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1981 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Bud Grant
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 7-9
Place 4th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1980 1982

The 1981 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 21st season, and the 62nd regular season of the National Football League, and the final season for the team at Metropolitan Stadium. The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and nine losses.

After opening the season with back-to-back losses, the Vikings ran off five straight wins and sat near the top of the NFC at midseason. After splitting their next four games, the Vikings were 7-4 and poised for a playoff run—however, the Vikings would lose their last five games to close out the year.

The Vikings were led by quarterback Tommy Kramer, who enjoyed the most productive season of his career by throwing for 3,912 yards and 26 touchdowns. However, Kramer also threw 24 interceptions in 1981. The '81 Vikings set an NFL record for pass attempts with 709.

A trio of offensive standouts paced the Vikings in 1981 at the skill positions. Running back Ted Brown was the team's main ballcarrier, rushing for 1,063 yards and also came in third in the NFL with 83 pass receptions. He scored eight touchdowns. Veteran wide receiver Sammy White also eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career (1,001) and tight end Joe Senser, who would later become a color analyst on radio for the Vikings, logged 1,004 yards receiving with eight touchdowns; Senser went to the Pro Bowl for the '81 season.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 5 at Tampa Bay L 21-13 0-1
66,287
2 September 14 Oakland L 36-10 0-2
47,186
3 September 20 Detroit W 26-24 1-2
45,350
4 September 27 at Green Bay (Milw) W 30-13 2-2
55,012
5 October 4 Chicago W 24-21 3-2
43,827
6 October 11 at San Diego W 33-31 4-2
50,708
7 October 18 Philadelphia W 35-23 5-2
45,459
8 October 25 at St. Louis Cardinals L 30-17 5-3
48,039
9 November 2 at Denver L 19-17 5-4
74,834
10 November 8 Tampa Bay W 25-10 6-4
47,038
11 November 15 New Orleans W 20-10 7-4
45,215
12 November 23 at Atlanta L 31-30 7-5
54,086
13 November 29 Green Bay L 35-23 7-6
46,025
14 December 6 at Chicago L 10-9 7-7
50,766
15 December 12 at Detroit L 45-7 7-8
79,428
16 December 20 Kansas City L 10-6 7-9
41,110

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 315 268 W-1
Detroit Lions 8 8 0 .500 397 322 L-1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 324 361 L-1
Minnesota Vikings 7 9 0 .438 325 369 L-5
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 253 324 W-3

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