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1973 Minnesota Vikings: 12-2-0
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Home record: 7-0-0 (158 points scored, 72 allowed) Road record: 5-2-0 (138 points scored, 96 allowed) Head Coach: Bud Grant 296 points scored (9th of 26 teams), 168 points allowed (2nd) NFL Averages: 19.5 points/game (272.3 points/team) Team stats and rankings: ---------------- PASSING ---------------- ----------- RUSHING ---------- --- TOTAL --- Cmp Att Yards (Rank) Yd/Att TD Int Att Yards (Rank) Yd/Att TD Yards (Rank) Turnovers Offense: 179 298 1,956 (14) 5.93 16 9 538 2,275 ( 6) 4.2 14 4,231 ( 7) 27 Defense: 198 377 1,894 (12) 4.65 8 21 450 1,974 (11) 4.4 5 3,868 (12) 36


Team roster (starters in bold): # Player Pos GP Hgt Wgt Age Exp College 10 Fran Tarkenton QB 14 6'1 190 33 13 Georgia 11 Mike Eischeid P 14 6'0 190 33 8 Upper Iowa 14 Fred Cox K 14 5'10 200 34 11 Pittsburgh 17 Bob Berry QB 6 5'11 185 31 9 Oregon 20 Bobby Bryant DB 14 6'0 170 29 6 South Carolina 22 Paul Krause DB 14 6'3 200 31 10 Iowa 23 Jeff Wright DB 14 5'11 190 24 3 Minnesota 24 Terry Brown DB 14 6'1 205 26 4 Oklahoma State 30 Bill Brown RB 14 5'11 222 35 13 Illinois 32 Oscar Reed RB 12 5'11 222 29 6 Colorado State 33 Brent McClanahan RB 13 5'10 202 22 R Arizona State 34 Al Randolph DB 11 6'2 205 29 8 Iowa 40 Charlie West DB 5 6'1 197 27 6 Texas-El Paso 41 Dave Osborn RB 11 6'0 208 30 9 North Dakota 42 John Gilliam WR 14 6'1 195 28 7 South Carolina State 43 Nate Wright DB 14 5'11 180 26 5 San Diego State 44 Chuck Foreman RB 12 6'2 216 23 R Miami 49 Ed Marinaro RB 13 6'2 212 23 2 Cornell 50 Jeff Siemon LB 14 6'2 230 23 2 Stanford 51 Godfrey Zaunbrecher C 5 6'2 240 26 3 Louisiana State 52 Ron Porter LB 13 6'3 232 28 7 Idaho 53 Mick Tingelhoff C 14 6'1 237 33 12 Nebraska 55 Amos Martin LB 14 6'3 228 24 2 Louisville 58 Wally Hilgenberg LB 13 6'3 230 31 9 Iowa 60 Roy Winston LB 13 6'1 222 33 12 Louisiana State 62 Ed White OG 14 6'2 262 26 5 California 64 Milt Sunde OG 14 6'2 250 31 10 Minnesota 65 Steve Lawson OG 2 6'3 265 24 3 Kansas 66 Frank Gallagher OG 4 6'2 245 30 7 North Carolina 67 Grady Alderman OT 14 6'2 247 34 14 Detroit Mercy 68 Charlie Goodrum OT 10 6'3 256 23 1 Florida A&M 69 Doug Sutherland DT 9 6'3 250 25 4 Wisconsin-Superior 70 Jim Marshall DE 14 6'3 248 35 14 Ohio State 72 John Ward OG 8 6'4 260 25 4 Oklahoma State 73 Ron Yary OT 14 6'6 255 27 6 Southern California 75 Bob Lurtsema DE 14 6'6 250 31 7 Western Michigan 77 Gary Larsen DT 14 6'5 260 33 10 Concordia (IL) 81 Carl Eller DE 14 6'6 247 31 10 Minnesota 82 Jim Lash WR 9 6'2 200 21 R Northwestern 83 Stu Voigt TE 13 6'1 220 25 4 Wisconsin 84 Carroll Dale WR 13 6'1 200 35 14 Virginia Tech 85 Gary Ballman WR 3 6'0 215 33 12 Michigan State 86 Rhett Dawson WR 2 6'1 185 24 2 Florida State 87 John Beasley TE 5 6'3 228 28 6 California 88 Alan Page DT 14 6'5 245 28 7 Notre Dame 89 Doug Kingsriter TE 11 6'2 222 23 R Minnesota
Per Per Passing Att Cmp Pct Yards Att Cmp TD TD% Int Int% Sack Loss Rating Fran Tarkenton 274 169 61.7 2,113 7.71 12.5 15 5.5 7 2.6 31 270 93.2 Bob Berry 24 10 41.7 121 5.04 12.1 1 4.2 2 8.3 1 8 37.0
Receiving             Rec  Yards    Avg   TD
John Gilliam           42    907   21.6    8
Chuck Foreman          37    362    9.8    2
Ed Marinaro            26    196    7.5    2
Stu Voigt              23    318   13.8    2
Oscar Reed             19    122    6.4    0
Carroll Dale           14    192   13.7    0
Bill Brown              5     22    4.4    1
Dave Osborn             3      4    1.3    0
Jim Lash                2     34   17.0    0
Doug Kingsriter         2     27   13.5    0
Rhett Dawson            2     24   12.0    0
Gary Ballman            2     22   11.0    0
John Beasley            1      3    3.0    1
John Ward               1      1    1.0    0
Rushing               Att  Yards    Avg   TD
Chuck Foreman         182    801    4.4    4
Oscar Reed            100    401    4.0    3
Ed Marinaro            95    302    3.2    2
Dave Osborn            48    216    4.5    0
Bill Brown             47    206    4.4    3
Fran Tarkenton         41    202    4.9    1
John Gilliam            5     71   14.2    1
Brent McClanahan       17     69    4.1    0
Bob Berry               2      5    2.5    0
Stu Voigt               1      2    2.0    0
Kickoff Returns       Att  Yards    Avg   TD
Brent McClanahan       16    410   25.6    0
John Gilliam           10    174   17.4    0
Charlie West            3    104   34.7    0
Bill Brown              3     35   11.7    0
Oscar Reed              2     29   14.5    0
Jeff Wright             1      0    0.0    0
Punt Returns          Att  Yards    Avg   FC   TD
Bobby Bryant           25    140    5.6   43    0
Jeff Wright             2      0    0.0    2    0
Charlie West            1      0    0.0    0    0
Punting Punts Yards Avg TB In20 Blk Ret Yards Net Mike Eischeid 66 2,628 39.8 0 0 0 0 0 39.8 Kicking 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Total PAT Pts Fred Cox 7/7 7/9 4/7 3/10 0/2 21/35 33/33 96 Defense Sacks Ints Yards TD Terry Brown 1 63 1 Bobby Bryant 7 105 1 Wally Hilgenberg 1 6 0 Paul Krause 4 28 0 Jeff Siemon 2 24 0 Jeff Wright 3 31 0 Nate Wright 3 6 0
1973 Draft: NFL Rnd Ovr Pos Player Games College 1 12 RB Chuck Foreman 109 Miami 2 34 DB Jackie Wallace 70 Arizona [pick acquired from STL] 3 65 WR Jim Lash 60 Northwestern 4 80 QB Mike Wells 7 Illinois [pick acquired from PHI] 5 118 RB Brent McClanahan 95 Arizona State 6 139 TE Doug Kingsriter 28 Minnesota [pick acquired from BAL via NO] 6 143 LB Fred Abbott Florida 7 168 RB Josh Brown S.W. Texas State 8 196 OT Craig Darling Iowa 9 221 DE Larry Dibbles New Mexico 10 236 DB Randy Lee Tulane [pick acquired from PHI] 10 246 DB Dave Mason 19 Nebraska 11 274 OG Geary Murdock Iowa State 12 299 WR Alan Spencer Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 13 324 OG Ron Just Minot 14 352 DB Eddie Bishop Southern 15 377 RB Tony Chandler Missouri Valley 16 402 DE Larry Smiley Texas Southern 17 429 TE Dave Winfield Minnesota

