1986 Minnesota Vikings season

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1986 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachJerry Burns
General managerMike Lynn
Home fieldMetrodome
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1986 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 26th season in the National Football League, and their first with former offensive coordinator Jerry Burns as head coach, following the departure of Bud Grant at the end of the previous season.

The Vikings finished with a 9–7 record and missed the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.

Offseason[edit]

1986 Draft[edit]

1986 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Selection
1 8 Traded to the San Diego Chargers[a]
14 Gerald Robinson Defensive end Auburn from Packers via Chargers[a]
2 40 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[b]
44 Traded to the New York Giants[c] from Chargers[a]
53 Traded to the New York Giants[c] from Raiders[d]
3 66 Traded to the San Diego Chargers[a]
4 93 Joe Phillips Defensive tackle Southern Methodist
5 120 Hassan Jones Wide receiver Florida State
6 147 Thomas Rooks Running back Illinois
7 179 Carl Hilton Tight end Houston
8 206 Gary Shippang Offensive tackle West Chester (PA)
9 232 Mike Slaton Defensive back South Dakota
10 259 Joe Cormier Wide receiver USC
11 286 John Armstrong Wide receiver Richmond
12 318 Jesse Solomon Linebacker Florida State
^[a] San Diego traded a 1st round selection (14th overall) and 2nd round selection (44th overall) to the Vikings for their 1st round selection (8th overall) and 3rd round selection (66th overall).
^[b] Minnesota traded one of their 2nd round selections (40th overall) and LB Robin Sendlein to Miami for WR Anthony Carter.
^[c] Minnesota traded two 2nd round selections (44th and 53rd overall) to the Giants for OT Gary Zimmerman.
^[d] The Raiders traded their 1985 6th round selection (164th overall) and 1986 2nd round selection (53rd overall) to Minnesota for LB Brad Van Pelt.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1986 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams – Tom Batta


[1]

Final roster[edit]

1986 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
50 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance[2]
1 August 9 Miami Dolphins W 30–16 1–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 52,865
2 August 16 Denver Broncos W 29–27 2–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 53,193
3 August 22 at Seattle Seahawks L 17–27 2–1 Kingdome 57,730
4 August 30 at Indianapolis Colts W 23–20 (OT) 3–1 Hoosier Dome 57,969

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 7 Detroit Lions L 10–13 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 54,851
2 September 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–10 1–1 Tampa Stadium 34,579
3 September 21 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–7 2–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 56,795
4 September 28 Green Bay Packers W 42–7 3–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 60,478
5 October 5 at Chicago Bears L 0–23 3–2 Soldier Field 63,921
6 October 12 at San Francisco 49ers W 27–24 (OT) 4–2 Candlestick Park 58,637
7 October 19 Chicago Bears W 23–7 5–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 62,851
8 October 26 Cleveland Browns L 20–23 5–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 59,133
9 November 2 at Washington Redskins L 38–44 (OT) 5–4 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 51,928
10 November 9 at Detroit Lions W 24–10 6–4 Silverdome 53,725
11 November 16 New York Giants L 20–22 6–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 62,003
12 November 23 at Cincinnati Bengals L 20–24 6–6 Riverfront Stadium 53,003
13 November 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 45–13 7–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 56,235
14 December 7 at Green Bay Packers W 32–6 8–6 Lambeau Field 47,637
15 December 14 at Houston Oilers L 10–23 8–7 Astrodome 32,738
16 December 21 New Orleans Saints W 33–17 9–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 51,209

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears(2) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 10–2 352 187 W7
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 6–2 8–4 398 273 W1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–8 277 326 L4
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 3–5 3–9 254 418 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–13 239 473 L7

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Tommy Kramer 3,000
Passing touchdowns Tommy Kramer 24
Rushing yards Darrin Nelson 793
Rushing touchdowns Ted Brown
Darrin Nelson
4
Receiving yards Steve Jordan 859
Receiving touchdowns Anthony Carter 7
Points Chuck Nelson 110
Kickoff return yards Rufus Bess 705
Punt return yards Rufus Bess 162
Tackles Jesse Solomon 96
Sacks Keith Millard 10.5
Interceptions Issiac Holt 8
Forced fumbles Chris Doleman 2

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing offense 3,913 244.6 5th
Rushing offense 1,738 108.6 16th
Total offense 5,651 353.2 4th
Passing defense 3,216 201.0 13th
Rushing defense 1,796 112.3 13th
Total defense 5,012 313.3 11th

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. Archived from the original on December 24, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
  2. ^ [1]

External links[edit]