1973 Minnesota Vikings season
|1973 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Bud Grant|
|General manager||Jim Finks|
|Home field||Metropolitan Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC Central|
|Playoff finish|| Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27-20|
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 27-10
The 1973 Minnesota Vikings season was their 13th year of play in the National Football League. The Vikings regained the NFC Central title after a disappointing 7-7 record the previous season, as they finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses. They started the season 9-0 and looked a threat to the previous year’s Dolphins’ record of a perfect season before losing to the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals in their next three games. Their narrow 10-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams constituted the last time until 1997 that the last two unbeaten NFL teams played each other.
The Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins, 27-20, in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at home and went on to upset the Dallas Cowboys, 27-10, in Irving, Texas to win the NFC Championship, before losing Super Bowl VIII to the Miami Dolphins, 24-7 at Rice Stadium in Houston.
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||12||12||Chuck Foreman||Running Back||Miami|
|2||8||34||Jackie Wallace||Defensive Back||Arizona||from Cardinals[a]|
|14||40||Traded to the New York Giants[b]|
|3||13||65||Jim Lash||Wide Receiver||Northwestern|
|4||2||80||Mike Wells||Quarterback||Illinois||from Eagles[c]|
|11||89||Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[e]||from VIkings[d] via Cardinals[a]|
|5||14||118||Brent McClanahan||Running Back||Arizona State|
|6||9||139||Doug Kingsriter||Tight End||Minnesota||from New Orleans Saints[f]|
|7||12||168||Josh Brown||Running Back||Texas State|
|9||13||221||Larry Dibbles||Defensive End||New Mexico|
|10||2||236||Randy Lee||Defensive Back||Tulane||from Eagles[g]|
|12||246||Dave Mason||Defensive Back||Nebraska|
|11||14||274||Geary Murdock||Guard||Iowa State|
|12||13||299||Alan Spencer||Wide Receiver||Pittsburg State|
|13||12||324||Ron Just||Guard||Minot State|
|14||14||352||Eddie Bishop||Defensive Back||Southern|
|15||13||377||Tony Chandler||Running Back||Missouri Valley|
|16||12||402||Larry Smiley||Defensive End||Texas Southern|
|17||13||429||Dave Winfield||Tight End||Minnesota||did not play college football[h]|
- ^[a] St. Louis traded their 2nd round selection (34th overall), a 4th round selection (89th overall), and WR John Gilliam to Minnesota for QB Gary Cuozzo.
- ^[b] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (40th overall), 1972 1st round selection (24th overall), QB Norm Snead, WR Bob Grim, and RB Vince Clements to the Giants for QB Fran Tarkenton.
- ^[c] Philadelphia traded their 4th round selection (80th overall) to Minnesota for QB Bill Cappleman.
- ^[d] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (89th overall), LB Mike McGill, and DB Dale Hackbart to St. Louis for TE Bob Brown and CB Nate Wright.
- ^[e] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (89th overall) to Kansas City for Punter Mike Eischeid.
- ^[f] New Orleans traded this 6th round selection (139th overall) and their 1974 4th round selection (86th overall) to Minnesota for TE Bob Brown.
- ^[g] Philadelphia traded their 10th round selection (236th overall) to Minnesota for LB Bill Cody.
- ^[h] Following college, Dave Winfield was drafted by four teams in three different sports. The San Diego Padres selected him as an outfielder with the fourth overall pick in the MLB draft. In basketball, both the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and the Utah Stars (ABA) drafted him. Although he never played college football, the Minnesota Vikings selected Winfield in the 17th round of the NFL draft. He is currently one of three players ever to be drafted by three professional sports (the others being Dave Logan and Mickey McCarty).
|1||September 16, 1973||Oakland Raiders||W 24-16||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|2||September 23, 1973||at Chicago Bears||W 22-13||Soldier Field|| |
|3||September 30, 1973||Green Bay Packers||W 11-3||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|4||October 7, 1973||at Detroit Lions||W 23-9||Tiger Stadium|| |
|5||October 14, 1973||at San Francisco 49ers||W 17-13||Candlestick Park|| |
|6||October 21, 1973||Philadelphia Eagles||W 28-21||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|7||October 28, 1973||Los Angeles Rams||W 10-9||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|8||November 4, 1973||Cleveland Browns||W 26-3||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|9||November 11, 1973||Detroit Lions||W 28-7||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|10||November 19, 1973||at Atlanta Falcons||L 20-14||Atlanta Stadium|| |
|11||November 25, 1973||Chicago Bears||W 31-13||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|12||December 2, 1973||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 27-0||Riverfront Stadium|| |
|13||December 8, 1973||at Green Bay Packers||W 31-7||Lambeau Field|| |
|14||December 16, 1973||at New York Giants||W 31-7||Yale Bowl|| |
|Green Bay Packers||5||7||2||.429||202||259||W-1|
|Divisional||December 22, 1973||Washington Redskins||W 27-20||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|Conference Championship||December 30, 1973||at Dallas Cowboys||W 27-10||Texas Stadium|| |
|Super Bowl||January 13, 1974||N Miami Dolphins||L 24-7||Rice Stadium|| |
- Team roster
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