1983 Minnesota Vikings season

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1983 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Mike Lynn
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 4th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1983 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 23rd season in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses. This was the first season since 1981 that the Vikings failed to reach the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

1983 Draft[edit]

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

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Detroit Lions(3) 9 7 0 .563 7–1 8–4 347 286 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 429 439 L1
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 311 301 W2
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 4–4 4–8 316 348 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 241 380 L3

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
(out of 28)
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]