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1987 Minnesota Vikings

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8-7-0, NFC Central Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.6, Offense: -0.1, Defense: -2.5, SoS: -2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 336 points (22.4/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 335 points (22.3/g), 16th.
 Differential of 1 points (0.1/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 7.5-7.5.

Coach: Jerry Burns (8-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Schnelker
 Defensive Coordinator: Floyd Peters
 Other Notable Asst.: Pete Carroll (Defensive Backs)

Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Max Winter
General Manager Mike Lynn
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 336 4809 980 4.9 33 10 28 293 232 446 2826 21 23 5.7 136 482 1983 20 4.1 129
Team Defense 335 4824 979 4.9 37 11 27 281 278 498 3100 24 26 5.8 159 440 1724 9 3.9 95
Lg Rank Offense 13 15 9 2 14 22 20 15 22 18 14 11 1 7
Lg Rank Defense 16 10 11 24 11 20 16 17 4 10 7 11 8 16

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 13 boxscore W 1-0 Detroit Lions 34 19 21 353 240 113 3 17 272 189 83 2
2 Sun September 20 boxscore W 2-0 @ Los Angeles Rams 21 16 17 353 257 96 2 15 210 88 122 2
3 Sun October 4 boxscore L 2-1 Green Bay Packers 16 23 17 315 219 96 2 16 300 153 147
4 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-2 @ Chicago Bears 7 27 15 151 108 43 2 26 344 159 185 1
5 Sun October 18 boxscore L 2-3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 20 16 175 152 23 6 15 268 193 75 2
6 Mon October 26 boxscore W 3-3 Denver Broncos 34 27 27 393 196 197 5 21 329 206 123 1
7 Sun November 1 boxscore L 3-4 @ Seattle Seahawks 17 28 23 395 252 143 2 19 318 195 123 1
8 Sun November 8 boxscore W 4-4 Los Angeles Raiders 31 20 13 200 84 116 1 19 376 219 157 5
9 Sun November 15 boxscore W 5-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 17 23 330 106 224 1 14 259 244 15 4
10 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-4 Atlanta Falcons 24 13 18 302 169 133 1 16 290 194 96 1
11 Thu November 26 boxscore W OT 7-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 44 38 27 476 288 188 2 23 403 291 112 5
12 Sun December 6 boxscore L 7-5 Chicago Bears 24 30 18 356 281 75 1 26 423 264 159 3
13 Sun December 13 boxscore L 7-6 @ Green Bay Packers 10 16 14 289 162 127 2 19 300 179 121 1
14 Sun December 20 boxscore W 8-6 @ Detroit Lions 17 14 20 340 135 205 17 364 235 129 5
15 Sat December 26 boxscore L OT 8-7 Washington Redskins 24 27 24 381 177 204 3 18 368 291 77 4
Playoffs
WildCard Sun January 3 boxscore W 9-7 @ New Orleans Saints 44 10 28 417 207 210 2 9 149 96 53 6
Division Sat January 9 boxscore W 10-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 36 24 22 397 280 117 1 17 358 243 115 2
ConfChamp Sun January 17 boxscore L 10-8 @ Washington Redskins 10 17 16 259 183 76 1 11 280 119 161

