1973 Minnesota Vikings season

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1973 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish

Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27–20
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 27–10

Lost Super Bowl VIII (Dolphins) 24–7
Timeline
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< 1972 1974 >

The 1973 Minnesota Vikings season was their 13th year of play in the National Football League. The Vikings regained the NFC Central title after a disappointing 7–7 record the previous season, as they finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses. They started the season 9–0 and looked a threat to the previous year’s Dolphins’ record of a perfect season before losing to the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals in their next three games. Their narrow 10–9 win over the Los Angeles Rams constituted the last time until 1997 that the last two unbeaten NFL teams played each other.[1]

The Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins, 27–20, in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at home and went on to upset the Dallas Cowboys, 27–10, in Irving, Texas to win the NFC Championship, before losing Super Bowl VIII to the Miami Dolphins, 24–7 at Rice Stadium in Houston.

Offseason[edit]

1973 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1973 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 12 12 Chuck Foreman Running Back Miami
2 8 34 Jackie Wallace Defensive Back Arizona from Cardinals[a]
14 40 Traded to the New York Giants[b]
3 13 65 Jim Lash Wide Receiver Northwestern
4 2 80 Mike Wells Quarterback Illinois from Eagles[c]
11 89 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[e] from VIkings[d] via Cardinals[a]
5 14 118 Brent McClanahan Running Back Arizona State
6 9 139 Doug Kingsriter Tight End Minnesota from New Orleans Saints[f]
6 13 143 Fred Abbott Linebacker Florida
7 12 168 Josh Brown Running Back Texas State
8 14 196 Craig Darling Tackle Iowa
9 13 221 Larry Dibbles Defensive End New Mexico
10 2 236 Randy Lee Defensive Back Tulane from Eagles[g]
12 246 Dave Mason Defensive Back Nebraska
11 14 274 Geary Murdock Guard Iowa State
12 13 299 Alan Spencer Wide Receiver Pittsburg State
13 12 324 Ron Just Guard Minot State
14 14 352 Eddie Bishop Defensive Back Southern
15 13 377 Tony Chandler Running Back Missouri Valley
16 12 402 Larry Smiley Defensive End Texas Southern
17 13 429 Dave Winfield Tight End Minnesota did not play college football[h]
^[a] St. Louis traded their 2nd round selection (34th overall), a 4th round selection (89th overall), and WR John Gilliam to Minnesota for QB Gary Cuozzo.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (40th overall), 1972 1st round selection (24th overall), QB Norm Snead, WR Bob Grim, and RB Vince Clements to the Giants for QB Fran Tarkenton.
^[c] Philadelphia traded their 4th round selection (80th overall) to Minnesota for QB Bill Cappleman.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (89th overall), LB Mike McGill, and DB Dale Hackbart to St. Louis for TE Bob Brown and CB Nate Wright.
^[e] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (89th overall) to Kansas City for Punter Mike Eischeid.
^[f] New Orleans traded this 6th round selection (139th overall) and their 1974 4th round selection (86th overall) to Minnesota for TE Bob Brown.
^[g] Philadelphia traded their 10th round selection (236th overall) to Minnesota for LB Bill Cody.
^[h] Following college, Dave Winfield was drafted by four teams in three different sports. The San Diego Padres selected him as an outfielder with the fourth overall pick in the MLB draft. In basketball, both the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and the Utah Stars (ABA) drafted him. Although he never played college football, the Minnesota Vikings selected Winfield in the 17th round of the NFL draft. He is currently one of three players ever to be drafted by three professional sports (the others being Dave Logan and Mickey McCarty).[2]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 Oakland Raiders W 24–16 Metropolitan Stadium
44,818
2 September 23, 1973 at Chicago Bears W 22–13 Soldier Field
52,035
3 September 30, 1973 Green Bay Packers W 11–3 Metropolitan Stadium
48,176
4 October 7, 1973 at Detroit Lions W 23–9 Tiger Stadium
49,549
5 October 14, 1973 at San Francisco 49ers W 17–13 Candlestick Park
56,438
6 October 21, 1973 Philadelphia Eagles W 28–21 Metropolitan Stadium
47,478
7 October 28, 1973 Los Angeles Rams W 10–9 Metropolitan Stadium
47,787
8 November 4, 1973 Cleveland Browns W 26–3 Metropolitan Stadium
46,722
9 November 11, 1973 Detroit Lions W 28–7 Metropolitan Stadium
47,911
10 November 19, 1973 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–14 Atlanta Stadium
56,519
11 November 25, 1973 Chicago Bears W 31–13 Metropolitan Stadium
46,430
12 December 2, 1973 at Cincinnati Bengals L 27–0 Riverfront Stadium
57,859
13 December 8, 1973 at Green Bay Packers W 31–7 Lambeau Field
53,830
14 December 16, 1973 at New York Giants W 31–7 Yale Bowl
70,041

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 296 168 W-2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .464 271 247 L-1
Green Bay Packers 5 7 2 .429 202 259 W-1
Chicago Bears 3 11 0 .214 195 334 L-6

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Divisional December 22, 1973 Washington Redskins W 27–20 Metropolitan Stadium
45,475
Conference Championship December 30, 1973 at Dallas Cowboys W 27–10 Texas Stadium
60,272
Super Bowl January 13, 1974 N Miami Dolphins L 24–7 Rice Stadium
71,882

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