1988 Minnesota Vikings season

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1988 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Jerry Burns
General manager Mike Lynn
Home field Metrodome
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish Won NFC Wild Card Round
Lost Divisional Round
Timeline
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< 1987 1989 >

The 1988 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 28th year in the National Football League. The team won eleven games, and finished second to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Central division.

The Vikings had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 1988. The team allowed 4,091 total yards, 4.3 yards per play, and 243 first downs, all best in the league. The Vikings also had a league-best 53 takeaways.[1] Opposing quarterbacks had a league-worst 41.2 passer rating against the Vikings' defense, the lowest total of the 1980s and fifth all-time for the Super Bowl era.[2]

Offseason[edit]

1988 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1988 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 19 19 Randall McDaniel Offensive Guard Arizona State
2 18 45 Traded to the Denver Broncos[a]
27 54 Brad Edwards Defensive Back South Carolina from Broncos[a]
3 16 71 Al Noga Defensive End Hawaii
4 15 97 Traded to the New England Patriots[b]
26 108 Todd Kalis Offensive Guard Arizona State from Broncos[a]
5 15 124 Darrell Fullington Defensive Back Miami
6 19 156 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[c]
27 164 Derrick White Defensive Back Oklahoma from Broncos[a]
7 18 183 Brad Beckman Tight End Nebraska-Omaha
8 17 210 Joe Cain Linebacker Oregon Tech
9 16 237 Paul McGowan Linebacker Florida State
10 15 264 Brian Habib Offensive Tackle Washington
11 19 296 Norman Floyd Safety South Carolina from Vikings[b] via Patriots[d]
12 18 323 Traded to the New York Giants[e]
^[a] Denver traded their 2nd round selection (54th overall), 4th round selection (108th overall), and 6th round selection (164th overall) to the Vikings to move up 9 spots to the 45th selection and draft Offensive Tackle Gerald Perry.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (97th overall) and 11th round selection (294th overall) to New England for QB Rich Gannon.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (156th overall) and 1989 10th round selection (275th overall) to Miami for OL Greg Koch.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 1989 9th round selection to New England for the 11th round selection (296th overall) that the Patriots received in the Gannon trade[b].
^[e] Minnesota traded their 12th round selection (323rd overall) to the Giants for C Chris Foote.

Supplemental Draft[edit]

Round Name Position College Notes
5 Ryan Bethea Wide Receiver South Carolina Resulted in forfeiture of 1989 5th round selection

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1988 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Bob Schnelker
  • Receivers – Dick Rehbein
  • Offensive Assistant/Receivers – Jerry Brown
  • Running Backs – John Brunner
  • Tight Ends – Tom Batta
  • Offensive Line – John Michels
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Tom Batta


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Final roster[edit]

1988 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
49 Active, 2 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 at Buffalo Bills L 13–10
76,783
2 September 11, 1988 New England Patriots W 36–6
55,545
3 September 18, 1988 at Chicago Bears W 31–7
63,990
4 September 25, 1988 Philadelphia Eagles W 23–21
56,012
5 October 2, 1988 at Miami Dolphins L 24–7
59,867
6 October 9, 1988 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 14–13
55,274
7 October 16, 1988 Green Bay Packers L 34–14
59,053
8 October 23, 1988 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 49–20
48,020
9 October 30, 1988 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–21
60,738
10 November 6, 1988 Detroit Lions W 44–17
55,573
11 November 13, 1988 at Dallas Cowboys W 43–3
57,830
12 November 20, 1988 Indianapolis Colts W 12–3
58,342
13 November 24, 1988 at Detroit Lions W 23–0
46,379
14 December 4, 1988 New Orleans Saints W 45–3
61,215
15 December 11, 1988 at Green Bay Packers L 18–6
48,892
16 December 19, 1988 Chicago Bears W 28–27
62,067

Game summaries[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Vikings 17 0 17 9 43
Cowboys 0 3 0 0 3
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 57,830
  • Game weather: 59°F; wind 12

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Postseason[edit]

  • 12/26 LA Rams W 28–17 (NFC Wildcard)
  • 1/1 at San Francisco L 9–34 (NFC Divisional)

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Chicago Bears(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 312 215
Minnesota Vikings(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 406 233
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 4–4 4–8 261 350
Detroit Lions 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–11 240 315
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–9 220 313

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

San Francisco 49ers 34, Minnesota Vikings 9
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 6 0 9
49ers 7 14 0 13 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Wade Wilson 2,746
Passing Touchdowns Wade Wilson 15
Rushing Yards Darrin Nelson 380
Rushing Touchdowns Alfred Anderson 7
Receiving Yards Anthony Carter 1,225
Receiving Touchdowns Anthony Carter 6
Points Chuck Nelson 108
Kickoff Return Yards Darryl Harris 833
Punt Return Yards Leo Lewis 550
Tackles Jesse Solomon 124
Sacks Chris Doleman
Keith Millard
8.0
Interceptions Carl Lee 8
Forced Fumbles Henry Thomas 4

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,789 Yards 236.8 YPG 4th
Rushing Offense 1,806 Yards 112.9 YPG 20th
Total Offense 5,595 Yards 349.7 YPG 7th
Passing Defense 2,489 Yards 155.6 YPG 2nd
Rushing Defense 1,602 Yards 100.1 YPG 5th
Total Defense 4,091 Yards 255.7 YPG 1st

References[edit]