2008 Minnesota Vikings season

2008 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Brad Childress
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Lost NFC Wild Card Playoff
(Eagles) 14–26
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Uniform

The 2008 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 48th in the NFL and their third under head coach Brad Childress. They won their 17th NFC North title with a 10–6 record, the first time since 2000 that they made the playoffs and finished with a winning record, but had to play in the wild card round of the playoffs, where they were paired with Childress's former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, who ended the Vikings' season with a 26–14 win. Second-year running back Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing with 1,760 yards.

Offseason

Player and personnel moves

Releases and injuries

On February 11, it was announced that defensive end Kenechi Udeze had been diagnosed by doctors with a form of leukemia. KMSP-TV (Ch. 9) also reported that Udeze was at Fairview Southdale Hospital undergoing tests and that he had been at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester the week before.[1] Udeze was expected to be out for the 2008 season, but returned for one game against the Green Bay Packers on November 9 before ultimately retiring from professional football on July 29, 2009.

On February 20, the team released free safety Dwight Smith after two somewhat controversial seasons with the Vikings in which Smith had several run-ins with the law.[2] He was due to receive $2.5 million and a $500,000 roster bonus this season.

On February 27, the team released backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb.[3]

On February 29, the team traded wide receiver Troy Williamson to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round pick in the 2008 draft [4] and linebacker Dontarrious Thomas left the team to join the San Francisco 49ers.[5]

On March 1, the Vikings' former defensive tackle Spencer Johnson joined the Buffalo Bills.[6]

On March 3, free agent running back Mewelde Moore left the team to join the Pittsburgh Steelers.[7]

On March 7, safety Tank Williams joined the New England Patriots and fullback Tony Richardson joined the New York Jets.[8]

Signings and extensions

On February 29, the team signed safety Madieu Williams, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, and fullback Thomas Tapeh, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles.[9]

On March 1, the team signed wide receiver Bernard Berrian, formerly of the Chicago Bears.[10]

On March 4, running back and special teams specialist Maurice Hicks, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, signed a three-year contract to join the team.[11]

On March 14, the team signed linebacker and special-teams standout Derrick Pope, formerly of the Miami Dolphins.[12]

On March 17, the Vikings signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Ellis Wyms, and re-signed wide receiver Robert Ferguson; all to one-year contracts.[13]

On March 20 and March 21, Houston Texans safety Michael Boulware and former Green Bay Packers career backup defensive tackle Kenderick Allen to one-year contracts.[14]

On March 24, restricted free agent linebacker Heath Farwell was re-resigned to a one-year contract. Also, on the next day, the team signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Benny Sapp to a one-year contract.[15]

On April 8, former Vikings backup quarterback Gus Frerotte rejoined the team on a one-year contract.[16]

On April 23, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen signed a six-year contract with the Vikings in a trade that gave the Chiefs the Vikings' 2008 first-round draft pick and both third-round picks. The trade may also involve the swapping of 2008 sixth round draft picks with Kansas City.[17]

On July 22, the Vikings signed their fifth-round pick, DT Letroy Guion, and their seventh-round pick WR Jaymar Johnson.[18]

Draft

2008 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 17 17 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a]
2 12 43 Tyrell Johnson S Arkansas State 4 years from Panthers via Eagles[b]
16 47 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[b]
3 10 73 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a] from Broncos[c]
19 82 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a]
4 18 117 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[b]
5 2 137 John David Booty QB USC 4 years From Rams via Packers[d]
15 150 Traded to the Green Bay Packers[d]
17 152 Letroy Guion DT Florida State 4 years from Eagles[b]
6 16 182 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[a]
21 187 John Sullivan C Notre Dame 4 years from Buccaneers via Chiefs[a]
27 193 Jaymar Johnson WR Jackson State 4 years from Jaguars[e]
7 2 209 Traded to the Green Bay Packers[d] from Rams[f]
19 226 Traded to the New York Jets[g]

Note: All selections were moved up one overall position due to the forfeiture of the New England Patriots first round draft pick due to "Spygate scandal"

