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2003 Minnesota Vikings season

2003 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Tice
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season Next season
< 2002 2004 >

The 2003 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 43rd year in the National Football League. The Vikings gained 6,294 yards on offense, by far the most in the league; however the team 416 points were only 6th best 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. Green Bay won the division at 10–6, while the Vikings finished 9–7. The Vikings set a new mark for futility during the season when they lost to every 4–12 team (Giants, Chargers, Raiders, and Cardinals) during their 3–7 finish. Curiously, the Vikings went 4–2 against 2003 playoff teams, but only 5–5 against teams with losing records. The Vikings were 6–2 at home, and 8–3 in domes overall. (They only played one cold-weather game, a loss to Chicago in Week Fifteen.)

The Vikings were officially eliminated from postseason contention when a touchdown reception on 4th and 25 by Arizona Cardinals receiver Nate Poole handed the Vikings a dramatic last-second 18–17 loss in their final game.[1]


  • Offseason 1
    • 2003 Draft 1.1
  • Regular season 2
    • Schedule 2.1
    • Standings 2.2
  • Statistics 3
    • Team leaders 3.1
    • League rankings 3.2
  • Personnel 4
    • Staff 4.1
    • Final roster 4.2
  • External links 5
  • References 6


2003 Draft

Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 9 9 Kevin Williams Defensive Tackle Oklahoma State in lieu of #7 (time expired)
2 8 40 E.J. Henderson Linebacker Maryland
3 7 71 Nate Burleson Wide Receiver Nevada
4 8 105 Onterrio Smith Running Back Oregon
5 7 142 Traded to the Cleveland Browns
6 7 180 Eddie Johnson Punter Idaho State
17 190 Mike Nattiel Linebacker Florida from Saints
7 7 221 Keenan Howry Wide Receiver Oregon
^[a] The draft took an odd turn with the Minnesota Vikings' pick in the first round. The Vikings were apparently attempting to consummate a trade when their fifteen-minute time allowance elapsed. The Jaguars who selected next were quick to pounce, turning in their card to select QB Byron Leftwich immediately after the Vikings' time elapsed. The Panthers also took advantage of the gaffe, selecting OT Jordan Gross before the Vikings recovered and selected DT Kevin Williams.[2] Nevertheless, the mistake may have worked in the Vikings' favor as Williams went on to be a mainstay on their team, missing only four games in his first 10 seasons in the NFL and making six Pro Bowls.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (142nd overall) to Cleveland for their 2002 7th round selection and QB Stalin Colinet on October 16, 2001.
^[c] New Orleans traded their 6th round selection (190th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for QB Todd Bouman on March 13, 2003.

Regular season


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


NFC North
(4) 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


Team leaders

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
Receiving Yards Randy Moss 1,632
Receiving Touchdowns Randy Moss 17
Points Randy Moss
Aaron Elling
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

League rankings

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
(out of 32)
Passing Offense 3,951 Yards 246.9 YPG 4th
Rushing Offense 2,343 Yards 146.4 YPG 4th
Total Offense 6,294 Yards 393.4 YPG 1st
Passing Defense 3,477 Yards 217.3 YPG 26th
Rushing Defense 1,879 Yards 117.4 YPG 17th
Total Defense 5,356 Yards 334.8 YPG 23rd




Final roster

External links

  • YouTube: Minnesota Vikings @ Arizona Cardinals 2003 Josh McCown to Nate Poole game-winning touchdown


  1. ^ YouTube: Minnesota Vikings @ Arizona Cardinals 2003 Josh McCown to Nate Poole game-winning touchdown
  2. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (2003-04-26). "Slow on trigger, Vikings miss pick".  
  3. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
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