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2017 Minnesota Vikings Season
2017 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachMike Zimmer
General managerRick Spielman
OwnerZygi Wilf
Home fieldU.S. Bank Stadium
Results
Record13-3
Division place1st NFC North
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs Saints) 29-24
Lost NFC Championship (at Eagles) 7-38
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Uniform
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The 2017 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 57th in the National Football League, and their fourth under head coach Mike Zimmer. With the team's home stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, scheduled to host Super Bowl LII at the end of the season, the Vikings attempted to make history as the first team to play the Super Bowl on their home field; in recording their best regular season record since 1998, they clinched a first-round bye for the first time since 2009 and became the eighth team in the Super Bowl era to qualify for the playoffs in a season in which their stadium hosted the Super Bowl. They defeated the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round 29-24 on a walk-off play referred to as the "Minneapolis Miracle", but lost 38-7 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

This was the first season since 2006 without star running back Adrian Peterson on the roster, as the team declined his contract option in February.

Roster changes

Draft

2017 Minnesota Vikings draft
Draft order Player name Position College Contract Notes
Round Selection
1 14 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[A]
2 41 Dalvin Cook RB Florida State 4 years / $6.35 million from Bengals[B]
48 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[B]
3 70 Pat Elflein C Ohio State 4 years / $3.33 million from Jets[C]
79 Traded to the New York Jets[C]
86 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[D] from Dolphins[E]
104 Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[F] from Chiefs[D]
4 109 Jaleel Johnson DT Iowa from 49ers[F]
120 Ben Gedeon LB Michigan
128 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[B] from Dolphins[E]
132 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[G] from Chiefs[D]
139 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[H] from Browns via Eagles[G]
5 160 Traded to the New York Jets[C]
170 Rodney Adams WR USF from Chiefs[H]
180 Danny Isidora G Miami from Chiefs[H]
6 199 Traded to the Washington Redskins[I]
201 Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech from Redskins[I]
7 219 Stacy Coley WR Miami from Browns via 49ers[F]
220 Ifeadi Odenigbo DE Northwestern from 49ers via Redskins[I]
230 Traded to the Washington Redskins[I] from Eagles[G]
232 Elijah Lee LB Kansas State
245 Jack Tocho CB N.C. State from Chiefs[D]

Draft trades

  1. ^ The Vikings traded their first-round selection (14th overall) and 2018 fourth-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford.[1]
  2. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their second- and fourth-round selections (48th and 128th overall) to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Cincinnati's second-round selection (41st overall).[2]
  3. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their third- and fifth-round selections (79th and 160th overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets' third-round selection (70th overall).[2]
  4. ^ a b c d The Vikings traded their third-round selection (86th overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Kansas City's third-, fourth-, and seventh-round selections (104th, 132nd and 245th overall).[2]
  5. ^ a b The Vikings traded their 2016 third-round selection to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Miami's third- and fourth-round selections (86th and 129th overall).[3]
  6. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their third-round selection (104th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for San Francisco's fourth- and seventh-round selections (109th and 219th overall).[2]
  7. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (132nd overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia's fourth- and seventh-round selections (139th and 230th overall).[2]
  8. ^ a b c The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (139nd overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Kansas City's two fifth-round selections (170th and 180th overall).[2]
  9. ^ a b c d The Vikings traded their sixth- and seventh-round selections (199th and 230th overall) to the Washington Redskins in exchange for Washington's sixth- and seventh-round selections (201st and 220th overall).[2]