^[a] Minnesota traded their first-round selection (17th overall), two third-round selections (73rd[c] and 82nd overall), and their sixth-round selection (182nd overall) to Kansas City in exchange for DE Jared Allen and a sixth-round selection (187th overall).
^[b] Minnesota traded their second-round selections (47th overall) and their fourth-round selection (117th overall) to Philadelphia for a fifth-round selection (152nd overall) and to move up four spots to the 43rd selection and make this pick.
^[c] During the 2007 Draft, Denver traded their 2007 sixth-round selection (176th overall—Rufus Alexander), 2007 seventh-round selection (233rd overall—Chandler Williams), and 2008 third-round selection (73rd overall) to Minnesota for their 2007 fourth-round selection (121st overall—Marcus Thomas).
^[d] Minnesota traded their fifth-round selections (150th overall) and a seventh-round selection (209th overall) to Green Bay to move up 13 spots to the 137th selection and make this pick.
^[e] Jacksonville traded their sixth-round selection (193rd overall) to Minnesota in exchange for WR Troy Williamson.[19]
^[f] St. Louis traded their seventh-round selection (209th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for OT Adam Goldberg.
^[g] Minnesota traded their seventh-round selection (226th overall) and DT C.J. Mosley to the Jets for QB Brooks Bollinger.

Undrafted free agents

Name Position College
Husain Abdullah S Washington State
Martail Burnett DE Utah
Leger Douzable DT Central Florida
Steven Hauschka K NC State
Erin Henderson LB Maryland
Nate Jones WR Texas
Jeremy "J" Leman LB Illinois
Tim Mattran C Stanford
Drew Radovich T USC
Darius Reynaud WR West Virginia
Brandon Sumrall CB S Mississippi
Marcus Walker CB Oklahoma
Kyle Wright QB Miami (Fla.)
Albert Young RB Iowa

Training camp

On May 27, Erasmus James was traded to the Washington Redskins for a conditional 2009 NFL draft pick.[20]

On June 27, the Vikings signed a one-day contract with seven-season member Robert Griffith so he could ceremonially retire as a member of the team.[21]

On July 16, a report by Jay Glazer appeared on FoxSports.com stating that the Green Bay Packers had filed tampering charges against the Vikings for allegedly inappropriately contacting Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre.[22]

On August 4, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that contact between the Vikings and Brett Favre over the summer did not violate league tampering rules, as the Packers alleged.[23]

Preseason

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordGame siteNFL.com
recap
1 August 8 Seattle Seahawks L 17–34 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
2 August 16 at Baltimore Ravens W 23–15 1–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
3 August 23 Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–12 1–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
4 August 28 at Dallas Cowboys L 10–16 1–3 Texas Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Preseason Week 1: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 17 0 14334
Vikings 7 10 0017

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 8
  • Game time: 19:00
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,545
  • Referee: John Parry (132)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens

Preseason Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 13 3023
Ravens 7 0 0815

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Preseason Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 3 3612
Vikings 0 7 3010

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys

Preseason Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 7 3010
Cowboys 10 3 0316

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Game information

Regular season

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordGame siteNFL.com
recap
1 September 8 at Green Bay Packers L 19–24 0–1 Lambeau Field Recap
2 September 14 Indianapolis Colts L 15–18 0–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
3 September 21 Carolina Panthers W 20–10 1–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
4 September 28 at Tennessee Titans L 17–30 1–3 LP Field Recap
5 October 6 at New Orleans Saints W 30–27 2–3 Louisiana Superdome Recap
6 October 12 Detroit Lions W 12–10 3–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
7 October 19 at Chicago Bears L 41–48 3–4 Soldier Field Recap
8 Bye
9 November 2 Houston Texans W 28–21 4–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
10 November 9 Green Bay Packers W 28–27 5–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
11 November 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13–19 5–5 Raymond James Stadium Recap
12 November 23 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 30–12 6–5 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Recap
13 November 30 Chicago Bears W 34–14 7–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
14 December 7 at Detroit Lions W 20–16 8–5 Ford Field Recap
15 December 14 at Arizona Cardinals W 35–14 9–5 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
16 December 21 Atlanta Falcons L 17–24 9–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
17 December 28 New York Giants W 20–19 10–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
  • The Vikings ranked fourth in the NFL in strength of schedule this season[24]

