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1988 Minnesota Vikings

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11-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1988 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.9, Offense: 6.5, Defense: 4.3, SoS: 0.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 406 points (25.4/g), 4th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 233 points (14.6/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 173 points (10.8/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 12.6-3.4.

Coach: Jerry Burns (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Schnelker
 Defensive Coordinator: Floyd Peters
 Other Notable Asst.: Pete Carroll (Defensive Backs)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Max Winter
General Manager Mike Lynn
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
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 406 5595 1068 5.2 30 12 19 318 294 520 3789 20 18 6.7 187 501 1806 22 3.6 112
Team Defense 233 4091 952 4.3 53 17 26 243 219 480 2489 12 36 4.8 132 435 1602 10 3.7 85
Lg Rank Offense 4 7 6 4 8 13 4 15 10 5 12 20 5 22
Lg Rank Defense 2 1 1 7 1 8 2 1 1 1 4 5 5 6

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 L 0-1 @ Buffalo Bills 10 13 21 300 170 130 2 18 310 196 114 1
2 Sun September 11 boxscore W 1-1 New England Patriots 36 6 24 415 265 150 2 12 214 111 103 5
3 Sun September 18 boxscore W 2-1 @ Chicago Bears 31 7 20 376 249 127 1 14 235 165 70 5
4 Sun September 25 boxscore W 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles 23 21 21 392 287 105 3 12 205 135 70 2
5 Sun October 2 boxscore L 3-2 @ Miami Dolphins 7 24 17 353 295 58 4 20 342 264 78 3
6 Sun October 9 boxscore W 4-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 13 15 276 207 69 2 18 331 154 177 3
7 Sun October 16 boxscore L 4-3 Green Bay Packers 14 34 20 324 257 67 5 22 355 230 125 2
8 Sun October 23 boxscore W 5-3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 49 20 25 433 305 128 1 18 243 215 28 7
9 Sun October 30 boxscore L 5-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 24 15 321 229 92 3 16 339 209 130 2
10 Sun November 6 boxscore W 6-4 Detroit Lions 44 17 33 553 355 198 1 8 89 21 68 2
11 Sun November 13 boxscore W 7-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 43 3 18 325 222 103 1 12 159 49 110 7
12 Sun November 20 boxscore W 8-4 Indianapolis Colts 12 3 13 275 192 83 17 213 110 103 2
13 Thu November 24 boxscore W 9-4 @ Detroit Lions 23 0 24 353 172 181 3 60 42 18 2
14 Sun December 4 boxscore W 10-4 New Orleans Saints 45 3 20 426 217 209 1 13 233 107 126 3
15 Sun December 11 boxscore L 10-5 @ Green Bay Packers 6 18 15 255 211 44 2 19 298 201 97 4
16 Mon December 19 boxscore W 11-5 Chicago Bears 28 27 17 218 156 62 2 21 465 280 185 3
Playoffs
WildCard Mon December 26 boxscore W 12-5 Los Angeles Rams 28 17 11 310 207 103 19 342 235 107 3
Division Sun January 1 boxscore L 12-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 9 34 20 262 208 54 3 20 372 171 201 2

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
11 Wade Wilson* 29 QB 14 10 7-3-0 204 332 61.4% 2746 15 4.5 9 2.7 68 8.3 8.0 13.5 196.1 91.5 33 227 6.90 6.61 9.0
9 Tommy Kramer 33 qb 10 6 4-2-0 83 173 48.0% 1264 5 2.9 9 5.2 47 7.3 5.5 15.2 126.4 60.5 11 62 6.53 4.88 6.0 1 1
16 Rich Gannon 23 3 0 7 15 46.7% 90 0 0.0 0 0.0 19 6.0 6.0 12.9 30.0 66.0 3 22 3.78 3.78 16.7
Team Total 27.3 16 11-5-0 294 520 56.5% 4100 20 3.8 18 3.5 68 7.9 7.1 13.9 256.3 80.4 47 311 6.68 5.96 8.3 1 1
Opp Total 16 219 480 45.6% 2763 12 2.5 36 7.5 5.8 2.88 12.6 172.7 41.2 37 274 4.8 2.1 7.2

