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1990 Minnesota Vikings season


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990_Minnesota_Vikings_season
Updated: 2017-07-23T19:34Z
1990 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachJerry Burns
General managerMike Lynn
Home fieldMetrodome
Results
Record6–10
Division place5th NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1990 Minnesota Vikings season was the 30th year season for the Minnesota Vikings and the 71st regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of six wins and ten losses. After beginning the season 1–1, the Vikings dropped their next five games and found themselves at 1–6. However, they caught fire mid-season with a five-game winning streak to even their record at 6–6 (including a 41–13 thumping of the eventual NFC Central champion Chicago Bears in Week 12). While being in the thick of the wild card race, the Vikings suddenly fell apart with a four-game losing streak to finish at 6–10.

Notable additions to the team this season were wide receiver Cris Carter and undrafted defensive lineman John Randle, both of whom would go on to have Hall of Fame careers.

Injuries to the defense and a lackluster season from Herschel Walker were the story of the team's season.

Offseason

1990 Draft

Pro Bowler
1990 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
RoundChoiceOverall
12121Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
22247Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
3154Mike JonesTight endTexas A&Mfrom Cowboys[a]
2174Marion HobbyDefensive endTennessee
423104Alonzo HamptonDefensive backPittsburgh
57116Reggie ThorntonWide receiverBowling Green Statefrom Chargers via Cowboys[a]
22131Cedric SmithFullbackFlorida
621158Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
723188John LevelisLinebackerC. W. Post
821214Craig SchlichtingDefensive endWyoming
921241Terry AllenRunning backClemson
101249Pat NewmanWide receiverUtah Statefrom Cowboys[a]
23271Donald SmithDefensive backLiberty
1122298Traded to the Los Angeles Raiders[b]
1220324Ron GoetzLinebackerMinnesota
^[a] These picks were involved in the Herschel Walker trade on October 12, 1989.
^[b] During the 1989 Draft, the Raiders traded their 12th round selection (335th overall) to Minnesota for their 11th round selection in the 1990 draft.

Personnel

Staff

1990 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Bob Schnelker
  • Assistant Offensive Coordinator/Passing Game – Dick Rehbein
  • Running Backs – John Brunner
  • Tight Ends – Tom Batta
  • Offensive Line – John Michels
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Tom Batta


[1]

Final roster

1990 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
48 Active, 8 Inactive, 1 Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
1September 9, 1990at Kansas City ChiefsL 24–21Arrowhead Stadium
68,363
2September 16, 1990New Orleans SaintsW 32–3Metrodome
56,272
3September 23, 1990at Chicago BearsL 19–16Soldier Field
65,420
4September 30, 1990Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 23–20 (OT)Metrodome
54,462
5October 7, 1990Detroit LionsL 34–27Metrodome
57,586
6October 15, 1990at Philadelphia EaglesL 32–24Veterans Stadium
66,296
7Bye
8October 28, 1990at Green Bay PackersL 24–10Milwaukee County Stadium
55,125
9November 4, 1990Denver BroncosW 27–22Metrodome
57,331
10November 11, 1990at Detroit LionsW 17–7Silverdome
68,264
11November 18, 1990at Seattle SeahawksW 24–21Kingdome
59,735
12November 25, 1990Chicago BearsW 41–13Metrodome
58,866
13December 2, 1990Green Bay PackersW 23–7Metrodome
62,058
14December 9, 1990at New York GiantsL 23–15Giants Stadium
76,121
15December 16, 1990at Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 26–13Tampa Stadium
47,272
16December 22, 1990Los Angeles RaidersL 28–24Metrodome
53,899
17December 30, 1990San Francisco 49ersL 20–17Metrodome
51,590

Standings

NFC Central
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
(3) Chicago Bears1150.6886–29–3348280L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers6100.3755–36–8264367L2
Detroit Lions6100.3753–55–7373413L1
Green Bay Packers6100.3753–55–7271347L5
Minnesota Vikings6100.3753–54–8351326L4

Statistics

Team leaders

CategoryPlayer(s)Value
Passing YardsRich Gannon2,278
Passing TouchdownsRich Gannon16
Rushing YardsHerschel Walker770
Rushing TouchdownsHerschel Walker5
Receiving YardsAnthony Carter1,008
Receiving TouchdownsAnthony Carter8
PointsDonald Igwebuike61
Kickoff Return YardsHerschel Walker966
Punt Return YardsLeo Lewis180
TacklesHenry Thomas109
SacksChris Doleman11.0
InterceptionsJoey Browner7
Forced FumblesChris Doleman4

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing Offense3,167 Yards197.9 YPG11th
Rushing Offense1,867 Yards116.7 YPG15th
Total Offense5,034 Yards314.6 YPG12th
Passing Defense2,643 Yards165.2 YPG3rd
Rushing Defense2,074 Yards129.6 YPG21st
Total Defense4,717 Yards294.8 YPG13th

Awards and honors

  • Randall McDaniel, NFC Pro Bowl selection
  • Randall McDaniel, All-Pro selection by Associated Press
  • Randall McDaniel, All-NFC selection by UPI

References

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