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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.

2018 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachMike Zimmer
General managerRick Spielman
OwnerZygi Wilf
Home fieldU.S. Bank Stadium
Results
Record8–7–1
Division place2nd NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Uniform
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Minnesota in action at Detroit

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 for the second time in three years to qualify for the playoffs.

Roster changesEdit

DraftEdit

2018 Minnesota Vikings draft
Draft order Player name Position College Contract Notes
Round Selection
1 30 Mike Hughes CB UCF 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 Buccaneers[A]
4 102 Jalyn Holmes DE Ohio State from Buccaneers[A]
130 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[B]
5 157 Tyler Conklin TE Central Michigan from Jets[C]
167 Daniel Carlson K Auburn from Vikings[C] via Jets[D]
6 180 Traded to the New York Jets[D] from Buccaneers[A]
204 Traded to the New York Jets[D]
213 Colby Gossett G Appalachian State Compensatory pick[E]
218 Ade Aruna DE Tulane Compensatory pick[E]
7 225 Devante Downs LB California from Broncos[F] via Vikings[C] and Jets[D]
248 Traded to the Seattle Seahawks[G]

Draft trades

  1. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their third-round selection (94th overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for Tampa Bay's fourth- and sixth-round selections (102nd and 180th overall).[3]
  2. ^ The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (130th overall) and 2017 first-round selection (14th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford.[4]
  3. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their fifth- and seventh-round selections (167th and 225th overall) to the Jets in exchange for the Jets' fifth-round selection (157th overall).
  4. ^ a b c d The Vikings traded two sixth-round selections (180th and 204th overall) to the Jets in exchange for the Jets' fifth- and seventh-round selection (167th and 204th overall).
  5. ^ a b The Vikings were awarded two sixth-round compensatory picks (213th and 218th overall).
  6. ^ The Vikings traded their 2019 fifth-round selection to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Denver's seventh-round selection (225th overall) and quarterback Trevor Siemian.[5]
  7. ^ The Vikings traded their seventh-round selection (248th overall) to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for cornerback Tramaine Brock.[6]
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

TransactionsEdit

Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
March 12 Mack Brown RB 1 year / $630,000[7]
Anthony Harris SS 1 year / $705,000[7]
March 16 Dylan Bradley DT 1 year / $480,000[8]
March 20 Kai Forbath K 1 year / $790,000[9]
March 28 Marcus Sherels CB 1 year / $1.4 million[9]
April 30 Terence Newman CB 1 year / $1.105 million[10]
Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
February 12 Josh Andrews G Philadelphia Eagles [16]
March 15 Kirk Cousins QB Washington Redskins 3 years / $84 million[9]
March 16 Sheldon Richardson DT Seattle Seahawks 1 year / $8 million[9]
March 19 Trevor Siemian QB Denver Broncos Trade[17]
March 20 Josiah Price TE Minnesota Vikings [12]
Nick Dooley LS [12]
March 22 Tom Compton G Chicago Bears 1 year / $900,000[9]
March 29 Reshard Cliett LB Kansas City Chiefs [18]
March 30 Kendall Wright WR Chicago Bears 1 year / $1 million[9]
April 5 Tavarres King WR New York Giants [9]
August 22 George Iloka S Cincinnati Bengals 1 year / $790,000[19]

StaffEdit

2018 Minnesota Vikings 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

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

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 rosterEdit

2018 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
53 Active, 9 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

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

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Denver Broncos W 42–28 1–0 Broncos Stadium at Mile High 75,530 Recap
2 August 18 Jacksonville Jaguars L 10–14 1–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,637 Recap
3 August 24 Seattle Seahawks W 21–20 2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,676 Recap
4 August 30 at Tennessee Titans W 13–3 3–1 Nissan Stadium 61,455 Recap

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 14 10 31542
Broncos 0 14 7728

at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 2: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week 2: Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 7 0714
Vikings 3 0 7010

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 18
  • 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

Week 3: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week 3: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 10 3720
Vikings 0 6 01521

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 24
  • 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

