2003 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Mike Tice
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 9–7
Place 2nd NFC North
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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2002 2004

2003 was the 43rd year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 84th regular season of the National Football League.

The Vikings began 2003 with a fast 6-0 start. However, the Vikings ended up going 3-7 the rest of the season, missing the playoffs when a touchdown reception on 4th-and-long by Arizona Cardinals receiver Nate Poole gave the Vikings a last-second 18-17 loss in their final game. Green Bay won the division at 10-6, while the Vikings were 9-7. The following season the Cardinals hired Dennis Green as their head coach. Green had been Viking head coach from 1992 until the final week of 2001. The Vikings set a new mark for futility during the season when they lost to every 4-12 team (Giants, Chargers, Raiders, and Cardinals) during their 3-7 finish. However, the Vikings were ranked #1 in offense for the 2003 season.

2003 Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Name Position College
1 (9) Kevin Williams Defensive Tackle Oklahoma State
2 (40) E.J. Henderson Linebacker Maryland
3 (71) Nate Burleson Wide Receiver Nevada
4 (105) Onterrio Smith Running Back Oregon
6 (180) Eddie Johnson Punter Idaho State
6 (190) Mike Nattiel Linebacker Florida
7 (221) Keenan Howry Wide Receiver Oregon

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff[edit | edit source]

2003 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/Defensive Line – George O'Leary
  • Linebackers – Brian Baker
  • Secondary – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Assistant Secondary – Kevin Ross
  • Defensive Assistant/Assistant Defensive Line – Pete Bercich
  • Defensive Quality Control – Jim Panagos

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Daryl Lawrence

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Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Record Attendance
1 September 7 at Green Bay Packers W 30-25 Lambeau Field 1 - 0
70,505
2 September 14 Chicago Bears W 24-13 Metrodome 2 - 0
64,144
3 September 21 at Detroit Lions W 23-13 Ford Field 3 - 0
60,865
4 September 28 San Francisco 49ers W 35-7 Metrodome 4 - 0
64,111
5 October 5 at Atlanta Falcons W 39-26 Georgia Dome 5 - 0
70,427
6 Bye week
7 October 19 Denver Broncos W 28-20 Metrodome 6 - 0
64,381
8 October 26 New York Giants L 17-29 Metrodome 6 - 1
64,114
9 November 2 Green Bay Packers L 27-30 Metrodome 6 - 2
64,482
10 November 9 at San Diego Chargers L 28-42 Qualcomm Stadium 6 - 3
64,738
11 November 16 at Oakland Raiders L 18-28 Oakland Coliseum 6 - 4
56,653
12 November 23 Detroit Lions W 24-14 Metrodome 7 - 4
63,946
13 November 30 at St. Louis Rams L 17-48 Edward Jones Dome 7 - 5
66,134
14 December 7 Seattle Seahawks W 34-7 Metrodome 8 - 5
63,968
15 December 14 at Chicago Bears L 10-13 Soldier Field 8 - 6
61,804
16 December 20 Kansas City Chiefs W 45-20 Metrodome 9 - 6
64,291
17 December 28 at Arizona Cardinals L 17-18 Sun Devil Stadium 9 - 7
52,734

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:2003 NFC North standings

References[edit | edit source]

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