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1983 Minnesota Vikings

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8-8-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.1, Offense: -2.9, Defense: -0.1, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 316 points (19.8/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 348 points (21.8/g), 17th.
 Differential of -32 points (-2.0/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-8.9.

Coach: Bud Grant (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Hollway

Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
 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
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 316 5019 1068 4.7 32 10 22 303 310 555 3211 15 22 5.4 169 470 1808 17 3.8 112
Team Defense 348 5487 1104 5.0 48 23 21 318 263 478 2903 23 25 5.5 150 579 2584 16 4.5 147
Lg Rank Offense 18 20 5 2 18 7 13 23 11 26 21 20 10 21
Lg Rank Defense 17 19 4 3 16 6 6 18 9 5 26 25 18 26

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 4 boxscore W 1-0 @ Cleveland Browns 27 21 24 387 198 189 2 17 302 186 116 4
2 Thu September 8 boxscore L 1-1 San Francisco 49ers 17 48 23 340 272 68 6 21 413 216 197 1
3 Sun September 18 boxscore W OT 2-1 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19 16 18 354 264 90 20 306 192 114 2
4 Sun September 25 boxscore W 3-1 Detroit Lions 20 17 14 181 141 40 2 24 371 217 154 6
5 Sun October 2 boxscore L 3-2 Dallas Cowboys 24 37 14 316 272 44 3 28 400 200 200 3
6 Sun October 9 boxscore W 4-2 @ Chicago Bears 23 14 15 368 177 191 1 23 425 186 239 5
7 Sun October 16 boxscore W 5-2 Houston Oilers 34 14 17 329 209 120 1 17 308 163 145 7
8 Sun October 23 boxscore W OT 6-2 @ Green Bay Packers 20 17 24 410 199 211 27 414 327 87 4
9 Sun October 30 boxscore L 6-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals 31 41 23 348 289 59 3 24 420 238 182 2
10 Sun November 6 boxscore L 6-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12 17 18 247 179 68 1 11 275 67 208 2
11 Sun November 13 boxscore L 6-5 Green Bay Packers 21 29 23 419 261 158 3 20 343 180 163 1
12 Sun November 20 boxscore W 7-5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 14 20 338 188 150 2 14 236 128 108 1
13 Sun November 27 boxscore L 7-6 @ New Orleans Saints 16 17 17 245 124 121 1 18 324 171 153 5
14 Mon December 5 boxscore L 7-7 @ Detroit Lions 2 13 19 224 130 94 2 14 268 101 167 2
15 Sun December 11 boxscore L 7-8 Chicago Bears 13 19 18 255 206 49 2 16 303 93 210
16 Sat December 17 boxscore W 8-8 Cincinnati Bengals 20 14 16 258 102 156 3 24 379 238 141 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
12 Steve Dils 28 QB 16 12 5-7-0 239 444 53.8% 2840 11 2.5 16 3.6 68 6.4 5.3 11.9 177.5 66.8 37 254 5.38 4.34 7.7 1 3
9 Tommy Kramer 28 qb 3 3 2-1-0 55 82 67.1% 550 3 3.7 4 4.9 49 6.7 5.2 10.0 183.3 77.8 3 27 6.15 4.74 3.5
11 Wade Wilson 24 qb 1 1 1-0-0 16 28 57.1% 124 1 3.6 2 7.1 36 4.4 1.9 7.8 124.0 50.3 3 22 3.29 1.03 9.7 1 1
80 Terry LeCount 27 WR 11 10 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 26.7 16 8-8-0 310 555 55.9% 3514 15 2.7 22 4.0 68 6.3 5.1 11.3 219.6 67.5 43 303 5.37 4.22 7.2 2 4
Opp Total 16 263 478 55.0% 3229 23 4.8 25 5.2 6.8 5.36 12.3 201.8 70.3 47 326 5.5 4.3 9.0

