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1980 Minnesota Vikings

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9-7-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1980 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.3, Offense: -0.0, Defense: -0.3, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 317 points (19.8/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 308 points (19.2/g), 11th.
 Differential of 9 points (0.6/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-7.7.

Coach: Bud Grant (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Hollway

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Max Winter
General Manager Mike Lynn
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 317 5330 1048 5.1 26 3 33 324 331 574 3688 22 23 6.0 191 433 1642 14 3.8 100
Team Defense 308 5856 1060 5.5 38 14 25 330 283 499 3400 24 24 6.4 170 531 2456 15 4.6 135
Lg Rank Offense 15 11 1 1 8 3 3 13 10 11 26 27 18 22
Lg Rank Defense 11 26 13 13 22 16 24 20 11 22 17 25 14 27

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 7 boxscore W 1-0 Atlanta Falcons 24 23 28 448 371 77 1 20 314 156 158 1
2 Sun September 14 boxscore L 1-1 Philadelphia Eagles 7 42 16 207 175 32 1 28 529 280 249 1
3 Sun September 21 boxscore W 2-1 @ Chicago Bears 34 14 12 282 121 161 1 16 266 173 93 3
4 Sun September 28 boxscore L 2-2 @ Detroit Lions 7 27 16 276 217 59 5 23 410 150 260 1
5 Sun October 5 boxscore L 2-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 23 20 318 211 107 5 23 411 231 180 2
6 Sun October 12 boxscore W 3-3 Chicago Bears 13 7 16 236 144 92 2 12 234 73 161 6
7 Sun October 19 boxscore L 3-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 0 14 10 168 113 55 2 25 432 263 169 1
8 Sun October 26 boxscore L 3-5 @ Green Bay Packers 3 16 15 297 212 85 3 18 330 183 147 5
9 Sun November 2 boxscore W 4-5 @ Washington Redskins 39 14 30 401 200 201 20 248 174 74 2
10 Sun November 9 boxscore W 5-5 Detroit Lions 34 0 23 446 346 100 12 178 130 48 5
11 Sun November 16 boxscore W 6-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 30 26 450 326 124 27 573 486 87 3
12 Sun November 23 boxscore L 6-6 Green Bay Packers 13 25 17 276 187 89 25 443 197 246
13 Sun November 30 boxscore W 7-6 @ New Orleans Saints 23 20 23 268 115 153 2 18 339 236 103 3
14 Sun December 7 boxscore W 8-6 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 10 19 365 247 118 19 348 220 128 2
15 Sun December 14 boxscore W 9-6 Cleveland Browns 28 23 29 530 455 75 21 366 232 134 1
16 Sun December 21 boxscore L 9-7 @ Houston Oilers 16 20 24 362 248 114 4 23 435 216 219 2
Playoffs
Division Sat January 3 boxscore L 9-8 @ Philadelphia Eagles 16 31 14 215 179 36 8 24 305 179 126 3

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
9 Tommy Kramer 25 QB 15 15 8-7-0 299 522 57.3% 3582 19 3.6 23 4.4 76 6.9 5.6 12.0 238.8 72.2 37 214 6.03 4.85 6.6 4 4
12 Steve Dils 25 qb 16 1 1-0-0 32 51 62.7% 352 3 5.9 0 0.0 58 6.9 8.1 11.0 22.0 102.7 4 32 5.82 6.91 7.3
81 Joe Senser 24 16 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 27.1 16 9-7-0 331 574 57.7% 3934 22 3.8 23 4.0 76 6.9 5.8 11.9 245.9 74.8 41 246 6.00 5.03 6.7 4 4
Opp Total 16 283 499 56.7% 3644 24 4.8 24 4.8 7.3 6.10 12.9 227.8 75.8 30 244 6.4 5.3 5.7

