1986 Minnesota Vikings season

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1986 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Jerry Burns
General manager Mike Lynn
Home field Metrodome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1986 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses.

After Bud Grant's departure, offensive coordinator Jerry Burns was promoted as the team's fourth head coach.

Offseason[edit]

1986 Draft[edit]

1986 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 8 8 Traded to the San Diego Chargers[a]
14 14 Gerald Robinson Defensive end Auburn from Packers via Chargers[a]
2 13 40 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[b]
17 44 Traded to the New York Giants[c] from Chargers[a]
26 53 Traded to the New York Giants[c] from Raiders[d]
3 12 66 Traded to the San Diego Chargers[a]
4 11 93 Joe Phillips Defensive tackle Southern Methodist
5 10 120 Hassan Jones Wide receiver Florida State
6 9 147 Thomas Rooks Running back Illinois
7 13 179 Carl Hilton Tight end Houston
8 12 206 Gary Shippang Offensive tackle West Chester (PA)
9 11 232 Mike Slaton Defensive back South Dakota
10 10 259 Joe Cormier Wide receiver USC
11 9 286 John Armstrong Wide receiver Richmond
12 13 318 Jesse Solomon Linebacker Florida State
^[a] San Diego traded a 1st round selection (14th overall) and 2nd round selection (44th overall) to the Vikings for their 1st round selection (8th overall) and 3rd round selection (66th overall).
^[b] Minnesota traded one of their 2nd round selections (40th overall) and LB Robin Sendlein to Miami for WR Anthony Carter.
^[c] Minnesota traded two 2nd round selections (44th and 53rd overall) to the Giants for OT Gary Zimmerman.
^[d] The Raiders traded their 1985 6th round selection (164th overall) and 1986 2nd round selection (53rd overall) to Minnesota for LB Brad Van Pelt.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1986 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Tom Batta


[1]

Final roster[edit]

1986 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
50 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 Detroit Lions L 13–10 Metrodome
54,851
2 September 14, 1986 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–10 Tampa Stadium
34,579
3 September 21, 1986 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–7 Metrodome
56,795
4 September 28, 1986 Green Bay Packers W 42–7 Metrodome
60,478
5 October 5, 1986 at Chicago Bears L 23–0 Soldier Field
63,921
6 October 12, 1986 at San Francisco 49ers W 27–24 (OT) Candlestick Park
58,637
7 October 19, 1986 Chicago Bears W 23–7 Metrodome
62,851
8 October 26, 1986 Cleveland Browns L 23–20 Metrodome
59,133
9 November 2, 1986 at Washington Redskins L 44–38 (OT) RFK Stadium
51,928
10 November 9, 1986 at Detroit Lions W 24–10 Silverdome
53,725
11 November 16, 1986 New York Giants L 22–20 Metrodome
62,003
12 November 23, 1986 at Cincinnati Bengals L 24–20 Riverfront Stadium
53,003
13 November 30, 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 45–13 Metrodome
56,235
14 December 7, 1986 at Green Bay Packers W 32–6 Lambeau Field
47,637
15 December 14, 1986 at Houston Oilers L 23–10 Astrodome
32,738
16 December 21, 1986 New Orleans Saints W 33–17 Metrodome
51,209

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears(2) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 10–2 352 187 W7
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 6–2 8–4 398 273 W1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–8 277 326 L4
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 3–5 3–9 254 418 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–13 239 473 L7

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Tommy Kramer 3,000
Passing Touchdowns Tommy Kramer 24
Rushing Yards Darrin Nelson 793
Rushing Touchdowns Ted Brown
Darrin Nelson
4
Receiving Yards Steve Jordan 859
Receiving Touchdowns Anthony Carter 7
Points Chuck Nelson 110
Kickoff Return Yards Rufus Bess 705
Punt Return Yards Rufus Bess 162
Tackles Jesse Solomon 96
Sacks Keith Millard 10.5
Interceptions Issiac Holt 8
Forced Fumbles Chris Doleman 2

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing Offense 3,913 Yards 244.6 YPG 5th
Rushing Offense 1,738 Yards 108.6 YPG 16th
Total Offense 5,651 Yards 353.2 YPG 4th
Passing Defense 3,216 Yards 201.0 YPG 13th
Rushing Defense 1,796 Yards 112.3 YPG 13th
Total Defense 5,012 Yards 313.3 YPG 11th

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

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