Traded draft picks: #2 to NYG (Brad Van Pelt), #4 to KC (John Lohmeyer)


Transactions:
05-14-1973traded Bob Lee and Lonnie Warwick to Falcons for Bob Berry and Atlanta's #1 pick in the 1974 draft
07-23-1973Jon Henderson retired
07-23-1973traded Minnesota's #5 pick in the 1974 draft to Colts for Charlie Stukes
07-25-1973traded a draft pick to Raiders for Greg Slough
08-03-1973traded Greg Slough to Rams for a draft pick
08-10-1973traded Minnesota's #4 pick in the 1974 draft to Bengals for Steve Lawson
08-28-1973traded Gene Washington to Broncos for Rod Sherman and Denver's #5 pick in the 1974 draft
08-28-1973traded Charlie Stukes to Rams for Los Angeles' #5 pick in the 1974 draft
08-29-1973traded a draft pick to Chiefs for Keith Best
09-05-1973traded Carl Gersbach and Clint Jones to Chargers for San Diego's #2 pick and Green Bay's #3 pick in the 1974 draft
09-07-1973traded Los Angeles' #5 pick in the 1974 draft to Eagles for Ron Porter
10-19-1973claimed Frank Gallagher on waivers from Falcons


Playoff Results:   Click on the date to view the game summary.

Date        Opponent                   Result
12/22/73    vs Washington Redskins     W 27-20
12/30/73    at Dallas Cowboys          W 27-10
Super Bowl VIII
01/13/74    at Miami Dolphins          L 7-24


1973 Regular Season Game Log:   Click on the date to view the game summary.

Date        Opponent                   Result      Record
09/16/73    vs Oakland Raiders         W 24-16     1-0-0
09/23/73    at Chicago Bears           W 22-13     2-0-0
09/30/73    vs Green Bay Packers       W 11-3      3-0-0
10/07/73    at Detroit Lions           W 23-9      4-0-0
10/14/73    at San Francisco 49ers     W 17-13     5-0-0
10/21/73    vs Philadelphia Eagles     W 28-21     6-0-0
10/28/73    vs Los Angeles Rams        W 10-9      7-0-0
11/04/73    vs Cleveland Browns        W 26-3      8-0-0
11/11/73    vs Detroit Lions           W 28-7      9-0-0
11/19/73    at Atlanta Falcons         L 14-20     9-1-0
11/25/73    vs Chicago Bears           W 31-13     10-1-0
12/02/73    at Cincinnati Bengals      L 0-27      10-2-0
12/08/73    at Green Bay Packers       W 31-7      11-2-0
12/16/73    at New York Giants         W 31-7      12-2-0

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