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

The 2003 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 43rd in the National Football League. They finished second in the NFC North with a 9–7 record, but missed the playoffs for a third straight year. Despite gaining 6,294 yards of offense over their 16 games, by far the most in the league, the team managed just 416 points, the sixth-most in the NFL. The Vikings won their first six games of the 2003 season, then lost their next four games, after which they alternated wins and losses for the remainder of the season. Despite their 9–7 record, they finished second in the division behind the 10–6 Green Bay Packers. The Vikings were officially eliminated from postseason contention with a loss to the Arizona Cardinals on the last play of their final game.

Wide receiver Randy Moss led the NFL with 17 touchdown receptions, the third time in his career that he led the league in that category. After two seasons of inconsistency, rejuvenated quarterback Daunte Culpepper was voted to play in the second Pro Bowl of his career at the end of the season.

OffseasonEdit

2003 DraftEdit

Pro Bowler
2003 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Overall
19Kevin WilliamsDefensive tackleOklahoma Statein lieu of #7 (time expired)[a]
240E. J. HendersonLinebackerMaryland
371Nate BurlesonWide receiverNevada
4105Onterrio SmithRunning backOregon
5142Traded to the Cleveland Browns[b]
6180Eddie JohnsonPunterIdaho State
190Mike NattielLinebackerFloridafrom Saints[c]
7221Keenan HowryWide receiverOregon
^[a] While attempting to agree a trade, the Vikings' time elapsed, allowing the Jacksonville Jaguars to move up and select QB Byron Leftwich. The Carolina Panthers were also able to select OT Jordan Gross before the Vikings ultimately selected DT Kevin Williams.[1] Williams went on to become a mainstay in the Vikings team, missing only four games in his first 10 seasons in the NFL and making six Pro Bowls.
^[b] The Vikings traded their fifth-round selection (142nd overall) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Cleveland's 2002 seventh-round selection and defensive lineman Stalin Colinet.
^[c] The Vikings traded quarterback Todd Bouman to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for New Orleans' sixth-round selection (190th overall).

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance[2]
1 August 9 Jacksonville Jaguars L 14–16 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,370
2 August 16 at Kansas City Chiefs L 16–26 0–2 Arrowhead Stadium 75,634
3 August 22 at Oakland Raiders W 21–6 1–2 Network Associates Coliseum 37,411
4 August 28 Arizona Cardinals L 27–31 1–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,473

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

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

StandingsEdit

NFC North
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 442 307 W4
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 416 353 L1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 283 346 L1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 270 379 W1

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Daunte Culpepper 3,479
Passing touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 25
Rushing yards Moe Williams 745
Rushing touchdowns Moe Williams
Onterrio Smith
5
Receiving yards Randy Moss 1,632 *
Receiving touchdowns Randy Moss 17
Points Randy Moss
Aaron Elling
102
Kickoff return yards Onterrio Smith 588
Punt return yards Keenan Howry 247
Tackles Brian Russell 95
Sacks Kevin Williams 10.5
Interceptions Brian Russell 9
Forced fumbles Kenny Mixon 4

* Vikings single season record.

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 3,951 246.9 4th
Rushing offense 2,343 146.4 4th
Total offense 6,294 393.4 1st
Passing defense 3,477 217.3 26th
Rushing defense 1,879 117.4 17th
Total defense 5,356 334.8 23rd

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2003 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Scott Linehan
  • Running Backs – Dean Dalton
  • Wide Receivers – Charlie Baggett
  • Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line – John Tice
  • Offensive Line – Steve Loney
  • Offensive Quality Control – Randy Hanson
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line – George O'Leary
  • Linebackers – Brian Baker
  • Secondary – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Assistant Secondary – Kevin Ross
  • Defensive Assistant/Assistant Defensive Line – Pete Bercich
  • Defensive Quality Control – Jim Panagos

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

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

[3]

Final rosterEdit

2003 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
54 Active, 3 Inactive, 3 Practice squad

ReferencesEdit

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