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
20 Darrin Nelson 24 RB 15 9 154 642 1 56 4.2 42.8 10.3 51 618 12.1 0 68 3.4 41.2 1260 1 5
23 Ted Brown 26 FB 10 8 120 476 10 43 4.0 47.6 12.0 41 357 8.7 1 25 4.1 35.7 833 11 2
32 Tony Galbreath 29 fb 13 7 113 474 4 52 4.2 36.5 8.7 45 348 7.7 2 23 3.5 26.8 822 6 4
34 Rickey Young 30 rb 16 4 39 90 2 9 2.3 5.6 2.4 21 193 9.2 0 48 1.3 12.1 283 2 0
12 Steve Dils 28 QB 16 12 16 28 0 8 1.8 1.8 1.0 28 0 13
22 Jarvis Redwine 26 KR 16 1 10 48 0 21 4.8 3.0 0.6 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 52 0 1
9 Tommy Kramer 28 qb 3 3 8 3 0 8 0.4 1.0 2.7 3 0 2
11 Wade Wilson 24 qb 1 1 3 -3 0 2 -1.0 -3.0 3.0 -3 0 1
80 Terry LeCount 27 WR 11 10 2 42 0 40 21.0 3.8 0.2 21 318 15.1 2 49 1.9 28.9 360 2 1
85 Sammy White 29 WR 11 10 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.6 0.1 29 412 14.2 4 43 2.6 37.5 419 4 0
87 Leo Lewis 27 wr 14 4 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 12 127 10.6 0 18 0.9 9.1 129 0 0
89 Mike Jones 23 16 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 0.6 0.1 6 95 15.8 0 47 0.4 5.9 104 0 0
8 Greg Coleman 29 P 16 0 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 -0.6 0.1 -9 0 0
4 Archie Manning 34 2 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.5 0.5 -1 0 0
82 Bob Bruer 30 TE 16 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 315 10.2 2 26 1.9 19.7 315 2 0
84 Sam McCullum 31 wr 11 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 314 15.0 2 49 1.9 28.5 314 2 0
83 Steve Jordan 22 te 13 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 212 14.1 2 28 1.2 16.3 212 2 0
44 Dave Casper 32 te 10 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 172 13.2 0 34 1.3 17.2 172 0 0
88 Mardye McDole 24 wr 15 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 29 9.7 0 10 0.2 1.9 29 0 1
Team Total 26.7 16 470 1808 17 56 3.8 113.0 29.4 310 3514 11.3 15 68 19.4 219.6 5322 32 33
Opp Total 16 579 2584 16 4.5 161.5 36.2 263 2903 11.0 23 16.4 181.4 5487 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
22 Jarvis Redwine 26 KR 16 1 38 838 0 41 22.1 890
21 Rufus Bess 27 lcb/PR 14 6 21 158 0 17 7.5 2 44 0 30 22.0 202
20 Darrin Nelson 24 RB 15 9 18 445 0 50 24.7 1705
87 Leo Lewis 27 wr 14 4 3 52 0 34 17.3 1 25 0 25 25.0 206
56 Dave Huffman 26 15 0 3 42 0 15 14.0 42
34 Rickey Young 30 rb 16 4 3 27 0 15 9.0 310
89 Mike Jones 23 16 0 2 31 0 16 15.5 135
33 Rick Bell 23 14 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Team Total 26.7 16 24 210 0 34 8.8 68 1466 0 50 21.6 6998
Opp Total 16 40 297 0 7.4 70 1392 0 19.9

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 29 P 16 0 91 3780 65 0 41.5
1 Benny Ricardo 29 K 16 0 10 9 14 12 9 4 33 25 75.8%% 34 33 97.1%%
Team Total 26.7 16 10 9 14 12 9 4 33 25 75.8%% 34 33 97.1%% 91 3780 65 0 41.5
Opp Total 16 27 18 66.7%% 42 40 95.2%% 77 3026 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
39 Carl Lee 22 db 16 3 1 31 0 31 0 49 0
12 Steve Dils 28 QB 16 12 0 13 6 0 0
79 Doug Martin 26 LDE 16 16 13.0 0 0 2 0 0
73 Neil Elshire 25 RDE 16 10 9.5 0 0 3 0 0
47 Joey Browner 23 db 16 1 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 4 0
27 John Turner 27 FS 16 15 1.0 6 37 0 14 0 0 0 2 24 0
75 Randy Holloway 28 de 16 2 7.5 0 0 1 7 0
59 Matt Blair 33 LOLB 16 16 4.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
32 Tony Galbreath 29 fb 13 7 0 4 2 0 0
20 Darrin Nelson 24 RB 15 9 0 5 1 0 0
29 John Swain 24 LCB 14 7 6 12 0 11 0
37 Willie Teal 26 RCB 16 16 3 26 0 12 0 0 0 3 5 0
21 Rufus Bess 27 lcb/PR 14 6 3 38 0 19 0 0 2 0 0 0
77 Mark Mullaney 30 de 7 4 2.5 0 0 1 0 0
23 Ted Brown 26 FB 10 8 0 2 1 0 0
65 Charlie Johnson 31 NT 16 16 1.0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 50 1
9 Tommy Kramer 28 qb 3 3 0 2 1 0 0
55 Scott Studwell 29 LILB 16 16 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Tom Hannon 28 SS 16 16 0.5 0 0 2 17 0
50 Dennis Fowlkes 22 11 0 0 0 2 5 0
56 Dave Huffman 26 15 0 0 0 2 0 0
80 Terry LeCount 27 WR 11 10 0 1 1 0 0
49 Keith Nord 26 3 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
68 Curtis Rouse 23 g 16 1 0 0 2 0 0
72 James White 30 16 0 1.0 1 22 0 22 0
76 Tim Irwin 25 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
52 Dennis Johnson 25 RILB 16 16 1.0
84 Sam McCullum 31 wr 11 5 0 0 1 0 0
88 Mardye McDole 24 wr 15 1 0 1 0 0 0
22 Jarvis Redwine 26 KR 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
78 Steve Riley 31 LT 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
11 Wade Wilson 24 qb 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
54 Fred McNeill 31 ROLB 16 15 0.5
Team Total 26.7 16 47.0 25 168 0 31 0 0 33 43 112 1 49 0
Opp Total 16 43 33 10 1

