1985 Minnesota Vikings season

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1985 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Mike Lynn
Home field Metrodome
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1985 was the 25th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 66th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and nine losses.

Offseason[edit]

1985 Draft[edit]

Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 2 2 Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[b] from Oilers[a]
3 3 Traded to the Houston Oilers[a]
4 4 Chris Doleman Defensive End Pittsburgh from Falcons[b]
2 2 30 Issiac Holt Cornerback Alcorn State Provisional trade not exercised[a][c]
3 3 59 Kirk Lowdermilk Center Ohio State
4 60 Tim Meamber Linebacker Washington from Falcons[b]
10 66 Tim Long Offensive Tackle Memphis State from Chargers[d]
4 1 85 George Rhymes Wide Receiver Oklahoma
22 106 Kyle Morrell Defensive Back BYU from Rams[e]
5 3 115 Mark MacDonald Offensive Guard Boston College
6 2 142 Steve Bono Quarterback UCLA
24 164 Tim Newton Defensive Tackle Florida from Raiders[f]
7 3 171 Traded to the Green Bay Packers[g]
8 2 198 Nikita Blair Linebacker Texas-El Paso
9 3 227 Jamie Covington Running Back Syracuse
10 2 254 Juan Johnson Wide Receiver Langston
11 3 283 Tim Williams Defensive Back North Carolina A&T
12 2 310 Byron Jones Defensive Tackle Tulsa
^[a] In an attempt to draft QB Bernie Kosar, Minnesota traded their 1st round selection (3rd overall) and a provisional 2nd round selection (30th overall)[c] to Houston to move up 1 spot to the Oilers 2nd overall position on April 9, 1985.
^[b] When QB Bernie Kosar did not declare for the draft and instead controversially waited for the supplemental draft, Minnesota traded the 2nd overall pick to Atlanta for their 1st round selection (4th overall) and 3rd round selection (60th overall).
^[c] As part of the initial trade between the Vikings and Oilers[a], the Vikings agreed to not draft DE Ray Childress or trade the pick to a team that would draft Childress. Houston drafted Childress with the 3rd overall pick and this provisional selection was returned to Minnesota.
^[d] San Diego traded their 3rd round selection (66th overall) to Minnesota for CB John Turner.
^[e] The Rams traded their 4th round selection (106th overall) to Minnesota for QB Steve Dils.
^[f] The Raiders traded their 6th round selection (164th overall) and 1986 2nd round selection to Minnesota for LB Brad Van Pelt.
^[g] Minnesota traded their 7th round selection (171st overall) to Green Bay for PK Jan Stenerud.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Results Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 8, 1985 San Francisco 49ers W 28–21 1–0
57,375
2 September 15, 1985 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–16 2–0
46,188
3 September 19, 1985 Chicago Bears L 24–33 2–1
61,242
4 September 29, 1985 at Buffalo Bills W 27–20 3–1
45,667
5 October 6, 1985 at Los Angeles Rams L 10–13 3–2
61,139
6 October 13, 1985 at Green Bay Packers (Milw) L 17–20 3–3
54,674
7 October 20, 1985 San Diego Chargers W 21–17 4–3
61,670
8 October 27, 1985 at Chicago Bears L 9–27 4–4
63,815
9 November 3, 1985 Detroit Lions W 16–13 5–4
58,012
10 November 10, 1985 Green Bay Packers L 17–27 5–5
59,970
11 November 17, 1985 at Detroit Lions L 21–41 5–6
54,647
12 November 24, 1985 New Orleans Saints L 23–30 5–7
54,117
13 December 1, 1985 at Philadelphia Eagles W 28–23 6–7
54,688
14 December 8, 1985 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–7 7–7
51,593
15 December 15, 1985 at Atlanta Falcons L 13–14 7–8
14,167
16 December 22, 1985 Philadelphia Eagles L 35–37 7–9
49,722

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears(1) 15 1 0 .938 8–0 12–0 456 198 W3
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 6–2 8–4 337 355 W2
Minnesota Vikings 7 9 0 .438 3–5 5–9 346 359 L2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 2–6 5–7 307 366 L3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 2–10 294 448 L4

[1]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1985 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • President – Max Winter
  • General Manager – Mike Lynn

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Tom Batta


[2]

Roster[edit]

1985 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Tommy Kramer 3,522
Passing Touchdowns Tommy Kramer 19
Rushing Yards Darrin Nelson 893
Rushing Touchdowns Ted Brown 7
Receiving Yards Anthony Carter 821
Receiving Touchdowns Anthony Carter 8
Points Jan Stenerud 86
Kickoff Return Yards George "Buster" Rhymes 1,345
Punt Return Yards Darrin Nelson 133
Tackles Chris Doleman 113
Sacks Keith Millard 11.0
Interceptions John Turner 5

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,635 Yards 227.2 YPG 7th
Rushing Offense 1,516 Yards 94.8 YPG 27th
Total Offense 5,151 Yards 321.9 YPG 16th
Passing Defense 3,241 Yards 202.6 YPG 15th
Rushing Defense 2,223 Yards 138.9 YPG 22nd
Total Defense 5,464 Yards 341.5 YPG 16th

25 year team[edit]

The team recognized an all-time team in 1985 as part of the celebration of the 25th season VIKINGS 25TH SEASON ALL-TIME TEAM 1961–85 [1]

  • OFFENSE
  • WRs: Ahmad Rashad, Sammy White
  • Ts: Ron Yary, Grady Alderman
  • Gs: Ed White, Milt Sunde
  • C: Mick Tingelhoff
  • TE: Stu Voigt
  • QB: Fran Tarkenton
  • RBs: Bill Brown, Chuck Foreman
  • K: Fred Cox
  • DEFENSE
  • DEs: Jim Marshall, Carl Eller
  • DTs: Alan Page, Gary Larsen
  • OLBs: Matt Blair, Roy Winston
  • ILBs: Jeff Siemon, Scott Studwell
  • Ss: Paul Krause, Karl Kassulke
  • CBs: Bobby Bryant, Ed Sharockman
  • P: Greg Coleman
  • Head Coach: Bud Grant

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 383. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. Retrieved February 18, 2011.