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 29 RB 13 11 112 380 1 27 3.4 29.2 8.6 16 105 6.6 0 27 1.2 8.1 485 1 3
36 Allen Rice 26 rb 16 4 110 322 6 24 2.9 20.1 6.9 30 279 9.3 0 38 1.9 17.4 601 6 1
46 Alfred Anderson 27 FB 16 13 87 300 7 18 3.4 18.8 5.4 23 242 10.5 1 19 1.4 15.1 542 8 3
31 Rick Fenney 24 rb 13 3 55 271 3 28 4.9 20.8 4.2 15 224 14.9 0 42 1.2 17.2 495 3 0
42 D.J. Dozier 23 rb 8 1 42 167 2 19 4.0 20.9 5.3 5 49 9.8 0 20 0.6 6.1 216 2 0
11 Wade Wilson* 29 QB 14 10 36 136 2 15 3.8 9.7 2.6 136 2 4
32 Darryl Harris 22 KR 14 0 34 151 1 34 4.4 10.8 2.4 6 30 5.0 0 7 0.4 2.1 181 1 1
9 Tommy Kramer 33 qb 10 6 14 8 0 5 0.6 0.8 1.4 8 0 3
81 Anthony Carter* 28 WR 16 16 4 41 0 21 10.3 2.6 0.3 72 1225 17.0 6 67 4.5 76.6 1266 6 1
16 Rich Gannon 23 3 0 4 29 0 15 7.3 9.7 1.3 29 0 0
84 Hassan Jones 24 WR 16 15 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.4 0.1 40 778 19.5 5 68 2.5 48.6 785 5 0
86 Mike Mularkey 27 16 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.4 0.1 3 39 13.0 0 19 0.2 2.4 33 0 0
13 Bucky Scribner 28 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
83 Steve Jordan* 27 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 57 756 13.3 5 38 3.6 47.3 756 5 2
80 Jim Gustafson 27 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 231 15.4 1 47 0.9 14.4 231 1 0
87 Leo Lewis 32 PR 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 141 12.8 1 46 0.7 8.8 141 1 2
82 Carl Hilton 24 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 1 1 0.1 0.1 1 1 0
Team Total 27.3 16 501 1806 22 34 3.6 112.9 31.3 294 4100 13.9 20 68 18.4 256.3 5906 42 22
Opp Total 16 435 1602 10 3.7 100.1 27.2 219 2489 11.4 12 13.7 155.6 4091 22 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
87 Leo Lewis 32 PR 16 1 58 550 0 64 9.5 1 12 0 12 12.0 703
32 Darryl Harris 22 KR 14 0 39 833 0 30 21.4 1014
20 Darrin Nelson 29 RB 13 11 9 210 0 30 23.3 695
42 D.J. Dozier 23 rb 8 1 5 105 0 27 21.0 321
81 Anthony Carter* 28 WR 16 16 1 3 0 3 3.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1269
36 Allen Rice 26 rb 16 4 1 0 0 0 0.0 601
Team Total 27.3 16 59 553 0 64 9.4 56 1160 0 30 20.7 7619
Opp Total 16 39 405 0 10.4 81 1622 0 20.0

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
13 Bucky Scribner 28 P 16 0 84 3387 55 2 40.3
1 Chuck Nelson 28 K 16 0 3 2 7 7 10 10 5 1 25 20 80.0%% 49 48 98.0%%
Team Total 27.3 16 3 2 7 7 10 10 5 1 25 20 80.0%% 49 48 98.0%% 84 3387 55 2 40.3
Opp Total 16 25 21 84.0%% 24 22 91.7%% 96 4061 42.3