Game summaries

Week 1: at Green Bay Packers

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 31319
Packers 0 10 7724

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

The Vikings began their 2008 campaign on the road against their NFC North foe, the Green Bay Packers, in the first game of 2008's Monday Night Football doubleheader. After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings attacked first with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 37-yard field goal. The Packers responded with QB Aaron Rodgers completing a 1-yard TD pass to FB Korey Hall, along with kicker Mason Crosby getting a 42-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Vikes tried to catch up as Longwell got a 27-yard field goal, but Green Bay replied with CB/PR Will Blackmon returning a punt 76 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to rally as QB Tarvaris Jackson completed a 23-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice (with a failed 2-point conversion), yet the Packers responded with Rodgers getting a 1-yard TD run. The Vikes would reply with RB Adrian Peterson getting a 3-yard TD run, but their final rally ended in an interception.

With the loss, not only did the Vikings begin their season at 0–1, but Head Coach Brad Childress fell to 0–5 against the Packers in his coaching career. In the first half, Minnesota was widely outgained in passing yards 139–6.

Week 2: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 2: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 0 0 71118
Vikings 6 3 6015

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Hoping to rebound from their divisional road loss to the Packers, the Vikings played their Week 2 home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. In the first half, kicker Ryan Longwell helped Minnesota take the early lead with a 45-yard and a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter, along with a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Vikes increased its lead with Longwell getting a 46-yard and a 28-yard field goal. However, the Colts responded with RB Joseph Addai getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Indianapolis continued to gain ground as QB Peyton Manning completed a 32-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne, followed by a two-point conversion run by RB Dominic Rhodes. Later, the Colts sealed the win with kicker Adam Vinatieri nailing the game-winning 47-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 0–2.

Week 3: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 3: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 3 7 0010
Vikings 0 10 7320

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Trying to avoid an 0–3 start, the Vikings stayed at home for a Week 3 duel with the Carolina Panthers. Due to a poor performance, QB Tarvaris Jackson was benched in favor of veteran QB Gus Frerotte.

In the first quarter, Minnesota trailed early as Panthers kicker John Kasay got a 43-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Carolina increased its lead with RB Jonathan Stewart getting a 2-yard TD run. The Vikes would respond with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 28-yard field goal, along with CB Antoine Winfield sacking Panthers QB Jake Delhomme, fumbling the ball, and Winfield returning that fumble 19-yards for a touchdown just before halftime, the key play in the Viking victory. Head coach Brad Childress said a day later that Winfield had a half-second left before it was ruled an incomplete pass. In the third quarter, the Vikings got the lead as Frerotte completed a 34-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota sealed its victory with Longwell nailing a 32-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 1–2.

Week 4: at Tennessee Titans

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 10 0717
Titans 10 10 3730

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Coming off their home win over the Panthers, the Vikings flew to LP Field for a Week 4 interconference duel with the Tennessee Titans. In the first quarter, Minnesota trailed early as Titans kicker Rob Bironas got a 20-yard field goal, while RB Chris Johnson got a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Vikes responded with RB Adrian Peterson getting a 28-yard TD run. However, Tennessee responded with Bironas kicking a 32-yard field goal, along with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. The Vikings closed out the half with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 42-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Titans increased their lead with Bironas nailing a 49-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to rally as Peterson got a 3-yard TD run, but Tennessee pulled away with Johnson's 6-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 1–3.

Week 5: at New Orleans Saints

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 10 10 01030
Saints 10 0 71027

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Titans, the Vikings flew to the Louisiana Superdome for a Week 5 Monday Night duel with the New Orleans Saints. In the game, QB Gus Frerotte was making his first MNF start since 1997 (when he was with the Washington Redskins).

