Fran Tarkenton finally started to shed the "loser" tag that had been attached to him as he led the 1973 Vikings to a league-best 12–2 record. This was a substantial improvement over 1972's 7–7 mark when the Vikings got Tarkenton back, solving their quarterback problem. Despite Tarkenton's heroics, the defense slumped from its previous high level of play. Middle linebacker Lonnie Warwick missed 8 games but rookie Jeff Siemon filled in admirably.
Their superior defense resurfaced in 1973 thanks to the power of their Purple People Eaters front four (Jim Marshall, Carl Eller, Alan Page, and Gary Larsen). But their offense had a new weapon in running back Chuck Foreman who was as adept at running the ball as he was at catching it.
This 18-card set includes: John Beasley, Bob Berry, Chuck Foreman, John Henderson, Karl Kassulke, Gary Larsen, Ed Marinaro, Amos Martin, Oscar Reed, Jeff Siemon, Charlie Stukes, Doug Sutherland, Stu Voigt, John Ward, Ed White, Jeff Wright, Nate Wright, and coach Bud Grant.