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1973 Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 1st place National Football Conference Central Division 12-2-0 .857
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Neill ArmstrongDefensive Coordinator
Jerry BurnsOffensive Coordinator
Bus MertesOffensive Backs
John MichelsOffensive Line
Jocko NelsonLinebackers
Jack PateraDefensive Line
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/11/1973HPittsburgh Steelers10-6WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46619
Sat8/18/1973AKansas City Chiefs13-10WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium72676
Sat8/25/1973AOakland Raiders34-10WBerkeley, CAMemorial Stadium57515
Fri8/31/1973HMiami Dolphins20-17WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46619
Sat9/8/1973ASan Diego Chargers24-16WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium42007
Sun9/16/1973HOakland Raiders24-16WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium44818
Sun9/23/1973AChicago Bears22-13WChicago, ILSoldier Field52035
Sun9/30/1973HGreen Bay Packers11-3WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium48176
Sun10/7/1973ADetroit Lions23-9WDetroit, MITiger Stadium49544
Sun10/14/1973ASan Francisco 49ers17-13WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park56438
Sun10/21/1973HPhiladelphia Eagles28-21WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47478
Sun10/28/1973HLos Angeles Rams10-9WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47787
Sun11/4/1973HCleveland Browns26-3WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46722
Sun11/11/1973HDetroit Lions28-7WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47911
Mon11/19/1973AAtlanta Falcons14-20LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium56519
Sun11/25/1973HChicago Bears31-13WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46430
Sun12/2/1973ACincinnati Bengals0-27LCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium57859
Sat12/8/1973AGreen Bay Packers31-7WGreen Bay, WILambeau Field53830
Sun12/16/1973ANew York Giants31-7WNew Haven, CTYale Bowl70041
Sat12/22/1973HWashington Redskins27-20WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45475NFC Divisional Playoff
Sun12/30/1973ADallas Cowboys27-10WIrving, TXTexas Stadium59688NFC Championship
Sun1/13/1974AMiami Dolphins7-24LHouston, TXRice Stadium68142Super Bowl VIII
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
67Grady AldermanLOT6-224235Detroit Mercy1414
85Gary BallmanTE6-020333Michigan State30
87John BeasleyTE6-323128California51
17Bob BerryQB5-1118531Oregon60
30Bill BrownRB5-1122535Illinois142
24Terry BrownCB-S6-121026Oklahoma State140
20Bobby BryantRCB6-017629South Carolina1414
14Fred CoxK5-1020035Pittsburgh140
84Carroll DaleWR6-119835Virginia Tech1312
86Rhett DawsonWR6-118025Florida State20
11Mike EischeidP6-019033Upper Iowa140
81Carl EllerLDE6-625231Minnesota1414
44Chuck ForemanRB6-220923Miami (Florida)1211
66Frank GallagherOG6-224030North Carolina40
42John GilliamWR6-119028South Carolina State1414
68Charlie GoodrumOG6-325623Florida A&M100
58Wally HilgenbergRLB6-223031Iowa1312
80Doug KingsriterTE6-222523Minnesota110
22Paul KrauseRS6-319931Iowa1414
77Gary LarsenLDT6-525633Concordia (Moorhead)1412
82Jim LashWR6-220022Northwestern92
65Steve LawsonOG6-326524Kansas20
75Bob LurtsemaLDT6-625131Grand Rapids CC; Michigan Tech; Western Michigan142
49Ed MarinaroRB6-221223Cornell137
70Jim MarshallRDE6-323936Ohio State1414
55Amos MartinRLB-LLB6-322824Louisville143
33Brent McClanahanRB5-1020222Arizona State130
41Dave OsbornRB6-020430North Dakota110
88Alan PageRDT6-525528Notre Dame1414
52Ron PorterLB6-323228Idaho130
34Al RandolphS6-219929Iowa110
32Oscar ReedRB5-1122229Colorado State128
50Jeff SiemonMLB6-223523Stanford1414
64Milt SundeROG6-224531Minnesota148
69Doug SutherlandDE6-325025Wisconsin-Superior90
10Fran TarkentonQB6-119033Georgia1414
53Mick TingelhoffC6-123733Nebraska1414
83Stu VoigtTE6-122325Wisconsin1313
72John WardROG6-425025Oklahoma State87
40Charlie WestS-CB6-119027Angelo State; Texas-El Paso50
62Ed WhiteLOG6-226426California1414
60Roy WinstonLLB6-122833Louisiana State1313
23Jeff WrightLS5-1119024Minnesota1414
43Nate WrightLCB5-1117926Monterey Peninsula JC; San Diego State1414
