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1996 Minnesota Vikings

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9-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.1, Offense: -0.9, Defense: 0.7, SoS: 0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 298 points (18.6/g), 23rd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 315 points (19.7/g), 15th.
 Differential of -17 points (-1.1/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 7.5-8.5.

Coach: Dennis Green (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Brian Billick
 Defensive Coordinator: Foge Fazio
 Other Notable Asst.: Mike Tice (Tight Ends)

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

Team Info

VP/de facto General Manager Jeff Diamond
CEO/Managing Partner Roger Headrick
Offensive Scheme West Coast
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 298 5204 1030 5.1 32 13 23 284 331 561 3658 24 19 6.1 186 435 1546 7 3.6 75
Team Defense 315 5087 1025 5.0 35 13 23 309 314 537 3121 18 22 5.4 169 445 1966 15 4.4 117
Lg Rank Offense 23 12 17 14 24 8 8 8 17 10 20 24 27 20
Lg Rank Defense 15 16 8 14 20 17 9 10 7 7 16 24 22 30

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 1 boxscore W 1-0 Detroit Lions 17 13 16 311 183 128 27 435 244 191 5
2 Sun September 8 boxscore W 2-0 @ Atlanta Falcons 23 17 18 365 266 99 2 21 324 245 79 2
3 Sun September 15 boxscore W 3-0 @ Chicago Bears 20 14 21 377 239 138 1 17 299 191 108 3
4 Sun September 22 boxscore W 4-0 Green Bay Packers 30 21 18 351 263 88 4 8 217 157 60 4
5 Sun September 29 boxscore L 4-1 @ New York Giants 10 15 10 228 140 88 2 21 291 146 145
6 Sun October 6 boxscore W 5-1 Carolina Panthers 14 12 16 293 192 101 2 15 256 155 101 6
7 Sun October 13 boxscore L 5-2 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 24 17 394 255 139 3 20 284 208 76
8 Bye Week
9 Mon October 28 boxscore L 5-3 Chicago Bears 13 15 16 279 268 11 2 18 276 180 96 2
10 Sun November 3 boxscore L 5-4 Kansas City Chiefs 6 21 13 258 210 48 2 23 359 157 202 1
11 Sun November 10 boxscore L 5-5 @ Seattle Seahawks 23 42 16 315 300 15 4 26 452 253 199 1
12 Sun November 17 boxscore W OT 6-5 @ Oakland Raiders 16 13 20 445 263 182 2 13 237 112 125 1
13 Sun November 24 boxscore L 6-6 Denver Broncos 17 21 20 296 246 50 2 22 388 309 79 3
14 Sun December 1 boxscore W 7-6 Arizona Cardinals 41 17 29 412 263 149 18 280 245 35 3
15 Sun December 8 boxscore W 8-6 @ Detroit Lions 24 22 21 289 173 116 23 380 235 145
16 Sun December 15 boxscore W 9-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 10 21 339 194 145 4 8 169 77 92 2
17 Sun December 22 boxscore L 9-7 @ Green Bay Packers 10 38 12 252 203 49 2 29 440 207 233 2
Playoffs
WildCard Sat December 28 boxscore L 9-8 @ Dallas Cowboys 15 40 12 268 205 63 6 27 438 183 255 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Brad Johnson 28 qb 12 8 5-3-0 195 311 62.7% 2258 17 5.5 10 3.2 82 7.3 6.9 11.6 188.2 89.4 15 119 6.56 6.22 4.6 2 3
1 Warren Moon 40 QB 8 8 4-4-0 134 247 54.3% 1610 7 2.8 9 3.6 54 6.5 5.4 12.0 201.3 68.7 19 122 5.59 4.60 7.1 1 2
6 Jay Walker 24 1 0 2 2 100.0% 31 0 0.0 0 0.0 19 15.5 15.5 15.5 31.0 118.7 0 0 15.50 15.50 0.0
81 Chris Walsh 28 15 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.7 16 9-7-0 331 561 59.0% 3899 24 4.3 19 3.4 82 7.0 6.3 11.8 243.7 80.4 34 241 6.15 5.52 5.7 3 5
Opp Total 16 314 537 58.5% 3384 18 3.4 22 4.1 6.3 5.13 10.8 211.5 71.2 43 263 5.4 4.3 7.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
26 Robert Smith 24 RB 8 7 162 692 3 57 4.3 86.5 20.3 7 39 5.6 0 16 0.9 4.9 731 3 2
44 Leroy Hoard 28 rb 6 6 105 420 3 25 4.0 70.0 17.5 10 129 12.9 0 37 1.7 21.5 549 3 3
31 Scottie Graham 27 11 0 57 138 0 12 2.4 12.5 5.2 7 48 6.9 0 18 0.6 4.4 186 0 0
32 Amp Lee 25 rb 16 3 51 161 0 12 3.2 10.1 3.2 54 422 7.8 2 21 3.4 26.4 583 2 2
14 Brad Johnson 28 qb 12 8 34 90 1 13 2.6 7.5 2.8 90 1 5
29 Charles Evans 29 fb 16 6 13 29 0 9 2.2 1.8 0.8 22 135 6.1 0 16 1.4 8.4 164 0 0
1 Warren Moon 40 QB 8 8 9 6 0 5 0.7 0.8 1.1 6 0 7
22 David Palmer 24 PR 11 1 2 9 0 8 4.5 0.8 0.2 6 40 6.7 0 20 0.5 3.6 49 0 3
64 Randall McDaniel*+ 32 LG 16 16 2 1 0 1 0.5 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
80 Cris Carter* 31 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 96 1163 12.1 10 43 6.0 72.7 1163 10 1
86 Jake Reed 29 WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 72 1320 18.3 7 82 4.5 82.5 1320 7 0
82 Qadry Ismail 26 KR 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 351 16.0 3 54 1.4 21.9 351 3 2
89 Andrew Jordan 24 TE 13 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 128 6.7 0 15 1.5 9.8 128 0 0
85 Greg DeLong 23 TE 16 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 34 4.3 0 9 0.5 2.1 34 0 0
81 Chris Walsh 28 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 39 9.8 1 17 0.3 2.6 39 1 0
83 David Frisch 26 te 10 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 27 9.0 1 21 0.3 2.7 27 1 0
87 Hunter Goodwin 24 te 9 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 24 24.0 0 24 0.1 2.7 24 0 0
Team Total 26.7 16 435 1546 7 57 3.6 96.6 27.2 331 3899 11.8 24 82 20.7 243.7 5445 31 26
Opp Total 16 445 1966 15 4.4 122.9 27.8 314 3121 9.9 18 19.6 195.1 5087 33 27

