2004 Minnesota Vikings season

2004 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Tice
Owner Red McCombs
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 8–8
Division place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 31–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (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

Main article: 2004 NFL draft
2004 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 1919Traded 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


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 12 Dallas Cowboys W 35–17 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,105
2 September 20 at Philadelphia Eagles L 16–27 Lincoln Financial Field 67,676
3 September 26 Chicago Bears W 27–22 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,163
4 Bye
5 October 10 at Houston Texans W 34–28 (OT) Reliant Stadium 70,718
6 October 17 at New Orleans Saints W 38–31 Louisiana Superdome 64,900
7 October 24 Tennessee Titans W 20–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,108
8 October 31 New York Giants L 13–34 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,012
9 November 8 at Indianapolis Colts L 28–31 RCA Dome 57,307
10 November 14 at Green Bay Packers L 31–34 Lambeau Field 70,671
11 November 21 Detroit Lions W 22–19 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,156
12 November 28 Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–16 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,004
13 December 5 at Chicago Bears L 14–24 Soldier Field 62,051
14 December 12 Seattle Seahawks L 23–27 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,110
15 December 19 at Detroit Lions W 28–27 Ford Field 62,337
16 December 24 Green Bay Packers L 31–34 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,311
17 January 2 at Washington Redskins L 18–21 FedExField 76,876


NFC North
(3) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 424 380 L1
(6) Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 405 395 L2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 296 350 L1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 231 331 L4


Week Date Opponent Result Venue
Wildcard January 9, 2005 at Green Bay Packers W 31–17 Lambeau Field
Division January 16, 2005 at Philadelphia Eagles L 14–27 Lincoln Financial Field


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Daunte Culpepper 4,717 *
Passing Touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 39 *
Rushing Yards Onterrio Smith 544
Rushing Touchdowns Moe Williams 3
Receiving Yards Nate Burleson 1,006
Receiving Touchdowns Randy Moss 13
Points Morten Andersen 99
Kickoff Return Yards Kelly Campbell 760
Punt Return Yards Nate Burleson 215
TacklesE.J. Henderson 93
Sacks Kevin Williams 11.5
Interceptions Antoine Winfield 3
Forced Fumbles Lance Johnstone 5

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing Offense 4,516 Yards 282.2 YPG 2nd
Rushing Offense 1,823 Yards 113.9 YPG 18th
Total Offense 6,339 Yards 396.2 YPG 4th
Passing Defense 3,896 Yards 243.5 YPG 29th
Rushing Defense 2,006 Yards 125.4 YPG 21st
Total Defense 5,902 Yards 368.9 YPG 28th



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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