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2018 Minnesota Vikings
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League: NFL
Owner: Zygi Wilf
Head coach: Mike Zimmer
Home field: U.S. Bank Stadium
Season results
Record: 8-7-1
Place: 2nd in NFC North
Playoff finish: did not qualify
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Minnesota in action at Detroit

The 2018 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 58th in the National Football League, their third playing their home games at U.S. Bank Stadium and their fifth under head coach Mike Zimmer.

Following a Week 8 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the team could no longer improve on their 13–3 record from the 2017 season, in which they won the NFC North division and reached the NFC Championship before losing to the eventual Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.

With a 24–10 loss to the Bears in Week 17 (coupled with an Eagles win), the Vikings failed to qualify for the postseason for the second time in three years. Template:TOC limit

Roster changes

Draft

2018 Minnesota Vikings draft
Draft order Player name Position College Contract Notes
Round Selection
1 30 Mike Hughes CB Central Florida 4 years / $9.867 million[1]
2 62 Brian O'Neill OT Pittsburgh 4 years / $4.407 million[2]
3 94 Traded to the Tampa Bay BuccaneersTemplate:Efn-ua
4 102 Jalyn Holmes DE Ohio State from BuccaneersTemplate:Efn-ua
130 Traded to the Philadelphia EaglesTemplate:Efn-ua
5 157 Tyler Conklin TE Central Michigan from JetsTemplate:Efn-ua
167 Daniel Carlson K Auburn from VikingsTemplate:Efn-ua via JetsTemplate:Efn-ua
6 180 Traded to the New York JetsTemplate:Efn-ua from BuccaneersTemplate:Efn-ua
204 Traded to the New York JetsTemplate:Efn-ua
213 Colby Gossett G Appalachian State Compensatory pickTemplate:Efn-ua
218 Ade Aruna DE Tulane Compensatory pickTemplate:Efn-ua
7 225 Devante Downs LB California from BroncosTemplate:Efn-ua via VikingsTemplate:Efn-ua and JetsTemplate:Efn-ua
248 Traded to the Seattle SeahawksTemplate:Efn-ua

Draft trades Template:Notelist-ua

2018 Minnesota Vikings UDFA
Player Position College
Jeff Badet WR Oklahoma
Mike Boone RB Cincinnati
Curtis Cothran DT Penn State
Garret Dooley LB Wisconsin
Armanti Foreman WR Texas
Chris Gonzalez G San Jose State
Holton Hill CB Texas
Tyler Hoppes TE Nebraska
Hercules Mata'afa DE Washington State
Trevon Mathis CB Toledo
Tray Matthews DB Auburn
Kamryn Pettway RB Auburn
Peter Pujals QB Holy Cross
Korey Robertson WR Southern Miss
Roc Thomas RB Jacksonville State
Jake Wieneke WR South Dakota State
Jonathan Wynn LB Vanderbilt

Transactions

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Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
March 12 Mack Brown RB 1 year / $630,000[3]
Anthony Harris SS 1 year / $705,000[3]
March 16 Dylan Bradley DT 1 year / $480,000[4]
March 20 Kai Forbath K 1 year / $790,000[5]
March 28 Marcus Sherels CB 1 year / $1.4 million[5]
April 30 Terence Newman CB 1 year / $1.105 million[6]

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Departures
Date Player name Position Note New team
March 14 Sam Bradford QB UFA Arizona Cardinals
Tramaine Brock CB Denver Broncos
Case Keenum QB Denver Broncos
Jerick McKinnon RB San Francisco 49ers
March 16 Jarius Wright WR Released[7] Carolina Panthers
March 18 Teddy Bridgewater QB UFA New York Jets
March 21 Shaan Washington LB Waived[8]
Emmanuel Lamur OLB UFA Oakland Raiders[9]
March 22 Joe Berger G Retired[8]
March 23 Tom Johnson DT UFA Seattle Seahawks[10]
Jeremiah Sirles G Carolina Panthers[10]
March 24 Shamar Stephen DT Seattle Seahawks[11]

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Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
February 12 Josh Andrews G Philadelphia Eagles [12]
March 15 Kirk Cousins QB Washington Redskins 3 years / $84 million[5]
March 16 Sheldon Richardson DT Seattle Seahawks 1 year / $8 million[5]
March 19 Trevor Siemian QB Denver Broncos Trade[13]
March 20 Josiah Price TE Minnesota Vikings [8]
Nick Dooley LS [8]
March 22 Tom Compton G Chicago Bears 1 year / $900,000[5]
March 29 Reshard Cliett LB Kansas City Chiefs [14]
March 30 Kendall Wright WR Chicago Bears 1 year / $1 million[5]
April 5 Tavarres King WR New York Giants [5]
August 22 George Iloka S Cincinnati Bengals 1 year / $790,000[15]

Staff

2018 Minnesota Vikings final staff
Front Office
  • Owner/chairman – Zygi Wilf
  • Owner/president – Mark Wilf
  • Owner/vice chairman – Leonard Wilf
  • General manager – Rick Spielman
  • Assistant general manager – George Paton
  • Executive vice president – public affairs – Lester Bagley
  • Executive vice president – football operations – Rob Brzezinski
  • Executive vice president – strategic planning and business initiatives – Jonathan Wilf
  • Executive vice president/chief marketing officer – Steve LaCroix
  • Executive vice president/chief financial officer – Steve Poppen
  • Chief operating officer – Kevin Warren
  • Project executive – Don Becker
  • Consultant – Bud Grant

