1982 Minnesota Vikings season

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1982 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 5–4
Division place 4th NFC
Playoff finish Won NFC First Round
Lost NFC Second Round
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1981 1983 >

1982 was the 22nd year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings, the 63rd regular season of the National Football League, and Minnesota's first season of play in the newly constructed Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Offseason[edit]

1982 Draft[edit]

Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice Overall
1 7 7 Darrin Nelson Running Back Stanford
2 12 39 Terry Tausch Offensive Guard University of Texas at Austin
3 11 66 Traded to the New Orleans Saints[a]
4 9 92 Jim Fahnhorst Linebacker Minnesota
5 9 120 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[b]
6 8 147 Greg Storr Linebacker Boston College
7 12 179 Steve Jordan Tight End Brown
8 11 206 Kirk Harmon Linebacker Pacific
9 10 233 Bryan Howard Defensive Back Tennessee State
10 9 260 Gerald Lucear Wide Receiver Temple
11 7 286 Curtis Rouse Offensive Guard Tennessee-Chattanooga
12 12 318 Hobson Milner Running Back Cincinnati
^[a] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (66th overall) to New Orleans for RB Tony Galbreath.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 1981 6th round selection (154th overall) and 1982 5th round selection (120th overall) to Miami for OL Jim Langer.

Regular season[edit]

The Vikings opened up their new stadium with a 17–10 win over Tampa Bay in the season opener. A close loss to Buffalo on the road followed.

The season was then interrupted by the players' 57-day strike that reduced the NFL regular season to nine games. Upon resumption of play in November, the Vikings went 4–3 to close out the abbreviated regular season and closed the campaign with a 5–4 record. Games against Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Washington were canceled.

As three of Minnesota's losses were to AFC opponents, their 4–1 conference record put them at the top of a logjam of teams with similar records in the playoff seedings. In 1982, the NFL took the top eight teams from each conference regardless of division record for playoff consideration. The Vikings earned the #4 seed based on this tiebreaker and home field advantage in round one.

In their opening round playoff game, the Vikings took on the Atlanta Falcons. The game was a back-and-forth affair that saw Minnesota take a 13–7 halftime lead, only to see the Falcons retake the lead late in the final period on a 41-yard field goal by Mick Luckhurst. With just under two minutes remaining, the Vikings began a game-winning drive that culminated in a Ted Brown 5-yard TD run to win the game and send the Vikings on to round two.

In the second round, the Vikings were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins, 21–7, at RFK Stadium. The Vikings trailed 14–0 after one quarter. Ted Brown's TD run in the second period cut it to 14–7, but Joe Theismann hit Alvin Garrett late in the quarter with an 18-yard TD strike to make it 21–7. Neither team scored in the second half.

QB Tommy Kramer threw for 2,037 yards and 15 TDs in the short season. RB Ted Brown had 515 yards to lead all rushers, and WR Sammy White tallied 503 yards and 5 TDs to lead receivers.

LB Matt Blair anchored the Vikings defense and also made the 1982 Pro Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Week Original week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 1 September 12, 1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
58,440
2 2 September 16, 1982 at Buffalo Bills L 23–22 Rich Stadium
77,753
* 3 September 26, 1982 Dallas Cowboys Postponed Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
* 4 October 3, 1982 at Chicago Bears Canceled Soldier Field
* 5 October 10, 1982 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Canceled Tampa Stadium
* 6 October 17, 1982 New Orleans Saints Canceled Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
* 7 October 24, 1982 Green Bay Packers Canceled Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
* 8 November 1, 1982 Detroit Lions Canceled Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
* 9 November 7, 1982 at San Francisco 49ers Canceled Candlestick Park
* 10 November 14, 1982 at Washington Redskins Canceled RFK Stadium
3 11 November 21, 1982 at Green Bay Packers L 26–7 Milwaukee County Stadium
44,681
4 12 November 28, 1982 Chicago Bears W 35–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
54,724
5 13 December 5, 1982 at Miami Dolphins L 22–14 Miami Orange Bowl
45,721
6 14 December 12, 1982 Baltimore Colts W 13–10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
53,981
7 15 December 19, 1982 at Detroit Lions W 34–31 Pontiac Silverdome
73,058
8 16 December 26, 1982 New York Jets L 42–14 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
58,672
9 3 January 3, 1983 Dallas Cowboys W 31–27 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
60,007

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Wildcard January 9, 1983 Atlanta Falcons W 30–24 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
60,560
Division January 15, 1983 at Washington Redskins L 21–7 RFK Stadium
54,593

Standings[edit]

National Football Conference
W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 8 1 0 .889 190 128
Dallas Cowboys 6 3 0 .667 226 145
Green Bay Packers 5 3 1 .611 226 169
Minnesota Vikings 5 4 0 .556 187 198
Atlanta Falcons 5 4 0 .556 183 199
St. Louis Cardinals 5 4 0 .556 135 170
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 4 0 .556 158 178
Detroit Lions 4 5 0 .444 181 176
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250

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Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Tommy Kramer 2,037
Passing Touchdowns Tommy Kramer 15
Rushing Yards Ted Brown 515
Rushing Touchdowns Tommy Kramer 3
Receiving Yards Sammy White 503
Receiving Touchdowns Sammy White 5
Points Rick Danmeier 47
Kickoff Return Yards Jarvis Redwine 286
Punt Return Yards Eddie Payton 179
Sacks Doug Martin 11.5
Interceptions Willie Teal 4

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 1,967 Yards 122.9 YPG 5th
Rushing Offense 912 Yards 57.0 YPG 22nd
Total Offense 2,879 Yards 179.9 YPG 14th
Passing Defense 1,875 Yards 117.2 YPG 20th
Rushing Defense 1,020 Yards 63.8 YPG 14th
Total Defense 2,895 Yards 180.9 YPG 19th

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 384. Retrieved February 22, 2011.