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1983 Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 2nd place National Football Conference Central Division 8-8-0 .500
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Offensive CoordinatorJerry Burns
Defensive LineTom Cecchini
DefenseBob Hollway
Defensive BacksJed Hughes
Offensive BacksBus Mertes
Offensive LineJohn Michels
LinebackersFloyd Reese
ReceiversLes Steckel
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/6/1983NSt. Louis Cardinals28-10WLondon, EnglandWembley Stadium32847
Sun9/4/1983ACleveland Browns27-21WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium70087
Thu9/8/1983HSan Francisco 49ers17-48LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome58162
Sat8/13/1983HBaltimore Colts7-10LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome56061
Fri8/19/1983ASeattle Seahawks19-17WSeattle, WAKingdome54402
Sun9/18/1983ATampa Bay Buccaneers19-16WOTTampa, FLTampa Stadium57567
Fri8/26/1983HDenver Broncos34-3WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome59435
Sun9/25/1983HDetroit Lions20-17WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome58254
Sun10/2/1983HDallas Cowboys24-37LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome60774
Sun10/9/1983AChicago Bears23-14WChicago, ILSoldier Field59632
Sun10/16/1983HHouston Oilers34-14WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome58910
Sun10/23/1983AGreen Bay Packers20-17WOTGreen Bay, WILambeau Field55236
Sun10/30/1983ASt. Louis Cardinals31-41LSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium38796
Sun11/6/1983HTampa Bay Buccaneers12-17LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome59239
Sun11/13/1983HGreen Bay Packers21-29LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome60113
Sun11/20/1983APittsburgh Steelers17-14WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium58417
Sun11/27/1983ANew Orleans Saints16-17LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome59502
Mon12/5/1983ADetroit Lions2-13LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome79169
Sun12/11/1983HChicago Bears13-19LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome57880
Sat12/17/1983HCincinnati Bengals20-14WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome51565
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
58Walker Lee AshleyLB6'023523Penn State150
33Rick BellRB6'020523St. John's (Minnesota)140
21Rufus BessCB5'918327South Carolina State146
59Matt BlairLOLB6'524233Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC; Iowa State1616
62Brent BoydOG6'327526UCLA161
86Norris BrownTE6'322022Georgia20
23Ted BrownRB5'1021026North Carolina State108
47Joey BrownerCB-S6'221823Southern California161
82Bob BruerTE6'524030Minnesota State1610
44Dave CasperTE6'423232Notre Dame109
8Greg ColemanP6'018229Florida A&M160
12Steve DilsQB6'119128Stanford1612
73Neil ElshireRDE6'525625Oregon1610
50Dennis FowlkesLB6'224522West Virginia110
32Tony GalbreathRB6'022829Centerville JC; Missouri137
61Wes HamiltonROG6'327130Tulsa1515
45Tom HannonLS5'1119528Michigan State1616
75Randy HollowayDE6'525528Pittsburgh162
51Jim HoughLOG6'226827Utah State1616
56Dave HuffmanC-OG6'628426Notre Dame150
76Tim IrwinROT6'729425Tennessee1616
65Charlie JohnsonNT6'326531Tyler JC; Colorado1616
52Dennis JohnsonRILB6'323525Southern California1616
53Henry JohnsonLB6'123525Georgia Tech50
89Mike JonesWR5'1118323Tennessee State160
83Steve JordanTE6'323722Brown132
9Tommy KramerQB6'220528Rice33
80Terry LeCountWR5'1017627Florida1110
39Carl LeeCB-S5'1118522Marshall163
87Leo LewisWR5'816927Missouri144
4Archie ManningQB6'320534Mississippi20
79Doug MartinLDE6'326426Washington1616
84Sam McCullumWR6'219031Montana State115
88Mardye McDoleWR5'1120524Mississippi State151
54Fred McNeillROLB6'222931UCLA1615
46Mike MularkeyTE6'423922Florida30
77Mark MullaneyRDE6'624630Colorado State74
20Darrin NelsonRB5'918524Stanford159
49Keith NordS6'019526St. Cloud State30
22Jarvis RedwineRB5'1019826Oregon State; Nebraska161
1Benny RicardoK5'1017029Orange Coast JC; San Diego State160
78Steve RileyLOT6'625831Southern California1615
68Curtis RouseOG6'332223Tennessee-Chattanooga161
57Robin SendleinLB6'322525Texas161
55Scott StudwellLILB6'222829Illinois1616
29John SwainLCB6'119724Miami (Florida)147
67Dennis SwilleyC6'325728Texas A&M1616
66Terry TauschOT6'527524Texas100
37Willie TealRCB5'1019526Louisiana State1616
27John TurnerRS6'019627Miami (Florida)1615
72James WhiteNT6'327030Oklahoma State160
85Sammy WhiteWR5'1119529Grambling State1110
11Wade WilsonQB6'320824Texas A&M-Commerce11
