|1989 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head Coach||Jerry Burns|
|General Manager||Mike Lynn|
|Place||1st NFC Central|
|Playoff Finish||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (at 49ers) 13–41|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 1989 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 29th in the National Football League. They finished with a 10–6 record to win the NFC Central Division. This title was secured during one of what is considered by many to be among the most exciting Monday Night Football contests ever: a Christmas Day victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at home, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which was the de facto first playoff game of the year. This season was also notable by how many sacks the defense produced, with 39 coming from only two players (Chris Doleman and Keith Millard) and 71 overall. Millard would later receive Defensive Player of the Year honors after putting up record numbers by a defensive tackle. The Vikings were once again embarrassed by the defending Super Bowl champion 49ers in the divisional round, losing 41–13.
|1989 Minnesota Vikings Draft|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||24||Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[a]|
|2||52||David Braxton||Linebacker||Wake Forest|
|3||80||John Hunter||Offensive tackle||Brigham Young|
|4||108||Darryl Ingram||Tight end||California|
|5||136||Pick forfeited during 1988 Supplemental Draft[b]|
|6||163||Jeff Mickel||Offensive tackle||Eastern Washington|
|7||191||Benji Roland||Defensive end||Auburn|
|8||219||Alex Stewart||Defensive end||Cal State Fullerton|
|9||247||Traded to the New England Patriots[c]|
|10||275||Traded to the Miami Dolphins[d]|
|11||303||Brad Baxter||Running back||Alabama State|
|12||331||Shawn Woodson||Linebacker||James Madison|
|335||Everett Ross||Wide receiver||Ohio State||from 49ers via Raiders[c]|
- ^[a] The Vikings traded their first-round selection (24th overall) to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for LB Mike Merriweather.
- ^[b] The Vikings forfeited their fifth-round selection (136th overall) after selecting defensive back Ryan Bethea in the fifth round of the 1988 NFL Supplemental Draft.
- ^[c] The Vikings traded their ninth-round selection (247th overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for New England's 1988 11th-round selection (296th overall).
- ^[d] The Vikings traded their 10th-round selection (275th overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for OL Greg Koch.
- ^[e] The Vikings traded their 1990 11th-round selection to the Los Angeles Raiders in exchange for the 12th-round selection the Raiders received from the San Francisco 49ers.
|1989 Minnesota Vikings staff|
| Front office
| Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
|1989 Minnesota Vikings roster|
| Offensive linemen
| Reserve lists
|1||August 12||vs Kansas City Chiefs||W 23–13||1–0||Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)||63,528|
|2||August 21||Washington Redskins||W 24–13||2–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||50,213|
|3||August 26||at Los Angeles Rams||L 14–24||2–1||Anaheim Stadium||45,087|
|4||September 1||Cincinnati Bengals||W 17–10||3–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||49,867|
The defensive line of Chris Doleman, Keith Millard, Al Noga and Henry Thomas were key contributors in helping the Vikings rank number one in the NFL in total defense. In addition, the Vikings set a franchise record with 71 sacks in one season. Chris Doleman had 21 sacks and was one shy of tying the NFL record.
|1||September 10||Houston Oilers||W 38–7||1–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||54,015|
|2||September 17||at Chicago Bears||L 7–38||1–1||Soldier Field||66,475|
|3||September 24||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 14–27||1–2||Three Rivers Stadium||50,744|
|4||October 1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 17–3||2–2||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||54,817|
|5||October 8||Detroit Lions||W 24–17||3–2||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||55,380|
|6||October 15||Green Bay Packers||W 26–14||4–2||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||62,075|
|7||October 22||at Detroit Lions||W 20–7||5–2||Silverdome||51,579|
|8||October 30||at New York Giants||L 14–24||5–3||Giants Stadium||76,041|
|9||November 5||Los Angeles Rams||W 23–21 (OT)||6–3||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||59,600|
|10||November 12||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 24–10||7–3||Tampa Stadium||56,271|
|11||November 19||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 9–10||7–4||Veterans Stadium||65,944|
|12||November 26||at Green Bay Packers||L 19–20||7–5||Milwaukee County Stadium||55,592|
|13||December 3||Chicago Bears||W 27–16||8–5||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||60,664|
|14||December 10||Atlanta Falcons||W 43–17||9–5||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||58,116|
|15||December 17||at Cleveland Browns||L 17–23 (OT)||9–6||Cleveland Stadium||70,777|
|16||December 25||Cincinnati Bengals||W 29–21||10–6||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||58,829|
|Wild Card||First-round bye|
|Divisional||January 6||at San Francisco 49ers (1)||L 13–41||0–1||Candlestick Park||64,585|
In 1989, at the height of his NFL career, the Cowboys traded Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for a total of five players (LB Jesse Solomon, DB Issiac Holt, RB Darrin Nelson, LB David Howard, DE Alex Stewart) and six draft picks (which led to Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith, and Darren Woodson). This was judged to be one of the turning points in the rise of the Cowboys to the top echelon of the NFL. Walker's trade was widely perceived as an exceptionally poor move considering what the Vikings had to give up in order to get him, and remains one of the most frequently vilified roster moves of the team's history. The Vikings coaches reluctantly accepted Walker after the trade and never totally used the tool they had been given. Scout.com says, "Walker was never used properly by the coaching brain trust (a total oxymoron in this case)".
|Passing yards||Wade Wilson||2,543|
|Passing touchdowns||Wade Wilson||9|
|Rushing yards||Herschel Walker||669|
|Rushing touchdowns||Herschel Walker||5|
|Receiving yards||Anthony Carter||1,066|
|Receiving touchdowns||Anthony Carter||4|
|Kickoff return yards||Herschel Walker||374|
|Punt return yards||Leo Lewis||446|
|Tackles|| Chris Doleman |
|Forced fumbles||Chris Doleman||5|
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game|| NFL rank|
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Awards and recordsEdit
- Keith Millard – NFL Defensive Player of the Year (AP, UPI, PFWA)
- Chris Doleman – NFL sacks leader (21.0)
- Randall McDaniel – NFC Pro Bowl selection
- Chris Doleman, third player in NFL history to reach 20 sacks in a season
- Chris Doleman, franchise record, 21 sacks
- ↑ 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. http://www.vikings.com/news/media-guide.html. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
- ↑ 
- ↑ "History: Walker Trade". Scout.com. June 20, 2001. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080110132609/http://min.scout.com/2/11653.html. Retrieved January 29, 2008.