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
1 Benny Ricardo 29 K 16 0 33 25 108
23 Ted Brown 26 FB 10 8 10 1 11 66
32 Tony Galbreath 29 fb 13 7 4 2 6 36
85 Sammy White 29 WR 11 10 4 4 24
82 Bob Bruer 30 TE 16 10 2 2 12
83 Steve Jordan 22 te 13 2 2 2 12
80 Terry LeCount 27 WR 11 10 2 2 12
84 Sam McCullum 31 wr 11 5 2 2 12
34 Rickey Young 30 rb 16 4 2 2 12
56 Dave Huffman 26 15 0 1 1 6
65 Charlie Johnson 31 NT 16 16 1 1 6
20 Darrin Nelson 24 RB 15 9 1 1 6
Team Total 26.7 16 17 15 1 1 34 33 25 2 312
Opp Total 16 16 23 1 2 40 18 1 348

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1983-09-04 @ CLE W, 27-21 1 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
2 1983-09-04 @ CLE W, 27-21 2 5 rush Ted Brown 5 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
3 1983-09-04 @ CLE W, 27-21 3 10 pass Ted Brown 10 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Benny Ricardo kick)
4 1983-09-08 SFO L, 17-48 1 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
5 1983-09-08 SFO L, 17-48 3 30 pass Terry LeCount 30 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Benny Ricardo kick)
6 1983-09-18 @ TAM W, 19-16 1 8 pass Terry LeCount 8 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Benny Ricardo kick)
7 1983-09-25 DET W, 20-17 2 3 pass Bob Bruer 3 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
8 1983-09-25 DET W, 20-17 2 0 fumble Dave Huffman 0 yard fumble return (Benny Ricardo kick)
9 1983-10-02 DAL L, 24-37 1 43 pass Sammy White 43 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
10 1983-10-02 DAL L, 24-37 2 36 pass Sammy White 36 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
11 1983-10-02 DAL L, 24-37 2 5 rush Ted Brown 5 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
12 1983-10-09 @ CHI W, 23-14 1 56 rush Darrin Nelson 56 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
13 1983-10-09 @ CHI W, 23-14 3 52 rush Tony Galbreath 52 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
14 1983-10-16 HOU W, 34-14 1 50 fumble Charlie Johnson 50 yard fumble return (Benny Ricardo kick)
15 1983-10-16 HOU W, 34-14 1 23 pass Steve Jordan 23 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
16 1983-10-16 HOU W, 34-14 4 4 rush Ted Brown 4 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
17 1983-10-16 HOU W, 34-14 4 7 rush Ted Brown 7 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
18 1983-10-23 @ GNB W, 20-17 1 13 pass Sammy White 13 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
19 1983-10-23 @ GNB W, 20-17 3 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
20 1983-10-30 @ STL L, 31-41 2 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
21 1983-10-30 @ STL L, 31-41 4 49 pass Sam McCullum 49 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
22 1983-10-30 @ STL L, 31-41 4 2 pass Bob Bruer 2 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
23 1983-10-30 @ STL L, 31-41 4 5 pass Sammy White 5 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
24 1983-11-06 TAM L, 12-17 1 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
25 1983-11-13 GNB L, 21-29 3 1 rush Rickey Young 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
26 1983-11-13 GNB L, 21-29 3 4 rush Rickey Young 4 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
27 1983-11-13 GNB L, 21-29 4 4 rush Tony Galbreath 4 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
28 1983-11-20 @ PIT W, 17-14 1 30 pass Sam McCullum 30 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
29 1983-11-20 @ PIT W, 17-14 3 6 pass Tony Galbreath 6 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
30 1983-11-27 @ NOR L, 16-17 2 5 pass Tony Galbreath 5 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
31 1983-12-11 CHI L, 13-19 3 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
32 1983-12-17 CIN W, 20-14 2 2 pass Steve Jordan 2 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Benny Ricardo kick)
33 1983-12-17 CIN W, 20-14 4 1 rush Tony Galbreath 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
34 1983-12-17 CIN W, 20-14 4 1 rush Tony Galbreath 1 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1983-09-04 @ CLE L, 21-27 2 18 pass Ricky Feacher 18 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