Head Coaches

  • Head coach – Mike Zimmer

Offensive Coaches

  • Interim offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks – Kevin Stefanski
  • Assistant quarterbacks – Drew Petzing
  • Running backs – Kennedy Polamalu
  • Wide receivers – Darrell Hazell
  • Tight ends – Todd Downing
  • Co-offensive line – Clancy Barone
  • Co-offensive line – Andrew Janocko
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – George Edwards
  • Defensive line – Andre Patterson
  • Assistant defensive line – Robert Rodriguez
  • Linebackers – Adam Zimmer
  • Defensive backs – Jerry Gray
  • Nickel/defensive backs – Terence Newman
  • Defensive assistant/assistant defensive backs – Jeff Howard
  • Defensive quality control coach – Nick Rallis

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special teams coordinator – Mike Priefer
  • Assistant special teams – Ryan Ficken

Strength and Conditioning

  • Head strength and conditioning – Mark Uyeyama
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Derik Keyes
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Reshard Langford
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Chaz Mahle

Final roster

2018 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

  • 31 Ameer Abdullah
  • 44 Mike Boone
  • 33 Dalvin Cook
  • 30 C. J. Ham FB
  • 25 Latavius Murray

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen
  • 79 Tom Compton G
  • 65 Pat Elflein C
  • 69 Rashod Hill T
  • 63 Danny Isidora G
  • 61 Brett Jones C
  • 75 Brian O'Neill T
  • 71 Riley Reiff T
  • 74 Mike Remmers G

Defensive linemen

  • 90 Tashawn Bower DE
  • 97 Everson Griffen DE
  • 92 Jalyn Holmes DT
  • 99 Danielle Hunter DE
  • 94 Jaleel Johnson DT
  • 96 Tom Johnson DT
  • 98 Linval Joseph DT
  • 93 Sheldon Richardson DT
  • 91 Stephen Weatherly DE
Linebackers
  • 55 Anthony Barr OLB
  • 40 Kentrell Brothers MLB
  • 57 Devante Downs OLB
  • 42 Ben Gedeon OLB
  • 54 Eric Kendricks MLB
  • 50 Eric Wilson OLB

Defensive backs

  • 20 Mackensie Alexander CB
  • 41 Anthony Harris FS
  • 24 Holton Hill CB
  • 23 George Iloka SS
  • 36 Craig James CB
  • 27 Jayron Kearse SS
  • 29 Xavier Rhodes CB
  • 35 Marcus Sherels CB
  • 22 Harrison Smith FS
  • 26 Trae Waynes CB

Special teams

  •  5 Dan Bailey K
  • 47 Kevin McDermott LS
  •  6 Matt Wile P
Reserve lists
  • 61 Ade Aruna DE (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 76 Aviante Collins T (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 62 Nick Easton G (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 21 Mike Hughes CB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 68 Cedrick Lang T (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 51 Hercules Mata'afa DE (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 87 Josiah Price TE (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 34 Andrew Sendejo SS (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 48 Johnny Stanton FB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg


Practice squad

  • 85 Jeff Badet WR
  • 78 Adam Bisnowaty T
  • 43 Reshard Cliett OLB
  • 66 Curtis Cothran DT
  • 67 Cornelius Edison C
  • 87 Cole Hikutini TE
  • 37 Jalen Myrick CB
  • 72 Storm Norton T
  • 95 Ifeadi Odenigbo DE
  • 32 Roc Thomas RB


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 9 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Preseason

The Vikings' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 11.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Denver W 42–28 1–0 Mile High Recap
2 August 18 Jacksonville L 10–14 1–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
3 August 24 Seattle W 21–20 2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
4 August 30 at Tennessee W 13–3 3–1 Nissan Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: at Denver Broncos

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 14 10 3 15 42
Broncos 0 14 7 7 28

at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: Template:Dow tooltip
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: Clear, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 75,530
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • TV: KMSP
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Daniel Carlson kick), 8:15. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 5:14.
  • MIN – Roc Thomas 13-yard pass from Trevor Siemian (Daniel Carlson kick), 1:36. Vikings 14–0. Drive: 3 plays, 23 yards, 1:14.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Daniel Carlson 39-yard field goal, 9:47. Vikings 17–0. Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards, 5:20.
  • DEN – Royce Freeman 23-yard run (Brandon McManus kick), 5:47. Vikings 17–7. Drive: 3 plays, 30 yards, 0:51.
  • MIN – Roc Thomas 78-yard pass from Trevor Siemian (Daniel Carlson kick), 4:59. Vikings 24–7. Drive: 2 plays, 81 yards, 0:48.
  • DEN – Isaiah McKenzie 78-yard punt return (Brandon McManus kick), 1:39. Vikings 24–14.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Daniel Carlson 57-yard field goal, 5:50. Vikings 27–14. Drive: 7 plays, 21 yards, 3:43.
  • DEN – Matt LaCosse 36-yard pass from Chad Kelly (Brandon McManus kick), 3:26. Vikings 27–21. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:24.

Fourth quarter

  • DEN – Phillip Lindsay 19-yard pass from Chad Kelly (Brandon McManus kick), 10:00. Broncos 28–27. Drive: 11 plays, 85 yards, 4:43.
  • MIN – Chad Beebe 9-yard pass from Kyle Sloter (Kyle Sloter–Jeff Badet pass), 6:01. Vikings 35–28. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:59.
  • MIN – Kyle Sloter 14-yard run (Daniel Carlson kick), 3:06. Vikings 42–28. Drive: 6 plays, 30 yards, 2:17.

