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1984 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Les Steckel
General Manager Mike Lynn
Home Field Metrodome
Results
Record 3–13
Place 5th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1983 1985

The 1984 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a 3–13 record, their worst record since the AFL–NFL merger, later equaled by the 2011 team, and the team's second worst overall record by win percentage (only 1962 was worse). The Vikings' 484 points allowed (30.3 average points per game) was the most by any NFL team between 1983 and 2000,[1] and the most any Vikings team allowed in one season.

The team was coached by Les Steckel after Bud Grant retired; after the bad season, Steckel was fired and Bud Grant was re-hired.

OffseasonEdit

1984 DraftEdit

Pro Bowler
1984 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Overall
113 Keith MillardDefensive tackleWashington State
240Traded to the Houston Oilers[a]
367Alfred AndersonRunning backBaylor
4100Traded to the Houston Oilers[a]
5127Traded to the Los Angeles Raiders[b]
140Allen RiceRunning backBaylorfrom Raiders[b]
6154Dwight CollinsWide receiverPittsburgh
7181John HainesDefensive tackleTexas
196Lloyd LewisGuardTexas A&Ifrom Raiders[b]
8208Paul SverchekDefensive tackleCal Poly-San Luis Obispo
9235Keith KiddWide receiverArkansas
10268James SpencerLinebackerOklahoma State
11295Edgar PickettLinebackerClemson
308Lawrence ThompsonWide receiverMiamifrom Raiders[b]
12321Mike JonesRunning backNorth Carolina A&TOriginally Packers pick[c]
^[a] The Vikings traded their second- and fourth-round selections (40th and 100th overall) to Houston for quarterback Archie Manning and tight end Dave Casper.
^[b] The Vikings traded their fifth-round selection (127th overall) to the Los Angeles Raiders in exchange for the Raiders' 5th-, 7th- and 11th round selections (140th, 196th and 308th overall).
^[c] The Vikings were due to pick 322nd overall but Green Bay passed on the 321st pick, allowing the Vikings to move up one spot.

1984 Supplemental USFL/CFL DraftEdit

Draft order Player name Position College Pro Team
Round Overall
113Allanda SmithCornerbackTCULos Angeles Express
240Robert B. SmithDefensive endGramblingArizona Wranglers
367David HowardLinebackerLong Beach StateLos Angeles Express

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance[2]
1 August 4 Atlanta Falcons W 37–6 1–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 51,693
2 August 11 Miami Dolphins L 7–29 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 54,003
3 August 18 Philadelphia Eagles L 10–31 1–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 51,743
4 August 24 at St. Louis Cardinals L 0–31 1–3 Busch Memorial Stadium 31,210

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 2 San Diego Chargers L 13–42 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 57,276
2 September 9 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–19 0–2 Veterans Stadium 55,942
3 September 16 Atlanta Falcons W 27–20 1–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 53,955
4 September 23 at Detroit Lions W 29–28 2–2 Silverdome 57,511
5 September 30 Seattle Seahawks L 12–20 2–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 57,171
6 October 7 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–35 2–4 Tampa Stadium 47,405
7 October 14 at Los Angeles Raiders L 20–23 2–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 49,276
8 October 21 Detroit Lions L 14–16 2–6 Metrodome 57,953
9 October 28 at Chicago Bears L 7–16 2–7 Soldier Field 57,517
10 November 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–24 3–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 54,949
11 November 11 at Green Bay Packers L 17–45 3–8 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,931
12 November 18 at Denver Broncos L 21–42 3–9 Mile High Stadium 74,716
13 November 25 Chicago Bears L 3–34 3–10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 56,881
14 November 29 Washington Redskins L 17–31 3–11 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 55,017
15 December 8 at San Francisco 49ers L 7–51 3–12 Candlestick Park 56,670
16 December 16 Green Bay Packers L 14–38 3–13 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 51,197

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1984 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • President – Max Winter
  • General Manager – Mike Lynn

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers – Floyd Reese
  • Defensive Line – Tom Batta
  • Outside Linebackers – Mike Sweatman
  • Defensive Backfield – Ross Fichtner
  • Quality Control – Bob Hollway

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Mike Sweatman

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bud Bjornaraa
  • Strength and Conditioning – Dean Brittenham

[3]

RosterEdit

1984 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

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 10 6 0 .625 325 248 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 390 309 W3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 335 380 W2
Detroit Lions 4 11 1 .281 283 408 L3
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 0 .188 276 484 L6
[4]

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Tommy Kramer 1,678
Passing touchdowns Tommy Kramer 9
Rushing yards Alfred Anderson 773
Rushing touchdowns Ted Brown
Darrin Nelson
3
Receiving yards Leo Lewis 830
Receiving touchdowns Leo Lewis 4
Points Jan Stenerud 90
Kickoff return yards Darrin Nelson 891
Punt return yards Darrin Nelson 180
Tackles Carl Lee 100
Sacks Randy Holloway 5
Interceptions Rufus Bess 3

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing offense 2,872 179.5 22nd
Rushing offense 1,844 115.2 18th
Total offense 4,716 294.8 25th
Passing defense 3,779 236.2 26th
Rushing defense 2,573 160.8 27th
Total defense 6,352 397.0 28th

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1984 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XIX

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