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1981 Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 4th place National Football Conference Central Division 7-9-0 .438
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Offensive CoordinatorJerry Burns
Defensive BacksJimmy Carr
Defensive LineTom Cecchini
DefenseBob Hollway
Offensive BacksBus Mertes
Offensive LineJohn Michels
LinebackersFloyd Reese
ReceiversLes Steckel
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/8/1981HMiami Dolphins6-20LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45165
Fri8/14/1981AWashington Redskins13-27LWashington, DCRFK Stadium44662
Sat8/22/1981HAtlanta Falcons20-19WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium42908
Thu8/27/1981ALos Angeles Rams31-34LAnaheim, CAAnaheim Stadium60141
Sat9/5/1981ATampa Bay Buccaneers13-21LTampa, FLTampa Stadium66287
Mon9/14/1981HOakland Raiders10-36LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47186
Sun9/20/1981HDetroit Lions26-24WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45350
Sun9/27/1981AGreen Bay Packers30-13WMilwaukee, WICounty Stadium55012
Sun10/4/1981HChicago Bears24-21WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium43827
Sun10/11/1981ASan Diego Chargers33-31WSan Diego, CAJack Murphy Stadium50708
Sun10/18/1981HPhiladelphia Eagles35-23WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45459
Sun10/25/1981ASt. Louis Cardinals17-30LSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium48039
Mon11/2/1981ADenver Broncos17-19LDenver, COMile High Stadium74834
Sun11/8/1981HTampa Bay Buccaneers25-10WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47038
Sun11/15/1981HNew Orleans Saints20-10WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45215
Mon11/23/1981AAtlanta Falcons30-31LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium60749
Sun11/29/1981HGreen Bay Packers23-35LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46025
Sun12/6/1981AChicago Bears9-10LChicago, ILSoldier Field50766
Sat12/12/1981ADetroit Lions7-45LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome79428
Sun12/20/1981HKansas City Chiefs6-10LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium41110
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
59Matt BlairLOLB6-524231Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC; Iowa State1616
62Brent BoydLOG6-327524UCLA33
23Ted BrownRB5-1021024North Carolina State1616
82Bob BruerTE6-524028Minnesota State150
8Greg ColemanP6-018227Florida A&M150
7Rick DanmeierK6-018829Lakewood State JC; Sioux Falls160
12Steve DilsQB6-119126Stanford22
65Neil ElshireDE6-525623Oregon40
32Tony GalbreathRB6-022827Centerville JC; Missouri141
61Wes HamiltonROG6-327128Tulsa1616
45Tom HannonSS5-1119526Michigan State1616
36Sam HarrellRB6-221324East Carolina40
75Randy HollowayRDE-LDE6-525526Pittsburgh168
51Jim HoughLOG6-226825Utah State1613
56Dave HuffmanC6-628424Notre Dame130
76Tim IrwinOT6-729423Tennessee70
52Dennis JohnsonLILB6-323523Southern California161
53Henry JohnsonLB6-123523Georgia Tech160
25Kurt KnoffFS6-218827Kansas1616
9Tommy KramerQB6-220526Rice1414
58Jim LangerC6-225333South Dakota State91
80Terry LeCountWR5-1017625Florida162
87Leo LewisWR5-816925Missouri41
79Doug MartinRDE6-326424Washington169
88Mardye McDoleWR5-1120522Mississippi State90
54Fred McNeillROLB6-222929UCLA1616
73Mark MullaneyLDE6-624628Colorado State1515
49Keith NordS6-019524St. Cloud State160
31Eddie PaytonRB5-817530Jackson State160
28Ahmad RashadWR6-220232Oregon1615
22Jarvis RedwineRB5-1019824Oregon State; Nebraska30
78Steve RileyLOT6-625829Southern California1616
89Ken SandersDE6-524231Howard Payne90
57Robin SendleinLB6-322523Texas160
81Joe SenserTE6-423525West Chester1616
50Jeff SiemonLILB6-223531Stanford1615
55Scott StudwellRILB6-222827Illinois1616
29John SwainLCB6-119722Miami (Florida)121
67Dennis SwilleyC6-325726Texas A&M1615
37Willie TealRCB5-1019524Louisiana State1616
27John TurnerLCB6-019625Miami (Florida)1310
72James WhiteNT6-327028Oklahoma State1616
85Sammy WhiteWR5-1119527Grambling State1616
44Walt WilliamsLCB6-118527Ashland; New Mexico State165