In the first quarter, the Vikes trailed early as Saints QB Drew Brees completed a 17-yard TD pass to WR Devery Henderson. Minnesota would respond with CB Antoine Winfield returning a blocked field goal 59 yards for a touchdown, the first (and longest) ever in franchise history. New Orleans would answer with kicker Martín Gramática getting a 35-yard field goal, yet the Vikings replied with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 53-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Vikes took the lead on a trick play as RB Chester Taylor completed a 4-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe, along with Longwell kicking a 33-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Saints began to rally as RB Reggie Bush returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, New Orleans took the lead with Gramática's 53-yard field goal and Bush's 64-yard punt return for a touchdown. Afterwards, Minnesota answered with Frerotte completing a 33-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian, along with Longwell nailing the game-winning 30-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 2–3.

Antoine Winfield had a big game. In addition to his touchdown off of a blocked field goal, he had 8 tackles and a sack (with a forced fumble recovery).

This was also the first time in NFL history that a game had a combination of a blocked field goal, a TD pass by a non-quarterback, two field goals of 50+ yards, and two punts returned for touchdowns.

Week 6: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 6: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 3 7010
Vikings 2 0 7312

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming off their Monday night road win over the Saints, the Vikings went home for a Week 6 NFC North duel with the Detroit Lions. In the first quarter, the Vikes got an early lead as Lions QB Dan Orlovsky unintentionally ran out of the back of his own end zone, giving Minnesota a safety which Orlovsky didn't know why the whistles were blown. In the second quarter, Detroit got the lead as kicker Jason Hanson got a 40-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Lions increased their lead as Orlovsky completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Vikings answered with QB Gus Frerotte completing an 86-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian. In the end of the fourth quarter, the Vikes got in field goal range due to a controversial pass interference call on Leigh Bodden. The Vikes sealed the win with kicker Ryan Longwell nailing the game-winning 26-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 3–3.

Week 7: at Chicago Bears

Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 14 10 71041
Bears 14 13 14748

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Coming off their divisional home win over the Lions, the Vikings flew to Soldier Field for a Week 7 NFC North duel with the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, the Vikes drew first blood as RB Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard TD run. The Bears would respond with QB Kyle Orton completing an 18-yard TD pass to TE Greg Olsen, along with RB Garrett Wolfe returning a blocked punt 17 yards for a touchdown. Minnesota would respond with QB Gus Frerotte completing a 24-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. In the second quarter, it would be back and forth. Chicago kicker Robbie Gould would get a 26-yard field goal, while Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell got a 42-yard field goal. Bears CB Zack Bowman would recover a fumble in Minnesota's endzone for a touchdown, while Vikings RB Chester Taylor got a 1-yard TD run. Chicago would close out the half as Gould got a 48-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Bears got the lead again as WR Rashied Davis recovered a fumble within Minnesota's endzone for a touchdown. The Vikes would reply as Peterson got a 54-yard TD run. Chicago would then strike again as Orton completed a 51-yard TD pass to WR Marty Booker. In the fourth quarter, the Bears struck again as RB Matt Forte got a 1-yard TD run. Minnesota tried to rally as Longwell nailed a 23-yard field goal, along with Frerotte completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian. However, Chicago's defense stepped up and prevented the Vikes from tying the game.

With the loss, the Vikings went into their bye week at 3–4.

The 89 combined points became the highest single-game scoring total in the history of the Vikes/Bears rivalry.

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans

Week 9: Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 7 0 7721
Vikings 7 14 0728

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming off their bye week, the Vikings played a Week 9 interconference duel at home against the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, the Vikes drew first blood as RB Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard TD run. The Texans responded with CB Jacques Reeves returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Minnesota responded with QB Gus Frerotte completing an 8-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice and a 49-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian.

In the third quarter, Houston started to rally as QB Sage Rosenfels completed a 3-yard TD pass to WR David Anderson. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings answered with Frerotte completing a 25-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. The Texans tried to come back as Rosenfels completed a 14-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson. Fortunately, Minnesota's defense stiffened for the victory.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 4–4.

