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The 2009 Minnesota Vikings season is the franchise's 49th season in the NFL. The Vikings look to improve upon their 10–6 record and defend their NFC North title from 2008. They are under the direction of head coach Brad Childress, who is in his fourth season with the Vikings, and they play their home games at the Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker.

Offseason

Player and personnel moves

Quarterback Brett Favre announced that he would not sign with the Minnesota Vikings on July 28, after much speculation that he would. However, on August 18, Favre signed a 2-year contract worth $25 million with the Vikings.

Releases and injuries

On February 18, the team released running back Maurice Hicks.

On February 27, the team released quarterback Gus Frerotte.

On March 3, the team released linebacker Vinny Ciurciu.

On March 4, free agent center Matt Birk left the Vikings to join the Baltimore Ravens.

On March 18, free agent safety Darren Sharper left the Vikings to join the New Orleans Saints.

Signings and extensions

On February 24, the team re-signed cornerback Charles Gordon to a 1-year $1 million contract.

On February 26, the team re-signed defensive end Jayme Mitchell to a 2-year deal.

On February 27, the Vikings traded a 2009 4th round pick to the Houston Texans for quarterback Sage Rosenfels. They then signed Rosenfels to a 2-year $9 million contract extension that will run through 2011.

On February 27, the team re-signed tight end Jim Kleinsasser to a 3-year $9 million contract.

On March 6, the team re-signed linebacker Heath Farwell to a 3-year $7.75 million contract.

On March 9, the team re-signed cornerback Benny Sapp to a 1-year contract.

On March 11, the team re-signed defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy to a 1-year contract.

On March 19, the Vikings signed cornerback Karl Paymah and wide receiver Glenn Holt.

On March 21, cornerback Cedric Griffin signed a 3-year contract extension.

On March 27, the team matched the Bengals' offer sheet for RFA fullback Naufahu Tahi.

On March 31, the team re-signed defensive end Otis Grigsby to a 1-year deal.

On April 6, the team re-signed defensive tackle Fred Evans to a 1-year deal.

On July 24, Antoine Winfield and the Vikings agreed on a 5-year extension through the 2013 season.

On August 18, the team signed formerly retired quarterback Brett Favre.

2009 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position College
1 (22) Percy Harvin Wide receiver Floridamarker
2 (54) Phil Loadholt Offensive tackle Oklahomamarker
3 (86) Asher Allen Cornerback Georgiamarker
5 (150) Jasper Brinkley Linebacker South Carolinamarker
7 (231) Jamarca Sanford Safety Mississippimarker


The Vikings did not have a fourth or a sixth round selection.

Schedule

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Venue TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 13 12:00 pm at Cleveland Browns W 34–20 1–0 Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker FOX Recap
2 September 20 12:00 pm at Detroit Lions W 27–13 2–0 Ford Fieldmarker FOX Recap
3 September 27 12:00 pm San Francisco 49ers W 27–24 3–0 Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker FOX Recap
4 October 5 7:30 pm Green Bay Packers W 30–23 4–0 Mall of America Fieldmarker ESPN Recap
5 October 11 12:00 pm at St. Louis Rams W 38–10 5–0 Edward Jones Domemarker FOX Recap
6 October 18 12:00 pm Baltimore Ravens W 33–31 6–0 Mall of America Field CBS Recap
7 October 25 12:00 pm at Pittsburgh Steelers L 27–17 6–1 Heinz Fieldmarker FOX Recap
8 November 1 3:15 pm at Green Bay Packers W 38–26 7–1 Lambeau Fieldmarker FOX Recap
9 Bye week
10 November 15 12:00 pm Detroit Lions W 27–10 8–1 Mall of America Field FOX Recap
11 November 22 12:00 pm Seattle Seahawks W 35–9 9–1 Mall of America Field FOX Recap
12 November 29 3:15 pm Chicago Bears W 36–10 10–1 Mall of America Field FOX Recap
13 December 6 7:20 pm at Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadiummarker NBC
14 December 13 12:00 pm Cincinnati Bengals Mall of America Field CBS
15 December 20 *7:20 pm at Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadiummarker NBC
16 December 28 7:30 pm at Chicago Bears Soldier Fieldmarker ESPN
17 January 3 *12:00 pm New York Giants Mall of America Field FOX
An asterisk indicates that the time is subject to change as a result of the NFL's flexible scheduling policy.


