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1973 Minnesota Vikings

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12-2-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.6, Offense: 1.7, Defense: 6.9, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 296 points (21.1/g), 9th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 168 points (12.0/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 128 points (9.1/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 11.1-2.9.

Coach: Bud Grant (12-2-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Max Winter
VP/General Manager Jim Finks
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 296 4231 868 4.9 26 17 10 246 179 298 1956 16 9 5.9 99 538 2275 14 4.2 137
Team Defense 168 3868 857 4.5 36 15 15 220 198 377 1894 8 21 4.7 99 450 1974 5 4.4 106
Lg Rank Offense 9 7 2 16 8 22 14 9 1 5 6 6 10 9
Lg Rank Defense 2 12 9 16 11 22 12 2 5 7 4 11 1 23

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore W 1-0 Oakland Raiders 24 16 16 273 170 103 2 19 353 153 200 4
2 Sun September 23 boxscore W 2-0 @ Chicago Bears 22 13 13 309 121 188 1 16 374 174 200 2
3 Sun September 30 boxscore W 3-0 Green Bay Packers 11 3 17 284 78 206 4 10 160 70 90 2
4 Sun October 7 boxscore W 4-0 @ Detroit Lions 23 9 17 326 179 147 3 15 245 91 154 4
5 Sun October 14 boxscore W 5-0 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 13 14 220 124 96 1 28 430 320 110 5
6 Sun October 21 boxscore W 6-0 Philadelphia Eagles 28 21 25 409 192 217 1 19 315 189 126
7 Sun October 28 boxscore W 7-0 Los Angeles Rams 10 9 19 253 71 182 1 11 157 68 89 2
8 Sun November 4 boxscore W 8-0 Cleveland Browns 26 3 23 353 152 201 1 4 145 75 70 3
9 Sun November 11 boxscore W 9-0 Detroit Lions 28 7 23 403 155 248 1 17 246 119 127 2
10 Mon November 19 boxscore L 9-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 14 20 17 291 209 82 3 18 347 171 176 3
11 Sun November 25 boxscore W 10-1 Chicago Bears 31 13 20 375 172 203 3 16 198 57 141 2
12 Sun December 2 boxscore L 10-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 0 27 13 201 120 81 3 17 332 105 227
13 Sat December 8 boxscore W 11-2 @ Green Bay Packers 31 7 10 221 83 138 17 300 148 152 5
14 Sun December 16 boxscore W 12-2 @ New York Giants 31 7 19 313 130 183 2 13 266 154 112 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 22 boxscore W 13-2 Washington Redskins 27 20 17 359 218 141 2 18 314 159 155 2
ConfChamp Sun December 30 boxscore W 14-2 @ Dallas Cowboys 27 10 20 306 103 203 4 9 153 63 90 6
SuperBowl Sun January 13 boxscore L 14-3 N Miami Dolphins 7 24 14 238 166 72 2 21 259 63 196

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
10 Fran Tarkenton 33 QB 14 14 12-2-0 169 274 61.7% 2113 15 5.5 7 2.6 54 7.7 7.7 12.5 150.9 93.2 31 270 6.04 5.99 10.2 1 1
17 Bob Berry 31 6 0 10 24 41.7% 121 1 4.2 2 8.3 30 5.0 2.1 12.1 20.2 37.0 1 8 4.52 1.72 4.0
Team Total 28.5 14 12-2-0 179 298 60.1% 2234 16 5.4 9 3.0 54 7.5 7.2 12.5 159.6 88.7 32 278 5.93 5.67 9.7 1 1
Opp Total 14 198 377 52.5% 2124 8 2.1 21 5.6 5.6 3.55 10.7 151.7 53.2 30 230 4.7 2.7 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
44 Chuck Foreman* 23 FB 12 10 182 801 4 50 4.4 66.8 15.2 37 362 9.8 2 35 3.1 30.2 1163 6 6
32 Oscar Reed 29 RB 12 8 100 401 3 30 4.0 33.4 8.3 19 122 6.4 0 13 1.6 10.2 523 3 2
49 Ed Marinaro 23 13 7 95 302 2 27 3.2 23.2 7.3 26 196 7.5 2 17 2.0 15.1 498 4 3
41 Dave Osborn 30 11 1 48 216 0 14 4.5 19.6 4.4 3 4 1.3 0 5 0.3 0.4 220 0 2
30 Bill Brown 35 14 2 47 206 3 21 4.4 14.7 3.4 5 22 4.4 1 7 0.4 1.6 228 4 2
10 Fran Tarkenton 33 QB 14 14 41 202 1 16 4.9 14.4 2.9 202 1 5
33 Brent McClanahan 22 KR 13 0 17 69 0 10 4.1 5.3 1.3 69 0 2
42 John Gilliam* 28 WR 14 14 5 71 1 44 14.2 5.1 0.4 42 907 21.6 8 54 3.0 64.8 978 9 1
17 Bob Berry 31 6 0 2 5 0 5 2.5 0.8 0.3 5 0 0
83 Stu Voigt 25 TE 13 13 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 23 318 13.8 2 43 1.8 24.5 320 2 1
84 Carroll Dale 35 WR 13 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 192 13.7 0 40 1.1 14.8 192 0 0
85 Gary Ballman 33 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 22 11.0 0 12 0.4 4.4 22 0 0
86 Rhett Dawson 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 24 12.0 0 19 1.0 12.0 24 0 0
89 Doug Kingsriter 23 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 27 13.5 0 14 0.2 2.5 27 0 0
82 Jim Lash 22 9 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 34 17.0 0 18 0.2 3.8 34 0 0
87 John Beasley 28 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 1 3 0.2 0.6 3 1 0
72 John Ward 25 8 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
Team Total 28.5 14 538 2275 14 50 4.2 162.5 38.4 179 2234 12.5 16 54 12.8 159.6 4509 30 29
Opp Total 14 450 1974 5 4.4 141.0 32.1 198 1894 9.6 8 14.1 135.3 3868 13 36