Week 10: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 10: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 7 3 14327
Vikings 7 7 7728

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming off their win over the Texans, the Vikings stayed at home for a Week 10 NFC North rematch with the Green Bay Packers. In the first quarter, the Vikes drew first blood as QB Gus Frerotte completed a 3-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice. The Packers would respond with RB Ryan Grant getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Minnesota increased their lead with kicker Ryan Longwell (former Packer) getting a 54-yard field goal, along with the Vikings picking up back-to-back safeties. The first one came when QB Aaron Rodgers committed intentional grounding in his own endzone, with the second one coming from DE Jared Allen sacking Rodgers in his own endzone. Green Bay would close out the half with kicker Mason Crosby getting a 47-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Vikes increased their lead as Frerotte completed a 47-yard TD pass to RB Chester Taylor. However, the Packers took the lead as safety Nick Collins returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown, along with CB/KR Will Blackmon returning a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, the Packers increased their lead as Crosby nailed a 40-yard field goal. The Vikings regained the lead as RB Adrian Peterson got a 29-yard TD run. Green Bay did manage to get a late drive going, yet Crosby's 52-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right, preserving head coach Brad Childress' first win over the Packers.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 5–4.

Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 10 0013
Buccaneers 3 3 7619

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Coming off their divisional home win over the Packers, the Vikings flew to Raymond James Stadium for a Week 11 duel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, the Vikings struck first as kicker Ryan Longwell got a 43-yard field goal. The Buccaneers responded with kicker Matt Bryant getting a 39-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Minnesota answered with QB Gus Frerotte completing a 4-yard TD pass to WR Bobby Wade. Tampa Bay would reply with Bryant making a 26-yard field goal. The Vikings closed out the half with Longwell getting a 26-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Buccaneers tied the game with FB B. J. Askew getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay took the lead as Bryant nailed a 29-yard and a 26-yard field goal. Minnesota tried to rally, but the Buccaneers' defense was too much to overcome.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 5–5.

Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 12: Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 17 0 31030
Jaguars 7 3 0212

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Buccaneers, the Vikings flew to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a Week 12 interconference duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, the Vikes got off to a fast start as LB Napoleon Harris returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown, while RB Chester Taylor got a 3-yard TD run. The Jaguars would respond with QB David Garrard completing an 8-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Williams. Minnesota would answer with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 54-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Jacksonville would get the period's only points as kicker Josh Scobee made a 21-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Vikings replied with Longwell making a 32-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota pulled away as Longwell nailed a 22-yard field goal, while RB Adrian Peterson got a 16-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Jaguars were given a safety when Vikings punter Chris Kluwe ran out of the back of his endzone.

With the win, Minnesota improved to 6–5.

Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 13: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 7 0 7014
Vikings 0 17 71034

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming off their road win over the Jaguars, the Vikings went home, donned their throwback uniforms, and played a Week 13 NFC North rematch with the Chicago Bears, with first place in the division on the line. In the first quarter, Chicago would strike first with QB Kyle Orton completing a 65-yard TD pass to WR Devin Hester. The Vikings would answer back in the second quarter with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 23-yard field goal. Later in the quarter, the Vikings defense would come up big with a goal line stand. DE Jared Allen made the key tackle just an inch short of the end zone on fourth-and-goal. On the very next play, QB Gus Frerotte ran a play action fake from his own endzone and found former Bears WR Bernard Berrian for a 99-yard touchdown pass. This tied an NFL record for the longest pass from scrimmage and it was the first-ever longest offensive touchdown play in franchise history. It was also the eleventh time in NFL history that a 99-yard play was made. Then, with 1:09 left until halftime, Frerotte found TE Jim Kleinsasser for a 21-yard gain to just inside the one-yard line. The play was originally ruled a touchdown, but was officially reviewed and it was determined that he was just short of the goal line. On the next play however, Frerotte got the touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 44 seconds left until the half.