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
54 Jesse Solomon 25 LLB 16 16 2.5 4 84 1 78 0 0 0 2 3 0 124 0
97 Henry Thomas 23 LDT 15 15 6.0 1 7 0 7 0 4 0 1 2 1 80 0
39 Carl Lee*+ 27 RCB 16 16 8 118 2 58 0 0 0 1 0 0 60 0
56 Chris Doleman* 27 RDE 16 16 8.0 2 0 0 0 0 58 0
48 Najee Mustafaa 24 lcb 16 7 3 63 0 36 0 0 1 2 17 0 35 0
27 Brad Edwards 22 fs 16 6 2 47 1 37 0 36 0
24 Wymon Henderson 27 16 0 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 25 0
57 Chris Martin 28 9 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 1 10 0
99 Al Noga 23 de 9 1 7 0
75 Keith Millard*+ 26 RDT 15 15 8.0 0 0 2 5 0
11 Wade Wilson* 29 QB 14 10 0 4 4 -9 0
47 Joey Browner*+ 28 SS 16 16 5 29 0 18 0 0 0 2 9 0
51 David Howard 27 RLB 16 16 1.0 3 16 0 10 0 0 0 2 33 0
60 Al Baker 32 de 14 4 5.5
20 Darrin Nelson 29 RB 13 11 0 3 2 0 0
29 Darrell Fullington 24 15 0 3 57 0 40 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 Alfred Anderson 27 FB 16 13 0 3 0 0 0
44 John Harris 32 FS 13 10 3 46 0 27 0
9 Tommy Kramer 33 qb 10 6 0 3 0 -12 0
79 Doug Martin 31 LDE 11 10 3.0
55 Scott Studwell* 34 MLB 16 16 1.0 0 0 2 0 0
81 Anthony Carter* 28 WR 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
30 Issiac Holt 26 LCB 13 9 2 15 0 15 0 1
83 Steve Jordan* 27 TE 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
87 Leo Lewis 32 PR 16 1 0 2 0 0 0
96 Tim Newton 25 dt 14 1 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Allen Rice 26 rb 16 4 0 1 1 0 0
58 Walker Lee Ashley 28 16 0 1 94 1 94 0
32 Darryl Harris 22 KR 14 0 0 1 0 -4 0
13 Bucky Scribner 28 P 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 27.3 16 37.0 36 589 5 94 0 6 22 27 44 2 435 0 1
Opp Total 16 47 36 19 2

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 Chuck Nelson 28 K 16 0 48 20 108
46 Alfred Anderson 27 FB 16 13 7 1 8 48
81 Anthony Carter* 28 WR 16 16 6 6 36
36 Allen Rice 26 rb 16 4 6 6 36
84 Hassan Jones 24 WR 16 15 5 5 30
83 Steve Jordan* 27 TE 16 16 5 5 30
31 Rick Fenney 24 rb 13 3 3 3 18
42 D.J. Dozier 23 rb 8 1 2 2 12
39 Carl Lee*+ 27 RCB 16 16 2 2 12
11 Wade Wilson* 29 QB 14 10 2 2 12
58 Walker Lee Ashley 28 16 0 1 1 6
27 Brad Edwards 22 fs 16 6 1 1 6
80 Jim Gustafson 27 16 0 1 1 6
32 Darryl Harris 22 KR 14 0 1 1 6
82 Carl Hilton 24 8 0 1 1 6
87 Leo Lewis 32 PR 16 1 1 1 6
57 Chris Martin 28 9 0 1 1 6
20 Darrin Nelson 29 RB 13 11 1 1 6
54 Jesse Solomon 25 LLB 16 16 1 1 6
97 Henry Thomas 23 LDT 15 15 1 1 6
30 Issiac Holt 26 LCB 13 9 1 2
Team Total 27.3 16 22 20 2 5 49 48 20 2 404
Opp Total 16 10 12 1 22 21 2 233

