did not qualify
| 4th NFC Central|
| Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
1996 Minnesota Vikings season
The 1995 Minnesota Vikings season was the 35th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 76th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses. The Vikings however had a chance to still make the playoffs entering Week 17 at Cincinnati. But with the Bears and the Falcons winning their games to fight for the final spot in the playoffs, it was too much to overcome for Minnesota to clinch. This was the first time the Vikings had not reached the playoffs under Green.
1995 Minnesota Vikings season Wikipedia
Despite the team's poor play, rookie safety Orlando Thomas recorded a league-leading 9 interceptions of the season.^[a]
Atlanta traded their 1994 2nd round selection (40th overall – David Palmer) and 1995 1st round selection (11th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for their 1994 2nd round selection (45th overall – Bert Emanuel) and DE Chris Doleman on April 24, 1994.
Denver traded their 1994 1st round selection (18th overall – Dewayne Washington), 1994 6th round selection (179th overall – Andrew Jordan, and 1995 2nd round selection (42nd overall) to Minnesota in exchange for OT Gary Zimmerman on August 23, 1993.
Houston traded their 3rd round selection (89th overall) and 1994 4th round selection (119th overall – Michael Davis) to Minnesota for QB Warren Moon.
Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (121st overall) and 6th round selection (196th overall) to Denver to move up 10 spots to the 111th overall selection and make this pick.
The Giants traded their 6th round selection (189th overall) and 1996 5th round selection (137th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for their 1996 6th round selection (182nd overall) and Safety Vencie Glenn.
Vikings single season record (tie).
Cris Carter, Led NFL in receiving touchdowns
Cris Carter, All-Pro selection
Cris Carter, Pro Bowl selection
Warren Moon, NFL Leader, Passing Yards, (4,228)
David Palmer, NFL Kickoff Return Leader
Orlando Thomas, NFL Leader, Interceptions (9)
Cris Carter, 100 reception season
Warren Moon, 4th 4,000 Yard Passing Season