1994 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Dennis Green
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 10–6
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Wild Card Playoff (Bears) 18–35
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The 1994 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 34th in the National Football League and their third under head coach Dennis Green. The team finished with a 10–6 record and reached the playoffs for a third straight season, but also failed to make it out of the Wild Card round for the third year in a row, losing 35–18 to their division rival Chicago Bears.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

Additions Subtractions
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[edit | edit source]

Pro Bowler
1994 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 18 18 Dewayne Washington Cornerback North Carolina State from Broncos[a]
19 19 Todd Steussie Offensive tackle California
2 11 40 David Palmer Wide receiver Alabama from Browns via Eagles and Falcons[b]
16 45 Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[b] Compensatory pick
23 52 Traded to the Los Angeles Raiders[c]
26 55 Fernando Smith Defensive end Jackson State from Raiders[c]
3 23 88 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[d]
4 16 119 Traded to the Houston Oilers[e]
22 125 Mike Wells Defensive tackle Iowa from Raiders[c]
5 3 134 Shelly Hammonds Defensive back Penn State from Redskins[e]
20 151 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[f]
6 18 179 Andrew Jordan Tight end Western Carolina from Broncos[a]
19 180 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[d]
7 17 211 Pete Bercich Linebacker Notre 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[edit | edit source]

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

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance[1] Notes
1 July 31 at Dallas Cowboys L 9–17 0–1 Texas Stadium 59,062
2 August 7 Kansas City Chiefs W 17–9 1–1 Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan) 49,555 American Bowl
3 August 13 New Orleans Saints W 21–17 2–1 Metrodome 46,067
4 August 20 at Seattle Seahawks L 19–30 2–2 Husky Stadium 45,797
5 August 26 Miami Dolphins W 31–16 3–2 Metrodome 46,933

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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

Standings[edit | edit source]

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

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Postseason[edit | edit source]

NFC Wildcard Game[edit | edit source]

Chicago Bears 35, Minnesota Vikings 18
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 14 7 14

35

Vikings 3 6 3 6

18

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[edit | edit source]

Team leaders[edit | edit source]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Warren Moon 4,264
Passing touchdowns Warren Moon 18
Rushing yards Terry Allen 1,031
Rushing touchdowns Terry Allen 8
Receptions Cris Carter 122 *
Receiving yards Cris Carter 1,256
Receiving touchdowns Cris Carter 7
Points Fuad Reveiz 132
Kickoff return yards Qadry Ismail 807
Punt return yards David Palmer 193
Tackles Jack Del Rio 128
Sacks John Randle 13.5
Interceptions Vencie Glenn
Anthony Parker
4
Forced fumbles John Randle 3
  • Vikings single season record (tie).

League rankings[edit | edit source]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing offense 4,324 270.2 3rd
Rushing offense 1,524 95.2 20th
Total offense 5,848 365.5 3rd
Passing defense 3,652 228.2 21st
Rushing defense 1,090 68.1 1st
Total defense 4,742 296.4 5th

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff[edit | edit source]

1994 Minnesota Vikings staff
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

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Final roster[edit | edit source]

1994 Minnesota Vikings 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • Cris Carter, 100 reception season (Carter finished the season with 122 receptions) [4]
  • 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[edit | edit source]

  1. [1]
  2. (PDF) 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book. National Football League. p. 378. http://www.nfl.info/download/2010%20NFL%20Record%20and%20Fact%20Book.pdf. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  3. 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. http://www.vikings.com/news/media-guide.html. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  4. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440
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