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
23 Ted Brown 23 FB 16 16 219 912 8 55 4.2 57.0 13.7 62 623 10.0 2 67 3.9 38.9 1535 10 6
34 Rickey Young 27 RB 16 16 130 351 3 14 2.7 21.9 8.1 64 499 7.8 2 22 4.0 31.2 850 5 2
9 Tommy Kramer 25 QB 15 15 31 115 1 13 3.7 7.7 2.1 115 1 2
35 Robert Miller 27 16 0 27 98 1 27 3.6 6.1 1.7 10 19 1.9 0 13 0.6 1.2 117 1 0
40 Doug Paschal 22 16 0 15 53 1 10 3.5 3.3 0.9 2 18 9.0 0 11 0.1 1.1 71 1 0
85 Sammy White 26 WR 16 16 4 65 0 45 16.3 4.1 0.3 53 887 16.7 5 50 3.3 55.4 952 5 0
12 Steve Dils 25 qb 16 1 3 26 0 19 8.7 1.6 0.2 26 0 0
31 Eddie Payton 29 KR/PR 16 0 2 15 0 8 7.5 0.9 0.1 15 0 3
28 Ahmad Rashad* 31 WR 16 16 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.5 0.1 69 1095 15.9 5 76 4.3 68.4 1103 5 0
81 Joe Senser 24 16 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 42 447 10.6 7 58 2.6 27.9 446 7 0
38 Bob Tucker 35 TE 16 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 173 11.5 1 25 0.9 10.8 173 1 1
80 Terry LeCount 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 168 12.9 0 21 0.8 10.5 168 0 0
73 Ron Yary 34 RT 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.4 5 0 0
Team Total 27.1 16 433 1642 14 55 3.8 102.6 27.1 331 3934 11.9 22 76 20.7 245.9 5576 36 15
Opp Total 16 531 2456 15 4.6 153.5 33.2 283 3400 12.0 24 17.7 212.5 5856 39 33

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
31 Eddie Payton 29 KR/PR 16 0 34 251 0 19 7.4 53 1184 0 59 22.3 1450
40 Doug Paschal 22 16 0 4 66 0 22 16.5 137
82 Bob Bruer 27 12 0 2 20 0 11 10.0 20
62 Brent Boyd 23 lg 16 9 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
35 Robert Miller 27 16 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 140
49 Keith Nord 23 16 0 1 70 1 70 70.0 70
73 Ron Yary 34 RT 14 14 1 3 0 3 3.0 8
Team Total 27.1 16 34 251 0 19 7.4 63 1386 1 70 22.0 7213
Opp Total 16 42 259 0 6.2 62 1048 0 16.9

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
8 Greg Coleman 26 P 16 0 81 3139 65 0 38.8
7 Rick Danmeier 28 K 16 0 1 1 6 6 10 8 9 1 26 16 61.5%% 38 33 86.8%%
Team Total 27.1 16 1 1 6 6 10 8 9 1 26 16 61.5%% 38 33 86.8%% 81 3139 65 0 38.8
Opp Total 16 20 12 60.0%% 40 32 80.0%% 71 2790 39.3

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
23 Ted Brown 23 FB 16 16 0 6 3 0 0
45 Tom Hannon 25 SS 16 16 4 89 1 41 0 0 1 2 0 0
27 John Turner 24 LCB 16 16 6 22 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Eddie Payton 29 KR/PR 16 0 0 3 2 0 0
59 Matt Blair*+ 30 LLB 14 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9 Tommy Kramer 25 QB 15 15 0 2 2 0 0
20 Bobby Bryant 36 RCB 14 12 3 10 0 7 0
25 Kurt Knoff 26 FS 16 16 3 87 1 67 0
54 Fred McNeill 28 RLB 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
49 Keith Nord 23 16 0 0 0 3 0 0
24 Larry Brune 27 16 0 2 68 0 52 0
55 Scott Studwell 26 MLB 16 14 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
43 Nate Wright 33 db 16 4 2 16 0 10 0
34 Rickey Young 27 RB 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
75 Randy Holloway 25 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0 1
52 Dennis Johnson 22 lb 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
80 Terry LeCount 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Mark Mullaney 27 LDE 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
28 Ahmad Rashad* 31 WR 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
69 Doug Sutherland 32 LDT 16 14 0 0 1 0 0
38 Bob Tucker 35 TE 16 13 0 1 0 0 0
85 Sammy White 26 WR 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.1 16 24 296 2 67 0 0 15 25 0 0 1
Opp Total 16 41 33 19