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Wade Wilson 28 QB 12 7 5-2-0 140 264 53.0 2106 14 5.3 13 4.9 73 8.0 6.8 15.0 175.5 76.7 26 194 6.59 5.54 9.0 1 2
7 Tony Adams 37 qb 3 3 0-3-0 49 89 55.1 607 3 3.4 5 5.6 63 6.8 5.0 12.4 202.3 64.2 18 120 4.55 3.01 16.8
9 Tommy Kramer 32 qb 6 5 3-2-0 40 81 49.4 452 4 4.9 3 3.7 40 5.6 4.9 11.3 75.3 67.5 7 35 4.74 4.11 8.0
16 Rich Gannon 22 4 0 2 6 33.3 18 0 0.0 1 16.7 12 3.0 -4.5 9.0 4.5 2.8 0 0 3.00 -4.50 0.0
5 Larry Miller 25 2 0 1 6 16.7 2 0 0.0 1 16.7 2 0.3 -7.2 2.0 1.0 0.0 1 10 -1.14 -7.57 14.3
Team Total 26.4 15 8-7-0 232 446 52.0 3185 21 4.7 23 5.2 73 7.1 5.8 13.7 265.4 69.4 52 359 5.67 4.44 10.4 1 2
Opp Total 15 278 498 55.8 3407 24 4.8 26 5.2 6.8 5.46 12.3 227.1 71.4 41 307 5.8 4.5 7.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
20 Darrin Nelson 28 RB 10 9 131 642 2 72 4.9 64.2 13.1 26 129 5.0 0 13 2.6 12.9 771 2 2
42 D.J. Dozier 22 rb 9 3 69 257 5 19 3.7 28.6 7.7 12 89 7.4 2 20 1.3 9.9 346 7 2
46 Alfred Anderson 26 FB 10 10 68 319 2 27 4.7 31.9 6.8 7 69 9.9 0 22 0.7 6.9 388 2 1
36 Allen Rice 25 rb 12 2 51 131 1 13 2.6 10.9 4.3 19 201 10.6 1 24 1.6 16.8 332 2 1
31 Rick Fenney 23 11 0 42 174 2 12 4.1 15.8 3.8 7 27 3.9 0 18 0.6 2.5 201 2 0
11 Wade Wilson 28 QB 12 7 41 263 5 38 6.4 21.9 3.4 263 5 3
7 Tony Adams 37 qb 3 3 11 31 0 12 2.8 10.3 3.7 31 0 3
9 Tommy Kramer 32 qb 6 5 10 44 2 15 4.4 7.3 1.7 44 2 2
33 Jeff Womack 24 rb 2 1 9 20 0 13 2.2 10.0 4.5 5 46 9.2 1 23 2.5 23.0 66 1 0
43 Jimmy Smith 27 rb 1 1 7 13 0 5 1.9 13.0 7.0 13 0 0
35 Andre Thomas 27 1 0 6 4 0 5 0.7 4.0 6.0 2 13 6.5 0 10 2.0 13.0 17 0 0
87 Leo Lewis 31 PR/WR 12 12 5 -7 0 4 -1.4 -0.6 0.4 24 383 16.0 2 36 2.0 31.9 376 2 1
36 Sam Harrell 30 rb 1 1 5 8 0 4 1.6 8.0 5.0 3 20 6.7 0 8 3.0 20.0 28 0 1
49 Adam Walker 24 2 0 5 24 0 11 4.8 12.0 2.5 2 3 1.5 0 2 1.0 1.5 27 0 0
45 Brett Wilson 27 rb 3 1 5 16 0 6 3.2 5.3 1.7 2 14 7.0 0 9 0.7 4.7 30 0 0
37 Phil Frye 29 rb 1 1 4 4 0 2 1.0 4.0 4.0 3 25 8.3 0 12 3.0 25.0 29 0 0
32 Steve Harris 25 2 0 4 3 0 2 0.8 1.5 2.0 2 17 8.5 0 16 1.0 8.5 20 0 0
45 Leonard Moore 24 rb 1 1 4 11 0 4 2.8 11.0 4.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 1.0 8.0 19 0 0
84 James Brim 24 wr 3 3 2 36 1 38 18.0 12.0 0.7 18 282 15.7 2 63 6.0 94.0 318 3 0
80 Jim Gustafson 26 12 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.2 0.1 4 55 13.8 0 23 0.3 4.6 53 0 0
5 Larry Miller 25 2 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.5 0.5 -1 0 0
13 Bucky Scribner 27 p 4 0 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -1.8 0.3 -7 0 1
81 Anthony Carter* 27 WR 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 38 922 24.3 7 73 3.2 76.8 922 7 0
83 Steve Jordan* 26 TE 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 490 14.0 2 38 2.9 40.8 490 2 1
84 Hassan Jones 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 189 27.0 2 58 0.6 15.8 189 2 0
85 Steve Finch 26 wr 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 54 18.0 0 20 3.0 54.0 54 0 0
81 Rickey Parks 23 wr 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 46 15.3 0 19 1.5 23.0 46 0 0
82 Ron Daugherty 29 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 21 10.5 0 13 0.7 7.0 21 0 0
86 Willie Gillespie 26 wr 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 28 14.0 0 14 2.0 28.0 28 0 0
82 Carl Hilton 23 te 11 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 16 8.0 2 8 0.2 1.5 16 2 0
88 Marc May 29 te 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 22 22.0 0 22 0.3 7.3 22 0 1
86 Mike Mularkey 26 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.7 6 0 0
89 Ed Schenk 27 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.3 3.3 10 0 0
Team Total 26.4 15 482 1983 20 72 4.1 165.3 40.2 232 3185 13.7 21 73 19.3 265.4 5168 41 28
Opp Total 15 440 1724 9 3.9 114.9 29.3 278 3100 11.2 24 18.5 206.7 4824 33 30

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
41 Neal Guggemos 23 KR 12 1 36 808 0 42 22.4 808
87 Leo Lewis 31 PR/WR 12 12 22 275 1 78 12.5 651
21 Rufus Bess 31 db 3 2 7 86 0 28 12.3 10 169 0 33 16.9 255
89 Greg Richardson 23 2 0 4 19 0 7 4.8 4 76 0 24 19.0 95
20 Darrin Nelson 28 RB 10 9 7 164 0 42 23.4 935
33 Jeff Womack 24 rb 2 1 5 77 0 20 15.4 143
81 Anthony Carter* 27 WR 12 11 3 40 0 22 13.3 962
42 D.J. Dozier 22 rb 9 3 2 23 0 13 11.5 369
36 Allen Rice 25 rb 12 2 2 29 0 18 14.5 361
43 Jimmy Smith 27 rb 1 1 2 42 0 22 21.0 55
36 Sam Harrell 30 rb 1 1 1 4 0 4 4.0 32
82 Carl Hilton 23 te 11 1 1 13 0 13 13.0 29
86 Mike Mularkey 26 9 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 22
Team Total 26.4 15 36 420 1 78 11.7 71 1421 0 42 20.0 7009
Opp Total 15 44 424 0 9.6 64 1173 0 18.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
1 Chuck Nelson 27 K 12 0 12 10 4 2 6 2 1 24 13 54.2% 37 36 97.3%
8 Greg Coleman 33 P 9 0 45 1786 54 1 39.7
13 Bucky Scribner 27 p 4 0 20 827 54 0 41.4
13 Dave Bruno 24 p 2 0 13 464 53 0 35.7
4 Dale Dawson 23 k 3 0 2 1 3 5 1 20.0% 4 4 100.0%
Team Total 26.4 15 12 10 6 3 9 2 1 29 14 48.3% 41 40 97.6% 78 3077 54 1 39.4
Opp Total 15 31 24 77.4% 38 35 92.1% 74 2953 39.9