73Ron YaryROT6-625627Cerritos JC; Southern California1414
51Godfrey ZaunbrecherC6-223527Louisiana State60
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Chuck Foreman112RBMiami (Florida)
Jackie Wallace234DBArizonafrom STL
Jim Lash365WRNorthwestern
Mike Wells480QBIllinoisfrom PHI
Brent McClanahan5118RBArizona State
Doug Kingsriter6139TEMinnesotafrom BAL/NO
Fred Abbott6143LBFlorida
Josh Brown7168RBTexas State
Craig Darling8196TIowa
Larry Dibbles9221DENew Mexico
Randy Lee10236DB-PTulanefrom PHI
Dave Mason10246DBNebraska
Geary Murdock11274GIowa State
Alan Spencer12299WRPittsburg State
Ron Just13324GMinot State
Ed Bishop14352DBSouthern UniversityDeclared Ineligible
Tony Chandler15377RBMissouri Valley
Larry Smiley16402DETexas Southern
Dave Winfield17429TEMinnesota
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals75965570
Opponents Totals26623941
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushingPassingPenalty3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY4TH DOWN EFFICIENCYPENYDS
Team Totals30:43246137991079/200 39.5%2/4 50.0%55482
Opponents Totals29:17220106991561/189 32.3%2/9 22.2%58633
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Fred Cox03333100.0213560.0096
John Gilliam90000054
Chuck Foreman60000036
Bill Brown40000024
Ed Marinaro40000024
Oscar Reed30000018
Stu Voigt20000012
John Beasley1000006
Terry Brown1000006
Bobby Bryant1000006
Wally Hilgenberg1000006
Fran Tarkenton1000006
Roy Winston0000012
Team Totals333333100.0213560.01296
Opponents Totals151515100.0213855.30168
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Fred Cox213560.07/77/94/73/100/2
Team Totals213560.07/77/94/73/100/2
Opponents Totals213855.34/46/86/125/130/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Chuck Foreman1828014.450t4
Oscar Reed1004014.0303
Ed Marinaro953023.2272
Dave Osborn482164.5140
Bill Brown472064.4213
Fran Tarkenton412024.9161
John Gilliam57114.244t1
Brent McClanahan17694.1100
Bob Berry252.550
Stu Voigt122.020
Team Totals53822754.250t14
Opponents Totals45019744.440t5
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Fran Tarkenton27416961.79821137.712.554t155.572.631270184393.2
Bob Berry241041.7121215.012.130t14.228.31811337.0
Team Totals29817960.111022347.512.554t165.493.032278195688.7
Opponents Totals37719852.515821245.610.76382.1215.630230189453.2
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
John Gilliam4290721.654t8
Chuck Foreman373629.8352
Ed Marinaro261967.5172
Stu Voigt2331813.8432
Oscar Reed191226.4130
Carroll Dale1419213.7400
Bill Brown5224.471
Dave Osborn341.350
Jim Lash23417.0180
Doug Kingsriter22713.5140
Rhett Dawson22412.0190
Gary Ballman22211.0150
John Beasley133.03t1
John Ward111.010
Team Totals179223412.55416
Opponents Totals198212410.7638
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Bobby Bryant710515.046t1
Paul Krause4287.0240
Jeff Wright33110.3250
Nate Wright362.060
Jeff Siemon22412.0210
Terry Brown16363.063t1
Wally Hilgenberg166.060
Team Totals2126312.563t2
Opponents Totals9889.8330
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Mike Eischeid66262839.8570411271227734.5
Team Totals66262839.8570411271227734.5
Opponents Totals57233841.068158140209837.5
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Bobby Bryant25141405.6160
Jeff Wright2200.000
Charlie West1000.000
Team Totals28161405.0160
Opponents Totals4282716.563t1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Brent McClanahan1641025.6450
John Gilliam1017417.4290
Charlie West310434.7420
Bill Brown33511.7180
Oscar Reed22914.5150
Jeff Wright100.000
Team Totals3575221.5450
Opponents Totals59114819.5470
Team Totals30.0230.0Opponents Totals32.0278.0
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Bill Brown200000
Bobby Bryant100000
Carl Eller0001100
Chuck Foreman610100
John Gilliam100000
Charlie Goodrum0010100
Wally Hilgenberg0002221
Doug Kingsriter0010100
Paul Krause0001140
Gary Larsen0001100
Bob Lurtsema0001100
Ed Marinaro300000
Jim Marshall101170
Brent McClanahan201100
Dave Osborn200000
Alan Page0010100
Ron Porter0010100
Oscar Reed210100
Jeff Siemon0002200
Fran Tarkenton510100
Mick Tingelhoff0010100
Stu Voigt100000
Ed White0010100
Roy Winston0002240
Jeff Wright221300
Nate Wright102200
Team Totals2918111526171
Opponents Totals36151917361
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