1993 Minnesota Vikings season

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1993 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 Playoffs (at Giants) 10–17
Uniform
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The 1993 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 33rd in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. With a record of 9-7, the team was unable to match the success of the previous season. Their season ended with a 17-10 loss to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round.

Newly acquired Jim McMahon, who was known for helping the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985, was the Vikings starting quarterback for the season. He spent only one year with the team and after the season, the rebuilding Vikings decided not to renew McMahon's contract and he would go on to sign with other teams. The Vikings later acquired Warren Moon for next season.

Cris Carter and John Randle were named to play in the Pro Bowl after the season. It was the first Pro Bowl for both future Hall of Famers.

Terry Allen, who had a breakout season last year, missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in practice.

Offseason[edit]

1993 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1993 NFL draft
=Pro Bowler
1993 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 21 21 Robert Smith Running Back Ohio State
2 23 52 Qadry Ismail Wide Receiver Syracuse
3 1 57 John Gerak Guard Penn State from Patriots via Raiders and Seahawks[a]
23 79 Gilbert Brown Defensive Tackle Kansas
4 22 106 Ashley Sheppard Linebacker Clemson
5 21 133 Everett Lindsay Offensive Tackle Mississippi
6 20 160 Traded to the Washington Redskins[b]
7 24 192 Gino Torretta Quarterback Miami
8 23 219 Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[c]
^[a] Seattle traded their 1992 2nd round selection (39th overall – Robert Harris) and this 3rd round selection (57th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for DT Keith Millard on April 25, 1992.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (160th overall) to Seattle for DE George Hinkle and WR Joe Johnson.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (219th overall) to San Francisco for RB Keith Henderson.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 5, 1993 at Los Angeles Raiders L 24–7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
44,120
2 September 12, 1993 Chicago Bears W 10–7 Metrodome
57,921
3 Bye
4 September 26, 1993 Green Bay Packers W 15–13 Metrodome
61,746
5 October 3, 1993 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–19 Candlestick Park
63,071
6 October 10, 1993 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 15–0 Metrodome
54,215
7 Bye
8 October 25, 1993 at Chicago Bears W 19–12 Soldier Field
64,677
9 October 31, 1993 Detroit Lions L 30–27 Metrodome
53,428
10 November 7, 1993 San Diego Chargers L 30–17 Metrodome
55,527
11 November 14, 1993 at Denver Broncos W 26–23 Mile High Stadium
67,329
12 November 21, 1993 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23–10 Tampa Stadium
40,848
13 November 28, 1993 New Orleans Saints L 17–14 Metrodome
53,030
14 December 5, 1993 at Detroit Lions W 13–0 Silverdome
63,216
15 December 12, 1993 Dallas Cowboys L 37–20 Texas Stadium
63,321
16 December 19, 1993 at Green Bay Packers W 21–17 Milwaukee County Stadium
54,773
17 December 26, 1993 Kansas City Chiefs W 30–10 Metrodome
59,236
18 December 31, 1993 at Washington Redskins W 14–9 RFK Stadium
42,836

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 298 292 W-2
(5) Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 277 290 W-3
(6) Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 340 282 L-1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 234 230 L-4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 237 376 L-1

Postseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 9, 1994 at New York Giants L 17–10
75,089

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Jim McMahon 1,968
Passing Touchdowns Jim McMahon
Sean Salisbury
9
Rushing Yards Scottie Graham 488
Rushing Touchdowns Scottie Graham 3
Receiving Yards Cris Carter 1,071
Receiving Touchdowns Cris Carter 9
Points Fuad Reveiz 105
Kickoff Return Yards Qadry Ismail 902
Punt Return Yards Eric Guliford 212
Tackles Fred Strickland 110
Sacks Chris Doleman
John Randle
12.5
Interceptions Vencie Glenn 5
Forced Fumbles Roy Barker
Chris Doleman
Carlos Jenkins
John Randle
3

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing Offense 3,200 Yards 200.0 YPG 14th
Rushing Offense 1,624 Yards 101.5 YPG 21st
Total Offense 4,824 Yards 301.5 YPG 17th
Passing Defense 2,870 Yards 179.4 YPG 6th
Rushing Defense 1,536 Yards 96.0 YPG 6th
Total Defense 4,406 Yards 275.4 YPG 1st

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1993 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office
  • Chairman of the Board – John Skoglund
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Roger Headrick

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Tom Batta

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Mike Wolf

[1]

Final roster[edit]

1993 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
54 Active, 6 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

References[edit]

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