1999 Minnesota Vikings season

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1999 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish Won NFC Wild Card Playoff
Lost NFC Divisional Round
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1998 2000 >

The year 1999 was the 39th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 80th regular season of the National Football League.

After going 15–1 in 1998 the Vikings began the 1999 season with high hopes of another great season. Randall Cunningham resumed duties again in 1999, but after a lukewarm 2–4 start, Jeff George was given the starting job. He finished the season with an 8–2 record, and led the Vikings into the postseason once again, with an overall team record of 10–6. Minnesota beat Dallas in the wild card game 27–10, and faced playoff newcomer Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional matchup. The game was a shootout which Minnesota led 17–14 at halftime, but the Rams outscored Minnesota 35 to 20 in the second half to win 49–37. St. Louis would go on to win Super Bowl XXXIV.

Offseason[edit]

1999 Expansion Draft[edit]

Minnesota Vikings selected by the Expansion Cleveland Browns
Pick Name Position
18 Duane Butler Safety
27 Orlando Bobo Offensive Guard

1999 Draft[edit]

Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 11 11 Daunte Culpepper Quarterback Central Florida from Redskins[a]
29 29 Dimitrius Underwood Defensive Tackle Michigan State
2 13 44 Jim Kleinsasser Tight End North Dakota from Steelers[b]
28 59 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b]
3 12 73 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b] from Redskins[a]
30 91 Traded to the New England Patriots[c]
3 25 120 Kenny Wright Cornerback Northwestern State from Dolphins[d]
30 125 Jay Humphrey Tackle Texas
5 30 163 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b]
36 169 Chris Jones Safety Clemson Compensatory pick
6 16 185 Talance Sawyer Defensive Tackle UNLV from Buccaneers via Ravens[e]
30 199 Antico Dalton Linebacker Hampton
7 30 236 Noel Scarlett Defensive Tackle Langston
^[a] Washington traded their 1st round selection (11th overall), 3rd round selection (73rd overall)[b], and 2000 2nd round selection to Minnesota in exchange for QB Brad Johnson.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (59th overall), Washington's 3rd round selection (73rd overall), and their own 5th round selection (163rd overall) to Pittsburgh to move up 15 spots to the 44th overall selection and make this pick.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (91st overall) to New England for CB Jimmy Hitchcock.
^[d] Minnesota received Miami's 4th round selection (120th overall) as compensation for restricted free agent TE Hunter Goodwin.
^[e] Baltimore traded Tampa Bay's 6th round selection (185th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for OL Everett Lindsay.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 at Atlanta Falcons W 17–14 FOX 4:15pm
69,555
2 September 19, 1999 Oakland Raiders L 22–17 CBS 1:00pm
64,080
3 September 26, 1999 at Green Bay Packers L 23–20 FOX 4:15pm
59,868
4 October 3, 1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–14 FOX 1:00pm
64,106
5 October 10, 1999 Chicago Bears L 24–22 FOX 1:00pm
64,107
6 October 17, 1999 at Detroit Lions L 25–23 FOX 1:00pm
76,516
7 October 24, 1999 San Francisco 49ers W 40–16 FOX 4:15pm
64,109
8 October 31, 1999 at Denver Broncos W 23–20 FOX 4:15pm
75,021
9 November 8, 1999 Dallas Cowboys W 27–17 ABC 9:00pm
64,111
10 November 14, 1999 at Chicago Bears W 27–24 (OT) FOX 1:00pm
61,481
11 Bye
12 November 28, 1999 San Diego Chargers W 35–27 CBS 1:00pm
64,232
13 December 6, 1999 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–17 ABC 9:00pm
65,741
14 December 12, 1999 at Kansas City Chiefs L 31–28 ESPN 8:30pm
78,932
15 December 20, 1999 Green Bay Packers W 24–20 ABC 9:00pm
64,203
16 December 26, 1999 at New York Giants W 34–17 FOX 1:00pm
78,095
17 January 2, 2000 Detroit Lions W 24–17 FOX 1:00pm
64,103

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 5 0 .688 270 235 W-2
Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 .625 399 335 W-3
Detroit Lions 8 8 0 .500 322 323 L-4
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 357 341 W-1
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 272 341 L-2

Postseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 9, 2000 Dallas Cowboys W 27–10
64,056
Division January 16, 2000 at St. Louis Rams L 49–37
66,194

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Jeff George 2,816
Passing Touchdowns Jeff George 23
Rushing Yards Robert Smith 1,015
Rushing Touchdowns Leroy Hoard 10
Receiving Yards Randy Moss 1,413
Receiving Touchdowns Cris Carter 13
Points Gary Anderson 103
Kickoff Return Yards Robert Tate 627
Punt Return Yards Randy Moss 162
Tackles Robert Griffith 128
Sacks John Randle 10
Interceptions Robert Griffith 3
Forced Fumbles John Randle 4

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,989 Yards 249.3 YPG 5th
Rushing Offense 1,804 Yards 112.8 YPG 14th
Total Offense 5,793 Yards 362.1 YPG 3rd
Passing Defense 3,980 Yards 248.8 YPG 30th
Rushing Defense 1,617 Yards 101.1 YPG 14th
Total Defense 5,597 Yards 349.8 YPG 27th

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1999 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office
  • Owner – Red McCombs
  • President – Gary Woods
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Tim Connolly
  • Director of Football Administration – Rob Brzezinski

Head Coaches

  • Head Coach – Dennis Green
  • Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Ray Sherman
  • Quarterbacks – Alex Wood
  • Running Backs – Carl Hargrave
  • Wide Receivers – Hubbard Alexander
  • Tight Ends – Dave Atkins
  • Offensive Line – Mike Tice
  • Quality Control – Dean Dalton
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Foge Fazio
  • Defensive Line – Andre Patterson
  • Inside Linebackers – Tom Olivadotti
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – John Kasper

[1]

Final roster[edit]

1999 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
52 Active, 6 Inactive, 3 Practice squad

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06.