Standings

Preseason results

Week 1: at Indianapolis Colts

at Lucas Oil Stadiummarker, Indianapolismarker, Indianamarker
  • Game Date: Thursday, August 14, 2009
  • Top Passer: MIN Sage Rosenfels: 91 Yds
  • Top Rusher: IND Donald Brown: 58 Yds
  • Top Receiver: MIN Visanthe Shiancoe: 55 Yds


Week 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker
  • Game Date: Friday, August 22, 2009
  • Top Passer: MIN Tavaris Jackson: 202 Yds
  • Top Rusher: MIN Adrian Peterson: 44 Yds
  • Top Receiver: MIN Darius Reynaud: 88 Yds


Brett Favre made his Minnesota Vikings debut, going 1–4 for just four yards and no first downs converted in his two series under center; he nonetheless got a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at the Metrodome. Tavaris Jackson completed two touchdowns, a 13-yard score to Visanthe Shiancoe and a 64-yarder to Darius Reynaud.

Week 3: at Houston Texans

at Reliant Stadiummarker, Houstonmarker, Texasmarker
  • Game Date: Monday, August 31, 2009
  • Top Passer: MIN Brett Favre: 142 Yds
  • Top Rusher: MIN Adrian Peterson: 117 Yds
  • Top Receiver: HOU Andre Johnson: 61 Yds


Brett Favre completed 13 of 18 passes for 142 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to RB Chester Taylor. Favre even got physical, laying a block (albeit an illegal one) on Texans safety Eugene Wilson.

Regular season results

Week 1: at Cleveland Browns

at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker, Clevelandmarker, Ohiomarker

The Vikings began their season at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker for a Week 1 interconference duel with the Cleveland Browns. In the first quarter, Minnesota trailed as Browns kicker Phil Dawson got a 37-yard field goal. The Vikings answered with kicker Ryan Longwell making a 21-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Minnesota took the lead as running back Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard touchdown run. Cleveland retook their lead as Dawson kicked a 20-yard field goal, along with wide receiver Joshua Cribbs returning a punt 67 yards for a touchdown.

In the third quarter, the Vikings took control as Peterson got a 1-yard touchdown run, along with quarterback Brett Favre completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin. Afterwards, Minnesota put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter; Ryan Longwell nailed a 37-yard field goal, while Adrian Peterson got a 64-yard touchdown run. The Browns closed out the game with quarterback Brady Quinn completing a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Robert Royal.

With the win, the Vikings began their season at 1–0.

Week 2: at Detroit Lions

at Ford Fieldmarker, Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker

Coming off their road win over the Browns, the Vikings flew to Ford Fieldmarker for a Week 2 NFC North duel with the Detroit Lions. Minnesota trailed early as Lions kicker Jason Hanson got a 30-yard field goal. Detroit added to their lead in the second quarter as quarterback Matthew Stafford completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The Vikings ended the half with a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brett Favre to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

In the third quarter, Minnesota took the lead as kicker Ryan Longwell made a 46-yard field goal, followed by running back Adrian Peterson getting a 27-yard touchdown run. The Vikings pulled away as Longwell nailed a 46-yard field goal, followed by Favre completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin. The Lions completed the scoring as Hanson got a 48-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 2–0.

Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker

Coming off their divisional road win over the Lions, the Vikings played their Week 3 home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. Minnesota opened in the first quarter with quarterback Brett Favre's 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sidney Rice. The Vikings added onto their lead in the second quarter with kicker Ryan Longwell's 40-yard field goal, but the 49ers answered with quarterback Shaun Hill's 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis. Minnesota came back with Longwell's 52-yard field goal, but San Francisco took the lead prior to halftime as cornerback Nate Clements returned a blocked field goal 59 yards for a touchdown.

The 49ers increased their lead in the second half with kicker Joe Nedney's 37-yard field goal, but the Vikings immediately responded with rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin returning a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, San Francisco got the lead again with Hill hooking up with Davis on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, Minnesota came up with a dramatic win as Favre completed a game-winning 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Lewis with 2 seconds remaining in the game.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 3–0.