Top passers

  • MIN – Trevor Siemian – 11/17, 165 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • DEN – Chad Kelly – 14/21, 177 yards, 2 TD, INT

Top rushers

  • MIN – Latavius Murray – 4 rushes, 43 yards
  • DEN – Royce Freeman – 4 rushes, 38 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • MIN – Roc Thomas – 3 receptions, 102 yards, 2 TD
  • DEN – Matt LaCosse – 2 receptions, 40 yards, TD

Week 2: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 2: Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 7 0 7 14
Vikings 3 0 7 0 10

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: Template:Dow tooltip
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,637
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli (83)
  • TV: KMSP
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Kai Forbath 44-yard field goal, 7:18. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 30 yards, 4:33.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIN – Mike Boone 1-yard run (Daniel Carlson kick), 4:23. Vikings 10–7. Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 3:33.

Fourth quarter

  • JAX – Brandon Wilds 1-yard run (Josh Lambo kick), 1:55. Jaguars 14–10. Drive: 2 plays, 4 yards, 0:08.

Top passers

  • JAX – Blake Bortles – 12/20, 159 yards, INT
  • MIN – Kyle Sloter – 10/15, 82 yards

Top rushers

  • JAX – T. J. Yeldon – 10 rushes, 39 yards
  • MIN – Mike Boone – 13 rushes, 91 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • JAX – T. J. Yeldon – 5 receptions, 73 yards
  • MIN – Cayleb Jones – 2 receptions, 23 yards

Week 3: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 3: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 10 3 7 20
Vikings 0 6 0 15 21

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: Template:Dow tooltip
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,676
  • Referee: Brad Allen (122)
  • TV: KMSP
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring plays.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Latavius Murray 1-yard run (pass failed), 13:42. Vikings 6–0. Drive: 13 plays, 97 yards, 7:17.
  • SEA – Chris Carson 6-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 7:36. Seahawks 7–6. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:06.
  • SEA – Sebastian Janikowski 35-yard field goal, 2:39. Seahawks 10–6. Drive: 8 plays, 36 yards, 3:54.

Third quarter

  • SEA – Sebastian Janikowski 55-yard field goal, 10:09. Seahawks 13–6. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 2:11.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Jake Wieneke 1-yard pass from Kyle Sloter (Daniel Carlson kick), 9:09. Tied 13–13. Drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 4:28.
  • SEA – David Moore 36-yard pass from Alex McGough (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 4:10. Seahawks 20–13. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:59.
  • MIN – Chad Beebe 25-yard pass from Kyle Sloter (Kyle Sloter–Jake Wieneke pass), 0:47. Vikings 21–20. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 1:38.

Top passers

  • SEA – Alex McGough – 5/14, 140 yards, TD, INT
  • MIN – Kirk Cousins – 17/28, 182 yards

Top rushers

  • SEA – Mike Davis – 8 rushes, 31 yards
  • MIN – Mike Boone – 9 rushes, 26 yards

Top receivers

  • SEA – Caleb Scott – 2 receptions, 69 yards
  • MIN – Chad Beebe – 5 receptions, 59 yards, TD

Week 4: at Tennessee Titans

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 3 3 7 13
Titans 3 0 0 0 3

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: Template:Dow tooltip
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 61,455
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV: KMSP
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • TEN – Ryan Succop 24-yard field goal, 2:00. Titans 3–0. Drive: 16 plays, 69 yards, 9:31.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Daniel Carlson 39-yard field goal, 1:55. Tied 3–3. Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards, 6:36.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Daniel Carlson 22-yard field goal, 7:05. Vikings 6–3. Drive: 15 plays, 48 yards, 7:55.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Brandon Zylstra 24-yard pass from Kyle Sloter (Daniel Carlson kick), 7:18. Vikings 13–3. Drive: 4 plays, 55 yards, 1:33.

Top passers

  • MIN – Kyle Sloter – 11/15, 130 yards, TD
  • TEN – Luke Falk – 13/24, 114 yards

Top rushers

  • MIN – Mike Boone – 15 rushes, 56 yards
  • TEN – Dalyn Dawkins – 17 rushes, 53 yards

Top receivers

  • MIN – Brandon Zylstra – 4 receptions, 54 yards, TD
  • TEN – Cameron Batson – 4 receptions, 46 yards

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 San Francisco W 24–16 1–0 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,673 Recap
2 September 16 at Green Bay T 29–29 (OT) 1–0–1 Lambeau Field 78,461 Recap
3 September 23 Buffalo L 6–27 1–1–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,800 Recap
4 September 27 (Thu) at LA Rams L 31–38 1–2–1 LA Coliseum 72,027 Recap
5 October 7 at Philadelphia W 23–21 2–2–1 Lincoln Financial Field 69,696 Recap
6 October 14 Arizona W 27–17 3–2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,801 Recap
7 October 21 at NY Jets W 37–17 4–2–1 MetLife Stadium 77,982 Recap
8 October 28 New Orleans L 20–30 4–3–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,801 Recap
9 November 4 Detroit W 24–9 5–3–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,825 Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 at Chicago L 20–25 5–4–1 Soldier Field 61,651 Recap
12 November 25 Green Bay W 24–17 6–4–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,872 Recap
13 December 2 at New England L 10–24 6–5–1 Gillette Stadium 65,878 Recap
14 December 10 (Mon) at Seattle L 7–21 6–6–1 CenturyLink Field 69,007 Recap
15 December 16 Miami W 41–17 7–6–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,841 Recap
16 December 23 at Detroit W 27–9 8–6–1 Ford Field 61,641 Recap
17 December 30 Chicago L 10–24 8–7–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,878 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 1: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 3 10 3 16
Vikings 3 7 14 0 24

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: September 9
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,673
  • Referee: Clay Martin (19)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Daniel Carlson 48-yard field goal, 3:56. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, 3:21.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 22-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Daniel Carlson kick), 13:39. Vikings 10–0. Drive: 6 plays, 53 yards, 2:32.
  • SF – Robbie Gould 42-yard field goal, 11:42. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 1:57.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Mike Hughes 28-yard interception return (Daniel Carlson kick), 10:41. Vikings 17–3.
  • SF – Robbie Gould 33-yard field goal, 9:15. Vikings 17–6. Drive: 5 plays, 60 yards, 1:26.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 11-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Daniel Carlson kick), 4:22. Vikings 24–6. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:53.
  • SF – Dante Pettis 22-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Robbie Gould kick), 0:31. Vikings 24–13. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:51.

