1996 Minnesota Vikings season

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1996 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card
Timeline
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< 1995 1997 >

1996 was the 36th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 77th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses.

Offseason[edit]

1996 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1996 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 16 16 Duane Clemons Linebacker California
2 15 45 James Manley Defensive Tackle Vanderbilt
3 14 75 Moe Williams Running Back Kentucky
4 2 97 Hunter Goodwin Tight End Texas A&M from Cardinals[a]
17 112 Traded to the Arizona Cardinals[a]
5 5 137 Traded to the Arizona Cardinals[a] from Giants[b]
16 148 Sean Boyd Defensive Back North Carolina
6 15 182 Traded to the New York Giants[b]
7 14 223 Jon Merrill Offensive Tackle Duke
^[a] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (112th overall) and the Giants 5th round selection (137th overall) to Arizona to move up 15 spots to the 97th overall selection and make this pick.
^[b] The details of these trades are unknown.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 Detroit Lions W 17–13 FOX 1:00pm
52,972
2 September 8, 1996 at Atlanta Falcons W 23–17 FOX 1:00pm
42,688
3 September 15, 1996 at Chicago Bears W 20–14 FOX 1:00pm
61,301
4 September 22, 1996 Green Bay Packers W 30–21 FOX 1:00pm
64,168
5 September 29, 1996 at New York Giants L 15–10 FOX 1:00pm
70,970
6 October 6, 1996 Carolina Panthers W 14–12 FOX 1:00pm
60,894
7 October 13, 1996 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–13 FOX 1:00pm
32,175
8 Bye
9 October 28, 1996 Chicago Bears L 15–13 ABC 9:00pm
58,143
10 November 3, 1996 Kansas City Chiefs L 21–6 NBC 1:00pm
59,552
11 November 10, 1996 at Seattle Seahawks L 42–23 FOX 4:15pm
50,794
12 November 17, 1996 at Oakland Raiders W 16–13 (OT) ESPN 8:15pm
41,183
13 November 24, 1996 Denver Broncos L 21–17 NBC 1:00pm
59,142
14 December 1, 1996 Arizona Cardinals W 41–17 FOX 1:00pm
45,767
15 December 8, 1996 at Detroit Lions W 24–22 FOX 4:15pm
46,043
16 December 15, 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–10 FOX 1:00pm
49,202
17 December 22, 1996 at Green Bay Packers L 38–10 FOX 1:00pm
59,306

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Green Bay Packers 13 3 0 .813 456 210
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 298 315
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 283 305
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 221 293
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 302 368

Postseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
Wildcard December 28, 1996 at Dallas Cowboys L 40–15 ABC 4:00pm
64,682

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Brad Johnson 2,258
Passing Touchdowns Brad Johnson 17
Rushing Yards Robert Smith 692
Rushing Touchdowns Leroy Hoard
Robert Smith
3
Receiving Yards Jake Reed 1,320
Receiving Touchdowns Cris Carter 10
Points Scott Sisson 96
Kickoff Return Yards Qadry Ismail 527
Punt Return Yards David Palmer 216
Tackles Jeff Brady 101
Sacks John Randle 11.5
Interceptions Orlando Thomas 5
Forced Fumbles John Randle 4

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,658 Yards 228.6 YPG 8th
Rushing Offense 1,546 Yards 96.6 YPG 24th
Total Offense 5,204 Yards 325.2 YPG 12th
Passing Defense 3,121 Yards 195.1 YPG 9th
Rushing Defense 1,966 Yards 122.9 YPG 24th
Total Defense 5,087 Yards 317.9 YPG 16th

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1996 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 – Foge Fazio
  • Defensive Line – John Levra
  • Inside Linebackers – Tom Olivadotti
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jeff Friday

[1]

Final roster[edit]

1996 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
53 Active, 7 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-02-26.