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

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.

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.

The Vikings failed for the second time in three years to qualify for the playoffs when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins in week 17.

Roster changes


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]


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]
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]




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

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance NFL.com
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 summaries

Week 1: at Denver Broncos

Week 2: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 3: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 4: at Tennessee Titans

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance NFL.com
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 summaries

Week 1: vs. San Francisco 49ers

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 Packers

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 Bills

Week 4: at Los Angeles Rams

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 Eagles

Week 6: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week 7: at New York Jets

Week 8: vs. New Orleans Saints

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 Lions

Week 11: at Chicago Bears

Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 13: at New England Patriots

Week 14: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 15: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 16: at Detroit Lions

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears



NFC North
(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


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 postseason
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
  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 Bowl

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]


Team leaders

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
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
Forced fumbles Anthony Barr
Mike Hughes
George Iloka
Jaleel Johnson
Linval Joseph
Eric Kendricks
Harrison Smith
Stephen Weatherly

Source: Minnesota Vikings' official website[24]

League rankings

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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