1990 Minnesota Vikings season

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1990 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Jerry Burns
General manager Mike Lynn
Home field Metrodome
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1990 was the 30th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 71st regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of six wins and ten losses. After beginning the season 1–1, the Vikings dropped their next five games and found themselves at 1–6. However, they caught fire mid-season with a five-game winning streak to even their record at 6–6 (including a 41–13 thumping of the eventual NFC Central Champion Chicago Bears in Week 12). While being in the thick of the wild card race, the Vikings suddenly fell apart with a four-game losing streak to finish at 6–10.

Offseason[edit]

1990 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1990 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 21 21 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
2 22 47 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
3 1 54 Mike Jones Tight End Texas A&M from Cowboys[a]
21 74 Marion Hobby Defensive End Tennessee
4 23 104 Alonzo Hampton Defensive Back Pittsburgh
5 7 116 Reggie Thornton Wide Receiver Bowling Green State from Charges via Cowboys[a]
22 131 Cedric Smith Fullback Florida
6 21 158 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
7 23 188 John Levelis Linebacker C. W. Post
8 21 214 Craig Schlichting Defensive End Wyoming
9 21 241 Terry Allen Running Back Clemson
10 1 249 Pat Newman Wide Receiver Utah State from Cowboys[a]
23 271 Donald Smith Defensive Back Liberty
11 22 298 Traded to the Los Angeles Raiders[b]
12 20 324 Ron Goetz Linebacker Minnesota
^[a] These picks were involved in the Herschel Walker trade on October 12, 1989.
^[b] During the 1989 Draft, the Raiders traded their 12th round selection (335th overall) to Minnesota for their 11th round selection in the 1990 draft.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1990 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Bob Schnelker
  • Assistant Offensive Coordinator/Passing Game – Dick Rehbein
  • 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]

1990 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
48 Active, 8 Inactive, 1 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 9, 1990 at Kansas City Chiefs L 24–21
68,363
2 September 16, 1990 New Orleans Saints W 32–3
56,272
3 September 23, 1990 at Chicago Bears L 19–16
65,420
4 September 30, 1990 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23–20 (OT)
54,462
5 October 7, 1990 Detroit Lions L 34–27
57,586
6 October 15, 1990 at Philadelphia Eagles L 32–24
66,296
7 Bye
8 October 28, 1990 at Green Bay Packers (Milw) L 24–10
55,125
9 November 4, 1990 Denver Broncos W 27–22
57,331
10 November 11, 1990 at Detroit Lions W 17–7
68,264
11 November 18, 1990 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–21
59,735
12 November 25, 1990 Chicago Bears W 41–13
58,866
13 December 2, 1990 Green Bay Packers W 23–7
62,058
14 December 9, 1990 at New York Giants L 23–15
76,121
15 December 16, 1990 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 26–13
47,272
16 December 22, 1990 Los Angeles Raiders L 28–24
53,899
17 December 30, 1990 San Francisco 49ers L 20–17
51,590

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 348 280 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 5–3 6–8 264 367 L2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 3–5 5–7 373 413 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 10 0 .375 3–5 5–7 271 347 L5
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 3–5 4–8 351 326 L4

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Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Rich Gannon 2,278
Passing Touchdowns Rich Gannon 16
Rushing Yards Herschel Walker 770
Rushing Touchdowns Herschel Walker 5
Receiving Yards Anthony Carter 1,008
Receiving Touchdowns Anthony Carter 8
Points Donald Igwebuike 61
Kickoff Return Yards Herschel Walker 966
Punt Return Yards Leo Lewis 180
Tackles Henry Thomas 109
Sacks Chris Doleman 11.0
Interceptions Joey Browner 7
Forced Fumbles Chris Doleman 4

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,167 Yards 197.9 YPG 11th
Rushing Offense 1,867 Yards 116.7 YPG 15th
Total Offense 5,034 Yards 314.6 YPG 12th
Passing Defense 2,643 Yards 165.2 YPG 3rd
Rushing Defense 2,074 Yards 129.6 YPG 21st
Total Defense 4,717 Yards 294.8 YPG 13th

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Randall McDaniel, NFC Pro Bowl selection
  • Randall McDaniel, All-Pro selection by Associated Press
  • Randall McDaniel, All-NFC selection by UPI

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 380. Retrieved September 28, 2011.