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1985 Minnesota Vikings

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1985 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.2, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -1.3, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 346 points (21.6/g), 14th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 359 points (22.4/g), 17th.
 Differential of -13 points (-0.8/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 7.7-8.3.

Coach: Bud Grant (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Hollway
 Other Notable Asst.: Pete Carroll (Defensive Backs) and Marc Trestman (Running Backs)

Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Tommy Kramer 30 8 15 277 for 506, 3,522 yards, 19 td, 26 int, & 27 rushes for 54 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
RB Darrin Nelson 26 3 10 200 rushes for 893 yards, 5 td, & 43 catches for 301 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 7th pick / 1982
FB Ted Brown 28 6 9 93 rushes for 336 yards, 7 td, & 30 catches for 291 yards and 3 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1979
WR Anthony Carter 25 Rook 15 43 catches for 821 yards, 8 td Miami Dolphins / 12th / 334th pick / 1983
WR Leo Lewis 29 4 10 29 catches for 442 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for 2 yards and 0 td
TE Steve Jordan 24 3 16 68 catches for 795 yards, 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 179th pick / 1982
LT Curtis Rouse 25 3 13 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 286th pick / 1982
LG Brent Boyd 28 5 14 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 68th pick / 1980
C Dennis Swilley 30 8 13 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
RG Terry Tausch 26 3 15 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1982
RT Tim Irwin 27 4 16 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 74th pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Doug Martin 28 5 15 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 9th pick / 1980
NT Tim Newton 22 Rook 14 2.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 164th pick / 1985
RDE Mark Mullaney 32 10 13 2.0 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
LOLB Chris Doleman 24 Rook 13 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 4th pick / 1985
LILB Scott Studwell 31 8 12 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
RILB Dennis Fowlkes 24 2 8 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
ROLB Chris Martin 25 2 12 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
LCB Willie Teal 28 5 16 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 30th pick / 1980
RCB Rufus Bess 29 6 11 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
SS Joey Browner* 25 2 16 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1983
FS Keith Nord 28 6 13
 Special Teams Starters
K Jan Stenerud 43 18 0 15 of 26 field goals & 41 of 43 extra points
P Greg Coleman 31 8 0 67 punts for a 42.8 average, 0 blocked Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
PR Darrin Nelson 26 3 10 16 punt returns for a 8.3 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 7th pick / 1982
KR Buster Rhymes 23 Rook 0 53 kick returns for a 25.4 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 85th pick / 1985

