1970 Minnesota Vikings season

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1970 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 17–14
Timeline
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< 1969 1971 >

1970 was the tenth year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 51st regular season of 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[edit]

1970 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1970 NFL draft
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice Overall
1 25 25 John Ward Offensive Tackle Oklahoma State
2 25 51 Bill Cappleman Quarterback Florida State
3 25 77 Chuck Burgoon Linebacker North Park
4 25 103 Traded to the New Orleans Saints[a]
5 25 129 Greg Jones Running Back UCLA
6 25 155 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b]
7 25 181 Hap Farber Linebacker Mississippi
8 25 207 Mike Carroll Guard Missouri
9 25 233 George Morrow Defensive End Mississippi
10 25 259 Stu Voigt Tight End Wisconsin
11 25 285 Godfrey Zaunbrecher Center Louisiana State
12 25 311 James Holland Defensive Back Jackson State
13 25 337 Robert Pearce Defensive Back Stephen F. Austin
14 25 363 Tommy Spinks Wide Receiver Louisiana Tech
15 25 389 Bennie Francis Defensive End Chadron State
16 25 415 Bruce Cerone Wide Receiver Emporia State
17 25 441 Brian Healy Defensive Back Michigan
^[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.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–10 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
2 September 27, 1970 New Orleans Saints W 26–0 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
3 October 4, 1970 at Green Bay Packers L 10-13 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,967
4 October 11, 1970 at Chicago Bears W 24–0 Wrigley Field
45,485
5 October 18, 1970 Dallas Cowboys W 54–13 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
6 October 26, 1970 Los Angeles Rams W 13–3 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
7 November 1, 1970 at Detroit Lions W 30–17 Tiger Stadium
58,210
8 November 8, 1970 at Washington Redskins W 19–10 RFK Stadium
50,415
9 November 15, 1970 Detroit Lions W 24–20 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
10 November 22, 1970 Green Bay Packers W 10–3 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
11 November 29, 1970 at New York Jets L 10-20 Shea Stadium
62,333
12 December 5, 1970 Chicago Bears W 16–13 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
13 December 13, 1970 at Boston Patriots W 35–14 Harvard Stadium
37,819
14 December 20, 1970 at Atlanta Falcons W 37–7 Atlanta Stadium
57,992

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Divisional December 27, 1970 San Francisco 49ers L 14-17 Metropolitan Stadium
46,050

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 5–1 10–1 335 143 W3
Detroit Lions 10 4 0 .714 4–2 7–4 347 202 W5
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 2–4 4–7 196 293 L2
Chicago Bears 6 8 0 .429 1–5 5–6 256 261 W2

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

Roster[edit]

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Gary Cuozzo 1,720
Passing Touchdowns Gary Cuozzo 7
Rushing Yards Dave Osborn 681
Rushing Touchdowns Clint Jones 9
Receiving Yards Gene Washington 702
Receiving Touchdowns Gene Washington 4
Points Fred Cox 125
Kickoff Return Yards Clint Jones 452
Punt Return Yards Charlie West 169
Interceptions Ed Sharockman 7

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
(out of 26)
Passing Offense 2,181 Yards 155.8 YPG 14th
Rushing Offense 1,634 Yards 116.7 YPG 14th
Total Offense 3,815 Yards 272.5 YPG 19th
Passing Defense 1,438 Yards 102.7 YPG 1st
Rushing Defense 1,365 Yards 97.5 YPG 5th
Total Defense 2,803 Yards 200.2 YPG 1st

References[edit]

  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