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Robbie Gould 22-yard field goal, 8:09. Vikings 24–16. Drive: 11 plays, 82 yards, 5:34.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF – Matt Breida – 11 rushes, 46 yards
  • MIN – Latavius Murray – 11 rushes, 42 yards

Top receivers

The Vikings began the 2018 season with a home game against the San Francisco 49ers, their first home game since the Minneapolis Miracle in the divisional round of the 2017–18 NFL playoffs. The game saw quarterback Kirk Cousins and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson make their regular season debuts for the Vikings,[16][17] as well as the return of second-year running back Dalvin Cook, who had torn his ACL early in the 2017 season.[18] The two teams traded punts to start the game, before the Vikings put a drive together on their second possession, culminating with a 48-yard field goal by rookie kicker Daniel Carlson. The 49ers then failed to pick up a first down on their next possession, giving the Vikings good field position on their own 47-yard line off the ensuing punt as the first quarter drew to a close. Runs by Latavius Murray and a 17-yard pass from Cousins to Cook gave the Vikings a third-and-3 situation on the San Francisco 22-yard-line, from where Cousins threw a 22-yard strike to Stefon Diggs, the 100th touchdown pass of his career. On the ensuing San Francisco possession, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo linked up with tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Trent Taylor to get them into Minnesota territory, before a pass interference penalty against Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes put the 49ers just outside the red zone; however, the Minnesota defense stood firm and allowed just a 42-yard Robbie Gould field goal; however, on the Vikings' next drive, Cook fumbled the ball at the end of a 15-yard run, allowing San Francisco to regain possession. They marched down to the Vikings' 1-yard line, only for defensive tackle Linval Joseph to force a fumble from running back Alfred Morris, which safety Harrison Smith subsequently recovered. The Vikings were able to get out from under the shadow of their own goalposts and closed out the half with a 10–3 lead.

The Vikings defense forced a three-and-out to begin the second half, but only managed one first down on their ensuing possession before having to punt; however, three plays later, with the 49ers at third-and-8 from their own 20-yard line, the Vikings' rookie cornerback Mike Hughes intercepted a pass from Garoppolo and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown to put the Vikings up 17–3. Garoppolo responded immediately, however, completing a 56-yard pass to fullback Kyle Juszczyk to put the 49ers inside the Vikings' 20. As in the first half, though, the Minnesota defense held up and limited the 49ers to a 33-yard field goal. Cousins focused his attention on his wide receivers to begin the next Vikings possession, completing passes of 11 and 34 yards to Adam Thielen, the latter being the Vikings' longest completed pass of the day, to get into 49ers territory. Cook continued to run the ball, while Cousins' attention shifted to his tight ends, first completing a nine-yard pass to David Morgan II before an 11-yard completion to Kyle Rudolph for the Vikings' third touchdown of the day. A 36-yard completion from Garoppolo to Kittle was the highlight of the subsequent San Francisco drive, which culminated in a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis with 30 seconds left in the quarter. The Vikings went three-and-out on their next possession; they soon had the ball back, as cornerback Xavier Rhodes intercepted Garoppolo, only to again have to punt, giving San Francisco the ball back at their own 14-yard line. A 39-yard pass from Garoppolo to Pettis got the 49ers into the Vikings' half, but a tackle for a five-yard loss by Smith led to another third-down situation for San Francisco; Garoppolo's third-down pass was incomplete, which should have meant them having to punt, only for Richardson to be flagged for roughing the passer, giving the 49ers a 15-yard advantage and an automatic first down. They were able to get down to the Vikings' 4-yard line, but were unable to get the ball into the end zone and again had to settle for a field goal, reducing the margin to 8 points. The Vikings again had to punt on their next possession, but a 10-yard sack by Smith on the next series meant San Francisco had to do the same, giving the Vikings the ball back with six minutes left to play. A combination of runs from Murray and Cook allowed the Vikings to take three minutes off the clock, but a scramble run from Cousins came up just short of another first down; however, the Vikings were able to draw the 49ers' defense offside, giving them a free five yards and the first down. They were able to take another minute off the clock before punting, giving the 49ers the ball with 1:49 to play. Needing a touchdown to stand a chance of taking the game to overtime, Garoppolo had to go for it, but was intercepted by Smith on the second play of the drive, allowing the Vikings to run out the clock and claim their first win of the season.

Week 2: at Green Bay Packers

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 0 0 22 29
Packers 7 10 3 9 29

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 78,461
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • GB – Josh Jackson blocked punt recovery in end zone (Mason Crosby kick), 7:28. Packers 7–0.
  • MIN – Laquon Treadwell 14-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Daniel Carlson kick), 3:04. Tied 7–7. Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards, 4:24.

Second quarter

  • GB – Davante Adams 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 12:28. Packers 14–7. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:36.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 37-yard field goal, 0:00. Packers 17–7. Drive: 5 plays, 43 yards, 1:37.