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 David Palmer 24 PR 11 1 22 216 1 69 9.8 13 292 0 60 22.5 557
82 Qadry Ismail 26 KR 16 2 28 527 0 32 18.8 878
32 Amp Lee 25 rb 16 3 10 84 0 18 8.4 5 85 0 23 17.0 752
33 Harold Morrow 23 8 0 6 117 0 26 19.5 117
52 Richard Brown 31 14 0 3 35 0 12 11.7 35
80 Cris Carter* 31 WR 16 16 1 3 0 3 3.0 1166
85 Greg DeLong 23 TE 16 8 1 3 0 3 3.0 37
66 John Gerak 26 RG 14 10 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Team Total 26.7 16 32 300 1 69 9.4 58 1075 0 60 18.5 6820
Opp Total 16 37 577 0 15.6 53 1314 0 24.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
17 Mitch Berger 24 P 16 0 88 3616 63 2 41.1
9 Scott Sisson 25 K 16 0 8 8 14 11 7 3 29 22 75.9%% 30 30 100.0%%
Team Total 26.7 16 8 8 14 11 7 3 29 22 75.9%% 30 30 100.0%% 88 3616 63 2 41.1
Opp Total 16 30 20 66.7%% 33 33 100.0%% 84 3595 42.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
50 Jeff Brady 28 MLB 16 16 1.5 3 20 0 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 74 27
24 Robert Griffith 26 SS 14 14 2.0 4 67 0 41 0 2 1 0 0 0 78 17
59 Dixon Edwards 28 RLB 14 13 3.5 1 18 0 18 0 68 28
43 Orlando Thomas 24 FS 16 16 5 57 0 34 0 2 0 1 0 0 65 18
20 Dewayne Washington 24 RCB 16 16 2 27 1 27 0 69 6
27 Corey Fuller 25 LCB 16 14 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 53 11
95 Fernando Smith 25 LDE 16 16 9.5 3 0 2 4 0 41 24
42 Harlon Barnett 29 db 16 4 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 48 13
55 Darryl Talley 36 LLB 12 12 1 10 0 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 41 10
93 John Randle*+ 29 RDT 16 16 11.5 4 0 0 0 0 35 11
90 Derrick Alexander 23 RDE 12 9 3.5 0 0 1 3 0 33 15
72 Jason Fisk 24 ldt 16 6 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 22 9
91 Martin Harrison 29 rde 16 8 7.0 1 0 0 0 0 21 7
98 Esera Tuaolo 28 LDT 14 9 2.5 15 14
56 Pete Bercich 25 lb 15 1 0 0 1 0 0 10 2
54 Dave Garnett 26 lb 12 4 0 0 1 0 0 8 5
92 Duane Clemons 22 13 0 0 0 1 8 0 2 5
1 Warren Moon 40 QB 8 8 0 7 2 0 0
51 Ben Hanks 24 12 0 3 2
14 Brad Johnson 28 qb 12 8 0 5 3 -8 0
37 Sean Vanhorse 28 9 0 3 1
52 Richard Brown 31 14 0 2 2
35 Chris Johnson 25 5 0 1 3
22 David Palmer 24 PR 11 1 0 3 1 0 0
44 Leroy Hoard 28 rb 6 6 0 3 0 0 0
82 Qadry Ismail 26 KR 16 2 0 2 1 0 0
32 Amp Lee 25 rb 16 3 0 2 1 0 0
26 Robert Smith 24 RB 8 7 0 2 1 0 0
80 Cris Carter* 31 WR 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
25 Alfred Jackson 29 wr 14 2 2 4 0 4 0
85 Greg DeLong 23 TE 16 8 0 0 1 0 0
66 John Gerak 26 RG 14 10 0 0 1 0 0
73 Todd Steussie 26 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.7 16 43.0 22 206 1 41 0 15 26 25 7 0 692 230
Opp Total 16 34 27 14 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
9 Scott Sisson 25 K 16 0 30 22 96
80 Cris Carter* 31 WR 16 16 10 10 60
86 Jake Reed 29 WR 16 15 7 7 42
44 Leroy Hoard 28 rb 6 6 3 3 18
82 Qadry Ismail 26 KR 16 2 3 3 18
26 Robert Smith 24 RB 8 7 3 3 18
32 Amp Lee 25 rb 16 3 2 2 12
81 Chris Walsh 28 15 0 1 1 1 8
83 David Frisch 26 te 10 1 1 1 6
14 Brad Johnson 28 qb 12 8 1 1 6
22 David Palmer 24 PR 11 1 1 1 6
20 Dewayne Washington 24 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
89 Andrew Jordan 24 TE 13 9 1 2
Team Total 26.7 16 7 24 1 1 33 2 30 22 298
Opp Total 16 15 18 3 1 33 20 2 315