Transactions

Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
January 2, 2017 Moritz Böhringer WR [RFC][4]
Kyle Carter TE
Cayleb Jones WR
Marquis Lucas OT
Tre Roberson CB
Bishop Sankey RB
Sterling Bailey DT
Austin Shepherd OT
Cedric Thompson S
March 8, 2017 Jeremiah Sirles OT 1 year / $690,000[5]
March 15, 2017 Terence Newman CB 1 year / $3.25 million[6]
Adam Thielen WR 3 years / $17 million[7]
March 24, 2017 Brian Robison DE 2 years / $7.5 million[8]
Departures
Date Player name Position Note New team
February 10, 2017 Brandon Fusco G Released[9] San Francisco 49ers
Mike Harris G
March 6, 2017 Chad Greenway OLB Retired[10]
March 9, 2017 Rhett Ellison TE UFA New York Giants[11]
Matt Kalil OT Carolina Panthers[12]
Jeff Locke P Indianapolis Colts[13]
March 10, 2017 Charles Johnson WR Carolina Panthers[14]
Captain Munnerlyn CB Carolina Panthers[15]
March 11, 2017 Audie Cole LB Jacksonville Jaguars[16]
March 13, 2017 Cordarrelle Patterson WR/KR Oakland Raiders[17]
March 14, 2017 Andre Smith OT Cincinnati Bengals
March 24, 2017 Scott Crichton DT Released
May 4, 2017 Marquis Lucas OT Waived
Sterling Bailey DE
Cedric Thompson S
May 16, 2017 B. J. Dubose DT Waived [18]
May 17, 2017 Toby Johnson DT Waived
May 27, 2017 Matt Asiata RB UFA Detroit Lions
May 31, 2017 Mitch Mathews WR Waived[19]
Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
January 3, 2017 Reid Fragel OT Kansas City Chiefs [RFC][20]
Marshall Koehn K Miami Dolphins
Taylor Symmank P
March 9, 2017 Riley Reiff OT Detroit Lions 5 years / $58.75 million[21]
March 10, 2017 Mike Remmers OT Carolina Panthers 5 years / $30 million[22]
March 14, 2017 Datone Jones DE Green Bay Packers 1 year / $3.75 million[23]
March 16, 2017 Latavius Murray RB Oakland Raiders 3 years / $15.0 million[24]
March 30, 2017 Terrell Sinkfield CB BC Lions (CFL) [25]
Mitch Mathews WR Cleveland Browns
Nick Truesdell TE Cleveland Gladiators (AFL)
March 31, 2017 Case Keenum QB Los Angeles Rams 1 year / $2.0 million[26]
April 3, 2017 Ryan Quigley P Arizona Cardinals 1 year / $2.0 million[27]
May 10, 2017 Michael Floyd WR New England Patriots 1 year / $1.5 million
May 17, 2017 Will Sutton DT Chicago Bears

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^[RFC] Denotes this is a reserve/future contract.

Staff

Final roster

Preseason

Schedule

The Vikings' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 10.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at Buffalo Bills W 17-10 1-0 New Era Field 60,459 Recap
2 August 18 at Seattle Seahawks L 13-20 1-1 CenturyLink Field 68,550 Recap
3 August 27 San Francisco 49ers W 32-31 2-1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,551 Recap
4 August 31 Miami Dolphins L 9-30 2-2 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,409 Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: at Buffalo Bills

Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 New Orleans Saints W 29-19 1-0 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,606 Recap
2 September 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 9-26 1-1 Heinz Field 65,971 Recap
3 September 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34-17 2-1 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,390 Recap
4 October 1 Detroit Lions L 7-14 2-2 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,730 Recap
5 October 9 at Chicago Bears W 20-17 3-2 Soldier Field 61,834 Recap
6 October 15 Green Bay Packers W 23-10 4-2 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,848 Recap
7 October 22 Baltimore Ravens W 24-16 5-2 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,751 Recap
8 October 29 at Cleveland Browns W 33-16 6-2 Twickenham Stadium
(London, England)
74,237 Recap
9 Bye
10 November 12 at Washington Redskins W 38-30 7-2 FedExField 74,476 Recap
11 November 19 Los Angeles Rams W 24-7 8-2 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,809 Recap
12 November 23 at Detroit Lions W 30-23 9-2 Ford Field 66,613 Recap
13 December 3 at Atlanta Falcons W 14-9 10-2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 71,185 Recap
14 December 10 at Carolina Panthers L 24-31 10-3 Bank of America Stadium 73,728 Recap
15 December 17 Cincinnati Bengals W 34-7 11-3 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,833 Recap
16 December 23 at Green Bay Packers W 16-0 12-3 Lambeau Field 78,092 Recap
17 December 31 Chicago Bears W 23-10 13-3 U.S. Bank Stadium 66,802 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 4: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 5: at Chicago Bears