Third quarter

  • GB – Mason Crosby 40-yard field goal, 6:32. Packers 20–7. Drive: 10 plays, 67 yards, 5:04.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 3-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Daniel Carlson kick), 14:17. Packers 20–14. Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards, 4:02.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 31-yard field goal, 7:35. Packers 23–14. Drive: 10 plays, 62 yards, 6:42.
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 75-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Daniel Carlson kick), 7:18. Packers 23–21. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:17.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 48-yard field goal, 2:13. Packers 26–21. Drive: 10 plays, 39 yards, 5:05.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 36-yard field goal, 1:45. Packers 29–21. Drive: 4 plays, −5 yards, 0:19.
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 22-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Kirk Cousins–Stefon Diggs pass), 0:31. Tied 29–29. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 1:14.

Overtime

  • No scoring plays.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Dalvin Cook – 10 rushes, 38 yards
  • GB – Jamaal Williams – 16 rushes, 59 yards

Top receivers

Week 2 saw the Vikings travel to Lambeau Field to take on their archrivals, the Green Bay Packers, against whom Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr effectively ended Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 2017 season with a hit that broke Rodgers' collarbone.

The Packers received the ball first and were forced to punt. On the ensuing drive, the Packers forced the Vikings to go three-and-out, but the punt from the Vikings' Matt Wile was blocked by Geronimo Allison and recovered by the Packers' Josh Jackson for a touchdown. On Minnesota's next drive, quarterback Kirk Cousins led the Vikings on an eight-play, 57-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 7–7, with the scoring pass going to Laquon Treadwell for 14 yards. Green Bay followed that with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Davante Adams early in the second quarter, making the game 14–7. After trading punts and a missed 48-yard field goal for the Vikings by rookie kicker Daniel Carlson, the Packers' Mason Crosby made a 37-yard field goal at the end of the first half to send the Packers to the locker room leading 17–7.

The Vikings received the ball after halftime, but their drive stalled and were forced to punt. Green Bay followed that up with a 40-yard field goal from Crosby with 6:32 left in the third quarter. After trading punts, the Vikings scored another touchdown on a three-yard pass to Stefon Diggs early in the fourth quarter to reduce the Packers' lead to six points. Green Bay followed that up with Crosby's third field goal of the day, this time from 31 yards, but the Vikings responded quickly on their next drive, as Cousins hit Diggs with a 75-yard touchdown pass to make it a 23–21 lead for the Packers. Crosby then made his fourth field goal of the day from 48 yards with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter. Cousins threw an interception on the first play of the Vikings' next drive, leading to a fifth Crosby field goal from 36 yards with 1:45 remaining, putting the Packers up 29–21. Cousins then led the Vikings 75 yards in eight plays, resulting in a 22-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen, but the Vikings needed a two-point conversion to tie the game. Cousins then connected with Diggs to tie the game at 29–29, with 31 seconds remaining in regulation. Green Bay was able to move down the field and into field goal range, but Crosby's 52-yard attempt missed left and the game went to overtime.

The Vikings won the overtime coin toss and received the ball. They moved 39 yards in seven plays, but Carlson's 49-yard attempt sailed wide right. Green Bay then was forced to punt after chewing 3:45 off the clock, and the Vikings started their next drive with 3:57 left to play. After moving 63 yards, the Vikings were at the Packers' 17-yard line with four seconds remaining in overtime, but Carlson missed his third field goal attempt of the game, this time from 35 yards, and again wide right. Carlson was waived the next day, replaced by veteran kicker Dan Bailey.

Week 3: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 3: Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 17 10 0 0 27
Vikings 0 0 0 6 6

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,800
  • Referee: Alex Kemp (55)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • BUF – Josh Allen 10-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 10:01. Bills 7–0. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:59.
  • BUF – Steven Hauschka 30-yard field goal, 7:24. Bills 10–0. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:57.
  • BUF – Jason Croom 26-yard pass from Josh Allen (Steven Hauschka kick), 5:09. Bills 17–0. Drive: 2 plays, 25 yards, 0:48.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Josh Allen 1-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 12:14. Bills 24–0. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 5:45.
  • BUF – Steven Hauschka 50-yard field goal, 6:16. Bills 27–0. Drive: 8 plays, 17 yards, 3:46.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Fourth quarter

Top passers

Top rushers

  • BUF – Chris Ivory – 20 rushes, 56 yards
  • MIN – Mike Boone – 2 rushes, 11 yards

Top receivers

  • BUF – Chris Ivory – 3 receptions, 70 yards
  • MIN – Adam Thielen – 14 receptions, 105 yards

Week 4: at Los Angeles Rams

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 13 8 3 31
Rams 7 21 10 0 38

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: Template:Dow tooltip
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CDT/5:20 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: Clear, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 72,027
  • Referee: Brad Allen (122)
  • TV announcers (Fox/NFLN): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink; (Amazon Prime): Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Aldrick Robinson 16-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 7:55. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 7:05.
  • LAR – Todd Gurley 8-yard pass from Jared Goff (Sam Ficken kick), 1:55. Tied 7–7. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:00.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 37-yard field goal, 10:05. Vikings 10–7. Drive: 12 plays, 56 yards, 6:50.
  • LAR – Cooper Kupp 70-yard pass from Jared Goff (Sam Ficken kick), 9:28. Rams 14–10. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:37.
  • MIN – Aldrick Robinson 17-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 8:04. Vikings 17–14. Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:24.
  • LAR – Cooper Kupp 19-yard pass from Jared Goff (Sam Ficken kick), 3:47. Rams 21–17. Drive: 4 plays, 71 yards, 1:50.
  • LAR – Brandin Cooks 47-yard pass from Jared Goff (Sam Ficken kick), 1:26. Rams 28–17. Drive: 2 plays, 73 yards, 0:15.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 39-yard field goal, 0:02. Rams 28–20. Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards, 1:24.