91Ray YakavonisNT6'425026East Stroudsburg20
34Rickey YoungRB6'219830Jackson State164
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Joey Browner119DBSouthern California
Walker Lee Ashley373LBPenn State
Mark Rush4100RBMiami (Florida)
Mark Stewart5127LBWashington
Mike Jones6159WRTennessee State
Carl Lee7186DBMarshall
Norris Brown8213TEGeorgia
Rod Achter9239WRToledo
Melvin Brown10255DBMississippifrom LARM
Walter Tate10266CTennessee State
Brian Butcher11298GClemson
Maurice Turner12325RBUtah State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals858568726
Opponents Totals7111972860
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals28:47303112169226522029.5111861.190748
Opponents Totals31:13318147150219723541.3121770.692759
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Benny Ricardo0333497.1253375.80108
Ted Brown110000066
Tony Galbreath60000036
Sammy White40000024
Bob Bruer20000012
Steve Jordan20000012
Terry LeCount20000012
Sam McCullum20000012
Rickey Young20000012
Dave Huffman1000006
Charlie Johnson1000006
Darrin Nelson1000006
(Team)0000024
Team Totals34333497.1253375.82316
Opponents Totals42404295.2182766.71348
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Benny Ricardo253375.80/09/1012/144/90/0
Team Totals253375.80/09/1012/144/90/0
Opponents Totals182766.70/04/43/69/132/4
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Darrin Nelson1546424.256t1
Ted Brown1204764.04310
Tony Galbreath1134744.252t4
Rickey Young39902.392
Jarvis Redwine10484.8140
Terry LeCount24221.0230
Steve Dils16281.850
Mike Jones199.090
Sammy White177.070
Tommy Kramer830.480
Leo Lewis122.020
Archie Manning1-1-1.0-10
Wade Wilson3-3-1.020
Greg Coleman1-9-9.0-90
Team Totals47018083.856t17
Opponents Totals57925844.575t16
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Steve Dils44423953.818928406.411.968112.5163.637254258666.8
Tommy Kramer825567.1235506.710.04933.744.932752377.8
Wade Wilson281657.1101244.47.83613.627.132210250.3
Terry LeCount100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals55531055.922335146.311.368152.7224.043303321167.5
Opponents Totals47826355.019032296.812.374t234.8255.247326290370.3
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Darrin Nelson5161812.1680
Tony Galbreath453487.7232
Ted Brown413578.7251
Bob Bruer3131510.2262
Sammy White2941214.243t4
Terry LeCount2131815.1492
Sam McCullum2131415.049t2
Rickey Young211939.2480
Steve Jordan1521214.1282
Dave Casper1317213.2340
Leo Lewis1212710.6180
Mike Jones69515.8470
Mardye McDole3299.7100
Jarvis Redwine144.040
Team Totals310351411.36815
Opponents Totals263322912.374t23
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
John Turner6376.2140
John Swain6122.0110
Rufus Bess33812.7190
Willie Teal3268.7120
Joey Browner200.000
Carl Lee13131.0310
James White12222.0220
Charlie Johnson122.020
Matt Blair100.000
Keith Nord100.000
Team Totals251686.7310
Opponents Totals2230814.060t2
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Greg Coleman91378041.5650828297332336.5
Team Totals91378041.5650828297332336.5
Opponents Totals77302739.3645817210265734.5
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Rufus Bess21101587.5170
Leo Lewis335217.3340
Rick Bell0200
Team Totals24152108.8340
Opponents Totals40102977.4370
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Darrin Nelson18044524.7500
Jarvis Redwine38083822.1410
Dave Huffman304214.0150
Rickey Young30279.0150
Rufus Bess204422.0500
Mike Jones203115.5160
Leo Lewis102525.0250
Rick Bell101414.0140
Team Totals680146621.6500
Opponents Totals70139219.9530
SACKSNOYDS
Doug Martin13.0
Neil Elshire9.5
Randy Holloway7.5
Matt Blair4.5
Mark Mullaney2.5
Scott Studwell2.0
Joey Browner2.0
James White1.0
John Turner1.0
Keith Nord1.0
Dennis Johnson1.0
Charlie Johnson1.0
Fred McNeill0.5
Tom Hannon0.5
Team Totals47.0326.0
Opponents Totals43.0303.0
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Rufus Bess200000
Matt Blair0002200
Ted Brown210100
Joey Browner122440
Dave Casper0010100
Steve Dils1360600
Neil Elshire0003300
Dennis Fowlkes0002250
Tony Galbreath420200
Tom Hannon00022170
Randy Holloway0001170
Dave Huffman0011200
Tim Irwin0010100
Charlie Johnson00011501
Tommy Kramer210100
Terry LeCount110100
Doug Martin0002200
Sam McCullum0010100
Mardye McDole100000
Mark Mullaney0001100
Darrin Nelson510100
Jarvis Redwine100000
Steve Riley0010100
Curtis Rouse0020200
Scott Studwell0001100
Willie Teal0003350
John Turner00022240
Wade Wilson100000
Team Totals33122123441121
Opponents Totals3323810181
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