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1981 Minnesota Vikings

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7-9-0, NFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: 0.0, Defense: -2.1, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 325 points (20.3/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 369 points (23.1/g), 21st.
 Differential of -44 points (-2.8/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 6.8-9.2.

Coach: Bud Grant (7-9-0)
 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 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 325 5845 1129 5.2 50 21 35 343 382 709 4333 27 29 5.9 217 391 1512 8 3.9 91
Team Defense 369 5373 1054 5.1 35 19 19 299 265 481 3328 26 16 6.5 163 540 2045 15 3.8 117
Lg Rank Offense 13 6 26 22 4 1 2 4 26 19 28 28 28 20
Lg Rank Defense 21 17 19 10 12 8 18 23 24 23 20 15 12 9

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 5 boxscore L 0-1 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 21 27 443 343 100 4 10 219 108 111
2 Mon September 14 boxscore L 0-2 Oakland Raiders 10 36 19 269 227 42 3 14 310 161 149 1
3 Sun September 20 boxscore W 1-2 Detroit Lions 26 24 18 406 312 94 3 19 404 232 172 2
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W 2-2 @ Green Bay Packers 30 13 28 410 253 157 3 22 316 245 71 2
5 Sun October 4 boxscore W 3-2 Chicago Bears 24 21 22 345 211 134 1 24 396 307 89 2
6 Sun October 11 boxscore W 4-2 @ San Diego Chargers 33 31 29 526 433 93 3 18 425 305 120 1
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 5-2 Philadelphia Eagles 35 23 20 334 240 94 26 403 298 105 4
8 Sun October 25 boxscore L 5-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 30 22 387 318 69 3 18 320 182 138 2
9 Mon November 2 boxscore L 5-4 @ Denver Broncos 17 19 19 325 223 102 2 17 329 182 147 2
10 Sun November 8 boxscore W 6-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 10 26 426 221 205 4 10 193 150 43 2
11 Sun November 15 boxscore W 7-4 New Orleans Saints 20 10 17 357 287 70 1 23 314 198 116 2
12 Mon November 23 boxscore L 7-5 @ Atlanta Falcons 30 31 25 460 330 130 5 19 342 193 149 3
13 Sun November 29 boxscore L 7-6 Green Bay Packers 23 35 23 404 376 28 5 24 409 294 115 4
14 Sun December 6 boxscore L 7-7 @ Chicago Bears 9 10 16 292 254 38 5 13 244 69 175 2
15 Sat December 12 boxscore L 7-8 @ Detroit Lions 7 45 16 216 144 72 4 29 476 271 205 4
16 Sun December 20 boxscore L 7-9 Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 16 245 161 84 4 13 273 133 140 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
9 Tommy Kramer 26 QB 14 14 7-7-0 322 593 54.3 3912 26 4.4 24 4.0 63 6.6 5.7 12.1 279.4 72.6 19 149 6.15 5.23 3.1 2 2
12 Steve Dils 26 qb 2 2 0-2-0 54 102 52.9 607 1 1.0 2 2.0 44 6.0 5.3 11.2 303.5 66.1 8 66 4.92 4.28 7.3
11 Wade Wilson 22 3 0 6 13 46.2 48 0 0.0 2 15.4 22 3.7 -3.2 8.0 16.0 16.3 2 19 1.93 -4.07 13.3
23 Ted Brown 24 FB 16 16 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 26.3 16 7-9-0 382 709 53.9 4567 27 3.8 29 4.1 63 6.4 5.4 12.0 285.4 69.5 29 234 5.87 4.83 3.9 2 2
Opp Total 16 265 481 55.1 3599 26 5.4 16 3.3 7.5 7.07 13.6 224.9 83.3 33 271 6.5 6.1 6.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. 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 24 FB 16 16 274 1063 6 34 3.9 66.4 17.1 83 694 8.4 2 63 5.2 43.4 1757 8 3
34 Rickey Young 28 RB 16 13 47 129 0 13 2.7 8.1 2.9 43 296 6.9 2 22 2.7 18.5 425 2 4
32 Tony Galbreath 27 rb 14 1 42 198 2 21 4.7 14.1 3.0 18 144 8.0 0 23 1.3 10.3 342 2 2
9 Tommy Kramer 26 QB 14 14 10 13 0 8 1.3 0.9 0.7 13 0 8
22 Jarvis Redwine 24 3 0 5 20 0 8 4.0 6.7 1.7 20 0 1
12 Steve Dils 26 qb 2 2 4 14 0 7 3.5 7.0 2.0 14 0 3
80 Terry LeCount 25 wr 16 2 3 51 0 38 17.0 3.2 0.2 24 425 17.7 2 43 1.5 26.6 476 2 0
85 Sammy White 27 WR 16 16 2 -1 0 1 -0.5 -0.1 0.1 66 1001 15.2 3 53 4.1 62.6 1000 3 1
81 Joe Senser* 25 TE 16 16 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 79 1004 12.7 8 53 4.9 62.8 1006 8 3
36 Sam Harrell 24 4 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 1.8 0.3 2 23 11.5 0 17 0.5 5.8 30 0 0
87 Leo Lewis 25 wr 4 1 1 16 0 16 16.0 4.0 0.3 2 58 29.0 0 52 0.5 14.5 74 0 0
50 Jeff Siemon 31 LILB 16 15 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
28 Ahmad Rashad* 32 WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 58 884 15.2 7 53 3.6 55.3 884 7 1
82 Bob Bruer 28 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 38 5.4 3 10 0.5 2.5 38 3 1
Team Total 26.3 16 391 1512 8 38 3.9 94.5 24.4 382 4567 12.0 27 63 23.9 285.4 6079 35 39
Opp Total 16 540 2045 15 3.8 127.8 33.8 265 3328 12.6 26 16.6 208.0 5373 41 27

