1999 Minnesota Vikings season

1999 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish Won NFC Wild Card Playoff (Cowboys) 27–10
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (at Rams) 37–49

The 1999 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 39th in the National Football League. After going a near perfect 15–1 record in 1998, the Vikings began the 1999 season with high expectations of another great season. Randall Cunningham resumed duties again in 1999, but after a struggling 2–4 start to the season, he was benched and Jeff George was given the starting job as quarterback.

George finished the season with an 8–2 record, and led the Vikings into the postseason once again, with an overall team record of 10–6 failing to match their record from the 1998 season. Minnesota beat Dallas in the Wild Card Game 27–10 and faced playoff newcomer Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional Round. The game was a shootout which Minnesota led 17–14 at halftime, but the Rams outscored Minnesota 35 to 20 in the second half to win 49–37. St. Louis would then go on to win Super Bowl XXXIV against the Titans.


1999 Expansion Draft

Minnesota Vikings selected by the Expansion
Cleveland Browns
Pick Name Position
18Duane ButlerSafety
27Orlando BoboOffensive Guard

1999 Draft

=Pro Bowler
1999 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 11 11 Daunte Culpepper Quarterback Central Florida from Redskins[a]
29 29 Dimitrius Underwood Defensive Tackle Michigan State
2 13 44 Jim Kleinsasser Tight End North Dakota from Steelers[b]
28 59 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b]
3 12 73 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b] from Redskins[a]
30 91 Traded to the New England Patriots[c]
4 25 120 Kenny Wright Cornerback Northwestern State from Dolphins[d]
30 125 Jay Humphrey Tackle Texas
5 30 163 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b]
36 169 Chris Jones Safety Clemson Compensatory pick
6 16 185 Talance Sawyer Defensive Tackle UNLV from Buccaneers via Ravens[e]
30 199 Antico Dalton Linebacker Hampton
7 30 236 Noel Scarlett Defensive Tackle Langston
^[a] Washington traded their first-round selection (11th overall), third-round selection (73rd overall)[b], and second-round selection in 2000 to Minnesota in exchange for QB Brad Johnson.
^[b] Minnesota traded their second-round selection (59th overall), Washington's third-round selection (73rd overall), and their own fifth-round selection (163rd overall) to Pittsburgh to move up 15 spots to the 44th overall selection and make this pick.
^[c] Minnesota traded their third-round selection (91st overall) to New England for CB Jimmy Hitchcock.
^[d] Minnesota received Miami's fourth-round selection (120th overall) as compensation for restricted free agent TE Hunter Goodwin.
^[e] Baltimore traded Tampa Bay's sixth-round selection (185th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for OL Everett Lindsay.


1August 13New York GiantsL 21–360–1Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,434
2August 21at Cleveland BrownsW 24–171–1Cleveland Browns Stadium71,398
3August 26Philadelphia EaglesW 17–32–1Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,387
4September 3at New York JetsL 17–382–2Giants Stadium76,782

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 12 at Atlanta Falcons W 17–14 1–0 Georgia Dome 69,555
2 September 19 Oakland Raiders L 17–22 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,080
3 September 26 at Green Bay Packers L 20–23 1–2 Lambeau Field 59,868
4 October 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–14 2–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,106
5 October 10 Chicago Bears L 22–24 2–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,107
6 October 17 at Detroit Lions L 23–25 2–4 Silverdome 76,516
7 October 24 San Francisco 49ers W 40–16 3–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,109
8 October 31 at Denver Broncos W 23–20 4–4 Mile High Stadium 75,021
9 November 8 Dallas Cowboys W 27–17 5–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,111
10 November 14 at Chicago Bears W 27–24 (OT) 6–4 Soldier Field 61,481
11 Bye
12 November 28 San Diego Chargers W 35–27 7–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,232
13 December 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–24 7–5 Raymond James Stadium 65,741
14 December 12 at Kansas City Chiefs L 28–31 7–6 Arrowhead Stadium 78,932
15 December 20 Green Bay Packers W 24–20 8–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,203
16 December 26 at New York Giants W 34–17 9–6 Giants Stadium 78,095
17 January 2 Detroit Lions W 24–17 10–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,103


NFC Central
(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1150.688270235W2
(4) Minnesota Vikings 1060.625399335W3
(6) Detroit Lions 880.500322323L4
Green Bay Packers 880.500357341W1
Chicago Bears 6100.375272341L2


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Wildcard January 9 Dallas Cowboys W 27–10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,056
Division January 16 at St. Louis Rams L 37–49 Trans World Dome 66,194


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yardsJeff George2,816
Passing touchdownsJeff George23
Rushing yardsRobert Smith1,015
Rushing touchdownsLeroy Hoard10
Receiving yardsRandy Moss1,413
Receiving touchdownsCris Carter13
PointsGary Anderson103
Kickoff return yardsRobert Tate627
Punt return yardsRandy Moss162
TacklesRobert Griffith128
SacksJohn Randle10
InterceptionsRobert Griffith3
Forced fumblesJohn Randle4

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 31)
Passing offense3,989249.35th
Rushing offense1,804112.814th
Total offense5,793362.13rd
Passing defense3,980248.830th
Rushing defense1,617101.114th
Total defense5,597349.827th



1999 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • Owner – Red McCombs
  • President – Gary Woods
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Tim Connolly
  • Director of Football Administration – Rob Brzezinski

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Dennis Green
  • Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Foge Fazio
  • Defensive Line – Andre Patterson
  • Inside Linebackers – Tom Olivadotti
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – John Kasper


Final roster

1999 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, 6 Inactive, 3 Practice squad


  1. 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
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