11Wade WilsonQB6-320822Texas A&M-Commerce30
91Ray YakavonisDE6-425024East Stroudsburg150
73Ron YaryROT6-625635Cerritos JC; Southern California1616
34Rickey YoungRB6-219828Jackson State1613
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Mardye McDole239WRMississippi Statefrom BAL
Robin Sendlein245LBTexas
Jarvis Redwine252RBNebraskafrom LARM/WAS/BAL
Tim Irwin374TTennesseefrom NE
John Swain4101DBMiami (Florida)
Wendell Ray5123DEMissourifrom BAL
Don Shaver7184RBKutztown
Wade Wilson8210QB-PTexas A&M-Commerce
James Murphy10266WRUtah State
Bill Stephanos11293TBoston College
Brian Williams12320TESouthern University
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals441297577
Opponents Totals708489126
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals28:5434391217358322636.7101662.5109865
Opponents Totals31:06299117163198622638.1101566.7115991
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Rick Danmeier0343791.9212584.0097
Ted Brown80000048
Joe Senser80000048
Ahmad Rashad70000042
Bob Bruer30000018
Sammy White30000018
Tony Galbreath20000012
Terry LeCount20000012
Rickey Young20000012
Randy Holloway1000006
Eddie Payton1000006
Tom Hannon0000024
Walt Williams0000012
Team Totals37343791.9212584.03325
Opponents Totals46424691.3172763.00369
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Rick Danmeier212584.01/15/611/124/60/0
Team Totals212584.01/15/611/124/60/0
Opponents Totals172763.01/19/114/83/60/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Ted Brown27410633.9346
Tony Galbreath421984.7212
Rickey Young471292.7130
Terry LeCount35117.0380
Jarvis Redwine5204.080
Leo Lewis11616.0160
Steve Dils4143.570
Tommy Kramer10131.380
Sam Harrell177.070
Joe Senser122.020
Jeff Siemon100.000
Sammy White2-1-0.510
Team Totals39115123.9388
Opponents Totals54020453.83715
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Tommy Kramer59332254.324739126.612.163264.4244.019149376372.6
Steve Dils1025452.9466076.011.24411.022.086654166.1
Wade Wilson13646.25483.78.02200.0215.42192916.3
Ted Brown100.0000.000.01100.00000.0
Team Totals70938253.929845676.412.063273.8294.129234433369.5
Opponents Totals48126555.120035997.513.672t265.4163.333271332883.3
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Ted Brown836948.4632
Joe Senser79100412.7538
Sammy White66100115.2533
Ahmad Rashad5888415.2537
Rickey Young432966.9222
Terry LeCount2442517.743t2
Tony Galbreath181448.0230
Bob Bruer7385.4103
Leo Lewis25829.0520
Sam Harrell22311.5170
Team Totals382456712.06327
Opponents Totals265359913.672t26
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Tom Hannon4287.0280
Willie Teal4235.8150
Kurt Knoff3248.0200
Fred McNeill22613.0140
John Swain2189.0180
Matt Blair111.010
Team Totals161207.5280
Opponents Totals2938413.282t3
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Greg Coleman88364641.47301117399302734.4
Team Totals88364641.47301117399302734.4
Opponents Totals84341540.7611225303307236.6
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Eddie Payton3883038.0180
Sammy White1000.000
Tom Hannon0100
Keith Nord0100
Team Totals39103037.8180
Opponents Totals4693998.7491
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Eddie Payton39089823.099t1
Keith Nord14022916.4270
Mardye McDole11017015.5220
Tony Galbreath101616.0160
Rickey Young101515.0150
Matt Blair1000.000
Team Totals670132819.899t1
Opponents Totals62126020.3420
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Matt Blair102200
Ted Brown321300
Bob Bruer100000
Greg Coleman0010100
Steve Dils320200
Tony Galbreath200000
Tom Hannon00011310
Randy Holloway00011451
Kurt Knoff0001100
Tommy Kramer830300
Terry LeCount0001100
Doug Martin0001100
Mardye McDole110100
Fred McNeill00011110
Mark Mullaney0001100
Keith Nord210100
Eddie Payton510100
Ahmad Rashad110100
Jarvis Redwine100000
Robin Sendlein0001100
Joe Senser320200
Jeff Siemon1011-30
Scott Studwell0003300
John Swain0001100
James White0002200
Sammy White100000
Wade Wilson210100
Ray Yakavonis0001100
Rickey Young400000
Team Totals3924151934841
Opponents Totals2719721281
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