1991 Minnesota Vikings season

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1991 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Jerry Burns
Home field Metrodome
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1991 was the 31st year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses. Head coach Jerry Burns retired after the season.

Offseason[edit]

1991 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1991 NFL draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 11 11 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
2 11 11 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
3 10 65 Carlos Jenkins Linebacker Michigan State
13 68 Jake Reed Wide Receiver Grambling State from Cowboys[a]
4 9 92 Randy Baldwin Running Back Mississippi
5 8 119 Chris Thome Center Minnesota
6 7 146 Traded to the Los Angeles Raiders[b]
24 163 Todd Scott Defensive Back Louisiana-Lafayette from Raiders[b]
7 12 179 Scotty Reagan Defensive Tackle Humboldt State
13 180 Tripp Welborne Defensive Back Michigan from Cowboys via Raiders[b]
8 11 206 Reggie Johnson Defensive End Arizona
9 9 232 Gerald Hudson Running Back Oklahoma State
10 9 259 Brady Pierce Offensive Tackle Wisconsin
11 8 286 Ivan Caesar Linebacker Boston College
12 7 313 Darren Hughes Wide Receiver Carson–Newman
^[a] These picks were involved in the Herschel Walker trade on October 12, 1989.
^[b] The Raiders traded their 6th round selection (163rd overall) and a 7th round selection (180th overall) to Minnesota to move up 17 spots to the 146th overall selection and draft DT Nolan Harrison.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1991 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Roger Headrick

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Tom Batta


[1]

Final roster[edit]

1991 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
47 Active, 6 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 at Chicago Bears L 10–6 Soldier Field
64,112
2 September 8, 1991 at Atlanta Falcons W 20–19 Atlanta Fulton County Stadium
50,936
3 September 15, 1991 San Francisco 49ers W 17–14 Metrodome
59,148
4 September 22, 1991 at New Orleans Saints L 26–0 Superdome
68,591
5 September 29, 1991 Denver Broncos L 13–6 Metrodome
55,031
6 October 6, 1991 at Detroit Lions L 24–20 Silverdome
63,423
7 October 13, 1991 Phoenix Cardinals W 34–7 Metrodome
51,209
8 October 20, 1991 at New England Patriots L 26–23 (OT) Foxboro Stadium
45,367
9 October 27, 1991 at Phoenix Cardinals W 28–0 Sun Devil Stadium
45,447
10 November 3, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 28–13 Metrodome
35,737
11 November 11, 1991 Chicago Bears L 34–17 Metrodome
59,001
12 November 17, 1991 at Green Bay Packers W 35–21 Lambeau Field
57,614
13 November 24, 1991 Detroit Lions L 34–14 Metrodome
51,644
14 Bye
15 December 8, 1991 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–24 Tampa Stadium
41,091
16 December 15, 1991 Los Angeles Rams W 20–14 Metrodome
61,518
17 December 21, 1991 Green Bay Packers L 27–7 Metrodome
52,860

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Detroit Lions 12 4 0 .750 339 295 W6
(4) Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 299 269 L1
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 301 306 L1
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 273 313 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 13 0 .188 199 365 W1

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Rich Gannon 2,166
Passing Touchdowns Rich Gannon 12
Rushing Yards Herschel Walker 825
Rushing Touchdowns Herschel Walker 10
Receiving Yards Cris Carter 962
Receiving Touchdowns Anthony Carter
Cris Carter
5
Points Fuad Reveiz 85
Kickoff Return Yards Darrin Nelson 682
Punt Return Yards Leo Lewis 225
Tackles Chris Doleman 101
Sacks John Randle 9.5
Interceptions Joey Browner 5
Forced Fumbles John Randle 2

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
(out of 28)
Passing Offense 2,883 Yards 180.2 YPG 21st
Rushing Offense 2,201 Yards 137.6 YPG 4th
Total Offense 5,084 Yards 317.8 YPG 10th
Passing Defense 3,179 Yards 198.7 YPG 13th
Rushing Defense 1,837 Yards 114.8 YPG 20th
Total Defense 5,016 Yards 313.5 YPG 14th

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. Retrieved February 18, 2011.