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 @ BUF L, 10-13 4 2 rush Allen Rice 2 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
2 1988-09-11 NWE W, 36-6 1 8 rush Darrin Nelson 8 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
3 1988-09-11 NWE W, 36-6 2 5 rush Alfred Anderson 5 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
4 1988-09-11 NWE W, 36-6 2 29 pass Anthony Carter 29 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
5 1988-09-11 NWE W, 36-6 4 2 rush Darryl Harris 2 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
6 1988-09-18 @ CHI W, 31-7 1 40 pass Anthony Carter 40 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
7 1988-09-18 @ CHI W, 31-7 2 19 pass Hassan Jones 19 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
8 1988-09-18 @ CHI W, 31-7 3 0 fumble Chris Martin 0 yard fumble return (Chuck Nelson kick)
9 1988-09-18 @ CHI W, 31-7 3 16 pass Anthony Carter 16 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
10 1988-09-25 PHI W, 23-21 1 7 rush Alfred Anderson 7 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
11 1988-09-25 PHI W, 23-21 3 3 rush Wade Wilson 3 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
12 1988-10-02 @ MIA L, 7-24 4 48 interception Carl Lee 48 yard interception return (Chuck Nelson kick)
13 1988-10-09 TAM W, 14-13 1 11 pass Anthony Carter 11 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
14 1988-10-09 TAM W, 14-13 3 1 rush Allen Rice 1 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
15 1988-10-16 GNB L, 14-34 2 46 pass Leo Lewis 46 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
16 1988-10-16 GNB L, 14-34 4 3 rush Allen Rice 3 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
17 1988-10-23 @ TAM W, 49-20 1 4 pass Steve Jordan 4 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
18 1988-10-23 @ TAM W, 49-20 2 1 rush Rick Fenney 1 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
19 1988-10-23 @ TAM W, 49-20 2 26 pass Anthony Carter 26 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
20 1988-10-23 @ TAM W, 49-20 2 4 pass Steve Jordan 4 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
21 1988-10-23 @ TAM W, 49-20 3 37 interception Brad Edwards 37 yard interception return (Chuck Nelson kick)
22 1988-10-23 @ TAM W, 49-20 4 4 rush Allen Rice 4 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
23 1988-10-23 @ TAM W, 49-20 4 2 rush D.J. Dozier 2 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
24 1988-10-30 @ SFO L, 21-24 2 2 rush Wade Wilson 2 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
25 1988-10-30 @ SFO L, 21-24 3 67 pass Anthony Carter 67 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
26 1988-10-30 @ SFO L, 21-24 4 12 rush Rick Fenney 12 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
27 1988-11-06 DET W, 44-17 1 3 rush Allen Rice 3 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
28 1988-11-06 DET W, 44-17 2 1 rush Alfred Anderson 1 yard rush
29 1988-11-06 DET W, 44-17 3 16 pass Steve Jordan 16 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
30 1988-11-06 DET W, 44-17 4 20 rush Rick Fenney 20 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
31 1988-11-06 DET W, 44-17 4 10 pass Jim Gustafson 10 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
32 1988-11-06 DET W, 44-17 4 3 rush Allen Rice 3 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
33 1988-11-13 @ DAL W, 43-3 1 26 pass Hassan Jones 26 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
34 1988-11-13 @ DAL W, 43-3 1 2 fumble Henry Thomas 2 yard fumble return (Chuck Nelson kick)
35 1988-11-13 @ DAL W, 43-3 3 64 pass Hassan Jones 64 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
36 1988-11-13 @ DAL W, 43-3 3 3 pass Steve Jordan 3 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
37 1988-11-13 @ DAL W, 43-3 4 19 rush D.J. Dozier 19 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
