2004 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Mike Tice
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 8–8
Place 2nd NFC North
Playoff Finish Won NFC Wild Card Playoff
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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2003 2005

2004 was the 44th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 85th regular season of the National Football League.

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.

2004 Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Name Position College
1 (20) Kenechi Udeze Defensive End USC
2 (48) Dontarrious Thomas Linebacker Auburn
3 (88) Darrion Scott Defensive End Ohio State
4 (115) Nat Dorsey Offensive Tackle Georgia Tech
4 (119) Mewelde Moore Running Back Tulane
5 (155) Rod Davis Linebacker Southern Mississippi
6 (184) Deandre Eiland Strong Safety South Carolina
7 (220) Jeff Dugan Tight End Maryland

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

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Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:2004 NFC North standings

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result
Wildcard January 9 at Green Bay Packers W 31-17
Division January 16 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27-14

References[edit | edit source]

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