Week 4: at Tennessee TitansEdit

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 3713
Titans 3 0 003

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: August 30
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 83 °F (28 °C)
  • Game attendance: 61,455
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV: KMSP
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 San Francisco 49ers W 24–16 1–0 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,673 Recap
2 September 16 at Green Bay Packers T 29–29 (OT) 1–0–1 Lambeau Field 78,461 Recap
3 September 23 Buffalo Bills L 6–27 1–1–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,800 Recap
4 September 27 at Los Angeles Rams L 31–38 1–2–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 72,027 Recap
5 October 7 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23–21 2–2–1 Lincoln Financial Field 69,696 Recap
6 October 14 Arizona Cardinals W 27–17 3–2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,801 Recap
7 October 21 at New York Jets W 37–17 4–2–1 MetLife Stadium 77,982 Recap
8 October 28 New Orleans Saints L 20–30 4–3–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,801 Recap
9 November 4 Detroit Lions W 24–9 5–3–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,825 Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 at Chicago Bears L 20–25 5–4–1 Soldier Field 61,651 Recap
12 November 25 Green Bay Packers W 24–17 6–4–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,872 Recap
13 December 2 at New England Patriots L 10–24 6–5–1 Gillette Stadium 65,878 Recap
14 December 10 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–21 6–6–1 CenturyLink Field 69,007 Recap
15 December 16 Miami Dolphins W 41–17 7–6–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,841 Recap
16 December 23 at Detroit Lions W 27–9 8–6–1 Ford Field 61,641 Recap
17 December 30 Chicago Bears L 10–24 8–7–1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,878 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week 1: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 3 10316
Vikings 3 7 14024

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

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,[20][21] as well as the return of second-year running back Dalvin Cook, who had torn his ACL early in the 2017 season.[22] 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 PackersEdit

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Vikings 7 0 022029
Packers 7 10 39029

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 80 °F (27 °C)
  • Game attendance: 78,461
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

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 BillsEdit

Week 3: Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 17 10 0027
Vikings 0 0 066

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 4: at Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 13 8331
Rams 7 21 10038

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

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 EaglesEdit

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 14 3323
Eagles 0 3 31521

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, 79 °F (26 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,696
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 6: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week 6: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 3 7 0717
Vikings 10 3 14027

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 7: at New York JetsEdit

Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 3 101737
Jets 7 0 3717

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 8: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week 8: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 10 10330
Vikings 7 6 0720

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

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 LionsEdit

Week 9: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 6 039
Vikings 7 10 0724

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 11: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 31720
Bears 3 11 01125

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 33 °F (1 °C)
  • 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

Week 12: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week 12: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 7 7 0317
Vikings 7 7 10024

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

Week 13: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 7 3010
Patriots 7 3 7724

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 53 °F (12 °C)
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad (4)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 14: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 077
Seahawks 0 3 01821

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 15: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week 15: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 10 7017
Vikings 21 0 31741

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 16: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 14 31027
Lions 3 6 009

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

Week 17: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week 17: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 7 6 01124
Vikings 0 3 7010

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

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Chicago Bears 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 421 283 W4
Minnesota Vikings 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 360 341 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 9 1 .406 1–4–1 3–8–1 376 400 L1
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 360 W1

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] New Orleans Saints South 13 3 0 .813 4–2 9–3 .482 .488 L1
2[a] Los Angeles Rams West 13 3 0 .813 6–0 9–3 .480 .428 W2
3 Chicago Bears North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .430 .419 W4
4 Dallas Cowboys East 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 .488 .444 W2
Wild cards
5 Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .484 .400 W2
6 Philadelphia Eagles East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 .518 .486 W3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Minnesota Vikings North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 .504 .355 L1
8[b] Atlanta Falcons South 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 .482 .348 W3
9[b] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .486 .371 L2
10[b] Carolina Panthers South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .508 .518 W1
11 Green Bay Packers North 6 9 1 .406 1–4–1 3–8–1 .488 .417 L1
12 Detroit Lions North 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .504 .427 W1
13[c] New York Giants East 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .527 .487 L3
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .523 .506 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 .504 .406 L2
16 Arizona Cardinals West 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .527 .302 L4
Tiebreakers[d]
  1. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of LA Rams based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c Atlanta finished ahead of Washington based on head-to-head victory. Atlanta finished ahead of Carolina based on head-to-head sweep. Washington finished ahead of Carolina based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b NY Giants finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Pro BowlEdit

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.[23]

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

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[24]

League rankingsEdit

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[25]

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