38 1988-11-24 @ DET W, 23-0 2 2 rush Alfred Anderson 2 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
39 1988-11-24 @ DET W, 23-0 2 1 rush Alfred Anderson 1 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
40 1988-12-04 NOR W, 45-3 1 1 rush Alfred Anderson 1 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
41 1988-12-04 NOR W, 45-3 2 1 pass Carl Hilton 1 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
42 1988-12-04 NOR W, 45-3 2 15 pass Hassan Jones 15 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
43 1988-12-04 NOR W, 45-3 2 58 interception Carl Lee 58 yard interception return (Chuck Nelson kick)
44 1988-12-04 NOR W, 45-3 3 78 interception Jesse Solomon 78 yard interception return (Chuck Nelson kick)
45 1988-12-04 NOR W, 45-3 3 68 pass Hassan Jones 68 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
46 1988-12-19 CHI W, 28-27 1 3 pass Steve Jordan 3 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
47 1988-12-19 CHI W, 28-27 2 1 rush Alfred Anderson 1 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
48 1988-12-19 CHI W, 28-27 2 18 pass Alfred Anderson 18 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
49 1988-12-19 CHI W, 28-27 4 94 interception Walker Lee Ashley 94 yard interception return (Chuck Nelson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 @ BUF W, 13-10 1 5 rush Thurman Thomas 5 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
2 1988-09-18 @ CHI L, 7-31 1 11 pass Ron Morris 11 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Kevin Butler kick)
3 1988-09-25 PHI L, 21-23 2 1 rush Keith Byars 1 yard rush (Dale Dawson kick)
4 1988-09-25 PHI L, 21-23 2 22 pass Mike Quick 22 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Dale Dawson kick)
5 1988-09-25 PHI L, 21-23 4 13 pass Keith Jackson 13 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Dale Dawson kick)
6 1988-10-02 @ MIA W, 24-7 2 3 pass Jim Jensen 3 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
7 1988-10-02 @ MIA W, 24-7 2 1 pass Lorenzo Hampton 1 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
8 1988-10-02 @ MIA W, 24-7 3 5 rush Lorenzo Hampton 5 yard rush (Fuad Reveiz kick)
9 1988-10-09 TAM L, 13-14 2 14 pass Mark Carrier 14 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Donald Igwebuike kick)
10 1988-10-16 GNB W, 34-14 1 2 rush Brent Fullwood 2 yard rush
11 1988-10-16 GNB W, 34-14 2 6 rush Keith Woodside 6 yard rush (Max Zendejas kick)
12 1988-10-16 GNB W, 34-14 4 10 blocked punt Tim Harris 10 yard blocked punt return (Max Zendejas kick)
13 1988-10-23 @ TAM L, 20-49 1 8 pass Bruce Hill 8 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Donald Igwebuike kick)
14 1988-10-23 @ TAM L, 20-49 4 1 rush Lars Tate 1 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
15 1988-10-30 @ SFO W, 24-21 3 1 rush Roger Craig 1 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)
16 1988-10-30 @ SFO W, 24-21 3 73 pass John Taylor 73 yard pass from Steve Young (Mike Cofer kick)
17 1988-10-30 @ SFO W, 24-21 4 49 rush Steve Young 49 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)
18 1988-11-06 DET L, 17-44 2 52 interception George Jamison 52 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick)
19 1988-11-06 DET L, 17-44 3 8 pass Pete Mandley 8 yard pass from Rusty Hilger (Eddie Murray kick)
20 1988-12-11 @ GNB W, 18-6 1 2 rush Keith Woodside 2 yard rush (Dean Dorsey kick)
21 1988-12-11 @ GNB W, 18-6 3 11 pass Patrick Scott 11 yard pass from Don Majkowski
22 1988-12-19 CHI L, 27-28 3 76 pass Dennis McKinnon 76 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Kevin Butler kick)
23 1988-12-19 CHI L, 27-28 3 51 rush Neal Anderson 51 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
24 1988-12-19 CHI L, 27-28 4 1 pass Dennis Gentry 1 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Kevin Butler kick)