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-01 DET W, 17-13 1 27 lateral Dewayne Washington 27 yard lateral return (Scott Sisson kick)
2 1996-09-01 DET W, 17-13 4 31 pass Cris Carter 31 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
3 1996-09-08 @ ATL W, 23-17 2 7 pass Cris Carter 7 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
4 1996-09-08 @ ATL W, 23-17 4 3 pass David Frisch 3 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
5 1996-09-15 @ CHI W, 20-14 2 14 rush Robert Smith 14 yard rush (Scott Sisson kick)
6 1996-09-15 @ CHI W, 20-14 2 29 pass Jake Reed 29 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
7 1996-09-22 GNB W, 30-21 1 26 pass Jake Reed 26 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
8 1996-09-22 GNB W, 30-21 2 20 pass Qadry Ismail 20 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
9 1996-09-22 GNB W, 30-21 4 37 rush Robert Smith 37 yard rush (Scott Sisson kick)
10 1996-09-29 @ NYG L, 10-15 2 69 punt David Palmer 69 yard punt return (Scott Sisson kick)
11 1996-10-06 CAR W, 14-12 2 6 pass Cris Carter 6 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
12 1996-10-06 CAR W, 14-12 3 3 pass Cris Carter 3 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
13 1996-10-13 @ TAM L, 13-24 1 26 rush Robert Smith 26 yard rush (Scott Sisson kick)
14 1996-10-28 CHI L, 13-15 3 54 pass Qadry Ismail 54 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
15 1996-11-03 KAN L, 6-21 4 1 pass Cris Carter 1 yard pass from Brad Johnson (pass failed)
16 1996-11-10 @ SEA L, 23-42 2 38 pass Jake Reed 38 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
17 1996-11-10 @ SEA L, 23-42 4 1 rush Brad Johnson 1 yard rush (Andrew Jordan pass from Brad Johnson)
18 1996-11-10 @ SEA L, 23-42 4 14 pass Jake Reed 14 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Chris Walsh pass from Brad Johnson)
19 1996-11-17 @ OAK W, 16-13 1 82 pass Jake Reed 82 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
20 1996-11-24 DEN L, 17-21 2 7 pass Chris Walsh 7 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
21 1996-11-24 DEN L, 17-21 3 11 pass Cris Carter 11 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
22 1996-12-01 ARI W, 41-17 2 19 pass Amp Lee 19 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
23 1996-12-01 ARI W, 41-17 3 40 pass Jake Reed 40 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
24 1996-12-01 ARI W, 41-17 3 13 pass Qadry Ismail 13 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
25 1996-12-01 ARI W, 41-17 4 4 pass Cris Carter 4 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
26 1996-12-01 ARI W, 41-17 4 1 rush Leroy Hoard 1 yard rush (Scott Sisson kick)
27 1996-12-08 @ DET W, 24-22 2 3 pass Amp Lee 3 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
28 1996-12-08 @ DET W, 24-22 2 13 pass Jake Reed 13 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
29 1996-12-08 @ DET W, 24-22 4 30 pass Cris Carter 30 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
30 1996-12-15 TAM W, 21-10 2 5 rush Leroy Hoard 5 yard rush (Scott Sisson kick)
31 1996-12-15 TAM W, 21-10 3 22 rush Leroy Hoard 22 yard rush (Scott Sisson kick)
32 1996-12-15 TAM W, 21-10 4 36 pass Cris Carter 36 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
33 1996-12-22 @ GNB L, 10-38 1 43 pass Cris Carter 43 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-01 DET L, 13-17 2 17 pass Herman Moore 17 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
2 1996-09-08 @ ATL L, 17-23 3 3 pass Terance Mathis 3 yard pass from Jeff George (Morten Andersen kick)
