1994 Minnesota Vikings season

1994 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost NFC Wild Card Playoff (Bears) 18–35
Uniform

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.

Offseason

AdditionsSubtractions
T Chris Hinton (Falcons)WR Anthony Carter (Lions)
RB Amp Lee (49ers)DE Chris Doleman (Falcons)
QB Warren Moon (Oilers)LB Fred Strickland (Packers)

1994 Draft

=Pro Bowler
1994 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
11818Dewayne WashingtonCornerbackNorth 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]
22125 Mike 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.

Undrafted free agents

1994 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Tony Carter Fullback Minnesota
Robert Griffith Safety San Diego State

Preseason

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueAttendance Notes
1July 31at Dallas CowboysL 9-170-1Texas Stadium59,062
2August 7Kansas City ChiefsW 17-91-1Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan49,555American Bowl
3August 13New Orleans SaintsW 21-172-1Metrodome46,067
4August 20at Seattle SeahawksL 19-302-2Husky Stadium45,797
5August 26Miami DolphinsW 31-163-2Metrodome46,933

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.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 4, 1994 at Green Bay Packers L 16–10 0-1 Lambeau Field
59,487
2 September 11, 1994 Detroit Lions W 10–3 1-1 Metrodome
57,349
3 September 18, 1994 at Chicago Bears W 42–14 2-1 Soldier Field
61,073
4 September 25, 1994 Miami Dolphins W 38–35 3-1 Metrodome
64,035
5 October 2, 1994 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–7 3-2 Sun Devil Stadium
67,950
6 October 10, 1994 at New York Giants W 27–10 4-2 Giants Stadium
77,294
7 Bye
8 October 20, 1994 Green Bay Packers W 13–10 (OT) 5-2 Metrodome
63,041
9 October 30, 1994 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 36–13 6-2 Tampa Stadium
42,110
10 November 6, 1994 New Orleans Saints W 21–20 7-2 Metrodome
57,564
11 November 13, 1994 at New England Patriots L 26–20 (OT) 7-3 Foxboro Stadium
58,382
12 November 20, 1994 New York Jets L 31–21 7-4 Metrodome
60,687
13 November 27, 1994 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–17 (OT) 7-5 Metrodome
47,259
14 December 1, 1994 Chicago Bears W 33–27 (OT) 8-5 Metrodome
61,483
15 December 11, 1994 at Buffalo Bills W 21–17 9-5 Rich Field
66,501
16 December 17, 1994 at Detroit Lions L 41–19 9-6 Silverdome
73,881
17 December 26, 1994 San Francisco 49ers W 21–14 10-6 Metrodome
63,326

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 .625 356 314 W1
(4) Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 382 287 W3
(5) Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 357 342 L1
(6) Chicago Bears 9 7 0 .563 271 307 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 251 351 L1

Postseason

NFC Wildcard Game

Chicago Bears 35, Minnesota Vikings 18
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 14 71435
Vikings 3 6 3618

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.

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
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
4
Forced FumblesJohn Randle3
  • Vikings single season record (tie).

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL 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

Personnel

Staff

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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 Teerlinck
  • Inside Linebackers – Monte Kiffin
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

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

[1]

Final roster

1994 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
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)

Milestones

  • 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)

References

  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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