|1985 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head Coach||Bud Grant|
|General Manager||Mike Lynn|
|Place||3rd NFC Central|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||SS Joey Browner|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 1985 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 25th in the National Football League. Under returning head coach Bud Grant, they finished with a 7–9 record and missed the playoffs for a third season in a row. At the end of the season, Grant retired for good after 18 years with the franchise.
|1985 Minnesota Vikings Draft|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||2||Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[b]||from Oilers[a]|
|3||Traded to the Houston Oilers[a]|
|4||Chris Doleman||Defensive end||Pittsburgh||from Falcons[b]|
|2||30||Issiac Holt||Cornerback||Alcorn State||Provisional trade not exercised[a][c]|
|3||59||Kirk Lowdermilk||Center||Ohio State|
|60||Tim Meamber||Linebacker||Washington||from Falcons[b]|
|66||Tim Long||Offensive tackle||Memphis State||from Chargers[d]|
|4||85||George Rhymes||Wide receiver||Oklahoma|
|106||Kyle Morrell||Defensive back||BYU||from Rams[e]|
|5||115||Mark MacDonald||Guard||Boston College|
|164||Tim Newton||Defensive tackle||Florida||from Raiders[f]|
|7||171||Traded to the Green Bay Packers[g]|
|9||227||Jamie Covington||Running back||Syracuse|
|10||254||Juan Johnson||Wide receiver||Langston|
|11||283||Tim Williams||Defensive back||North Carolina A&T|
|12||310||Byron Jones||Defensive tackle||Tulsa|
- ^[a] In an attempt to draft QB Bernie Kosar, the Vikings traded their first-round selection (3rd overall) and a provisional second-round selection (30th overall)[c] to the Houston Oilers in exchange for Houston's first-round selection (2nd overall).
- ^[b] When Kosar did not declare for the draft and instead controversially waited for the supplemental draft, the traded the first-round selection they received from the Oilers to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Atlanta's first- and third-round selections (4th and 60th overall).
- ^[c] As part of the trade between the Vikings and Oilers[a], the Vikings agreed not to 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] The Vikings traded CB John Turner to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for San Diego's third-round selection (66th overall).
- ^[e] The Vikings traded QB Steve Dils to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the Rams' fourth-round selection (106th overall).
- ^[f] The Vikings traded LB Brad Van Pelt to the Los Angeles Raiders in exchange for the Raiders' sixth-round selection (164th overall) and 1986 second-round selection.
- ^[g] The Vikings traded their seventh-round selection (171st overall) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for K Jan Stenerud.
|1||August 10||at Miami Dolphins||W 16–13||1–0||Miami Orange Bowl||41,129|
|2||August 17||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 41–34||2–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||56,887|
|3||August 24||Seattle Seahawks||L 10–27||2–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||56,562|
|4||August 30||at Denver Broncos||W 13–9||3–1||Mile High Stadium||69,373|
|1||September 8||San Francisco 49ers||W 28–21||1–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||57,375|
|2||September 15||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 31–16||2–0||Tampa Stadium||46,188|
|3||September 19||Chicago Bears||L 24–33||2–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||61,242|
|4||September 29||at Buffalo Bills||W 27–20||3–1||Rich Stadium||45,667|
|5||October 6||at Los Angeles Rams||L 10–13||3–2||Anaheim Stadium||61,139|
|6||October 13||at Green Bay Packers||L 17–20||3–3||Milwaukee County Stadium||54,674|
|7||October 20||San Diego Chargers||W 21–17||4–3||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||61,670|
|8||October 27||at Chicago Bears||L 9–27||4–4||Soldier Field||63,815|
|9||November 3||Detroit Lions||W 16–13||5–4||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||58,012|
|10||November 10||Green Bay Packers||L 17–27||5–5||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||59,970|
|11||November 17||at Detroit Lions||L 21–41||5–6||Silverdome||54,647|
|12||November 24||New Orleans Saints||L 23–30||5–7||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||54,117|
|13||December 1||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 28–23||6–7||Veterans Stadium||54,688|
|14||December 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 26–7||7–7||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||51,593|
|15||December 15||at Atlanta Falcons||L 13–14||7–8||Atlanta Fulton County Stadium||14,167|
|16||December 22||Philadelphia Eagles||L 35–37||7–9||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||49,722|
|Green Bay Packers||8||8||0||.500||337||355||W2|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||14||0||.125||294||448||L4|
|1985 Minnesota Vikings staff|
Special teams coaches
|1985 Minnesota Vikings roster|
|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|
|Kickoff return yards||Buster Rhymes||1,345|
|Punt return yards||Darrin Nelson||133|
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game||NFL rank|
(out of 28)
25 year team
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 
- WRs: Ahmad Rashad, Sammy White
- T: Ron Yary, Grady Alderman
- G: Ed White, Milt Sunde
- C: Mick Tingelhoff
- TE: Stu Voigt
- QB: Fran Tarkenton
- RB: Bill Brown, Chuck Foreman
- K: Fred Cox
- DE: Jim Marshall, Carl Eller
- DT: Alan Page, Gary Larsen
- OLB: Matt Blair, Roy Winston
- ILB: Jeff Siemon, Scott Studwell
- S: Paul Krause, Karl Kassulke
- CB: Bobby Bryant, Ed Sharockman
- P: Greg Coleman
- Head coach: Bud Grant
- "1985 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1985/probowl.htm.
- (PDF) 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book. National Football League. p. 383. http://www.nfl.info/download/2010%20NFL%20Record%20and%20Fact%20Book.pdf. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
- 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. http://www.vikings.com/news/media-guide.html. Retrieved February 18, 2011.