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 (Cowboys) 27–10
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (at Rams) 37–49

The 1999 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 39th in the National Football League. After going a near perfect 15–1 record in 1998, the Vikings began the 1999 season with high expectations of another great season. Randall Cunningham resumed duties again in 1999, but after a struggling 2–4 start to the season, he was benched and Jeff George was given the starting job as quarterback.

George 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 failing to match their record from the 1998 season. Minnesota beat Dallas in the Wild Card Game 27–10 and faced playoff newcomer Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional Round. 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 then go on to win Super Bowl XXXIV against the Titans.

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]

=Pro Bowler
1999 Minnesota Vikings Draft
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]
4 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 first-round selection (11th overall), third-round selection (73rd overall)[b], and second-round selection in 2000 to Minnesota in exchange for QB Brad Johnson.
^[b] Minnesota traded their second-round selection (59th overall), Washington's third-round selection (73rd overall), and their own fifth-round selection (163rd overall) to Pittsburgh to move up 15 spots to the 44th overall selection and make this pick.
^[c] Minnesota traded their third-round selection (91st overall) to New England for CB Jimmy Hitchcock.
^[d] Minnesota received Miami's fourth-round selection (120th overall) as compensation for restricted free agent TE Hunter Goodwin.
^[e] Baltimore traded Tampa Bay's sixth-round selection (185th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for OL Everett Lindsay.

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1 August 13 New York Giants L 21–36 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,434
2 August 21 at Cleveland Browns W 24–17 1–1 Cleveland Browns Stadium 71,398
3 August 26 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–3 2–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,387
4 September 3 at New York Jets L 17–38 2–2 Giants Stadium 76,782

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 12 at Atlanta Falcons W 17–14 1–0 Georgia Dome 69,555
2 September 19 Oakland Raiders L 17–22 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,080
3 September 26 at Green Bay Packers L 20–23 1–2 Lambeau Field 59,868
4 October 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–14 2–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,106
5 October 10 Chicago Bears L 22–24 2–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,107
6 October 17 at Detroit Lions L 23–25 2–4 Silverdome 76,516
7 October 24 San Francisco 49ers W 40–16 3–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,109
8 October 31 at Denver Broncos W 23–20 4–4 Mile High Stadium 75,021
9 November 8 Dallas Cowboys W 27–17 5–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,111
10 November 14 at Chicago Bears W 27–24 (OT) 6–4 Soldier Field 61,481
11 Bye
12 November 28 San Diego Chargers W 35–27 7–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,232
13 December 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–24 7–5 Raymond James Stadium 65,741
14 December 12 at Kansas City Chiefs L 28–31 7–6 Arrowhead Stadium 78,932
15 December 20 Green Bay Packers W 24–20 8–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,203
16 December 26 at New York Giants W 34–17 9–6 Giants Stadium 78,095
17 January 2 Detroit Lions W 24–17 10–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,103

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 5 0 .688 270 235 W2
(4) Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 .625 399 335 W3
(6) Detroit Lions 8 8 0 .500 322 323 L4
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 357 341 W1
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 272 341 L2

Postseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Wildcard January 9 Dallas Cowboys W 27–10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,056
Division January 16 at St. Louis Rams L 37–49 Trans World Dome 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
(out of 31)
Passing offense 3,989 249.3 5th
Rushing offense 1,804 112.8 14th
Total offense 5,793 362.1 3rd
Passing defense 3,980 248.8 30th
Rushing defense 1,617 101.1 14th
Total defense 5,597 349.8 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

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 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
52 Active, 6 Inactive, 3 Practice squad

References[edit]

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