Third quarter

  • LAR – Sam Ficken 34-yard field goal, 5:21. Rams 31–20. Drive: 6 plays, 68 yards, 3:01.
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 45-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Kirk Cousins–Latavius Murray pass), 3:35. Rams 31–28. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:46.
  • LAR – Robert Woods 31-yard pass from Jared Goff (Sam Ficken kick), 1:09. Rams 38–28. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:26.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 40-yard field goal, 3:46. Rams 38–31. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:35.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Kirk Cousins – 4 rushes, 28 yards
  • LAR – Todd Gurley – 17 rushes, 83 yards

Top receivers

  • MIN – Adam Thielen – 8 receptions, 135 yards, TD
  • LAR – Cooper Kupp – 9 receptions, 162 yards, 2 TD

This was the first NFL broadcast in history to have an all-female announcing team (accessible only to Amazon Prime viewers).

Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 14 3 3 23
Eagles 0 3 3 15 21

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 69,696
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 37-yard field goal, 5:02. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 2:02.

Second quarter

  • PHI – Jake Elliott 30-yard field goal, 12:24. Tied 3–3. Drive: 5 plays, 55 yards, 2:11.
  • MIN – Linval Joseph 64-yard fumble return (Dan Bailey kick), 4:12. Vikings 10–3.
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 3-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 0:21. Vikings 17–3. Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 2:24.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 22-yard field goal, 7:32. Vikings 20–3. Drive: 6 plays, 91 yards, 2:01.
  • PHI – Jake Elliott 28-yard field goal, 2:57. Vikings 20–6. Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 4:35.

Fourth quarter

  • PHI – Wendell Smallwood 12-yard pass from Carson Wentz (Wendell Smallwood run), 12:05. Vikings 20–14. Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 4:14.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 52-yard field goal, 2:47. Vikings 23–14. Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards, 6:24.

PHI – Zach Ertz 7-yard pass from Carson Wentz (Jake Elliott kick), 1:09. Vikings 23–21. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:38. Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Latavius Murray – 11 rushes, 42 yards
  • PHI – Jay Ajayi – 8 rushes, 29 yards

Top receivers

Week 6: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week 6: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 7 0 7 17
Vikings 10 3 14 0 27

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,801
  • Referee: Jerome Boger (23)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber and Shane Bacon
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • ARI – Phil Dawson 26-yard field goal, 8:18. Cardinals 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 49 yards, 2:47.
  • MIN – Latavius Murray 21-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 5:33. Vikings 7–3. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:45.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 37-yard field goal, 2:03. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 6 plays, 12 yards, 3:23.

Second quarter

  • ARI – Budda Baker 36-yard fumble return (Phil Dawson kick), 4:13. Tied 10–10.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 48-yard field goal, 0:07. Vikings 13–10. Drive: 7 plays, 36 yards, 1:13.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Adam Thielen 13-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 10:06. Vikings 20–10. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:54.
  • MIN – Kirk Cousins 7-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 6:37. Vikings 27–10. Drive: 3 plays, 43 yards, 1:11.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – David Johnson 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), 6:57. Vikings 27–17. Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards, 2:48.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • ARI – David Johnson – 18 rushes, 55 yards, TD
  • MIN – Latavius Murray – 24 rushes, 155 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • ARI – Christian Kirk – 6 receptions, 77 yards
  • MIN – Adam Thielen – 11 receptions, 123 yards, TD

Week 7: at New York Jets

Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 3 10 17 37
Jets 7 0 3 7 17

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 77,982
  • Referee: Shawn Smith (14)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 34-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 13:22. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards, 1:38.
  • NYJ – Chris Herndon 12-yard pass from Sam Darnold (Jason Myers kick), 1:01. Vikings 7–7. Drive: 6 plays, 86 yards, 3:26.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 26-yard field goal, 10:13. Vikings 10–7. Drive: 8 plays, 27 yards, 2:50.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Latavius Murray 11-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 8:15. Vikings 17–7. Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 5:06.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 22-yard field goal, 5:49. Vikings 20–7. Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 2:06.
  • NYJ – Jason Myers 55-yard field goal, 2:39. Vikings 20–10. Drive: 7 plays, 9 yards, 3:10.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Latavius Murray 38-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 13:38. Vikings 27–10. Drive: 2 plays, 51 yards, 1:08.
  • NYJ – Sam Darnold 1-yard run (Jason Myers kick), 10:27. Vikings 27–17. Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 3:11.
  • MIN – Aldrick Robinson 34-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 5:16. Vikings 34–17. Drive: 7 plays, 61 yards, 3:17.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 43-yard field goal, 3:22. Vikings 37–17. Drive: 4 plays, −3 yards, 1:07.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Latavius Murray – 15 rushes, 69 yards, 2 TD
  • NYJ – Isaiah Crowell – 11 rushes, 29 yards

Top receivers

  • MIN – Adam Thielen – 9 receptions, 110 yards, TD
  • NYJ – Trenton Cannon – 4 receptions, 69 yards

Week 8: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 8: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 10 10 3 30
Vikings 7 6 0 7 20

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
  • NO – Alvin Kamara 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 10:33. Saints 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 81 yards, 4:27.
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 3:16. Tied 7–7. Drive: 13 plays, 91 yards, 7:17.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Latavius Murray 1-yard run (kick failed, wide left), 11:57. Vikings 13–7. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 4:05.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 52-yard field goal, 7:27. Vikings 13–10. Drive: 8 plays, 33 yards, 4:30.
  • NO – Alvin Kamara 1-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 0:30. Saints 17–13. Drive: 2 plays, 18 yards, 0:27.

