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1988 Minnesota Vikings season

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Record  11–5
Start date  1988
General manager  Mike Lynn
Division place  2nd NFC Central
Head coach  Jerry Burns
1988 Minnesota Vikings season
Playoff finish  Won NFC Wild Card Game Lost Divisional Playoffs
Home field  Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
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The 1988 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 28th year in the National Football League. The team won eleven games, and finished second to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Central division.


The Vikings had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 1988. The team allowed 4,091 total yards, 4.3 yards per play, and 243 first downs, all best in the league. The Vikings also had a league-best 53 takeaways. Opposing quarterbacks had a league-worst 41.2 passer rating against the Vikings' defense, the lowest total of the 1980s and fifth all-time for the Super Bowl era.

The Vikings made the postseason for the second consecutive time under coach Jerry Burns. They defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Wildcard round, but the following week, the Vikings couldn't flick the switch this time, losing 34-9 to the rejuvenated San Francisco 49ers, who would go on to win their third Super Bowl.

1988 Draft

^[a] Denver traded their 2nd round selection (54th overall), 4th round selection (108th overall), and 6th round selection (164th overall) to the Vikings to move up 9 spots to the 45th selection and draft Offensive Tackle Gerald Perry. ^[b] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (97th overall) and 11th round selection (294th overall) to New England for QB Rich Gannon. ^[c] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (156th overall) and 1989 10th round selection (275th overall) to Miami for OL Greg Koch. ^[d] Minnesota traded their 1989 9th round selection to New England for the 11th round selection (296th overall) that the Patriots received in the Gannon trade[b]. ^[e] Minnesota traded their 12th round selection (323rd overall) to the Giants for C Chris Foote.


  • 12/26 LA Rams W 28–17 (NFC Wildcard)
  • 1/1 at San Francisco L 9–34 (NFC Divisional)
  • Team leaders

  • Vikings single season record.
  • References

    1988 Minnesota Vikings season Wikipedia

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