1966 Minnesota Vikings season

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1966 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Norm Van Brocklin
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 4–9–1
Division place T-6th NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1965 1967 >

The 1966 Minnesota Vikings season was the sixth year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 47th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of four wins, nine losses, and one tie under head coach Norm Van Brocklin. This was the final season for Van Brocklin, he resigned February 11, 1967.

Offseason[edit]

1966 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1966 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 6 6 Jerry Shay Tackle Purdue
2 11 27 Jim Lindsey Running Back Arkansas
3 10 42 Don Hansen Linebacker Illinois
4 9 57 Ron Acks Defensive Back Illinois
5 8 72 Doug Davis Tackle Kentucky
12 76 Bob Hall Defensive Back Brown from Bears[a]
6 3 83 Wilbur Aylor Tackle Southwest Texas State from Steelers via Giants[b]
7 87 Traded to the Detroit Lions[c]
7 11 106 Bob Meers End Massachusetts
8 10 120 Traded to the Baltimore Colts[d]
9 9 134 Ron Green Flanker North Dakota
10 8 148 Traded to the Detroit Lions[e]
11 7 162 Stan Quintana Defensive Back New Mexico
12 11 181 Bob Petrella Defensive Back Tennessee
13 10 195 Larry Martin Tackle San Diego State
14 9 209 Howard Twilley Wide Receiver Tulsa
15 8 223 Hugh Wright Running Back Adams State
16 7 237 Jim Williams Defensive End Arkansas
17 11 256 Monroe Beard Running Back Virginia Union
18 10 270 Dale Greco Defensive Tackle Illinois
19 9 284 Jesse Stokes Running Back Corpus Christi State
20 8 298 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[f]
^[a] Chicago traded their 5th round selection (76th overall) to Minnesota for OG Palmer Pyle.
^[b] The New York Giants traded Pittsburgh's 6th round selection (83rd overall) to Minnesota for LB Bill Swain.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (87th overall) and 1965 7th round selection (92nd overall) to Detroit for DT Mike Bundra and End Larry Vargo.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (120th overall) and LB John Campbell to Baltimore for OT Larry Kramer.
^[e] Minnesota traded their 10th round selection (148th overall) to Detroit for DB Gary Lowe.
^[f] Minnesota traded their 20th round selection (298th overall) to Philadelphia for HB Billy Ray Barnes.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 11, 1966 at San Francisco 49ers T 20–20 Kezar Stadium
29,312
2 September 18, 1966 Baltimore Colts L 38–23 Metropolitan Stadium
47,426
3 September 25, 1966 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–17 Cotton Bowl
64,116
4 October 2, 1966 Chicago Bears L 13–10 Metropolitan Stadium
47,426
5 Bye
6 October 16, 1966 Los Angeles Rams W 35–7 Metropolitan Stadium
47,426
7 October 23, 1966 at Baltimore Colts L 20–17 Memorial Stadium
60,238
8 October 30, 1966 San Francisco 49ers W 28–3 Metropolitan Stadium
45,077
9 November 6, 1966 at Green Bay Packers W 20–17 Lambeau Field
50,861
10 November 13, 1966 Detroit Lions L 32–31 Metropolitan Stadium
43,939
11 November 20, 1966 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
38,775
12 November 27, 1966 Green Bay Packers L 28–16 Metropolitan Stadium
47,426
13 December 4, 1966 Atlanta Falcons L 20–13 Metropolitan Stadium
37,117
14 December 11, 1966 at Detroit Lions W 28–16 Tiger Stadium
43,022
15 December 18, 1966 at Chicago Bears L 41–28 Wrigley Field
45,191

Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 12 2 0 .857 335 163 W-5
Baltimore Colts 9 5 0 .643 314 226 W-1
Los Angeles Rams 8 6 0 .571 289 212 L-1
San Francisco 49ers 6 6 2 .500 320 325 L-1
Chicago Bears 5 7 2 .417 234 272 W-1
Detroit Lions 4 9 1 .308 206 317 L-3
Minnesota Vikings 4 9 1 .308 206 304 L-1