Third quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 42-yard field goal, 8:19. Saints 20–13. Drive: 9 plays, 21 yards, 4:09.
  • NO – P. J. Williams 45-yard interception return (Wil Lutz kick), 5:58. Saints 27–13.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 42-yard field goal, 9:35. Saints 30–13. Drive: 15 plays, 60 yards, 8:15.
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 4:26. Saints 30–20. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 5:09.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. – 13 rushes, 63 yards
  • MIN – Latavius Murray – 13 rushes, 56 yards, TD

Top receivers

This was a rematch of the Minneapolis Miracle from last year's divisional playoff game. There would be no miracle in this one however, as the Saints won 30-20 as the Vikings fell to 4-3-1.

Week 9: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 9: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 6 0 3 9
Vikings 7 10 0 7 24

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,825
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Latavius Murray 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 9:53. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards, 5:07.

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 35-yard field goal, 13:16. Vikings 7–3. Drive: 14 plays, 48 yards, 8:16.
  • DET – Matt Prater 35-yard field goal, 4:45. Vikings 7–6. Drive: 10 plays, 28 yards, 5:44.
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 2-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 3:20. Vikings 14–6. Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:25.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 39-yard field goal, 0:04. Vikings 17–6. Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 0:35.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Danielle Hunter 32-yard fumble return (Dan Bailey kick), 6:57. Vikings 24–6.
  • DET – Matt Prater 37-yard field goal, 1:11. Vikings 24–9. Drive: 17 plays, 69 yards, 5:46.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • DET – Kerryon Johnson – 12 rushes, 37 yards
  • MIN – Dalvin Cook – 10 rushes, 89 yards

Top receivers

  • DET – Marvin Jones – 6 receptions, 66 yards
  • MIN – Laquon Treadwell – 2 receptions, 37 yards

Week 11: at Chicago Bears

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 3 17 20
Bears 3 11 0 11 25

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 61,651
  • Referee: John Parry (132)
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya and Terry McAulay
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • CHI – Cody Parkey 33-yard field goal, 5:58. Bears 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 64 yards, 6:54.

Second quarter

  • CHI – Anthony Miller 18-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Mitchell Trubisky–Josh Bellamy pass), 6:00. Bears 11–0. Drive: 13 plays, 82 yards, 7:13.
  • CHI – Cody Parkey 41-yard field goal, 0:50. Bears 14–0. Drive: 10 plays, 41 yards, 3:57.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 36-yard field goal, 0:07. Bears 14–3. Drive: 8 plays, 13 yards, 3:15.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 36-yard field goal, 11:46. Bears 14–6. Drive: 5 plays, 11 yards, 2:33.
  • CHI – Eddie Jackson 27-yard interception return (Mitchell Trubisky–Adam Shaheen pass), 8:30. Bears 22–6.
  • MIN – Aldrick Robinson 13-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Kirk Cousins–Adam Thielen pass kick), 4:51. Bears 22–14. Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 3:39.
  • CHI – Cody Parkey 48-yard field goal, 2:48. Bears 25–14. Drive: 8 plays, 45 yards, 2:03.
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 5-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (pass failed), 0:48. Bears 25–20. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 2:00.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Dalvin Cook – 9 rushes, 12 yards
  • CHI – Jordan Howard – 18 rushes, 63 yards

Top receivers

  • MIN – Stefon Diggs – 13 receptions, 126 yards, TD
  • CHI – Taylor Gabriel – 7 receptions, 52 yards

Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 12: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 0 3 17
Vikings 7 7 10 0 24

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,872
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich (52)
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • GB – Aaron Jones 6-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 14:16. Packers 14–7. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:37.
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 30-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 11:01. Tied 14–14. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:15.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 37-yard field goal, 3:27. Vikings 17–14. Drive: 7 plays, 25 yards, 3:54.
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 14-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 0:27. Vikings 24–14. Drive: 4 plays, 31 yards, 1:19.

Fourth quarter

  • GB – Mason Crosby 38-yard field goal, 2:20. Vikings 24–17. Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 2:31.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • GB – Aaron Jones – 17 rushes, 72 yards, TD
  • MIN – Latavius Murray – 11 rushes, 33 yards

Top receivers

Week 13: at New England Patriots

Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 3 0 10
Patriots 7 3 7 7 24

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad (4)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 20-yard field goal, 5:45. Patriots 10–0. Drive: 15 plays, 68 yards, 8:16.
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 5-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 0:15. Patriots 10–7. Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 1:37.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 39-yard field goal, 2:20. Tied 10–10. Drive: 12 plays, 41 yards, 4:01.
  • NE – Josh Gordon 24-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 0:35. Patriots 17–10. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:45.

Fourth quarter

  • NE – James Develin 2-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 10:54. Patriots 24–10. Drive: 6 plays, 50 yards, 3:12.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Dalvin Cook – 9 rushes, 84 yards
  • NE – Sony Michel – 17 rushes, 63 yards

Top receivers

Week 14: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 0 7 7
Seahawks 0 3 0 18 21

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: Template:Dow tooltip
  • Game time: 7:15 p.m. CST/5:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, Template:Convert/F
  • Game attendance: 69,007
  • Referee: Brad Allen (122)
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring plays.

Second quarter

  • SEA – Sebastian Janikowski 37-yard field goal, 14:11. Seahawks 3–0. Drive: 13 plays, 70 yards, 6:39.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Fourth quarter

  • SEA – Sebastian Janikowski 35-yard field goal, 13:22. Seahawks 6–0. Drive: 8 plays, 43 yards, 3:39.
  • SEA – Chris Carson 2-yard run (Russell WilsonTyler Lockett pass), 2:53. Seahawks 14–0. Drive: 7 plays, 63 yards, 2:45.
  • SEA – Justin Coleman 29-yard fumble return (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 2:35. Seahawks 21–0.
  • MIN – Dalvin Cook 6-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 1:10. Seahawks 21–7. Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards, 1:25.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Dalvin Cook – 13 rushes, 55 yards
  • SEA – Chris Carson – 22 rushes, 90 yards, TD

Top receivers

Week 15: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 15: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 10 7 0 17
Vikings 21 0 3 17 41

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,841
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 13-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 11:40. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 6 plays, 76 yards, 3:20.
  • MIN – Dalvin Cook 13-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 6:21. Vikings 14–0. Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 2:59.
  • MIN – Latavius Murray 18-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 1:32. Vikings 21–0. Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 3:38.