In the third quarter, both teams traded blows. The Bears would answer with Orton completing a 2-yard TD pass to RB Matt Forté, while Minnesota answered with RB Chester Taylor getting a 21-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Vikes pulled away as RB Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard TD run, while Longwell nailed a 27-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 7–5 and took first place in the NFC North for the first time since early in the 2007 season.

Week 14: at Detroit Lions

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 71020
Lions 3 3 7316

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Fresh off their divisional home win over the Bears on Sunday night, the Vikings flew to Ford Field for a Week 14 NFC North rematch with the winless Detroit Lions. Late in the first quarter, Minnesota would trail as Lions kicker Jason Hanson got a 25-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Detroit increased its lead as Hanson got a 23-yard field goal. The Vikings closed out the half with a 35-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Longwell.

In the third quarter, Minnesota would take the lead as RB Chester Taylor got a 17-yard TD run. The Lions would reply with QB Daunte Culpepper (a former Viking) completing a 70-yard TD pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings regained the lead as QB Tarvaris Jackson completed an 11-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Detroit tried to rally as Hanson nailed a 39-yard field goal, yet Longwell helped Minnesota pull away with a 50-yard field goal, his fifth 50+ yarder of the season.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 8–5.

Week 15: at Arizona Cardinals

Week 15: Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 21 7 7035
Cardinals 0 0 14014

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Coming off their hotly contested road win over the Lions, the Vikings flew to the desert for a Week 15 duel with the newly crowned NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals. Early in the first quarter, the Vikings got on the board first with a punt returned 82 yards by WR/PR Bernard Berrian for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter, the Vikings increased their lead with QB Tarvaris Jackson completing a 41-yard TD pass to Berrian. The Vikings closed out the first quarter with Jackson completing a 6-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice. In the second quarter, the Vikings increased their lead with Jackson completing an 11-yard TD pass to RB Chester Taylor for the only score of the period.

In the third quarter, Arizona tried to rally as QB Kurt Warner completed a 50-yard TD pass to WR Jerheme Urban. Later in the quarter, the Vikings tried to put the game away with a 34-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Longwell, only to have it blocked and Arizona returning it 62 yards for a touchdown by CB Roderick Hood. Finally, the Vikings put the game away for good with Jackson completing a 59-yard TD pass to WR Bobby Wade. Arizona tried to rally in the final minutes of the game, but on first-and-goal, they ran out of time.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 9–5 and to a one-game lead over the Bears in the NFC North. If the Vikings won in week 16 against Atlanta or Chicago lost against Green Bay, the Vikings would clinch their 17th division title, and their first since 2000.

Week 16 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 16: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 7 10 7024
Vikings 7 0 01017

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming off their road rout of the Cardinals, the Vikings went home for a Week 16 battle with the Atlanta Falcons; a win would give the Vikings their first division title since 2000, and their first NFC North title. Minnesota trailed early in the first quarter as Falcons running back Michael Turner got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Vikings would respond with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson completing a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. However, Atlanta would answer in the second quarter with quarterback Matt Ryan completing an 8-yard touchdown pass to running back Jerious Norwood, followed by kicker Jason Elam's 22-yard field goal.

The Falcons would further increase their lead in the third quarter as offensive guard Justin Blalock recovered Ryan's fumble in the endzone for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to rally as kicker Ryan Longwell nailed a 29-yard field goal, followed by Jackson's 17-yard touchdown pass to Shiancoe. However, Atlanta's defense prevented any further comeback from happening.

With the loss, the Vikings fell to 9–6.

Week 17 vs. New York Giants

Week 17: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 0 9 7319
Vikings 0 10 01020

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming into their final game of the season against the New York Giants, the Vikings needed a win or a Chicago Bears loss to clinch the NFC North division title. The scoring began early in the second quarter when Ryan Longwell kicked a 48-yard field goal. The Vikings continued the scoring with a 67-yard run by Adrian Peterson, the second longest of his career thus far. The Giants responded with a 51-yard John Carney field goal. The Giants continued the scoring with two John Carney field goals from 30 and 42 yards respectively to round out the end of the second quarter.

