1968 Minnesota Vikings season

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1968 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 8–6
Division place 1st NFL Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 24–14
Timeline
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< 1967 1969 >

1968 was the eighth year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 49th regular season of the National Football League. Under head coach Bud Grant, the Vikings won the NFL Central Division title with a record of eight wins and six losses, as they qualified for postseason play for the first time in franchise history. The Vikings' first trip to the playoffs ended with a 24–14 loss in the Western Conference Championship Game to the eventual NFL champion and Super Bowl runner-up Baltimore Colts at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

1968 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1968 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 1 1 Ron Yary Offensive tackle USC from Giants[a]
7 7 Traded to the New Orleans Saints[b]
2 6 33 Charlie West Defensive back Texas-El Paso
3 6 61 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[c]
21 76 Mike McGill Linebacker Notre Dame from Cowboys[d]
4 6 89 Mike Freeman Defensive back Fresno State
5 6 117 Traded to the Washington Redskins[e]
6 6 144 Bob Goodridge Wide receiver Vanderbilt
7 2 167 Oscar Reed Wide receiver Colorado State from Falcons[f]
6 171 Lenny Snow Running back Georgia Tech
8 6 198 Hank Urbanowicz Defensive tackle Miami
9 6 225 Mike Donohue Tight end San Francisco
10 6 250 Tom Sakal Defensive back Minnesota
11 6 279 Bill Haas Wide receiver Nebraska-Omaha
12 6 308 Howie Small Center Rhode Island
13 6 333 Dick Wherry Wide receiver Northern State
14 6 360 Don Evans Offensive tackle Arkansas-Pine Bluff
15 6 387 Jim Haynie Quarterback West Chester
16 6 414 Lary Kuharich Defensive back Boston College
17 6 441 Bob Lee Quarterback Pacific
10 445 Bill Hull Guard Tennessee Tech from Lions[g]
^[a] The New York Giants traded their 1st round selection (1st overall), 1967 1st round selection (2nd overall), 1967 2nd round selection (28th overall), and 1969 2nd round selection (39th overall) to Minnesota for QB Fran Tarkenton.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 1st round selection (7th overall) and their 1969 1st round selection (17th overall) to New Orleans for QB Gary Cuozzo.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (61st overall) to PIttsburgh for CB Brady Keys.
^[d] Dallas traded their 3rd round selection (76th overall) to Minnesota for WR Lance Rentzel.
^[e] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (117th overall) to Washington for OL Bob Breitenstein.
^[f] Atlanta traded their 7th round selection (167th overall) to Minnesota for QB Ron Vander Kelen.
^[g] Detroit traded their 17th round selection (445th overall) to Minnesota for their 1969 16th round selection (407th overall).

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 14, 1968 Atlanta Falcons W 47–7 Metropolitan Stadium 45,563
2 September 22, 1968 at Green Bay Packers W 26–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,346
3 September 29, 1968 Chicago Bears L 27–17 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
4 October 6, 1968 Detroit Lions W 24–10 Metropolitan Stadium 44,289
5 October 13, 1968 at New Orleans Saints L 20–17 Tulane Stadium 71,105
6 October 20, 1968 Dallas Cowboys L 20–7 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
7 October 27, 1968 at Chicago Bears L 26–24 Wrigley Field 46,562
8 November 3, 1968 Washington Redskins W 27–14 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
9 November 10, 1968 Green Bay Packers W 14–10 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
10 November 17, 1968 at Detroit Lions W 13–6 Tiger Stadium 48,654
11 November 24, 1968 at Baltimore Colts L 21–9 Memorial Stadium 60,238
12 December 1, 1968 Los Angeles Rams L 31–3 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
13 December 8, 1968 at San Francisco 49ers W 30–20 Kezar Stadium 29,049
14 December 15, 1968 at Philadelphia Eagles W 24–17 Franklin Field 54,530

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Western Conference December 22, 1968 at Baltimore Colts L 24–14 Memorial Stadium 60,238
Playoff Bowl January 5, 1969 N Dallas Cowboys L 17–13 Miami Orange Bowl 22,961

Standings[edit]

NFL Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 8 6 0 .571 282 242 W2
Chicago Bears 7 7 0 .500 250 333 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 7 1 .462 281 227 W1
Detroit Lions 4 8 2 .333 207 241 L1

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