3 1996-09-08 @ ATL L, 17-23 3 10 pass Terance Mathis 10 yard pass from Jeff George (Morten Andersen kick)
4 1996-09-15 @ CHI L, 14-20 1 5 pass Bobby Engram 5 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Carlos Huerta kick)
5 1996-09-15 @ CHI L, 14-20 2 28 interception Donnell Woolford 28 yard interception return (Carlos Huerta kick)
6 1996-09-22 GNB L, 21-30 1 13 pass Robert Brooks 13 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
7 1996-09-22 GNB L, 21-30 3 80 pass Don Beebe 80 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
8 1996-09-22 GNB L, 21-30 3 75 interception George Koonce 75 yard interception return (Chris Jacke kick)
9 1996-09-29 @ NYG W, 15-10 3 1 rush Aaron Pierce 1 yard rush (pass failed)
10 1996-10-06 CAR L, 12-14 3 4 rush Anthony Johnson 4 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
11 1996-10-13 @ TAM W, 24-13 3 31 pass Robb Thomas 31 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
12 1996-10-13 @ TAM W, 24-13 4 12 pass Mike Alstott 12 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
13 1996-10-13 @ TAM W, 24-13 4 11 pass Robb Thomas 11 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
14 1996-10-28 CHI W, 15-13 2 1 rush Rashaan Salaam 1 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
15 1996-11-03 KAN W, 21-6 2 1 rush Marcus Allen 1 yard rush (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
16 1996-11-03 KAN W, 21-6 4 17 rush Greg Hill 17 yard rush (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
17 1996-11-03 KAN W, 21-6 4 10 rush Greg Hill 10 yard rush (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
18 1996-11-10 @ SEA W, 42-23 1 1 rush Lamar Smith 1 yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
19 1996-11-10 @ SEA W, 42-23 2 7 pass Joey Galloway 7 yard pass from John Friesz (Lamar Smith run)
20 1996-11-10 @ SEA W, 42-23 2 26 rush Steve Broussard 26 yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
21 1996-11-10 @ SEA W, 42-23 3 1 rush Chris Warren 1 yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
22 1996-11-10 @ SEA W, 42-23 4 22 pass Ricky Proehl 22 yard pass from John Friesz (Todd Peterson kick)
23 1996-11-17 @ OAK L, 13-16 2 52 interception Terry McDaniel 52 yard interception return (Cole Ford kick)
24 1996-11-24 DEN W, 21-17 1 1 rush Terrell Davis 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
25 1996-11-24 DEN W, 21-17 2 1 pass Terrell Davis 1 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
26 1996-11-24 DEN W, 21-17 4 5 pass Ed McCaffrey 5 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
27 1996-12-01 ARI L, 17-41 4 9 pass Larry Centers 9 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Kevin Butler kick)
28 1996-12-01 ARI L, 17-41 4 1 rush Larry Centers 1 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
29 1996-12-08 @ DET L, 22-24 2 15 pass Johnnie Morton 15 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
30 1996-12-08 @ DET L, 22-24 4 2 rush Barry Sanders 2 yard rush (pass failed)
31 1996-12-15 TAM L, 10-21 1 5 rush Errict Rhett 5 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
32 1996-12-22 @ GNB W, 38-10 1 5 rush Edgar Bennett 5 yard rush (Chris Jacke kick)
33 1996-12-22 @ GNB W, 38-10 3 13 pass Dorsey Levens 13 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
34 1996-12-22 @ GNB W, 38-10 3 22 pass Andre Rison 22 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
35 1996-12-22 @ GNB W, 38-10 4 23 pass Keith Jackson 23 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
36 1996-12-22 @ GNB W, 38-10 4 11 rush Dorsey Levens 11 yard rush (Chris Jacke kick)