Second quarter

  • MIA – Minkah Fitzpatrick 50-yard interception return (Jason Sanders kick), 7:44. Vikings 21–7.
  • MIA – Jason Sanders 25-yard field goal, 0:14. Vikings 21–10. Drive: 14 plays, 61 yards, 6:03.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Kalen Ballage 75-yard run (Jason Sanders kick), 14:49. Vikings 21–17. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:11.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 36-yard field goal, 8:40. Vikings 24–17. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:19.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 34-yard field goal, 13:01. Vikings 27–17. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 4:35.
  • MIN – Aldrick Robinson 40-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 9:54. Vikings 34–17. Drive: 4 plays, 55 yards, 2:04.
  • MIN – Dalvin Cook 21-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 7:49. Vikings 41–17. Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 2:59.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIA – Kalen Ballage – 12 rushes, 123 yards, TD
  • MIN – Dalvin Cook – 19 rushes, 136 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

  • MIA – Danny Amendola – 3 receptions, 30 yards
  • MIN – Tyler Conklin – 2 receptions, 53 yards

Week 16: at Detroit Lions

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 14 3 10 27
Lions 3 6 0 0 9

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 61,641
  • Referee: Walt Anderson (66)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • DET – Matt Prater 47-yard field goal, 7:30. Lions 3–0. Drive: 5 plays, 28 yards, 2:40.

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 35-yard field goal, 10:39. Lions 6–0. Drive: 9 plays, 21 yards, 4:11.
  • DET – Matt Prater 48-yard field goal, 4:05. Lions 9–0. Drive: 8 plays, 36 yards, 4:17.
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 8-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 1:32. Lions 9–7. Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 2:33.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 44-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 0:00. Vikings 14–9. Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 0:36.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 24-yard field goal, 8:54. Vikings 17–9. Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 6:06.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 4-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 13:25. Vikings 24–9. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 5:38.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 29-yard field goal, 4:15. Vikings 27–9. Drive: 4 plays, −1 yard, 2:15.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Dalvin Cook – 16 rushes, 73 yards
  • DET – Zach Zenner – 8 rushes, 45 yards

Top receivers

  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph – 9 receptions, 122 yards, 2 TD
  • DET – Kenny Golladay – 6 receptions, 58 yards

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 17: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 6 0 11 24
Vikings 0 3 7 0 10

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,878
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman (34)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information
First quarter
  • CHI – Jordan Howard 6-yard run (Cody Parkey kick), 10:38. Bears 7–0. Drive: 6 plays, 71 yards, 3:46.

Second quarter

  • CHI – Jordan Howard 1-yard run (kick failed, hit right upright), 7:17. Bears 13–0. Drive: 10 plays, 85 yards, 5:39.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 45-yard field goal, 0:53. Bears 13–3. Drive: 8 plays, 37 yards, 1:04.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 2-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 1:51. Bears 13–10. Drive: 12 plays, 92 yards, 7:35.

Fourth quarter

  • CHI – Tarik Cohen 3-yard run (Mitchell TrubiskyNick Kwiatkoski pass), 7:46. Bears 21–10. Drive: 16 plays, 75 yards, 9:05.
  • CHI – Cody Parkey 42-yard field goal, 4:25. Bears 24–10. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 2:29.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • CHI – Jordan Howard – 21 rushes, 109 yards, 2 TD
  • MIN – Dalvin Cook – 11 rushes, 39 yards

Top receivers

  • CHI – Taylor Gabriel – 4 receptions, 61 yards
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs – 8 receptions, 47 yards, TD

Standings

Division

Template:2018 NFC North standings

Conference

Template:2018 NFC standings

Pro Bowl

Four Vikings players were elected to the Pro Bowl when the rosters were announced on December 18, 2018, with both outside linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith named to their fourth Pro Bowls. Wide receiver Adam Thielen was named to his second Pro Bowl, having received his first nomination in 2017, while defensive end Danielle Hunter received his first Pro Bowl selection.[19]

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Total
Passing yards Kirk Cousins 4,298
Passing touchdowns Kirk Cousins 30
Rushing yards Dalvin Cook 615
Rushing touchdowns Latavius Murray 6
Receptions Adam Thielen 113
Receiving yards Adam Thielen 1,373
Receiving touchdowns Stefon Diggs
Adam Thielen
9
Points Dan Bailey 93
Kickoff return yards Ameer Abdullah 258
Punt return yards Marcus Sherels 276
Tackles Eric Kendricks 108
Sacks Danielle Hunter 14.5
Interceptions Anthony Harris
Harrison Smith
3
Forced fumbles Anthony Barr
Mike Hughes
George Iloka
Jaleel Johnson
Linval Joseph
Eric Kendricks
Harrison Smith
Stephen Weatherly
1

Source: Minnesota Vikings' official website[20]

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 3,497 269.0 8th
Rushing offense 1,110 85.4 30th
Total offense 4,607 354.4 17th
Passing defense 2,803 215.6 5th
Rushing defense 1,404 108.0 13th
Total defense 4,207 323.6 5th

Source: NFL.com[21]

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