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
7 Rick Danmeier 28 K 16 0 33 16 81
23 Ted Brown 23 FB 16 16 8 2 10 60
81 Joe Senser 24 16 0 7 7 42
28 Ahmad Rashad* 31 WR 16 16 5 5 30
85 Sammy White 26 WR 16 16 5 5 30
34 Rickey Young 27 RB 16 16 3 2 5 30
45 Tom Hannon 25 SS 16 16 1 1 6
25 Kurt Knoff 26 FS 16 16 1 1 6
9 Tommy Kramer 25 QB 15 15 1 1 6
35 Robert Miller 27 16 0 1 1 6
49 Keith Nord 23 16 0 1 1 6
40 Doug Paschal 22 16 0 1 1 6
38 Bob Tucker 35 TE 16 13 1 1 6
75 Randy Holloway 25 RDE 16 16 1 2
Team Total 27.1 16 14 22 1 2 39 33 16 1 317
Opp Total 16 15 24 1 32 12 308

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1980-09-07 ATL W, 24-23 1 24 pass Sammy White 24 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
2 1980-09-07 ATL W, 24-23 2 4 pass Joe Senser 4 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
3 1980-09-07 ATL W, 24-23 3 4 pass Bob Tucker 4 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
4 1980-09-14 PHI L, 7-42 2 16 pass Ahmad Rashad 16 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
5 1980-09-21 @ CHI W, 34-14 1 76 pass Ahmad Rashad 76 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
6 1980-09-21 @ CHI W, 34-14 1 41 interception Tom Hannon 41 yard interception return (Rick Danmeier kick)
7 1980-09-21 @ CHI W, 34-14 2 55 rush Ted Brown 55 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
8 1980-09-21 @ CHI W, 34-14 3 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
9 1980-09-21 @ CHI W, 34-14 4 27 rush Robert Miller 27 yard rush
10 1980-09-28 @ DET L, 7-27 2 40 pass Ahmad Rashad 40 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
11 1980-10-05 PIT L, 17-23 4 21 pass Sammy White 21 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
12 1980-10-05 PIT L, 17-23 4 4 rush Tommy Kramer 4 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
13 1980-10-12 CHI W, 13-7 4 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
14 1980-11-02 @ WAS W, 39-14 1 5 pass Rickey Young 5 yard pass from Steve Dils (Rick Danmeier kick)
15 1980-11-02 @ WAS W, 39-14 2 2 pass Joe Senser 2 yard pass from Steve Dils (Rick Danmeier kick)
16 1980-11-02 @ WAS W, 39-14 2 70 kickoff Keith Nord 70 yard kickoff return (Rick Danmeier kick)
17 1980-11-02 @ WAS W, 39-14 3 3 rush Rickey Young 3 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
18 1980-11-09 DET W, 34-0 2 67 pass Ted Brown 67 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
19 1980-11-09 DET W, 34-0 3 67 interception Kurt Knoff 67 yard interception return (Rick Danmeier kick)
20 1980-11-09 DET W, 34-0 3 22 pass Rickey Young 22 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
21 1980-11-09 DET W, 34-0 4 58 pass Joe Senser 58 yard pass from Steve Dils (Rick Danmeier kick)
22 1980-11-16 TAM W, 38-30 1 27 pass Sammy White 27 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
23 1980-11-16 TAM W, 38-30 1 12 pass Joe Senser 12 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
24 1980-11-16 TAM W, 38-30 2 3 rush Ted Brown 3 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
25 1980-11-16 TAM W, 38-30 3 7 rush Ted Brown 7 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
26 1980-11-16 TAM W, 38-30 4 1 rush Rickey Young 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
27 1980-11-23 GNB L, 13-25 3 5 rush Ted Brown 5 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
28 1980-11-30 @ NOR W, 23-20 2 17 pass Sammy White 17 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
29 1980-11-30 @ NOR W, 23-20 2 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
30 1980-11-30 @ NOR W, 23-20 3 10 rush Doug Paschal 10 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
31 1980-12-07 @ TAM W, 21-10 3 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
32 1980-12-07 @ TAM W, 21-10 4 17 pass Sammy White 17 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
33 1980-12-07 @ TAM W, 21-10 4 3 rush Rickey Young 3 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
34 1980-12-14 CLE W, 28-23 3 31 pass Joe Senser 31 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
35 1980-12-14 CLE W, 28-23 4 7 pass Ted Brown 7 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
36 1980-12-14 CLE W, 28-23 4 12 pass Ahmad Rashad 12 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