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
20 Bobby Bryant 29 PR/RCB 14 14 25 140 0 16 5.6 140
33 Brent McClanahan 22 KR 13 0 16 410 0 45 25.6 479
42 John Gilliam* 28 WR 14 14 10 174 0 29 17.4 1152
40 Charlie West 27 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 3 104 0 42 34.7 104
30 Bill Brown 35 14 2 3 35 0 18 11.7 263
23 Jeff Wright 24 SS 14 14 2 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
32 Oscar Reed 29 RB 12 8 2 29 0 15 14.5 552
Team Total 28.5 14 28 140 0 16 5.0 35 752 0 45 21.5 5401
Opp Total 14 42 271 1 6.5 59 1148 0 19.5

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
14 Fred Cox 35 K 14 0 7 7 9 7 7 4 10 3 2 35 21 60.0%% 33 33 100.0%%
11 Mike Eischeid 33 P 14 0 66 2628 57 0 39.8
Team Total 28.5 14 7 7 9 7 7 4 10 3 2 35 21 60.0%% 33 33 100.0%% 66 2628 57 0 39.8
Opp Total 14 38 21 55.3%% 15 15 100.0%% 57 2337 41.0

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
20 Bobby Bryant 29 PR/RCB 14 14 7 105 1 46 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Jeff Wright 24 SS 14 14 3 31 0 25 0 0 2 3 0 0
44 Chuck Foreman* 23 FB 12 10 0 6 1 0 0
10 Fran Tarkenton 33 QB 14 14 0 5 1 0 0
43 Nate Wright 26 LCB 14 14 3 6 0 6 0 0 1 2 0 0
22 Paul Krause* 31 FS 14 14 4 28 0 24 0 0 0 1 4 0
50 Jeff Siemon* 23 MLB 14 14 2 24 0 21 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Wally Hilgenberg 31 RLB 13 12 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 2 1
49 Ed Marinaro 23 13 7 0 3 0 0 0
33 Brent McClanahan 22 KR 13 0 0 2 1 0 0
32 Oscar Reed 29 RB 12 8 0 2 1 0 0
30 Bill Brown 35 14 2 0 2 0 0 0
70 Jim Marshall 36 RDE 14 14 0 1 1 7 0
41 Dave Osborn 30 11 1 0 2 0 0 0
60 Roy Winston 33 LLB 13 13 0 0 2 4 0 1
24 Terry Brown 26 14 0 1 63 1 63 0
81 Carl Eller*+ 31 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
42 John Gilliam* 28 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
68 Charles Goodrum 23 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Doug Kingsriter 23 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Gary Larsen 33 LDT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
75 Bob Lurtsema 31 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
88 Alan Page*+ 28 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
52 Ron Porter 28 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Mick Tingelhoff 33 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
83 Stu Voigt 25 TE 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
62 Ed White 26 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 28.5 14 21 263 2 63 0 0 29 26 17 1 1
Opp Total 14 32 36 21

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
14 Fred Cox 35 K 14 0 33 21 96
42 John Gilliam* 28 WR 14 14 1 8 9 54
44 Chuck Foreman* 23 FB 12 10 4 2 6 36
30 Bill Brown 35 14 2 3 1 4 24
49 Ed Marinaro 23 13 7 2 2 4 24
32 Oscar Reed 29 RB 12 8 3 3 18
83 Stu Voigt 25 TE 13 13 2 2 12
87 John Beasley 28 5 1 1 1 6
24 Terry Brown 26 14 0 1 1 6
20 Bobby Bryant 29 PR/RCB 14 14 1 1 6
58 Wally Hilgenberg 31 RLB 13 12 1 1 6
10 Fran Tarkenton 33 QB 14 14 1 1 6
60 Roy Winston 33 LLB 13 13 1 2
Team Total 28.5 14 14 16 1 2 33 33 21 1 296
Opp Total 14 5 8 1 1 15 21 168

