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1994 Minnesota Vikings season

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1994 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachDennis Green
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishLost NFC Wild Card Playoff (Bears) 18–35
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The 1994 Minnesota Vikings season was the 34th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 75th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of ten wins and six losses. For the third straight season in the Dennis Green era, the Vikings did not make it out of the Wild Card round, losing 35-18 to the rival Chicago Bears.


1994 Draft

=Pro Bowler
1994 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
11818Dewayne WashingtonDefensive BackNorth Carolina Statefrom Broncos[a]
1919Todd SteussieOffensive TackleCalifornia
21140David PalmerWide ReceiverAlabamafrom Browns via Eagles and Falcons[b]
1645Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[b]Compensatory pick
2352Traded to the Los Angeles Raiders[c]
2655Fernando SmithDefensive EndJackson Statefrom Raiders[c]
32388Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[d]
416119Traded to the Houston Oilers[e]
22125Mike WellsDefensive TackleIowafrom Raiders[c]
53134Shelly HammondsDefensive BackPenn Statefrom Redskins[e]
20151Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[f]
618179Andrew JordanTight EndWestern Carolinafrom Broncos[a]
19180Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[d]
717211Pete BercichLinebackerNotre Dame
^[a] Denver traded their 1st round selection (18th overall), 6th round selection (179th overall), and 1995 2nd round selection to Minnesota in exchange for OT Gary Zimmerman on August 23, 1993.
^[b] Atlanta traded a 2nd round selection (40th overall) and 1995 1st round selection to Minnesota in exchange for their 2nd round selection (45th overall) and DE Chris Doleman on April 24, 1994.
^[c] The Raiders traded their 2nd round selection (55th overall) and 4th round selection (125th overall) to Minnesota to move up 3 spot to the 52nd overall selection and draft LB James Folston.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (88th overall) and 6th round selection (180th overall) to Pittsburgh for TE Adrian Cooper.
^[e] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (119th overall) and 1995 3rd round selection (89th overall) to Houston for QB Warren Moon.
^[e] Washington traded a conditional 5th round selection (134th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for QB Rich Gannon on August 20, 1993.
^[f] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (151st overall) to Kansas City for RB Barry Word.

Regular season

  • November 6, 1994 – Warren Moon threw for 420 yards in a game against the New Orleans Saints.
  • November 20, 1994 – Warren Moon threw for 400 yards in a game against the New York Jets.


1September 4, 1994at Green Bay PackersL 16–10Lambeau Field
2September 11, 1994Detroit LionsW 10–3Metrodome
3September 18, 1994at Chicago BearsW 42–14Soldier Field
4September 25, 1994Miami DolphinsW 38–35Metrodome
5October 2, 1994at Arizona CardinalsL 17–7Sun Devil Stadium
6October 10, 1994at New York GiantsW 27–10Giants Stadium
8October 20, 1994Green Bay PackersW 13–10 (OT)Metrodome
9October 30, 1994at Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 36–13Tampa Stadium
10November 6, 1994New Orleans SaintsW 21–20Metrodome
11November 13, 1994at New England PatriotsL 26–20 (OT)Foxboro Stadium
12November 20, 1994New York JetsL 31–21Metrodome
13November 27, 1994Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 20–17 (OT)Metrodome
14December 1, 1994Chicago BearsW 33–27 (OT)Metrodome
15December 11, 1994at Buffalo BillsW 21–17Rich Field
16December 17, 1994at Detroit LionsL 41–19Silverdome
17December 26, 1994San Francisco 49ersW 21–14Metrodome


NFC Central
(3) Minnesota Vikings1060.625356314W1
(4) Green Bay Packers970.563382287W3
(5) Detroit Lions970.563357342L1
(6) Chicago Bears970.563271307L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers6100.375251351L1


NFC Wildcard Game

Chicago Bears 35, Minnesota Vikings 18

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Bears picked off Warren Moon twice while Steve Walsh threw two touchdowns, backs Raymont Harris and Lewis Tillman added rushing scores, and Kevin Miniefield ran back a Vikings fumble for a touchdown.


Team leaders

Passing YardsWarren Moon4,264
Passing TouchdownsWarren Moon18
Rushing YardsTerry Allen1,031
Rushing TouchdownsTerry Allen8
ReceptionsCris Carter122 *
Receiving YardsCris Carter1,256
Receiving TouchdownsCris Carter7
PointsFuad Reveiz132
Kickoff Return YardsQadry Ismail807
Punt Return YardsDavid Palmer193
TacklesJack Del Rio128
SacksJohn Randle13.5
InterceptionsVencie Glenn
Anthony Parker
Forced FumblesJohn Randle3
  • Vikings single season record (tie).

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing Offense4,324 Yards270.2 YPG3rd
Rushing Offense1,524 Yards95.2 YPG20th
Total Offense5,848 Yards365.5 YPG3rd
Passing Defense3,652 Yards228.2 YPG21st
Rushing Defense1,090 Yards68.1 YPG1st
Total Defense4,742 Yards296.4 YPG5th



1994 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

Strength and Conditioning

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


Final roster

1994 Minnesota Vikings final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
52 Active, 3 Inactive, 2 Practice squad

Awards and honors

  • Cris Carter, Led NFL in receptions
  • Cris Carter, All-Pro selection
  • Cris Carter, Pro Bowl selection
  • Warren Moon, Pro Bowl Selection 1994
  • Warren Moon, NFL Leader, Passing Yards, (4,264)


  • Cris Carter, 100 reception season (Carter finished the season with 122 receptions) [2]
  • Warren Moon, 3rd 4,000 Yard Passing Season
  • Warren Moon, 5th 400 Yard Passing Game (November 6)
  • Warren Moon, 6th 400 Yard Passing Game (November 20)


  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440
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