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
31 Eddie Payton 30 KR/PR 16 0 38 303 0 18 8.0 39 898 1 99 23.0 1201
49 Keith Nord 24 16 0 14 229 0 27 16.4 229
88 Mardye McDole 22 9 0 11 170 0 22 15.5 170
59 Matt Blair* 31 LOLB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
32 Tony Galbreath 27 rb 14 1 1 16 0 16 16.0 358
85 Sammy White 27 WR 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 1000
34 Rickey Young 28 RB 16 13 1 15 0 15 15.0 440
Team Total 26.3 16 39 303 0 18 7.8 67 1328 1 99 19.8 7710
Opp Total 16 46 399 1 8.7 62 1260 0 20.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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 27 P 15 0 88 3646 73 0 41.4
7 Rick Danmeier 29 K 16 0 1 1 6 5 12 11 6 4 25 21 84.0% 37 34 91.9%
Team Total 26.3 16 1 1 6 5 12 11 6 4 25 21 84.0% 37 34 91.9% 88 3646 73 0 41.4
Opp Total 16 27 17 63.0% 46 42 91.3% 84 3419 40.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
9 Tommy Kramer 26 QB 14 14 0 8 3 0 0
23 Ted Brown 24 FB 16 16 0 3 3 0 0
31 Eddie Payton 30 KR/PR 16 0 0 5 1 0 0
12 Steve Dils 26 qb 2 2 0 3 2 0 0
45 Tom Hannon 26 SS 16 16 4 28 0 28 0 0 0 1 31 0 1
81 Joe Senser* 25 TE 16 16 0 3 2 0 0
59 Matt Blair* 31 LOLB 16 16 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0
25 Kurt Knoff 27 FS 16 16 3 24 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
37 Willie Teal 24 RCB 16 16 4 23 0 15 0
34 Rickey Young 28 RB 16 13 0 4 0 0 0
54 Fred McNeill 29 ROLB 16 16 2 26 0 14 0 0 0 1 11 0
49 Keith Nord 24 16 0 0 2 1 0 0
55 Scott Studwell 27 RILB 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
29 John Swain 22 db 12 1 2 18 0 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
11 Wade Wilson 22 3 0 0 2 1 0 0
32 Tony Galbreath 27 rb 14 1 0 2 0 0 0
88 Mardye McDole 22 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
28 Ahmad Rashad* 32 WR 16 15 0 1 1 0 0
50 Jeff Siemon 31 LILB 16 15 0 1 1 -3 0
72 James White 28 NT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
82 Bob Bruer 28 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
8 Greg Coleman 27 P 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Randy Holloway 26 rde 16 8 0 0 1 45 1
80 Terry LeCount 25 wr 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
79 Doug Martin 24 RDE 16 9 0 0 1 0 0
77 Mark Mullaney 28 LDE 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
22 Jarvis Redwine 24 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
57 Robin Sendlein 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Sammy White 27 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
91 Ray Yakavonis 24 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 16 120 0 28 0 0 39 34 84 1 2
Opp Total 16 29 27 8

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
7 Rick Danmeier 29 K 16 0 34 21 97
23 Ted Brown 24 FB 16 16 6 2 8 48
81 Joe Senser* 25 TE 16 16 8 8 48
28 Ahmad Rashad* 32 WR 16 15 7 7 42
82 Bob Bruer 28 15 0 3 3 18
85 Sammy White 27 WR 16 16 3 3 18
32 Tony Galbreath 27 rb 14 1 2 2 12
80 Terry LeCount 25 wr 16 2 2 2 12
34 Rickey Young 28 RB 16 13 2 2 12
75 Randy Holloway 26 rde 16 8 1 1 6
31 Eddie Payton 30 KR/PR 16 0 1 1 6
45 Tom Hannon 26 SS 16 16 1 2
44 Walt Williams 27 lcb 16 5 1 2
Team Total 26.3 16 8 27 1 1 37 34 21 3 323
Opp Total 16 15 26 1 1 3 42 17 369