Week 4: vs. Green Bay Packers

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker
Minnesota Vikings versus Green Bay Packers in Week 4 of the 2009 NFL season.
Coming off their last-second win over the 49ers, the Vikings stayed at home, donned their throwback uniforms, and prepared for the highly anticipated Week 4 NFC North Monday Night Football duel with the Green Bay Packers. This was a key divisional match-up, as the division lead was on the line, while quarterback Brett Favre was pitted against his former team.

Minnesota started off the first quarter with Favre completing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. The Packers responded with quarterback Aaron Rodgers completing a 62-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermichael Finley. In the second quarter, the Vikings struck again with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Favre to wide receiver Sidney Rice, but Green Bay answered with linebacker Clay Matthews stripping running back Adrian Peterson of the ball and returning it 42 yards for a touchdown. The Vikings closed out the half with a 1-yard touchdown run from Peterson.

Minnesota began to build a lead in the third quarter as Favre hooked up with wide receiver Bernard Berrian on a 31-yard touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings solidified their lead as defensive end Jared Allen sacked Rodgers in the Green Bay endzone for a safety. The Packers rallied with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson (with a failed 2-point conversion), followed by kicker Mason Crosby nailing a 31-yard field goal. However, the Packers' push came too late and Minnesota was able to run out the clock for the win.

With the victory, not only did the Vikings improve to 4–0, but Favre became the first quarterback in NFL history to defeat all 32 NFL teams.

Allen had a spectacular single-game performance with a career-best 4.5 sacks. Favre was awarded the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, marking the 14th time in his career he has earned this award.

Week 5: at St. Louis Rams

at Edward Jones Domemarker, St. Louis, Missourimarker

Coming off an impressive divisional home win over the Packers, the Vikings flew to the Edward Jones Domemarker for a Week 5 duel with the St. Louis Rams. Minnesota got off to a fast start in the first quarter as running back Adrian Peterson got a 5-yard touchdown run, followed by defensive end Jared Allen's 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown. The Rams got on the board with kicker Josh Brown making a 29-yard field goal, but the Vikings replied with kicker Ryan Longwell booting a 47-yard field goal.

Minnesota kept its dominating performance going in the third quarter as quarterback Brett Favre hooked up with tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on a 13-yard touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings continued to pull away as Peterson got a 7-yard touchdown run. St. Louis tried to rally as quarterback Marc Bulger completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donnie Avery, yet Minnesota closed out the game with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Chester Taylor.

With the win, not only did the Vikings acquire their first 5–0 start since 2003, but Favre (18/24, 232 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) earned his first 5–0 start in his career.

Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker

Coming off their easy road win over the Rams, the Vikings went home for a Week 6 inter-conference duel with the Baltimore Ravens. Minnesota got off to a fast start in the first quarter with quarterback Brett Favre completing a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bernard Berrian. Afterwards, the Ravens got the only points of the second quarter as kicker Steven Hauschka getting a 29-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Vikings picked up where they left off with a 40-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Longwell. Baltimore responded with a 22-yard touchdown run from running back Ray Rice, yet Longwell helped out Minnesota by nailing a 22-yard field goal. Afterwards, an action-packed fourth quarter ensued. Minnesota increased its lead with Favre hooking up with Shiancoe again on a 1-yard touchdown pass, but the Ravens continued to hang around as quarterback Joe Flacco found wide receiver Mark Clayton on a 32-yard touchdown pass. The Vikings replied with Longwell's 29-yard field goal, but Baltimore took lead for the first time in the game as Flacco hooked up with wide receiver Derrick Mason on a 12-yard touchdown pass and Rice running 33 yards for a touchdown. Minnesota then regained the lead as Longwell booted a 31-yard field goal after a 58-yard pass from quarterback Brett Favre to wide receiver Sidney Rice. The Ravens got a last-minute drive into scoring range, but Hauschka's 44-yard field goal attempt went wide left, preserving the Vikings' perfect season.

With the win, the Vikings acquired their first 6–0 start since 2003 (unfortunately that team did not make the playoffs). Also, dating back to Week 17 of the 2008 season, Minnesota has won seven-straight regular season games for the first time since 2000.

