American Football Database
1993 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Dennis Green
General Manager Jeff Diamond
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 9–7
Place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Wild Card Playoff (at Giants) 10–17
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The 1993 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 33rd in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. With a record of 9–7, the team was unable to match the success of the previous season. Their season ended with a 17–10 loss to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round.

Newly acquired Jim McMahon, who was known for helping the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985, was the Vikings starting quarterback for the season. He spent only one year with the team and after the season, the rebuilding Vikings decided not to renew McMahon's contract and he would go on to sign with other teams. The Vikings later acquired Warren Moon for next season.

Cris Carter and John Randle were named to play in the Pro Bowl after the season. It was the first Pro Bowl for both future Hall of Famers.

Terry Allen, who had a breakout season the previous year, missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in practice.


1993 Draft

=Pro Bowler
1993 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 21 21 Robert Smith Running back Ohio State
2 23 52 Qadry Ismail Wide receiver Syracuse
3 1 57 John Gerak Guard Penn State from Patriots via Raiders and Seahawks[a]
23 79 Gilbert Brown Defensive tackle Kansas
4 22 106 Ashley Sheppard Linebacker Clemson
5 21 133 Everett Lindsay Offensive tackle Mississippi
6 20 160 Traded to the Washington Redskins[b]
7 24 192 Gino Torretta Quarterback Miami
8 23 219 Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[c]
^[a] Seattle traded their 1992 2nd round selection (39th overall – Robert Harris) and this 3rd round selection (57th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for DT Keith Millard on April 25, 1992.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (160th overall) to Seattle for DE George Hinkle and WR Joe Johnson.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (219th overall) to San Francisco for RB Keith Henderson.


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1] Notes
1 August 1 at Dallas Cowboys W 13–7 1–0 Texas Stadium 60,010
2 August 7 Buffalo Bills W 20–6 2–0 Olympiastadion, Berlin 67,132 American Bowl
3 August 14 Seattle Seahawks W 23–10 3–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 42,240
4 August 21 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–27 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium 73,080
5 August 26 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–13 4–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 41,512

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 5 at Los Angeles Raiders L 24–7 0–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 44,120
2 September 12 Chicago Bears W 10–7 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 57,921
3 Bye
4 September 26 Green Bay Packers W 15–13 2–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 61,746
5 October 3 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–19 2–2 Candlestick Park 63,071
6 October 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 15–0 3–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 54,215
7 Bye
8 October 25 at Chicago Bears W 19–12 4–2 Soldier Field 64,677
9 October 31 Detroit Lions L 30–27 4–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 53,428
10 November 7 San Diego Chargers L 30–17 4–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 55,527
11 November 14 at Denver Broncos W 26–23 5–4 Mile High Stadium 67,329
12 November 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23–10 5–5 Tampa Stadium 40,848
13 November 28 New Orleans Saints L 17–14 5–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 53,030
14 December 5 at Detroit Lions W 13–0 6–6 Silverdome 63,216
15 December 12 Dallas Cowboys L 37–20 6–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,321
16 December 19 at Green Bay Packers W 21–17 7–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,773
17 December 26 Kansas City Chiefs W 30–10 8–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 59,236
18 December 31 at Washington Redskins W 14–9 9–7 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 42,836


Template:1993 NFC Central standings


Week Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Attendance
Wild Card January 9 at New York Giants (4) L 17–10 0–1 Giants Stadium 75,089


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Jim McMahon 1,968
Passing touchdowns Jim McMahon
Sean Salisbury
Rushing yards Scottie Graham 488
Rushing touchdowns Scottie Graham 3
Receiving yards Cris Carter 1,071
Receiving touchdowns Cris Carter 9
Points Fuad Reveiz 105
Kickoff return yards Qadry Ismail 902
Punt return yards Eric Guliford 212
Tackles Fred Strickland 110
Sacks Chris Doleman
John Randle
Interceptions Vencie Glenn 5
Forced fumbles Roy Barker
Chris Doleman
Carlos Jenkins
John Randle

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing offense 3,200 200.0 14th
Rushing offense 1,624 101.5 21st
Total offense 4,824 301.5 17th
Passing defense 2,870 179.4 6th
Rushing defense 1,536 96.0 6th
Total defense 4,406 275.4 1st



1993 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – John Skoglund
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Roger Headrick

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Tom Batta

Strength and conditioning

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


Final roster

1993 Minnesota Vikings roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
54 Active, 6 Inactive, 0 Practice squad


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Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Phoenix Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
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