1966 Minnesota Vikings season

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1966 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachNorm Van Brocklin
General managerJim Finks
Home fieldMetropolitan Stadium
Local radioWCCO
Results
Record4–9–1
Division placeT-6th NFL Western
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1966 season was the Minnesota Vikings' sixth in the National Football League. Sixth-year head coach Norm Van Brocklin resigned at the end of the season, after the team finished with a 4–9–1 record.

Offseason[edit]

1966 Draft[edit]

1966 Minnesota Vikings 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 Wide receiver 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.

Roster[edit]

1966 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

Preseason[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1 August 6 Detroit Lions T 6–6 0–0–1 Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA) 38,229
2 August 13 Pittsburgh Steelers W 3–6 1–0–1 Multnomah Stadium Portland, OR) 21,228
3 August 20 Los Angeles Rams W 24–10 2–0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 40,270
4 August 26 Washington Redskins W 30–27 3–0–1 Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland, OH) 83,418
5 September 2 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–28 3–1–1 Cotton Bowl 58,316

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 11 at San Francisco 49ers T 20–20 0–0–1 Kezar Stadium 29,312
2 September 18 Baltimore Colts L 23–38 0–1–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,426
3 September 25 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–28 0–2–1 Cotton Bowl 64,116
4 October 2 Chicago Bears L 10–13 0–3–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,426
5 October 9 Bye
6 October 16 Los Angeles Rams W 35–7 1–3–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,426
7 October 23 at Baltimore Colts L 17–20 1–4–1 Memorial Stadium 60,238
8 October 30 San Francisco 49ers W 28–3 2–4–1 Metropolitan Stadium 45,077
9 November 6 at Green Bay Packers W 20–17 3–4–1 Lambeau Field 50,861
10 November 13 Detroit Lions L 31–32 3–5–1 Metropolitan Stadium 43,939
11 November 20 at Los Angeles Rams L 6–21 3–6–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 38,775
12 November 27 Green Bay Packers L 16–28 3–7–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,426
13 December 4 Atlanta Falcons L 13–20 3–8–1 Metropolitan Stadium 37,117
14 December 11 at Detroit Lions W 28–16 4–8–1 Tiger Stadium 43,022
15 December 18 at Chicago Bears L 28–41 4–9–1 Wrigley Field 45,191
  • A bye week was necessary as the league had expanded to an odd number (15) of teams (Atlanta); one team was idle each week.

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 12 2 0 .857 10–2 335 163 W5
Baltimore Colts 9 5 0 .643 7–5 314 226 W1
Los Angeles Rams 8 6 0 .571 6–6 289 212 L1
San Francisco 49ers 6 6 2 .500 5–5–2 320 325 L1
Chicago Bears 5 7 2 .417 4–6–2 234 272 W1
Detroit Lions 4 9 1 .308 3–8–1 206 317 L3
Minnesota Vikings 4 9 1 .308 4–7–1 206 304 L1

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

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Fran Tarkenton 2,561
Passing touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 17
Rushing yards Bill Brown 829
Rushing touchdowns Bill Brown 6
Receiving yards Paul Flatley 777
Receiving touchdowns Preston Carpenter 4
Points Fred Cox 88
Kickoff return yards Mike Fitzgerald 301
Punt return yards Ed Sharockman 95
Interceptions Dale Hackbart 5

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 15)
Passing offense 2,548 182.0 7th
Rushing offense 2,091 149.4 3rd
Total offense 4,639 331.4 4th
Passing defense 2,236 159.7 2nd
Rushing defense 1,686 120.4 7th
Total defense 3,922 280.1 5th