Week 7: at Pittsburgh Steelers

at Heinz Fieldmarker, Pittsburghmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker

Coming off their thrilling home win over the Ravens, the Vikings flew to Heinz Fieldmarker for a Week 7 interconference duel with the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota trailed late in the first quarter as Steelers kicker Jeff Reed got a 39-yard field goal, but they took the lead in the second quarter as running back Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard touchdown. However, Pittsburgh retook the lead as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with wide receiver Mike Wallace on a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Both teams exchanged field goals in the third quarter as Reed nailed a 27-yard field goal, while Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell booted an 18-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota began to trail big as Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was stripped by defensive end Brett Keisel, causing a 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker LaMarr Woodley. The Vikings immediately struck back with rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin's 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but the Steelers' defense answered right back with linebacker Keyaron Fox's 82-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Vikings could not come back to win. The Steelers ended up winning 27-17.

With the loss, Minnesota fell to 6–1.

Week 8: at Green Bay Packers

at Lambeau Fieldmarker, Green Bay, Wisconsinmarker

Hoping to rebound from their first loss of the season to the Steelers, the Vikings flew to Lambeau Fieldmarker for the highly anticipated Week 8 divisional rematch with the Green Bay Packers, as quarterback Brett Favre made his return to his former team.

In the first quarter, the Packers scored the game's first points as kicker Mason Crosby made a 37-yard field goal following a miscue by Vikings center John Sullivan (Favre audibled for another play but Sullivan snapped the ball before Favre completed his audible). Minnesota responded with a 1-yard touchdown from running back Adrian Peterson. In the second quarter, the Vikings added onto their lead as Favre completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, followed by kicker Ryan Longwell (another former Packer) nailing a 41-yard field goal.

Minnesota picked up where they left off in the third quarter as Favre hooked up with rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin on a 51-yard touchdown pass, yet Green Bay started to rally as Crosby booted a 26-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Aaron Rodgers finding tight end Spencer Havner on a 16-yard and a 5-yard touchdown pass. The Vikings answered in the fourth quarter with Favre connecting with tight end/fullback Jeff Dugan on a 2-yard touchdown pass. The Packers tried to come back as Rodgers completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings (with a failed 2-point conversion), but Minnesota pulled away with Favre finding wide receiver Bernard Berrian on a 16-yard touchdown pass.

With their first season-sweep of the Packers in four years, the Vikings went into their bye week at 7–1, and took a commanding two and a half game lead in the NFC North over the second-place Packers. Favre threw at least 4 touchdowns for the 21st time in his career, matching the NFL record held by Dan Marino. This also marks Vikings head coach Brad Childress' first win at Green Bay (he is 3–5 overall against the Packers).

Week 9: BYE

During the Vikings' bye week, both Green Bay and Chicago lost their games (to Tampa Bay 38–28 and Arizona 41–21 respectively), allowing the Vikings to gain a three-game lead in the division standings and moving them a step closer to qualification for the playoffs and first round bye.

Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker

Coming off their bye week, the Vikings were at home and met in an NFC North duel with the Detroit Lions, who hadn't won in the Metrodome since 1997. In the first quarter, the Vikings scored the period's only points as kicker Ryan Longwell nailed a 22-yard field goal. They increased their lead in the second quarter as running back Adrian Peterson scored on a 22-yard TD run. However, Lions kicker Jason Hanson kicked a 38-yard field goal late in the quarter. At the beginning of the second half, a fumble by the Lions on their first play from scrimmage was recovered at their 29 yard line by the Vikings. Peterson ran twice on the ensuing drive, scoring on a 1-yard TD run to make it a 17–3 lead. The Lions responded with a 15-play, 84-yard drive, capped off by an 8-yard TD pass from Lions QB Matthew Stafford to TE Will Heller. Nevertheless, the Vikings pulled away in the fourth quarter as Favre completed an 8-yard pass to TE Jeff Dugan and kicker Ryan Longwell nailed a 35-yard field goal.

With the win, the Vikings moved to 8–1, and compiled a 4–0 record against their NFC North rivals. The Vikings accrued nearly 500 yards of total offense, including 303 yards in the first half alone. The Vikings also had 13 penalties, a season-high. Wide receiver Sidney Rice had a big day, catching seven passes for 201 yards, including a 56-yard reception in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. Rice was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10, the first time he has received this award. Favre and Peterson were voted Fedex Air and Ground Players of the Week.

