1989 was the 29th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings
and the 70th regular season of the National Football League
. The Vikings finished with a record of ten wins and six losses, and winning the NFC Central Division. This title was secured during one of what is considered by many to be among the most exciting Monday Night Football
contests ever: a Christmas Day victory over the Cincinnati Bengals
at home, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
, which was the de facto
first playoff game of the year. This season was also notable by how many sacks the defense produced, with 39 coming from only two players (Chris Doleman
and Keith Millard
) and 71 overall. Millard would later receive Defensive Player of the Year honors after putting up record numbers by a defensive tackle.
The defensive line of Chris Doleman, Keith Millard, Al Noga and Henry Thomas were key contributors in helping the Vikings rank number one in the NFL in total defense. In addition, the Vikings set a franchise record with 71 sacks in one season. Chris Doleman had 21 sacks and was one shy of tying the NFL record.
In 1989, at the height of his NFL career, the Cowboys traded him
to the Minnesota Vikings
for a total of five players (LB Jesse Solomon
, DB Issiac Holt
, RB Darrin Nelson
, LB David Howard
, DE Alex Stewart) and six draft picks (which led to Emmitt......