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The 1992 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 32nd in the 73rd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of 11 wins and five losses. With that record, they returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence. They met the Washington Redskins, their first playoff meeting in six years after the 1987 NFC Championship game, this time in the Wildcard round. The Vikings looked to avenge their loss, but it was too late as the Redskins would go on to stun the NFC Central champions, 24-7.

1992 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachDennis Green
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record11–5
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishLost NFC Wild Card Playoff (Redskins) 7–24

Minnesota's starting quarterbacks were Rich Gannon, who went 8-4 in twelve starts, and Sean Salisbury, who won three of his four starts. The team's leading rusher was Terry Allen, who ran for 1,201 yards. Receivers Cris Carter and Anthony Carter led the team with 681 and 580 receiving yards, respectively.[1]

Contents

OffseasonEdit

On January 10, 1992, Dennis Green was named the fifth head coach in franchise history.[2]

1992 DraftEdit

Pro Bowler
1992 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Selection
1 13 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
2 39 Robert Harris Defensive end Southern University from Seahawks[b]
40 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
3 71 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys[a]
4 98 Roy Barker Defensive tackle North Carolina
5 125 Ed McDaniel Linebacker Clemson
6 152 Mike Gaddis Running back Oklahoma
7 183 David Wilson Defensive back California
8 210 Luke Fisher Tight end East Carolina
9 227 Brad Johnson Quarterback Florida State from Buccaneers[c]
237 Ronnie West Wide receiver Pittsburg State
10 264 Brad Culpepper Defensive tackle Florida
11 295 Chuck Evans Running back Clark Atlanta
12 322 Joe Randolph Wide receiver Elon
^[a] These picks were involved in the Herschel Walker trade on October 12, 1989.
^[b] Seattle traded their 2nd round selection (39th overall – Robert Harris) and a 1993 3rd round selection (57th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for DT Keith Millard on April 25, 1992.
^[c] Tampa Bay traded their 9th round selection (227th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for LB Jimmy Williams.

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1 August 8 Buffalo Bills W 24-3 1-0 Metrodome 36,603
2 August 15 Kansas City Chiefs W 30-0 2-0 Metrodome 38,132
3 August 24 at Cleveland Browns W 56-3 3-0 Cleveland Stadium 35,755
4 August 29 at Washington Redskins W 30-0 4-0 RFK Stadium 55,855

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 6 at Green Bay Packers W 23–20 (OT) 1–0 Lambeau Field 58,617
2 September 13 at Detroit Lions L 31–17 1–1 Silverdome 57,519
3 September 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–20 2–1 Metrodome 48,113
4 September 27 at Cincinnati Bengals W 42–7 3–1 Riverfront Stadium 53,847
5 October 4 Chicago Bears W 21–20 4–1 Metrodome 60,992
6 Bye
7 October 15 Detroit Lions W 31–14 5–1 Metrodome 52,816
8 October 25 Washington Redskins L 15–13 5–2 Metrodome 59,098
9 November 2 at Chicago Bears W 38–10 6–2 Soldier Field 61,257
10 November 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 35–7 7–2 Tampa Stadium 49,095
11 November 15 Houston Oilers L 17–13 7–3 Metrodome 56,726
12 November 22 Cleveland Browns W 17–13 8–3 Metrodome 53,323
13 November 29 at Los Angeles Rams W 31–17 9–3 Anaheim Stadium 54,831
14 December 6 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–17 9–4 Veterans Stadium 65,280
15 December 13 San Francisco 49ers L 20–17 9–5 Metrodome 60,685
16 December 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 6–3 10–5 Three Rivers Stadium 53,613
17 December 27 Green Bay Packers W 27–7 11–5 Metrodome 61,461

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 7–1 8–4 374 249 W2
Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 276 296 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 3–5 5–9 267 365 W1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–8 295 361 L2
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 3–5 3–9 273 332 L1

PlayoffsEdit

Washington Redskins 24, Minnesota Vikings 7
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 14 7024
Vikings 7 0 007

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Rich Gannon 1,905
Passing touchdowns Rich Gannon 12
Rushing yards Terry Allen 1,201
Rushing touchdowns Terry Allen 13
Receiving yards Cris Carter 681
Receiving touchdowns Cris Carter 6
Points Fuad Reveiz 102
Kickoff return yards Darrin Nelson 626
Punt return yards Anthony Parker 336
Tackles Jack Del Rio 153
Sacks Chris Doleman 14.5
Interceptions Audray McMillian 8
Forced fumbles Chris Doleman 6

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing offense 2,869 179.3 18th
Rushing offense 2,030 126.9 7th
Total offense 4,899 306.2 11th
Passing defense 2,782 173.9 7th
Rushing defense 1,733 108.3 14th
Total defense 4,515 282.2 8th

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1992 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

[3]

Final rosterEdit

1992 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
49 Active, 9 Inactive, 1 Practice squad

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Audrey MacMillan, NFL leader, Interceptions (8)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1992 Minnesota Vikings at Pro-Football-Reference.com
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.108
  3. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Archived from the original on 2010-12-24. Retrieved February 26, 2010.