2 1983-09-04 @ CLE L, 21-27 3 6 pass Mike Pruitt 6 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
3 1983-09-04 @ CLE L, 21-27 4 23 pass Willis Adams 23 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
4 1983-09-08 SFO W, 48-17 1 21 pass Dwight Clark 21 yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick)
5 1983-09-08 SFO W, 48-17 2 2 pass Earl Cooper 2 yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick)
6 1983-09-08 SFO W, 48-17 2 60 interception Eric Wright 60 yard interception return (Ray Wersching kick)
7 1983-09-08 SFO W, 48-17 2 14 pass Freddie Solomon 14 yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick)
8 1983-09-08 SFO W, 48-17 2 6 pass Wendell Tyler 6 yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick)
9 1983-09-08 SFO W, 48-17 4 1 rush Roger Craig 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
10 1983-09-18 @ TAM L, 16-19 2 1 rush James Owens 1 yard rush (run failed)
11 1983-09-18 @ TAM L, 16-19 4 5 pass James Wilder 5 yard pass from Jack Thompson (Bill Capece kick)
12 1983-09-25 DET L, 17-20 2 41 pass Mark Nichols 41 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
13 1983-09-25 DET L, 17-20 3 1 rush Eric Hipple 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
14 1983-10-02 DAL W, 37-24 2 2 rush Danny White 2 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
15 1983-10-02 DAL W, 37-24 3 5 rush Ron Springs 5 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
16 1983-10-02 DAL W, 37-24 3 58 interception Ron Fellows 58 yard interception return (Rafael Septien kick)
17 1983-10-02 DAL W, 37-24 4 11 pass Drew Pearson 11 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
18 1983-10-09 @ CHI L, 14-23 2 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
19 1983-10-09 @ CHI L, 14-23 4 6 rush Walter Payton 6 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
20 1983-10-16 HOU L, 14-34 1 13 rush Earl Campbell 13 yard rush (Florian Kempf kick)
21 1983-10-16 HOU L, 14-34 3 35 pass Chris Dressel 35 yard pass from Gifford Nielsen (Florian Kempf kick)
22 1983-10-23 @ GNB L, 17-20 4 5 pass John Jefferson 5 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1983-10-23 @ GNB L, 17-20 4 4 pass Mike Meade 4 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1983-10-30 @ STL W, 41-31 1 9 pass Pat Tilley 9 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
25 1983-10-30 @ STL W, 41-31 1 4 rush Stump Mitchell 4 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
26 1983-10-30 @ STL W, 41-31 3 4 pass Roy Green 4 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
27 1983-10-30 @ STL W, 41-31 3 10 rush Ottis Anderson 10 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
28 1983-10-30 @ STL W, 41-31 4 5 pass Roy Green 5 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
29 1983-11-06 TAM W, 17-12 2 54 fumble David Logan 54 yard fumble return (Bill Capece kick)
30 1983-11-06 TAM W, 17-12 3 75 rush James Wilder 75 yard rush (Bill Capece kick)
31 1983-11-13 GNB W, 29-21 1 1 rush Mike Meade 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
32 1983-11-13 GNB W, 29-21 2 5 pass John Jefferson 5 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
33 1983-11-13 GNB W, 29-21 4 19 pass James Lofton 19 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
34 1983-11-20 @ PIT L, 14-17 1 3 pass Bennie Cunningham 3 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
35 1983-11-20 @ PIT L, 14-17 4 4 rush Cliff Stoudt 4 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
36 1983-11-27 @ NOR W, 17-16 1 2 rush Wayne Wilson 2 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
37 1983-11-27 @ NOR W, 17-16 4 1 rush Wayne Wilson 1 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
38 1983-12-05 @ DET W, 13-2 2 10 pass Jeff Chadwick 10 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
39 1983-12-11 CHI W, 19-13 1 74 pass Walter Payton 74 yard pass from Matt Suhey (Bob Thomas kick)
40 1983-12-11 CHI W, 19-13 2 2 pass Emery Moorehead 2 yard pass from Jim McMahon
41 1983-12-17 CIN L, 14-20 2 7 pass Dan Ross 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
42 1983-12-17 CIN L, 14-20 3 2 rush Larry Kinnebrew 2 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)