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2003 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Tice
Home field Metrodome
Results
Record 9-7
Place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2002 2004

2003 was the 43rd year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 84th regular season of the National Football League.

The Vikings began 2003 with a fast 6-0 start. However, the Vikings ended up going 3-7 the rest of the season, missing the playoffs when a touchdown reception on 4th-and-long by Arizona Cardinals receiver Nate Poole gave the Vikings a last-second 18-17 loss in their final game. Green Bay won the division at 10-6, while the Vikings were 9-7. The following season the Cardinals hired Dennis Green as their head coach. Green had been Viking head coach from 1992 until the final week of 2001. 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.

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2003 Draft

Round Pick Name Position College
1 (9) Kevin Williams Defensive Tackle Oklahoma State
2 (40) E.J. Henderson Linebacker Maryland
3 (71) Nate Burleson Wide Receiver Nevada
4 (105) Onterrio Smith Running Back Oregon
6 (180) Eddie Johnson Punter Idaho State
6 (190) Mike Nattiel Linebacker Florida
7 (221) Keenan Howry Wide Receiver Oregon

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Record
1 September 7 at Green Bay Packers W 30-25 Lambeau Field 1 - 0
2 September 14 Chicago Bears W 24-13 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 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 Metrodome 6 - 0
8 October 26 New York Giants L 17-29 Metrodome 6 - 1
9 November 2 Green Bay Packers L 27-30 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 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 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 Metrodome 9 - 6
17 December 28 at Arizona Cardinals L 17-18 Sun Devil Stadium 9 - 7

Standings

NFC North
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 442 307 W-4
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 416 353 L-1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 283 346 L-1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 270 379 W-1

Uniform combinations

Minnesota Vikings uniform: 1996–2005
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Miami Cincinnati Indianapolis Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Carolina St. Louis
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NY Jets Pittsburgh Tennessee San Diego Washington Minnesota Tampa Bay Seattle
2003 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXVIII
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