extra point attempt on the second. The Vikings responded to going 13–0 down with two field goals from 25 and 30 yards respectively, but an injury to Matt Cassel meant a debut for rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater.

K Blair Walsh hit a 40-yard field goal to open the second half for the Vikings, but New Orleans closed the game out with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Marques Colston early in the fourth quarter. They were aided on the drive by a penalty for unnecessary roughness against CB Captain Munnerlyn for a tackle on Brees, but many thought that Brees should also have been penalized for his reaction and the penalties offset. Regardless, the Vikings were forced to punt on their next possession and the Saints were able to run out the clock for a 20–9 win.

Week 4: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 4: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Falcons7714028
Vikings141031441

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: September 28
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 82 °F (28 °C)
  • Game attendance: 52,173
  • Referee: Ron Torbert (62)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Having lost Matt Cassel for the season, the Vikings gave Teddy Bridgewater his first career start at home to the Falcons in week 4, but it was running back Matt Asiata who opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run. Roddy White leveled the scores with a 24-yard catch from Matt Ryan, but a 49-yard kickoff return from Cordarrelle Patterson set the Vikings up with a short field on the next drive, which Asiata finished with a 6-yard run to restore Minnesota's seven-point lead. Steven Jackson thought he had tied the scores again on a 3-yard run with six minutes to go in the half, only for the touchdown call to be overturned on review; however, Ryan was able to find FB Patrick DiMarco in the flat on the next play. However, Bridgewater himself restored Minnesota's advantage on the ensuing possession, capping an 80-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run as the game entered its first two-minute warning. After forcing Atlanta into a quick three-and-out, Bridgewater led the Vikings downfield to the brink of another touchdown, but a lack of time meant they had to settle for an 18-yard Blair Walsh field goal to give them a 24–14 lead at the half.

Walsh scored another field goal on the opening drive of the second half, but long touchdowns for Devin Hester and Antone Smith gave the Falcons a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Those would prove to be Atlanta's last points of the game as Asiata picked up his third TD run early in the fourth quarter, with Bridgewater adding two points with a pass to Rhett Ellison. Bridgewater was injured on that drive, meaning that third-string QB Christian Ponder came in for his first appearance of the season. However, his job was simply to hand the ball off to rookie running back Jerick McKinnon, who set up a 55-yard field goal attempt for Walsh. An interception by Harrison Smith led to another field goal from 33 yards, before Josh Robinson closed the game out with another interception.

Week 5: at Green Bay Packers

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings0001010
Packers141414042

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

With only four days between games, Teddy Bridgewater had insufficient time to recover from the injury he picked up in week 4 and Christian Ponder made his first start since week 12 of the 2013 season. The Vikings defense forced Green Bay to punt on the first possession of the game, but soon kicked the ball back to the Packers, allowing Eddie Lacy's running to set up an 8-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb. The Vikings' ensuing possession again ended with a punt, and Rodgers punished them with a 66-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson. The teams traded possession as the game moved into the second quarter, until Ponder threw the ball directly to Packers DE Julius Peppers, who returned the interception 49 yards for his team's third TD of the game. Two plays later, Ponder was picked off again, this time by LB Jamari Lattimore, leaving a short field for Rodgers to work into before throwing an 11-yard TD pass to WR Davante Adams.

The second half began in much the same vein, as the Packers forced a Vikings punt on the first possession before marching downfield to set Lacy up for an 11-yard scoring run. The running back went into the end zone again at the end of the Packers' next possession with a 10-yard run, giving the home team a 42–0 lead. CB Marcus Sherels returned the ensuing kickoff 46 yards, and Ponder was able to pass downfield to the Green Bay 6-yard line, from where he ran into the end zone for the Vikings' first points of the game. Three plays later, Harrison Smith picked off a pass from Matt Flynn at the Green Bay 30-yard line, but the Vikings were unable to get into the end zone despite the short field and had to settle for a 26-yard Blair Walsh field goal. As the game drew to a close, the Vikings regained possession and drove down to the Packers' 8-yard line, only to be denied on 4th-and-goal, allowing Green Bay to end the game with a kneeldown.

Week 6: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 6: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Lions730717
Vikings00033

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 7: at Buffalo Bills

Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings3100316
Bills0100717

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: October 19
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 41 °F (5 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,477
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli (85)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Tim Brando, Brendon Ayanbadejo and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 8: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 8: Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1234OTTotal
Vikings0373619
Buccaneers00013013

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

Week 9: vs. Washington Redskins

Week 9: Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Redskins3710626
Vikings0771529

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 2
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 50 °F (10 °C)
  • Game attendance: 52,252
  • Referee: Gene Steratore (114)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With the close win over the Redskins, the Vikings improved to 4–5. Teddy Bridgewater's third win as a starting rookie quarterback breaks the franchise record (two wins) shared by both Fran Tarkenton and Christian Ponder.[108]

Week 10: Bye

The Vikings took their bye week in week 10, along with the Texans, Colts, Patriots, Chargers and Redskins.

Week 11: at Chicago Bears

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings1000313
Bears0140721

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 12: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Packers773724
Vikings0103821

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 13: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 13: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Panthers337013
Vikings14140735

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny, 12 °F (−11 °C)
  • Game attendance: 52,016
  • Referee: Brad Allen (122)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 14: vs. New York Jets

Week 14: New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234OTTotal
Jets12336024
Vikings14703630

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

With the overtime win, the Vikings improve to 6–7 and have therefore improved on last year's record.

Week 15: at Detroit Lions

Week 15: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings770014
Lions0103316

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 14
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,490
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

The loss resulted in the Vikings being officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 16: at Miami Dolphins

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings71001835
Dolphins0772337

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 80 °F (27 °C)
  • Game attendance: 66,203
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 17: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Bears03339
Vikings307313

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 28
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 15 °F (−9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 52,364
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette (42)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Final roster

2014 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, 12 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Staff

2014 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Statistics

Team leaders

CategoryPlayer(s)Value
Passing yardsTeddy Bridgewater2,919
Passing touchdownsTeddy Bridgewater14
Rushing yardsMatt Asiata570
Rushing touchdownsMatt Asiata9
ReceptionsGreg Jennings59
Receiving yardsGreg Jennings742
Receiving touchdownsGreg Jennings6
PointsBlair Walsh107
Kickoff return yardsCordarrelle Patterson871
Punt return yardsMarcus Sherels297
TacklesRobert Blanton106
SacksEverson Griffen12
InterceptionsHarrison Smith5
Forced fumblesAnthony Barr2

Source for this section: Minnesota Vikings' official website.[109]

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense3,244202.828th
Rushing offense1,804112.814th
Total offense5,048315.527th
Passing defense3,572223.37th
Rushing defense1,943121.425th
Total defense5,515344.714th

Source for this section: NFL.com.[110]

References

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