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 OAK W, 24-16 1 43 pass John Gilliam 43 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
2 1973-09-16 OAK W, 24-16 3 9 pass Chuck Foreman 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
3 1973-09-16 OAK W, 24-16 4 6 rush Bill Brown 6 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
4 1973-09-23 @ CHI W, 22-13 2 3 pass John Beasley 3 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
5 1973-10-07 @ DET W, 23-9 1 12 pass Ed Marinaro 12 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
6 1973-10-07 @ DET W, 23-9 1 8 pass Ed Marinaro 8 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
7 1973-10-14 @ SFO W, 17-13 1 12 pass John Gilliam 12 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
8 1973-10-14 @ SFO W, 17-13 2 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
9 1973-10-21 PHI W, 28-21 1 44 rush John Gilliam 44 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
10 1973-10-21 PHI W, 28-21 2 1 rush Oscar Reed 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
11 1973-10-21 PHI W, 28-21 3 24 pass John Gilliam 24 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
12 1973-10-21 PHI W, 28-21 4 5 rush Chuck Foreman 5 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
13 1973-10-28 RAM W, 10-9 2 9 pass Chuck Foreman 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
14 1973-11-04 CLE W, 26-3 3 3 rush Oscar Reed 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
15 1973-11-04 CLE W, 26-3 4 7 pass Stu Voigt 7 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
16 1973-11-11 DET W, 28-7 1 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
17 1973-11-11 DET W, 28-7 2 2 fumble Wally Hilgenberg 2 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
18 1973-11-11 DET W, 28-7 3 7 rush Ed Marinaro 7 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1973-11-11 DET W, 28-7 3 33 pass John Gilliam 33 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
20 1973-11-19 @ ATL L, 14-20 2 39 pass John Gilliam 39 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
21 1973-11-19 @ ATL L, 14-20 4 2 pass Bill Brown 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
22 1973-11-25 CHI W, 31-13 2 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
23 1973-11-25 CHI W, 31-13 3 54 pass John Gilliam 54 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
24 1973-11-25 CHI W, 31-13 3 8 rush Fran Tarkenton 8 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
25 1973-11-25 CHI W, 31-13 4 30 pass John Gilliam 30 yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick)
26 1973-12-08 @ GNB W, 31-7 1 21 pass Stu Voigt 21 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
27 1973-12-08 @ GNB W, 31-7 1 46 interception Bobby Bryant 46 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
28 1973-12-08 @ GNB W, 31-7 2 50 rush Chuck Foreman 50 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
29 1973-12-08 @ GNB W, 31-7 2 20 pass John Gilliam 20 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
30 1973-12-16 @ NYG W, 31-7 1 9 rush Oscar Reed 9 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
31 1973-12-16 @ NYG W, 31-7 2 63 interception Terry Brown 63 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
32 1973-12-16 @ NYG W, 31-7 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
33 1973-12-16 @ NYG W, 31-7 4 1 rush Ed Marinaro 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 OAK L, 16-24 2 63 punt George Atkinson 63 yard punt return (George Blanda kick)
2 1973-09-23 @ CHI L, 13-22 1 1 rush Bobby Douglass 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
3 1973-10-14 @ SFO L, 13-17 3 7 pass Ken Willard 7 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
4 1973-10-21 PHI L, 21-28 2 12 rush Po James 12 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
5 1973-10-21 PHI L, 21-28 3 2 rush Lee Bouggess 2 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
6 1973-10-21 PHI L, 21-28 4 17 rush Charle Young 17 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
7 1973-11-11 DET L, 7-28 1 33 pass Ron Jessie 33 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jim O'Brien kick)
8 1973-11-19 @ ATL W, 20-14 2 19 pass Dave Hampton 19 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
9 1973-11-19 @ ATL W, 20-14 2 39 pass Eddie Ray 39 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
10 1973-11-25 CHI L, 13-31 4 29 pass Earl Thomas 29 yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick)
11 1973-12-02 @ CIN W, 27-0 2 23 fumble Lemar Parrish 23 yard fumble return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
12 1973-12-02 @ CIN W, 27-0 3 40 rush Essex Johnson 40 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
13 1973-12-02 @ CIN W, 27-0 4 7 pass Bob Trumpy 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
14 1973-12-08 @ GNB L, 7-31 4 17 pass Barry Smith 17 yard pass from Jim Del Gaizo (Chester Marcol kick)
15 1973-12-16 @ NYG L, 7-31 4 16 pass Ron Johnson 16 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pete Gogolak kick)