37 1980-12-14 CLE W, 28-23 4 46 pass Ahmad Rashad 46 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
38 1980-12-21 @ HOU L, 16-20 1 3 pass Joe Senser 3 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
39 1980-12-21 @ HOU L, 16-20 2 3 pass Joe Senser 3 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1980-09-07 ATL L, 23-24 1 3 rush Lynn Cain 3 yard rush
2 1980-09-07 ATL L, 23-24 3 46 pass Alfred Jenkins 46 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
3 1980-09-07 ATL L, 23-24 4 19 pass Alfred Jackson 19 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
4 1980-09-14 PHI W, 42-7 1 2 rush Leroy Harris 2 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
5 1980-09-14 PHI W, 42-7 1 72 rush Wilbert Montgomery 72 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
6 1980-09-14 PHI W, 42-7 3 4 rush Leroy Harris 4 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
7 1980-09-14 PHI W, 42-7 3 1 rush Wilbert Montgomery 1 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
8 1980-09-14 PHI W, 42-7 4 45 pass Scott Fitzkee 45 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
9 1980-09-14 PHI W, 42-7 4 13 pass Harold Carmichael 13 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
10 1980-09-21 @ CHI L, 14-34 4 1 rush Vince Evans 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
11 1980-09-21 @ CHI L, 14-34 4 89 pass Rickey Watts 89 yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)
12 1980-09-28 @ DET W, 27-7 1 3 pass David Hill 3 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick)
13 1980-09-28 @ DET W, 27-7 4 5 pass Freddie Scott 5 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick)
14 1980-09-28 @ DET W, 27-7 4 29 interception Ray Oldham 29 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick)
15 1980-10-05 PIT W, 23-17 1 21 pass Calvin Sweeney 21 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
16 1980-10-05 PIT W, 23-17 2 4 rush Franco Harris 4 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
17 1980-10-05 PIT W, 23-17 3 2 rush Terry Bradshaw 2 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
18 1980-10-12 CHI L, 7-13 3 3 pass Robin Earl 3 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
19 1980-10-19 @ CIN W, 14-0 1 2 rush Pete Johnson 2 yard rush (Ian Sunter kick)
20 1980-10-19 @ CIN W, 14-0 4 55 pass Don Bass 55 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Ian Sunter kick)
21 1980-10-26 @ GNB W, 16-3 4 4 pass Bill Larson 4 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Tom Birney kick)
22 1980-10-26 @ GNB W, 16-3 4 12 pass Paul Coffman 12 yard pass from Lynn Dickey
23 1980-11-02 @ WAS L, 14-39 2 1 pass Clarence Harmon 1 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
24 1980-11-02 @ WAS L, 14-39 3 1 rush Clarence Harmon 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
25 1980-11-16 TAM L, 30-38 1 19 pass Kevin House 19 yard pass from Doug Williams
26 1980-11-16 TAM L, 30-38 2 49 pass Kevin House 49 yard pass from Doug Williams (Garo Yepremian kick)
27 1980-11-16 TAM L, 30-38 3 9 pass Tony Davis 9 yard pass from Doug Williams (Garo Yepremian kick)
28 1980-11-16 TAM L, 30-38 4 29 pass Isaac Hagins 29 yard pass from Doug Williams (Garo Yepremian kick)
29 1980-11-23 GNB W, 25-13 2 1 rush Gerry Ellis 1 yard rush (Tom Birney kick)
30 1980-11-23 GNB W, 25-13 3 35 pass Aundra Thompson 35 yard pass from Lynn Dickey
31 1980-11-23 GNB W, 25-13 4 38 rush Eddie Lee Ivery 38 yard rush
32 1980-11-30 @ NOR L, 20-23 3 9 pass Henry Childs 9 yard pass from Archie Manning
33 1980-11-30 @ NOR L, 20-23 3 23 pass Wayne Wilson 23 yard pass from Archie Manning (Benny Ricardo kick)
34 1980-11-30 @ NOR L, 20-23 4 27 pass Henry Childs 27 yard pass from Archie Manning (Benny Ricardo kick)
35 1980-12-07 @ TAM L, 10-21 2 30 pass Kevin House 30 yard pass from Doug Williams (Garo Yepremian kick)
36 1980-12-14 CLE L, 23-28 1 18 pass Calvin Hill 18 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
37 1980-12-14 CLE L, 23-28 2 2 rush Brian Sipe 2 yard rush
38 1980-12-14 CLE L, 23-28 4 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
39 1980-12-21 @ HOU W, 20-16 3 7 pass Dave Casper 7 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
40 1980-12-21 @ HOU W, 20-16 4 3 rush Earl Campbell 3 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)