In the third quarter, the Giants took the lead when David Carr threw a 23-yard pass to Domenik Hixon, then added a 20-yard John Carney field goal early in the fourth quarter, making for a Giants nine-point lead. The Vikings came back with a 54-yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson to Bernard Berrian and clinched the win when Ryan Longwell nailed a 51-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired.

With the victory, the Vikings finished the regular season at 10–6, winning their first division title since 2000 and earning their first playoff berth since 2004.

Standings

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 379 333 W1
Chicago Bears 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 375 350 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 10 0 .375 4–2 5–7 419 380 W1
Detroit Lions 0 16 0 .000 0–6 0–12 268 517 L16

Postseason

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordGame siteNFL.com
recap
WC January 4 Philadelphia Eagles L 14–26 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap

Game summaries

NFC Wildcard Round: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

NFC Wildcard Round: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 6 10 01026
Vikings 0 14 0014

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Entering the postseason as the NFC's third seed, the Vikings began their playoff run at home against the No. 6 Philadelphia Eagles and for the first time in eight years, the Vikings hosted a playoff game. Minnesota would trail early as Eagles kicker David Akers got a 43-yard and a 51-yard field goal. The Vikings would respond in the second quarter as running back Adrian Peterson got a 40-yard touchdown run. However, Philadelphia would answer with Akers' 31-yard field goal, followed by cornerback Asante Samuel's 44-yard interception return for a touchdown. Minnesota would end the half with Peterson's 3-yard touchdown run.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Eagles would increase their lead in the fourth quarter with quarterback Donovan McNabb's 71-yard touchdown pass to running back Brian Westbrook, followed by an Akers 45-yard field goal. Try as they might, the Vikings were unable to build any momentum to mount a rally.

With the loss, the Vikings' season ended with an overall record of 10–7.

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yardsGus Frerotte2,157
Passing touchdownsGus Frerotte12
Rushing yardsAdrian Peterson1,760
Rushing touchdownsAdrian Peterson10
Receiving yardsBernard Berrian964
Receiving touchdownsBernard Berrian
Visanthe Shiancoe
7
PointsRyan Longwell127
Kickoff return yardsMaurice Hicks690
Punt return yardsBernard Berrian114
TacklesChad Greenway115
SacksJared Allen14.5
InterceptionsBen Leber
Benny Sapp
Madieu Williams
Antoine Winfield
2
Forced fumblesAntoine Winfield
Cedric Griffin
4

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense2,956184.825th
Rushing offense2,338146.15th
Total offense5,294330.917th
Passing defense3,449215.618th
Rushing defense1,23076.91st
Total defense4,679292.46th

Staff

Minnesota Vikings 2008 staff
Front Office
  • Owner/Chairman – Zygi Wilf
  • Owner/President – Mark Wilf
  • Owner/Vice Chairman – Leonard Wilf
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Rob Brzezinski
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Rick Spielman
  • Director of Player Personnel – George Paton
  • Director of College Scouting – Scott Studwell
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Jamaal Stephenson

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Darrell Bevell
  • Quarterbacks – Kevin Rogers
  • Running Backs – Eric Bieniemy
  • Assistant Running Backs – Ryan Ficken
  • Wide Receivers – George Stewart
  • Assistant Wide Receivers/Offensive Assistant/Assistant Special Teams – Chad O'Shea
  • Tight Ends – Jimmie Johnson
  • Offensive Line – Pat Morris
  • Assistant Offensive Line – Jim Hueber
  • Offensive Assistant/Defensive Assistant – Ryan Silverfield
 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Paul Ferraro
  • Assistant Special Teams – Brian Murphy

Strength and Conditioning

  • Head Athletic Trainer/Director of Sports Medicine – Eric Sugarman
  • Strength and Conditioning – Tom Kanavy
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Juney Barnett
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Martin Streight

Final roster

2008 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
52 Active, 8 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

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