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1970 Minnesota Vikings season


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970_Minnesota_Vikings_season
Updated: 2017-06-25T14:30Z
1970 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachBud Grant
General managerJim Finks
Home fieldMetropolitan Stadium
Results
Record12–2
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishLost NFC Divisional Playoff (49ers) 14–17

The 1970 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 10th season in the National Football League. It was also the first season of play following the AFL-NFL merger, as the Vikings played in the National Football Conference. The Vikings' defense became the second defense in the history of the NFL to lead the league in fewest points allowed and fewest total yards allowed for two consecutive seasons.[1] The Vikings won the first-ever NFC Central title, as they finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses, before losing to the San Francisco 49ers at home in the NFC Divisional Playoff game.

Offseason

1970 Draft

1970 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollege
RoundChoiceOverall
12525John WardOffensive TackleOklahoma State
22551Bill CapplemanQuarterbackFlorida State
32577Chuck BurgoonLinebackerNorth Park
425103Traded to the New Orleans Saints[a]
525129Greg JonesRunning BackUCLA
625155Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b]
725181Hap FarberLinebackerMississippi
825207Mike CarrollGuardMissouri
925233George MorrowDefensive EndMississippi
1025259Stu VoigtTight EndWisconsin
1125285Godfrey ZaunbrecherCenterLouisiana State
1225311James HollandDefensive BackJackson State
1325337Robert PearceDefensive BackStephen F. Austin
1425363Tommy SpinksWide ReceiverLouisiana Tech
1525389Bennie FrancisDefensive EndChadron State
1625415Bruce CeroneWide ReceiverEmporia State
1725441Brian HealyDefensive BackMichigan
^[a] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (103rd overall) to New Orleans for TE Kent Kramer.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (155th overall) to Pittsburgh for TE Tony Jeter.

Roster

1970 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
54 Active, 4 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
1September 20, 1970Kansas City ChiefsW 27–10Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
2September 27, 1970New Orleans SaintsW 26–0Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
3October 4, 1970at Green Bay PackersL 10-13Milwaukee County Stadium
47,967
4October 11, 1970at Chicago BearsW 24–0Wrigley Field
45,485
5October 18, 1970Dallas CowboysW 54–13Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
6October 26, 1970Los Angeles RamsW 13–3Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
7November 1, 1970at Detroit LionsW 30–17Tiger Stadium
58,210
8November 8, 1970at Washington RedskinsW 19–10RFK Stadium
50,415
9November 15, 1970Detroit LionsW 24–20Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
10November 22, 1970Green Bay PackersW 10–3Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
11November 29, 1970at New York JetsL 10-20Shea Stadium
62,333
12December 5, 1970Chicago BearsW 16–13Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
13December 13, 1970at Boston PatriotsW 35–14Harvard Stadium
37,819
14December 20, 1970at Atlanta FalconsW 37–7Atlanta Stadium
57,992

Playoffs

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
DivisionalDecember 27, 1970San Francisco 49ersL 14-17Metropolitan Stadium
46,050

Standings

NFC Central
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
Minnesota Vikings1220.8575–110–1335143W3
Detroit Lions1040.7144–27–4347202W5
Green Bay Packers680.4292–44–7196293L2
Chicago Bears680.4291–55–6256261W2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Awards, records, and honors

Statistics

Team leaders

CategoryPlayer(s)Value
Passing YardsGary Cuozzo1,720
Passing TouchdownsGary Cuozzo7
Rushing YardsDave Osborn681
Rushing TouchdownsClint Jones9
Receiving YardsGene Washington702
Receiving TouchdownsGene Washington4
PointsFred Cox125
Kickoff Return YardsClint Jones452
Punt Return YardsCharlie West169
InterceptionsEd Sharockman7

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 26)
Passing Offense2,181 Yards155.8 YPG14th
Rushing Offense1,634 Yards116.7 YPG14th
Total Offense3,815 Yards272.5 YPG19th
Passing Defense1,438 Yards102.7 YPG1st
Rushing Defense1,365 Yards97.5 YPG5th
Total Defense2,803 Yards200.2 YPG1st

References

  1. ^ The Best Show in Football:The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns, p.294, Andy Piascik, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58979-360-6
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