Week 11: vs. Seattle Seahawks

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker

Coming off their penalty-plagued blowout win over the Lions, the Vikings stayed at home and met in a Week 11 duel with the Seattle Seahawks. After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings got on the board with QB Brett Favre completing a 23-yard TD pass to wide receiver Percy Harvin. Later in the same quarter, the Vikings increased their lead with an 8-yard TD pass from Favre to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Closing out the first half was a 3-yard TD pass from Favre to wide receiver Bernard Berrian to make a 21–0 Vikings halftime lead, the first time of the season the Vikings kept their opponent scoreless in the first half. In the third quarter, the Vikings continued to dominate as Favre found wide receiver Sidney Rice on a 7-yard TD pass. Seattle would score their first points of the game when kicker Olindo Mare nailed a 40-yard field goal. Finally, the Vikings put the game away as second-string QB Tarvaris Jackson found Rice again on a 34-yard TD pass. The Seahawks tried to rally with a 1-yard TD run by running back Justin Forsett (with a failed 2-point conversion), but the Vikings prevented the Seahawks comeback from advancing any further.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 9–1. Brett Favre threw 4 TD passes for the 22nd time in his career (second of the season), breaking the mark set by Dan Marino.

Week 12: vs. Chicago Bears

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker

Coming off their easy win over the Seahawks, the Vikings stayed at home, donned their throwback uniforms, and faced the Chicago Bears in a Week 12 duel. After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings drew first blood as quarterback Brett Favre completed a 15-yard TD pass (the 500th of his career) to rookie wide reciever Percy Harvin. The Bears responded with QB Jay Cutler throwing a 24-yard TD pass to WR Johnny Knox. The Vikings responded with Favre hooking up with running back Chester Taylor on a 10-yard TD pass, along with kicker Ryan Longwell nailing a 52-yard field goal. Finally, the Vikings closed out the first half with Favre finding tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on a 6-yard TD pass. In the third quarter, the Bears tried to rally with kicker Robbie Gould nailing a 38-yard field goal. However, the Vikings finally shut out the Bears for the rest of the second half, and kicker Ryan Longwell made field goals of 37 and 20 yards. Running back Adrian Peterson also had a 5-yard TD run (with a missed extra point attempt).

With the win, the Vikings improved to 10-1, and compiled a 5-0 record against their NFC North rivals. Their "magic number" decreased to two, meaning that any combination of two Vikings wins or Packers losses would result in the Vikings clinching their second consecutive NFC North division title.

Week 13: at Arizona Cardinals

at University of Phoenix Stadiummarker, Glendale, Arizonamarker

Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker
  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: None (Domed Stadium)
  • Game attendance:
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers (CBS):


Week 15: at Carolina Panthers

at Bank of America Stadiummarker, Charlotte, North Carolinamarker

Week 16: at Chicago Bears

at Soldier Fieldmarker, Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker

Week 17: vs. New York Giants

at Hubert H.marker Humphrey Metrodomemarker, Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker
  • Game time: 1:00 PM* EST
  • Game weather: None (Domed Stadium)
  • Game attendance:
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers (FOX):


(* indicates game time is subject to flexible scheduling)

References

  1. http://www.twincities.com/ci_11735620
  2. http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_11803718
  3. http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_11825908
  4. http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_11835768
  5. http://www.nfl.com/teams/transactions?team=NO
  6. http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/40260542.html
  7. http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/40395427.html
  8. http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/40421597.html
  9. http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/40457097.html
  10. http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_11852183
  11. http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_11888108?nclick_check=1
  12. http://www.nfl.com/teams/minnesotavikings/transactions?team=MIN
  13. http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_12039582
  14. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4351332
  15. The Washington Redskins traded their seventh round selection (pick #221) to the Vikings for DE Erasmus James. The Vikings used that pick to trade from spot #158 up to spot #150 in the fifth round.
  16. The Vikings traded their fourth round selection to the Texans for Sage Rosenfels. They also traded their sixth round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for now retired QB Kelly Holcomb.



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