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
54 Jesse Solomon 24 LLB 12 12 2.0 1 30 0 30 0 0 0 1 33 0 126 0
97 Henry Thomas 22 LDT 12 11 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 81 0
24 Wymon Henderson 26 LCB 12 8 4 33 0 17 0 70 0
39 Carl Lee 26 RCB 12 12 3 53 0 36 0 62 0
56 Chris Doleman* 26 RDE 12 12 11.0 6 0 0 0 0 57 0
57 Chris Martin 27 lb 12 4 0 0 1 0 0 31 0
48 Najee Mustafaa 23 7 0 12 0
79 Doug Martin 30 LDE 12 12 9.0
73 Stafford Mays 29 rdt 12 7 7.0 0 0 2 0 0
47 Joey Browner*+ 27 SS 12 12 1.0 6 67 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Neal Guggemos 23 KR 12 1 1 26 0 26 0 0 4 3 0 0
75 Keith Millard 25 RDT 9 8 3.5 0 0 2 8 0
21 Rufus Bess 31 db 3 2 0 4 0 0 0
44 John Harris 31 FS 12 12 3 20 0 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Scott Studwell* 33 MLB 12 11 1.0 2 26 0 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
7 Tony Adams 37 qb 3 3 0 3 0 0 0
87 Leo Lewis 31 PR/WR 12 12 0 1 2 0 0
11 Wade Wilson 28 QB 12 7 0 3 0 -3 0
91 Dan Coleman 25 de 3 1 2.0
42 D.J. Dozier 22 rb 9 3 0 2 0 0 0
30 Issiac Holt 25 lcb 9 5 2 7 0 7 0
9 Tommy Kramer 32 qb 6 5 0 2 0 0 0
20 Darrin Nelson 28 RB 10 9 0 2 0 0 0
69 Frank Ori 23 g 3 3 0 0 2 0 0
36 Allen Rice 25 rb 12 2 0 1 1 0 0
95 Gerald Robinson 24 4 0 1 0
46 Alfred Anderson 26 FB 10 10 0 1 0 0 0
50 Ray Berry 24 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
95 Don Bramlett 25 dt 3 1 0 0 1 0 0
26 David Evans 28 db 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
36 Sam Harrell 30 rb 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
32 Steve Harris 25 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 David Howard 26 RLB 10 7 1 1 0 1 0
83 Steve Jordan* 26 TE 12 12 0 1 0 0 0
38 Fletcher Louallen 25 db 3 3 1 16 0 16 0
88 Marc May 29 te 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
90 Fred Molden 24 2 0 1.0
89 Greg Richardson 23 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
13 Bucky Scribner 27 p 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
40 Wayne Smith 30 db 6 1 1 24 0 24 0
93 Jimmy Walker 30 dt 2 2 1.0
33 Jeff Womack 24 rb 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
65 Gary Zimmerman*+ 26 LT 12 12 0 0 1 4 0
Team Total 26.4 15 41.0 26 303 0 36 0 6 28 24 42 0 440 0 1
Opp Total 15 52 30 19

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Chuck Nelson 27 K 12 0 36 13 75
81 Anthony Carter* 27 WR 12 11 7 7 42
42 D.J. Dozier 22 rb 9 3 5 2 7 42
11 Wade Wilson 28 QB 12 7 5 5 30
84 James Brim 24 wr 3 3 1 2 3 18
87 Leo Lewis 31 PR/WR 12 12 2 1 3 18
46 Alfred Anderson 26 FB 10 10 2 2 12
31 Rick Fenney 23 11 0 2 2 12
82 Carl Hilton 23 te 11 1 2 2 12
84 Hassan Jones 23 12 0 2 2 12
83 Steve Jordan* 26 TE 12 12 2 2 12
9 Tommy Kramer 32 qb 6 5 2 2 12
20 Darrin Nelson 28 RB 10 9 2 2 12
36 Allen Rice 25 rb 12 2 1 1 2 12
4 Dale Dawson 23 k 3 0 4 1 7
33 Jeff Womack 24 rb 2 1 1 1 6
73 Joe Stepanek 24 dt 1 1 1 2
Team Total 26.4 15 20 21 1 42 40 14 1 336
Opp Total 15 9 24 1 3 35 24 335