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1979 Minnesota Vikings season


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Minnesota_Vikings_season
Updated: 2017-06-16T20:14Z
1979 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachBud Grant
General managerMike Lynn
Home fieldMetropolitan Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1979 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 19th season in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and nine losses; their first losing season since 1967.

The season also marked the end of an era; as longtime defensive end Jim Marshall; the last remaining original Viking, retired after 19 seasons and having set then-league records for most games played (282) and starts (270).

The loss of Fran Tarketon to retirement meant third year quarterback Tommy Kramer to starter.

Offseason

1979 Draft

=Pro Bowler
1979 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollege
RoundChoiceOverall
11616Ted BrownRunning backNorth Carolina State
21543Dave HuffmanCenterNotre Dame
31672Pick forfeited due to illegal tryout[a]
41597Steve DilsQuarterbackStanford
519129Jerry MeterLinebackerMichigan
615152Joe SenserTight endWest Chester (PA)
716181Bob WinkelDefensive tackleKentucky
815207Traded to the Baltimore Colts[b]
916236Billy DiggsWide receiverWinston-Salem State
1015263Traded to the New York Jets[c]
1116291Brian NelsonWide receiverTexas Tech
1214317David StephensLinebackerKentucky
^[a] The details of this forfeited pick are unknown.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (207th overall) to Baltimore for OT Frank Myers.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 10th round selection (263rd overall) and 1978 8th round selection (213th overall) to the New York Jets for S Phil Wise.

Roster

1979 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
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
1September 2, 1979San Francisco 49ersW 28–22Met Stadium
46,539
2September 9, 1979at Chicago BearsL 26–7Soldier Field
53,231
3September 16, 1979Miami DolphinsL 27–12Met Stadium
46,187
4September 23, 1979Green Bay PackersW 27–21 (OT)Met Stadium
46,524
5September 30, 1979at Detroit LionsW 13–10Silverdome
75,295
6October 7, 1979Dallas CowboysL 36–20Met Stadium
47,572
7October 15, 1979at New York JetsL 14–7Shea Stadium
54,479
8October 21, 1979Chicago BearsW 30–27Met Stadium
41,164
9October 28, 1979Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 12–10Met Stadium
46,906
10November 4, 1979at St. Louis CardinalsL 37–7Busch Stadium
47,213
11November 11, 1979at Green Bay PackersL 19–7Milwaukee County Stadium
52,706
12November 18, 1979Detroit LionsW 14–7Met Stadium
43,650
13November 25, 1979at Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 23–22Tampa Stadium
70,039
14December 2, 1979at Los Angeles RamsL 27–21 (OT)Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
56,700
15December 9, 1979Buffalo BillsW 10–3Met Stadium
42,239
16December 16, 1979at New England PatriotsL 27–23Schaefer Stadium
54,719

Standings

NFC Central
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(2)1060.6256–28–6273237W1
Chicago Bears(5)1060.6255–38–4306249W3
Minnesota Vikings790.4385–36–6259337L1
Green Bay Packers5110.3133–54–8246316W1
Detroit Lions2140.1251–72–10219365L3

Awards and records

Statistics

Team leaders

CategoryPlayer(s)Value
Passing YardsTommy Kramer3,397
Passing TouchdownsTommy Kramer23
Rushing YardsRickey Young708
Rushing TouchdownsRickey Young3
Receiving YardsAhmad Rashād1,156
Receiving TouchdownsAhmad Rashād9
PointsRick Danmeier67
Kickoff Return YardsJimmy Edwards1,103
Punt Return YardsJimmy Edwards186
InterceptionsTom Hannon
Nate Wright
4

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing Offense3,139 Yards196.2 YPG12th
Rushing Offense1,764 Yards110.3 YPG23rd
Total Offense4,903 Yards306.4 YPG19th
Passing Defense2,697 Yards168.6 YPG11th
Rushing Defense2,526 Yards157.9 YPG26th
Total Defense5,223 Yards326.4 YPG18th

References


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