1990 Minnesota Vikings season

1990 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Jerry Burns
General manager Mike Lynn
Home field Metrodome
Record 6–10
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did 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.


1990 Draft

Pro Bowler
1990 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
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.

Undrafted free agents

1990 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Pat Eilers Safety Notre Dame
John Randle Defensive tackle Texas A&M–Kingsville



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


Final roster

1990 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
48 Active, 8 Inactive, 1 Practice squad


1August 11New Orleans SaintsL 10–130–1Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome48,154
2August 19at Cleveland BrownsW 23–201–1Cleveland Stadium60,989
3August 26Houston OilersW 22–212–1Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome46,191
4August 31at Miami DolphinsW 20–173–1Joe Robbie Stadium44,689

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 9 at Kansas City Chiefs L 24–21 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium 68,363
2 September 16 New Orleans Saints W 32–3 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 56,272
3 September 23 at Chicago Bears L 19–16 1–2 Soldier Field 65,420
4 September 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23–20 (OT) 1–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 54,462
5 October 7 Detroit Lions L 34–27 1–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 57,586
6 October 15 at Philadelphia Eagles L 32–24 1–5 Veterans Stadium 66,296
7 Bye
8 October 28 at Green Bay Packers L 24–10 1–6 Milwaukee County Stadium 55,125
9 November 4 Denver Broncos W 27–22 2–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 57,331
10 November 11 at Detroit Lions W 17–7 3–6 Silverdome 68,264
11 November 18 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–21 4–6 Kingdome 59,735
12 November 25 Chicago Bears W 41–13 5–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 58,866
13 December 2 Green Bay Packers W 23–7 6–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 62,058
14 December 9 at New York Giants L 23–15 6–7 Giants Stadium 76,121
15 December 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 26–13 6–8 Tampa Stadium 47,272
16 December 22 Los Angeles Raiders L 28–24 6–9 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 53,899
17 December 30 San Francisco 49ers L 20–17 6–10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 51,590


NFC Central
(3) Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 348 280 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 5–3 6–8 264 367 L2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 3–5 5–7 373 413 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 10 0 .375 3–5 5–7 271 347 L5
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 3–5 4–8 351 326 L4


Team leaders

Category Player(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

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing offense3,167197.911th
Rushing offense1,867116.715th
Total offense5,034314.612th
Passing defense2,643165.23rd
Rushing defense2,074129.621st
Total defense4,717294.813th

Awards and honors

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


  1. 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.