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1996 Minnesota Vikings season


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Updated: 2017-04-03T07:27Z
1996 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachDennis Green
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd NFC Central
Playoff finishLost NFC Wild Card Playoff (at Cowboys) 15–40

The 1996 Minnesota Vikings season was the 36th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 77th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses.

For the season, the Vikings sported new uniforms, adding the team's logo to both sleeves of the jersey. These uniforms would remain in use with the Minnesota Vikings until 2005.

The Vikings season started off with a bang, winning their first four regular season games under backup quarterback Brad Johnson, who filled in for an injured Warren Moon. However, they ran into struggles as an injury to Johnson forced Moon to regain his starting position. Luckily for the Vikings, they won three of their final four games in order to clinch a playoff spot. The Vikings were crushed by the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, 40-15 in the Wildcard round, making it the fourth year that the Vikings didn't make it out of the Wildcard round in the Dennis Green era.

Offseason

1996 Draft

1996 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
RoundChoiceOverall
11616Duane ClemonsLinebackerCalifornia
21545James ManleyDefensive TackleVanderbilt
31475Moe WilliamsRunning BackKentucky
4297Hunter GoodwinTight EndTexas A&Mfrom Cardinals[a]
17112Traded to the Arizona Cardinals[a]
55137Traded to the Arizona Cardinals[a]from Giants[b]
16148Sean BoydDefensive BackNorth Carolina
615182Traded to the New York Giants[b]
714223Jon MerrillOffensive TackleDuke
^[a] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (112th overall) and the Giants 5th round selection (137th overall) to Arizona to move up 15 spots to the 97th overall selection and make this pick.
^[b] During the 1995 NFL draft, the Giants traded their 1995 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

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultTV Time (CT)VenueAttendance
1September 1, 1996Detroit LionsW 17–13FOX 12:00pmMetrodome
52,972
2September 8, 1996at Atlanta FalconsW 23–17FOX 12:00pmGeorgia Dome
42,688
3September 15, 1996at Chicago BearsW 20–14FOX 12:00pmSoldier Field
61,301
4September 22, 1996Green Bay PackersW 30–21FOX 12:00pmMetrodome
64,168
5September 29, 1996at New York GiantsL 15–10FOX 12:00pmGiants Stadium
70,970
6October 6, 1996Carolina PanthersW 14–12FOX 12:00pmMetrodome
60,894
7October 13, 1996at Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 24–13FOX 12:00pmHoulihan's Stadium
32,175
8Bye
9October 28, 1996Chicago BearsL 15–13ABC 8:00pmMetrodome
58,143
10November 3, 1996Kansas City ChiefsL 21–6NBC 12:00pmMetrodome
59,552
11November 10, 1996at Seattle SeahawksL 42–23FOX 3:15pmKingdome
50,794
12November 17, 1996at Oakland RaidersW 16–13 (OT)ESPN 7:15pmOakland–Alameda County Coliseum
41,183
13November 24, 1996Denver BroncosL 21–17NBC 12:00pmMetrodome
59,142
14December 1, 1996Arizona CardinalsW 41–17FOX 12:00pmMetrodome
45,767
15December 8, 1996at Detroit LionsW 24–22FOX 3:15pmSilverdome
46,043
16December 15, 1996Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 21–10FOX 12:00pmMetrodome
49,202
17December 22, 1996at Green Bay PackersL 38–10FOX 12:00pmLambeau Field
59,306

Standings

NFC Central
WLTPCTPFPASTK
(1) Green Bay Packers1330.813456210W5
(6) Minnesota Vikings970.563298315L1
Chicago Bears790.438283305L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers6100.375221293W1
Detroit Lions5110.313302368L5

Postseason

WeekDateOpponentResultTV Time (CT)Attendance
WildcardDecember 28, 1996at Dallas CowboysL 40–15ABC 3:00pm
64,682

Statistics

Team leaders

CategoryPlayer(s)Value
Passing YardsBrad Johnson2,258
Passing TouchdownsBrad Johnson17
Rushing YardsRobert Smith692
Rushing TouchdownsLeroy Hoard
Robert Smith
3
Receiving YardsJake Reed1,320
Receiving TouchdownsCris Carter10
PointsScott Sisson96
Kickoff Return YardsQadry Ismail527
Punt Return YardsDavid Palmer216
TacklesJeff Brady101
SacksJohn Randle11.5
InterceptionsOrlando Thomas5
Forced FumblesJohn Randle4

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 30)
Passing Offense3,658 Yards228.6 YPG8th
Rushing Offense1,546 Yards96.6 YPG24th
Total Offense5,204 Yards325.2 YPG12th
Passing Defense3,121 Yards195.1 YPG9th
Rushing Defense1,966 Yards122.9 YPG24th
Total Defense5,087 Yards317.9 YPG16th

Personnel

Staff

1996 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 – Foge Fazio
  • Defensive Line – John Levra
  • Inside Linebackers – Tom Olivadotti
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jeff Friday

[1]

Final roster

1996 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
53 Active, 7 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

References

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