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1983 Minnesota Vikings season


1983 Minnesota Vikings season

1983 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 8-8
Division place 4th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
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1983 was the 23rd year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 64th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses.


1983 Draft

Main article: 1983 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 19 19 Joey Browner Defensive Back USC
2 18 46 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[a]
3 17 73 Walker Lee Ashley Linebacker Penn State
4 16 100 Mark Rush Running Back Miami
5 15 127 Mark Stewart Linebacker Washington
6 19 159 Mike Jones Wide Receiver Tennessee State
7 18 186 Carl Lee Defensive Back Marshall
8 17 213 Norris Brown Tight End Georgia
9 15 239 Rod Achter Wide Receiver Toledo
10 4 255 Melvin Brown Defensive Back Mississippi from Rams[b]
15 266 Walter Tate Center Tennessee State
11 9 298 Brian Butcher Offensive Guard Clemson
12 18 325 Maurice Turner Running Back Utah State
^[a] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (46th overall) to Philadelphia for DT Charlie Johnson.
^[b] The Rams traded their 10th round selection (255th overall) to Minnesota for OT Ron Yary.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 at Cleveland Browns W 27-21
2 September 8, 1983 San Francisco 49ers L 48-17
3 September 18, 1983 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19-16 (OT)
4 September 25, 1983 Detroit Lions W 20-17
5 October 2, 1983 Dallas Cowboys L 37-24
6 October 9, 1983 at Chicago Bears W 23-14
7 October 16, 1983 Houston Oilers W 34-14
8 October 23, 1983 at Green Bay Packers W 20-17 (OT)
9 October 30, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals L 41-31
10 November 6, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17-12
11 November 13, 1983 Green Bay Packers L 29-21
12 November 20, 1983 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 17-14
13 November 27, 1983 at New Orleans Saints L 17-16
14 December 5, 1983 at Detroit Lions L 13-2
15 December 11, 1983 Chicago Bears L 19-13
16 December 17, 1983 Cincinnati Bengals W 20-14


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Awards, records, and honors

  • 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 only a safety in a game. This has happened only twice since, by the 1993 Cincinnati Bengals ten years and a week later, and by the 2011 Atlanta Falcons in a loss in the Wild Card round of the playoffs to the 2011 New York Giants.


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