1988 Minnesota Vikings season
|1988 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Jerry Burns|
|General manager||Mike Lynn|
|Division place||2nd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Won NFC Wild Card Playoff (Rams) 28-17
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (at 49ers) 9-34
The Vikings had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 1988. The team allowed 4,091 total yards, 4.3 yards per play, and 243 first downs, all best in the league. The Vikings also had a league-best 53 takeaways. Opposing quarterbacks had a league-worst 41.2 passer rating against the Vikings' defense, the lowest total of the 1980s and fifth all-time for the Super Bowl era.
The Vikings made the postseason for the second consecutive time under coach Jerry Burns. They defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Wildcard round, but the following week, the Vikings couldn't flick the switch this time, losing 34-9 to the rejuvenated San Francisco 49ers, who would go on to win their third Super Bowl. This was the last time the Vikings had won a playoff game until 1997.
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|1988 Minnesota Vikings Draft|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||19||19||Randall McDaniel||Offensive Guard||Arizona State|
|2||18||45||Traded to the Denver Broncos[a]|
|27||54||Brad Edwards||Defensive Back||South Carolina||from Broncos[a]|
|3||16||71||Al Noga||Defensive End||Hawaii|
|4||15||97||Traded to the New England Patriots[b]|
|26||108||Todd Kalis||Offensive Guard||Arizona State||from Broncos[a]|
|5||15||124||Darrell Fullington||Defensive Back||Miami|
|6||19||156||Traded to the Miami Dolphins[c]|
|27||164||Derrick White||Defensive Back||Oklahoma||from Broncos[a]|
|7||18||183||Brad Beckman||Tight End||Nebraska-Omaha|
|8||17||210||Joe Cain||Linebacker||Oregon Tech|
|9||16||237||Paul McGowan||Linebacker||Florida State|
|10||15||264||Brian Habib||Offensive Tackle||Washington|
|11||19||296||Norman Floyd||Safety||South Carolina||from Vikings[b] via Patriots[d]|
|12||18||323||Traded to the New York Giants[e]|
- ^[a] Denver traded their 2nd round selection (54th overall), 4th round selection (108th overall), and 6th round selection (164th overall) to the Vikings to move up 9 spots to the 45th selection and draft Offensive Tackle Gerald Perry.
- ^[b] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (97th overall) and 11th round selection (294th overall) to New England for QB Rich Gannon.
- ^[c] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (156th overall) and 1989 10th round selection (275th overall) to Miami for OL Greg Koch.
- ^[d] Minnesota traded their 1989 9th round selection to New England for the 11th round selection (296th overall) that the Patriots received in the Gannon trade[b].
- ^[e] Minnesota traded their 12th round selection (323rd overall) to the Giants for C Chris Foote.
|5||Ryan Bethea||Wide Receiver||South Carolina||Resulted in forfeiture of 1989 5th round selection|
|1988 Minnesota Vikings staff|
Special teams coaches
|1988 Minnesota Vikings final roster|
|1||September 4, 1988||at Buffalo Bills||L 13–10||Rich Stadium||
|2||September 11, 1988||New England Patriots||W 36–6||Metrodome||
|3||September 18, 1988||at Chicago Bears||W 31–7||Soldier Field||
|4||September 25, 1988||Philadelphia Eagles||W 23–21||Metrodome||
|5||October 2, 1988||at Miami Dolphins||L 24–7||Joe Robbie Stadium||
|6||October 9, 1988||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 14–13||Tampa Stadium||
|7||October 16, 1988||Green Bay Packers||L 34–14||Metrodome||
|8||October 23, 1988||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 49–20||Tampa Stadium||
|9||October 30, 1988||at San Francisco 49ers||L 24–21||Candlestick Park||
|10||November 6, 1988||Detroit Lions||W 44–17||Metrodome||
|11||November 13, 1988||at Dallas Cowboys||W 43–3||Texas Stadium||
|12||November 20, 1988||Indianapolis Colts||W 12–3||Metrodome||
|13||November 24, 1988||at Detroit Lions||W 23–0||Silverdome||
|14||December 4, 1988||New Orleans Saints||W 45–3||Metrodome||
|15||December 11, 1988||at Green Bay Packers||L 18–6||Lambeau Field||
|16||December 19, 1988||Chicago Bears||W 28–27||Metrodome||
- 12/26 LA Rams W 28–17 (NFC Wildcard)
- 1/1 at San Francisco L 9–34 (NFC Divisional)
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||11||0||.313||4–4||4–8||261||350||W1|
|Green Bay Packers||4||12||0||.250||2–6||3–9||220||313||W2|
NFC Divisional Playoff
|Passing Yards||Wade Wilson||2,746|
|Passing Touchdowns||Wade Wilson||15|
|Rushing Yards||Darrin Nelson||380|
|Rushing Touchdowns||Alfred Anderson||7|
|Receiving Yards||Anthony Carter||1,225|
|Receiving Touchdowns||Anthony Carter||6|
|Kickoff Return Yards||Darryl Harris||833|
|Punt Return Yards||Leo Lewis||550 *|
|Forced Fumbles||Henry Thomas||4|
- Vikings single season record.
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game||NFL rank
(out of 28)
|Passing Offense||3,789 Yards||236.8 YPG||4th|
|Rushing Offense||1,806 Yards||112.9 YPG||20th|
|Total Offense||5,595 Yards||349.7 YPG||7th|
|Passing Defense||2,489 Yards||155.6 YPG||2nd|
|Rushing Defense||1,602 Yards||100.1 YPG||5th|
|Total Defense||4,091 Yards||255.7 YPG||1st|
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1988 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics
- Cold Hard Football Facts: Shutdown! The greatest pass defenses in history
- 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jan-20.