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
46 Alfred Anderson 24 fb 12 6 219 6-1 Baylor 8/4/1961 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 67th pick / 1984
21 Rufus Bess 29 RCB 11 11 184 5-9 South Carolina St. 9/13/1956 6 5
59 Matt Blair 35 lb 6 2 232 6-5 Iowa St. 9/20/1950 11 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
13 Steve Bono 23 1 0 215 6-4 UCLA 5/11/1962 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 142nd pick / 1985
62 Brent Boyd 28 LG 15 14 268 6-3 UCLA 3/23/1957 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 68th pick / 1980
23 Ted Brown 28 FB 14 9 206 5-10 North Carolina St. 2/15/1957 6 5 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1979
47 Joey Browner* 25 SS 16 16 221 6-2 USC 5/15/1960 2 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1983
84 Jay Carroll 24 16 0 230 6-4 Minnesota 11/8/1961 1 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 7th / 169th pick / 1984
81 Anthony Carter 25 WR 16 15 168 5-11 Michigan 9/17/1960 Rook 8 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 334th pick / 1983
8 Greg Coleman 31 P 16 0 185 6-0 Florida A&M 9/9/1954 8 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
56 Chris Doleman 24 LOLB 16 13 289 6-5 Pittsburgh 10/16/1961 Rook 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 4th pick / 1985
73 Neil Elshire 27 de 16 3 260 6-6 Oregon 3/8/1958 4 2
50 Dennis Fowlkes 24 RILB 15 8 238 6-2 West Virginia 3/11/1961 2 4
30 Issiac Holt 23 db 15 1 200 6-2 Alcorn St. 10/4/1962 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 30th pick / 1985
51 Jim Hough 29 g 4 1 267 6-2 Utah St. 8/4/1956 7 1 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 100th pick / 1978
99 David Howard 24 lb 16 4 232 6-2 Oregon St.,Long Beach St. 12/8/1961 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 67th pick / 1984 Supp
72 Dave Huffman 28 g 15 3 280 6-6 Notre Dame 4/4/1957 6 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1979
76 Tim Irwin 27 RT 16 16 300 6-7 Tennessee 12/13/1958 4 8 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 74th pick / 1981
52 Dennis Johnson 27 rde 8 6 234 6-3 USC 6/19/1958 5 3 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 92nd pick / 1980
89 Mike Jones 25 WR 16 8 181 5-11 Tennessee St. 4/14/1960 2 6 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 159th pick / 1983
83 Steve Jordan 24 TE 16 16 236 6-3 Brown 1/10/1961 3 7 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 179th pick / 1982
9 Tommy Kramer 30 QB 15 15 200 6-2 Rice 3/7/1955 8 11 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
39 Carl Lee 24 rcb 15 5 185 5-11 Marshall 2/6/1961 2 3 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 186th pick / 1983
87 Leo Lewis 29 WR 10 10 170 5-8 Missouri 9/17/1956 4 4
63 Kirk Lowdermilk 22 c 16 2 269 6-3 Ohio St. 4/10/1963 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 59th pick / 1985
71 Mark MacDonald 24 g 16 3 267 6-4 Boston Col. 4/30/1961 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 115th pick / 1985
57 Chris Martin 25 ROLB 12 12 236 6-2 Auburn 12/19/1960 2 5
79 Doug Martin 28 LDE 16 15 260 6-3 Washington 5/22/1957 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 9th pick / 1980
54 Fred McNeill 33 lb 10 3 229 6-2 UCLA 5/6/1952 11 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
53 Tim Meamber 23 4 0 231 6-3 Washington 10/27/1962 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 60th pick / 1985
75 Keith Millard 23 nt 16 5 260 6-6 Washington St. 3/18/1962 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 13th pick / 1984
86 Mike Mularkey 24 te 15 5 245 6-4 Florida 11/19/1961 2 2 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 229th pick / 1983
77 Mark Mullaney 32 RDE 15 13 242 6-6 Colorado St. 4/30/1953 10 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
20 Darrin Nelson 26 PR 16 10 184 5-9 Stanford 1/2/1959 3 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 7th pick / 1982
96 Tim Newton 22 NT 16 14 280 6-0 Florida 3/23/1963 Rook 7 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 164th pick / 1985
49 Keith Nord 28 FS 16 13 197 6-0 St. Cloud St. 3/13/1957 6 5
88 Buster Rhymes 23 KR 15 0 217 6-2 Oklahoma 1/27/1962 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 85th pick / 1985
36 Allen Rice 23 rb 14 1 203 5-10 Baylor 4/5/1962 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 140th pick / 1984
28 Ted Rosnagle 24 6 0 205 6-3 Portland St. 9/29/1961 Rook 0
68 Curtis Rouse 25 LT 16 13 316 6-3 Tenn-Chattanooga 7/13/1960 3 7 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 286th pick / 1982
74 Robert Smith 23 16 0 255 6-6 Grambling St. 12/3/1962 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 40th pick / 1984 Supp
3 Jan Stenerud 43 K 16 0 187 6-2 Montana St. 11/26/1942 18 0
55 Scott Studwell 31 LILB 14 12 228 6-2 Illinois 8/27/1954 8 6 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
67 Dennis Swilley 30 C 16 13 253 6-3 Texas A&M,North Texas 6/28/1955 8 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
66 Terry Tausch 26 RG 16 15 275 6-5 Texas 2/5/1959 3 8 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1982
37 Willie Teal 28 LCB 16 16 195 5-10 LSU 12/20/1957 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 30th pick / 1980
27 John Turner 29 db 15 4 197 6-0 Miami (FL) 2/22/1956 7 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 48th pick / 1978
24 Maurice Turner 25 10 0 200 5-11 Utah St. 9/10/1960 1 0 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 325th pick / 1983
85 Sammy White 31 6 0 190 5-11 Grambling St. 3/16/1954 9 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
11 Wade Wilson 26 qb 4 1 210 6-3 Texas A&M-Commerce 2/1/1959 4 1 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 210th pick / 1981
Team Total 26.7 16 228.6 6-2.0 3.9