1995 Minnesota Vikings season

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1995 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 4th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
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Timeline
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1995 was the 35th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 76th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses. This was the first time the Vikings had not reached the playoffs under Green.

Offseason[edit]

1995 Expansion Draft[edit]

Minnesota Vikings selected during the Expansion Draft
Round Overall Name Position Expansion Team
11 22 Dave Garnett Linebacker Carolina Panthers
26 52 William Sims Linebacker Carolina Panthers
32 63 Eric Guliford Wide Receiver Carolina Panthers

1995 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1995 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 11 11 Derrick Alexander Defensive End Florida State from Broncos via Falcons[a]
24 24 Korey Stringer Offensive Tackle Ohio State
2 10 42 Orlando Thomas Safety Louisiana-Lafayette from Broncos[b]
23 55 Corey Fuller Defensive Back Florida State
3 25 89 Traded to the Houston Oilers[c]
4 13 111 Chad May Quarterback Kansas State from Broncos[d]
23 121 Traded to the Denver Broncos[d]
5 23 157 James Stewart Running Back Miami
6 18 189 John Solomon Defensive End Sam Houston State from Giants[e]
25 196 Traded to the Denver Broncos[d]
7 24 232 Jose White Defensive Tackle Howard
35 243 Jason Fisk Defensive Tackle Stanford Compensatory pick
^[a] Atlanta traded their 1994 2nd round selection (40th overall – David Palmer) and 1995 1st round selection (11th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for their 1994 2nd round selection (45th overall – Bert Emanuel) and DE Chris Doleman on April 24, 1994.
^[b] Denver traded their 1994 1st round selection (18th overall – Dewayne Washington), 1994 6th round selection (179th overall – Andrew Jordan, and 1995 2nd round selection (42nd overall) to Minnesota in exchange for OT Gary Zimmerman on August 23, 1993.
^[c] Houston traded their 3rd round selection (89th overall) and 1994 4th round selection (119th overall – Michael Davis) to Minnesota for QB Warren Moon.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (121st overall) and 6th round selection (196th overall) to Denver to move up 10 spots to the 111th overall selection and make this pick.
^[e] The Giants traded their 6th round selection (189th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for Safety Vencie Glenn.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1995 at Chicago Bears L 31–14
63,036
2 September 10, 1995 Detroit Lions W 20–10
52,234
3 September 17, 1995 Dallas Cowboys L 23–17 (OT)
60,088
4 September 24, 1995 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 44–24
57,853
5 Bye
6 October 8, 1995 Houston Oilers W 23–17 (OT)
56,430
7 October 15, 1995 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–17 (OT)
55,703
8 October 22, 1995 at Green Bay Packers L 38–21
60,332
9 October 30, 1995 Chicago Bears L 14–6
61,238
10 November 5, 1995 Green Bay Packers W 27–24
62,839
11 November 12, 1995 at Arizona Cardinals W 30–24 (OT)
51,342
12 November 19, 1995 New Orleans Saints W 43–24
58,108
13 November 23, 1995 at Detroit Lions L 44–38
74,559
14 December 3, 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–17
52,879
15 December 9, 1995 Cleveland Browns W 27–11
47,984
16 December 18, 1995 at San Francisco 49ers L 37–30
64,975
17 December 24, 1995 at Cincinnati Bengals L 27–24
34,568

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Green Bay Packers 11 5 0 .688 404 314
Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 436 336
Chicago Bears 9 7 0 .563 392 360
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 412 385
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 238 335

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Warren Moon 4,228
Passing Touchdowns Warren Moon 33
Rushing Yards Robert Smith 632
Rushing Touchdowns Robert Smith 5
Receiving Yards Cris Carter 1,371
Receiving Touchdowns Cris Carter 17
Points Fuad Reveiz 122
Kickoff Return Yards Qadry Ismail 1,037
Punt Return Yards David Palmer 342
Tackles Ed McDaniel 115
Sacks John Randle 10.5
Interceptions Orlando Thomas 9
Forced Fumbles Ed McDaniel 6

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 4,205 Yards 262.8 YPG 5th
Rushing Offense 1,733 Yards 108.3 YPG 16th
Total Offense 5,938 Yards 371.1 YPG 4th
Passing Defense 4,122 Yards 257.6 YPG 28th
Rushing Defense 1,329 Yards 83.1 YPG 4th
Total Defense 5,451 Yards 340.7 YPG 20th

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1995 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office
  • Chairman of the Board – John Skoglund
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Roger Headrick

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Tony Dungy
  • Defensive Line – John Levra
  • Inside Linebackers – Foge Fazio
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Mark Asanovich

[1]

Final roster[edit]

1995 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
51 Active, 2 Inactive, 2 Practice squad

Awards and records[edit]

  • Cris Carter, Led NFL in receiving touchdowns
  • Cris Carter, All-Pro selection
  • Cris Carter, Pro Bowl selection
  • Warren Moon, NFL Leader, Passing Yards, (4,228)
  • David Palmer, NFL Kickoff Return Leader
  • Orlando Thomas, NFL Leader, Interceptions (9)

Milestones[edit]

  • Cris Carter, 100 reception season [2]
  • Warren Moon, 4th 4,000 Yard Passing Season

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440