1983 Minnesota Vikings season

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1983 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 4th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1982 1984 >

1983 was the 23rd year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 64th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses.

Offseason[edit]

1983 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1983 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 19 19 Joey Browner Defensive Back USC
2 18 46 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[a]
3 17 73 Walker Lee Ashley Linebacker Penn State
4 16 100 Mark Rush Running Back Miami
5 15 127 Mark Stewart Linebacker Washington
6 19 159 Mike Jones Wide Receiver Tennessee State
7 18 186 Carl Lee Defensive Back Marshall
8 17 213 Norris Brown Tight End Georgia
9 15 239 Rod Achter Wide Receiver Toledo
10 4 255 Melvin Brown Defensive Back Mississippi from Rams[b]
15 266 Walter Tate Center Tennessee State
11 9 298 Brian Butcher Offensive Guard Clemson
12 18 325 Maurice Turner Running Back Utah State
^[a] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (46th overall) to Philadelphia for DT Charlie Johnson.
^[b] The Rams traded their 10th round selection (255th overall) to Minnesota for OT Ron Yary.

Preseason[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Location
1 August 6, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 28-10 London, Eng
2 August 13, 1983 Baltimore Colts L 10-7 Metrodome
3 August 19, 1983 at Seattle Seahawks W 19-17 Kingdome
4 August 26, 1983 Denver Broncos W 34-3 Metrodome

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 at Cleveland Browns W 27–21
70,087
2 September 8, 1983 San Francisco 49ers L 48–17
58,167
3 September 18, 1983 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19–16 (OT)
57,567
4 September 25, 1983 Detroit Lions W 20–17
58,254
5 October 2, 1983 Dallas Cowboys L 37–24
60,774
6 October 9, 1983 at Chicago Bears W 23–14
59,632
7 October 16, 1983 Houston Oilers W 34–14
58,910
8 October 23, 1983 at Green Bay Packers W 20–17 (OT)
55,236
9 October 30, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals L 41–31
42,575
10 November 6, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–12
59,239
11 November 13, 1983 Green Bay Packers L 29–21
60,113
12 November 20, 1983 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–14
58,417
13 November 27, 1983 at New Orleans Saints L 17–16
59,502
14 December 5, 1983 at Detroit Lions L 13–2
79,169
15 December 11, 1983 Chicago Bears L 19–13
57,880
16 December 17, 1983 Cincinnati Bengals W 20–14
51,565

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Detroit Lions(3) 9 7 0 .563 7–1 8–4 347 286
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 429 439
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 311 301
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 4–4 4–8 316 348
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 241 380

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Steve Dils 2,840
Passing Touchdowns Steve Dils 911
Rushing Yards Darrin Nelson 642
Rushing Touchdowns Ted Brown 10
Receiving Yards Darrin Nelson 618
Receiving Touchdowns Sammy White 4
Points Benny Ricardo 108
Kickoff Return Yards Jarvis Redwine 838
Punt Return Yards Rufus Bess 158
Sacks Doug Martin 13.0
Interceptions John Swain
John Turner
6

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,211 Yards 200.7 YPG 13th
Rushing Offense 1,808 Yards 113.0 YPG 20th
Total Offense 5,019 Yards 313.7 YPG 20th
Passing Defense 2,903 Yards 181.4 YPG 6th
Rushing Defense 2,584 Yards 161.5 YPG 25th
Total Defense 5,487 Yards 342.9 YPG 19th

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

References[edit]