Week 6: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 7: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

NFL London Games

Week 10: at Washington Redskins

Week 11: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 12: at Detroit Lions

NFL on Thanksgiving Day

Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 14: at Carolina Panthers

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 16: at Green Bay Packers

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears

Standings

Division

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2)Minnesota Vikings 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 382 252 W3
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 5-1 8-4 410 376 W1
Green Bay Packers 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 320 384 L3
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 0-6 1-11 264 320 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 .461 .433 L1
2[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 .492 .447 W3
3[b] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4-2 7-5 .504 .460 L1
4[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[c] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3-3 7-5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4-2 9-3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5-1 8-4 .496 .368 W1
8[d] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4-2 7-5 .492 .444 L1
9[d] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5-1 7-5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 .488 .406 W2
11[e] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 .539 .357 L3
12[e] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1-5 5-7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1-5 3-9 .512 .438 W5
14[f] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1-5 3-9 .555 .375 W1
15[f] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0-6 1-11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1-5 1-11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago, the Los Angeles Rams and Washington was 5-0, compared to Minnesota's 4-1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. ^ a b LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b c Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle was 2-3, compared to Washington's 1-4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. ^ a b Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ 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.

Postseason

Schedule

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 14 New Orleans Saints (4) W 29-24 1-0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
NFC Championship January 21 at Philadelphia Eagles (1) L 7-38 1-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Game summaries

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (#4) New Orleans Saints

NFC Championship: at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles

With their win against the Saints in the NFC Divisional Round, Minnesota became the first team in the Super Bowl era to advance to the conference championship game the same year they hosted the Super Bowl. Despite going to Lincoln Financial Field as three-point favorites, primarily due to a general lack of confidence in Eagles second-string quarterback Nick Foles, the Vikings lost in a massive upset to the number 1 seeded Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 38-7. Although the Vikings took an early lead on their opening drive via a pass from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph, the Eagles leveled the scores on a 50-yard Patrick Robinson interception return before scoring a further 31 unanswered points over the final three quarters. This loss extended the Vikings NFC title drought to 42 seasons, the longest in the NFL.

Pro Bowl

Four Vikings players were elected to the Pro Bowl when the rosters were announced on December 19, 2017, with three-time selection Everson Griffen, two-time selection Xavier Rhodes and first-timer Adam Thielen all named as starters, while Griffen's fellow third-timer Anthony Barr was named on the bench at outside linebacker behind the Cardinals' Chandler Jones and the Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan.[29][30] Safety Harrison Smith was rated as the best safety in the league by Pro Football Focus over the course of the season, but was not included in the roster for the Pro Bowl, leading to some considering him to be one of the biggest snubs of the season.[31][32][33]

Smith was eventually named to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster on January 22, after New York Giants safety Landon Collins withdrew due to injury. Kyle Rudolph was also included after Jimmy Graham pulled out with an injury, while Linval Joseph took the place of the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles' Fletcher Cox. Smith will be appearing in his third straight Pro Bowl, while Rudolph and Joseph are appearing in their second career Pro Bowls.[34] Barr and Griffen also pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to injury, replaced by Thomas Davis and Michael Bennett respectively.[35]

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Total
Passing yards Case Keenum 3,547
Passing touchdowns Case Keenum 22
Rushing yards Latavius Murray 842
Rushing touchdowns Latavius Murray 8
Receptions Adam Thielen 91
Receiving yards Adam Thielen 1,276
Receiving touchdowns Stefon Diggs
Kyle Rudolph
8
Points Kai Forbath 130
Kickoff return yards Jerick McKinnon 312
Punt return yards Marcus Sherels 372
Tackles Eric Kendricks 113
Sacks Everson Griffen 13.0
Interceptions Harrison Smith 5
Forced fumbles Everson Griffen 3

Source: Minnesota Vikings' official website[36]

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 3,753 234.6 11th
Rushing offense 1,957 122.3 7th
Total offense 5,710 356.9 11th
Passing defense 3,078 192.4 2nd
Rushing defense 1,337 83.6 2nd
Total defense 4,415 275.9 1st

Source: NFL.com.[37]

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