1983 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Bud Grant
General Manager Mike Lynn
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 8–8
Place 4th NFC Central
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
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1982 1984

The 1983 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 23rd in the National Football League, and the 17th under head coach Bud Grant. The team finished with an 8–8 record and failed to reach the playoffs for the third time in five seasons. At the end of the season, Grant retired as head coach, although he returned for a final season in 1985.


1983 DraftEdit

Pro Bowler
1983 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Overall
119Joey BrownerSafetyUSC
246Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[a]
373Walker Lee AshleyLinebackerPenn State
4100Mark RushRunning backMiami
5127Mark StewartLinebackerWashington
6159Mike JonesWide receiverTennessee State
7186Carl LeeCornerbackMarshall
8213Norris BrownTight endGeorgia
9239Rod AchterWide receiverToledo
10255Melvin BrownDefensive backMississippifrom Rams[b]
266Walter TateCenterTennessee State
11298Brian ButcherGuardClemson
12325Maurice TurnerRunning backUtah State
^[a] The Vikings traded their 2nd-round selection (46th overall) to Philadelphia in exchange for defensive tackle Charlie Johnson.
^[b] The Vikings traded offensive tackle Ron Yary to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the Rams' 10th-round selection (255th overall).


1983 Minnesota Vikings roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance[1] Notes
1 August 6 vs St. Louis Cardinals W 28–10 1–0 Wembley Stadium (London, England) 32,847 Global Cup
2 August 13 Baltimore Colts L 10–7 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 56,061
3 August 19 at Seattle Seahawks W 19–17 2–1 Kingdome 54,402
4 August 26 Denver Broncos W 34–3 3–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 59,435

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 4 at Cleveland Browns W 27–21 1–0 Cleveland Stadium 70,087
2 September 8 San Francisco 49ers L 17–48 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 58,167
3 September 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19–16 (OT) 2–1 Tampa Stadium 57,567
4 September 25 Detroit Lions W 20–17 3–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 58,254
5 October 2 Dallas Cowboys L 24–37 3–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 60,774
6 October 9 at Chicago Bears W 23–14 4–2 Soldier Field 59,632
7 October 16 Houston Oilers W 34–14 5–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 58,910
8 October 23 at Green Bay Packers W 20–17 (OT) 6–2 Lambeau Field 55,236
9 October 30 at St. Louis Cardinals L 31–41 6–3 Busch Memorial Stadium 42,575
10 November 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 12–17 6–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 59,239
11 November 13 Green Bay Packers L 21–29 6–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 60,113
12 November 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–14 7–5 Three Rivers Stadium 58,417
13 November 27 at New Orleans Saints L 16–17 7–6 Louisiana Superdome 59,502
14 December 5 at Detroit Lions L 2–13 7–7 Silverdome 79,169
15 December 11 Chicago Bears L 13–19 7–8 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 57,880
16 December 17 Cincinnati Bengals W 20–14 8–8 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 51,565

Against the Detroit Lions in Week 14, the Vikings became the 35th team in NFL history and only the fifth since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger, to score just a safety in a game. This has happened only three times since: by the 1993 Cincinnati Bengals, the 2011 Atlanta Falcons, and the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars.


Template:1983 NFC Central standings


Team leadersEdit

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
Interceptions John Swain
John Turner

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing offense 3,211 200.7 13th
Rushing offense 1,808 113.0 20th
Total offense 5,019 313.7 20th
Passing defense 2,903 181.4 6th
Rushing defense 2,584 161.5 25th
Total defense 5,487 342.9 19th


  1. "1983 Minnesota Vikings". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
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