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1995 Minnesota Vikings season

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1995 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachDennis Green
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Division place4th NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
1995 Minnesota Vikings uniforms.png

The 1995 Minnesota Vikings season was the 35th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 76th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses. The Vikings however had a chance to still make the playoffs entering Week 17 at Cincinnati. But with the Bears and the Falcons winning their games to fight for the final spot in the playoffs, it was too much to overcome for Minnesota to clinch. This was the first time the Vikings had not reached the playoffs under Green.

Orlando Thomas

Despite the team's poor play, rookie safety Orlando Thomas recorded a league-leading 9 interceptions of the season.


1995 Expansion Draft

Minnesota Vikings selected during the Expansion Draft
RoundOverallNamePositionExpansion Team
1122Dave GarnettLinebackerCarolina Panthers
2652William SimsLinebackerCarolina Panthers
3263Eric GulifordWide receiverCarolina Panthers

1995 Draft

=Pro Bowler
1995 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
11111Derrick AlexanderDefensive endFlorida Statefrom Broncos via Falcons[a]
2424Korey StringerOffensive tackleOhio State
21042Orlando ThomasSafetyLouisiana-Lafayettefrom Broncos[b]
2355Corey FullerDefensive backFlorida State
32589Traded to the Houston Oilers[c]
413111Chad MayQuarterbackKansas Statefrom Broncos[d]
23121Traded to the Denver Broncos[d]
523157James StewartRunning backMiami
618189John SolomonDefensive endSam Houston Statefrom Giants[e]
25196Traded to the Denver Broncos[d]
724232Jose WhiteDefensive tackleHoward
35243Jason FiskDefensive tackleStanfordCompensatory pick
^[a] Atlanta traded their 1994 2nd round selection (40th overall – David Palmer) and 1995 1st round selection (11th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for their 1994 2nd round selection (45th overall – Bert Emanuel) and DE Chris Doleman on April 24, 1994.
^[b] Denver traded their 1994 1st round selection (18th overall – Dewayne Washington), 1994 6th round selection (179th overall – Andrew Jordan, and 1995 2nd round selection (42nd overall) to Minnesota in exchange for OT Gary Zimmerman on August 23, 1993.
^[c] Houston traded their 3rd round selection (89th overall) and 1994 4th round selection (119th overall – Michael Davis) to Minnesota for QB Warren Moon.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (121st overall) and 6th round selection (196th overall) to Denver to move up 10 spots to the 111th overall selection and make this pick.
^[e] The Giants traded their 6th round selection (189th overall) and 1996 5th round selection (137th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for their 1996 6th round selection (182nd overall) and Safety Vencie Glenn.

Regular season


WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendanceTV Time
1September 3, 1995at Chicago BearsL 31–14Soldier FieldFOX 3:00CT
2September 10, 1995Detroit LionsW 20–10MetrodomeFOX 12:00CT
3September 17, 1995Dallas CowboysL 23–17 (OT)MetrodomeTNT 7:00CT
4September 24, 1995at Pittsburgh SteelersW 44–24Three Rivers StadiumFOX 12:00CT
6October 8, 1995Houston OilersW 23–17 (OT)MetrodomeNBC 12:00CT
7October 15, 1995at Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 20–17 (OT)Tampa Stadium
8October 22, 1995at Green Bay PackersL 38–21Lambeau FieldFOX 3:00CT
9October 30, 1995Chicago BearsL 14–6MetrodomeABC 8:00CT
10November 5, 1995Green Bay PackersW 27–24MetrodomeFOX 12:00CT
11November 12, 1995at Arizona CardinalsW 30–24 (OT)Sun Devil StadiumFOX 3:00CT
12November 19, 1995New Orleans SaintsW 43–24MetrodomeFOX 12:00CT
13November 23, 1995at Detroit LionsL 44–38SilverdomeFOX 11:30CT
14December 3, 1995Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 31–17MetrodomeFOX 12:00CT
15December 9, 1995Cleveland BrownsW 27–11MetrodomeNBC 11:30CT
16December 18, 1995at San Francisco 49ersL 37–30Candlestick ParkABC 8:00CT
17December 24, 1995at Cincinnati BengalsL 27–24Riverfront StadiumFOX 12:00CT


NFC Central
(3) Green Bay Packers1150.688404314W2
(5) Detroit Lions1060.625436336W7
Chicago Bears970.563392360W2
Minnesota Vikings880.500412385L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers790.438238335L2


Team leaders

Passing YardsWarren Moon4,228
Passing TouchdownsWarren Moon33
Rushing YardsRobert Smith632
Rushing TouchdownsRobert Smith5
ReceptionsCris Carter122 *
Receiving YardsCris Carter1,371
Receiving TouchdownsCris Carter17
PointsFuad Reveiz122
Kickoff Return YardsQadry Ismail1,037
Punt Return YardsDavid Palmer342
TacklesEd McDaniel115
SacksJohn Randle10.5
InterceptionsOrlando Thomas9
Forced FumblesEd McDaniel6
  • Vikings single season record (tie).

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 30)
Passing Offense4,205 Yards262.8 YPG5th
Rushing Offense1,733 Yards108.3 YPG16th
Total Offense5,938 Yards371.1 YPG4th
Passing Defense4,122 Yards257.6 YPG28th
Rushing Defense1,329 Yards83.1 YPG4th
Total Defense5,451 Yards340.7 YPG20th



1995 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office
  • Chairman of the Board – John Skoglund
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Roger Headrick

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Tony Dungy
  • Defensive Line – John Levra
  • Inside Linebackers – Foge Fazio
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters
  • Defensive backs – Richard Solomon

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Mark Asanovich


Final roster

1995 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
51 Active, 2 Inactive, 2 Practice squad

Awards and records

  • Cris Carter, Led NFL in receiving touchdowns
  • Cris Carter, All-Pro selection
  • Cris Carter, Pro Bowl selection
  • Warren Moon, NFL Leader, Passing Yards, (4,228)
  • David Palmer, NFL Kickoff Return Leader
  • Orlando Thomas, NFL Leader, Interceptions (9)


  • Cris Carter, 100 reception season [2]
  • Warren Moon, 4th 4,000 Yard Passing Season


  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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