1972 Minnesota Vikings season

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1972 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 7–7
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify

1972 was the 12th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and seven losses.

Offseason[edit]

1972 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1972 NFL draft
=Pro Bowler
1972 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 10 10 Jeff Siemon Linebacker Stanford from Patriots[a]
24 24 Traded to the New York Giants[b]
2 24 50 Ed Marinaro Running Back Cornell
3 7 59 Bart Buetow Offensive Tackle Minnesota from Packers[c]
24 76 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[d]
4 24 102 Traded to the Denver Broncos[e]
5 24 128 Traded to the Los Angeles Rams[f]
6 24 154 Amos Martin Linebacker Louisville
7 25 181 Bill Slater Defensive End Western Michigan originally Dolphins pick[g]
8 24 206 Calvin Demery Wide Receiver Arizona State
9 24 232 Charlie Goodrum Guard Florida A&M
10 24 258 Willie Aldridge Running Back South Carolina State
11 24 284 Willie McKelton Defensive Back Southern
12 24 310 Bob Banaugh Defensive Back Montana State
13 24 336 Franklin Roberts Running Back Alcorn A&M
14 24 361 Marv Owens Running Back San Diego State
15 24 388 Mike Sivert Guard East Tennessee State
16 24 414 Neil Graff Quarterback Wisconsin
17 24 440 Dick Schmalz Wide Receiver Auburn
^[a] Minnesota received New England's 1st round selection (10th overall), CB John Charles, and cash as compensation for free agent QB Joe Kapp.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 1st round selection (24th overall), 1973 2nd round selection (40th overall), QB Norm Snead, WR Bob Grim, and RB Vince Clements to the Giants for QB Fran Tarkenton.
^[c] Green Bay traded their 3rd round selection (59th overall) to Minnesota for QB Zeke Bratkowski.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (76th overall), 1971 2nd round selection (50th overall), 1971 6th round selection (154th overall), and OL Steve Smith to Philadelphia for QB Norm Snead.
^[e] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (102nd overall) and CB John Charles to Denver for WR Al Denson.
^[f] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (128th overall) to Los Angeles for CB Ted Provost.
^[g] Minnesota originally chose 180th overall but passed allowing Miami to move up and Minnesota to choose 181st overall.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Results Venue Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 18 Washington Redskins L 21-24 0–1 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
2 September 24 at Detroit Lions W 34–10 1–1 Tiger Stadium
54,418
3 October 1 Miami Dolphins L 14-16 1–2 Metropolitan Stadium
47,900
4 October 8 St. Louis Cardinals L 17-19 1–3 Metropolitan Stadium
49,687
5 October 15 at Denver Broncos W 23–20 2–3 Mile High Stadium
51,656
6 October 23 at Chicago Bears L 10-13 2–4 Soldier Field
55,701
7 October 29 at Green Bay Packers W 27–13 3–4 Lambeau Field
56,263
8 November 5 New Orleans Saints W 37–6 4–4 Metropolitan Stadium
49,784
9 November 12 Detroit Lions W 16–14 5–4 Metropolitan Stadium
49,784
10 November 19 at Los Angeles Rams W 45–41 6–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
77,982
11 November 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10-23 6–5 Three Rivers Stadium
50,348
12 December 3 Chicago Bears W 23–10 7–5 Metropolitan Stadium
49,784
13 December 10 Green Bay Packers L 7-23 7–6 Metropolitan Stadium
49,784
14 December 16 at San Francisco 49ers L 17-20 7–7 Candlestick Park
61,214

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 4 0 .714 5–1 8–3 304 226 W3
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .607 2–4 6–5 339 290 W1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 4–2 6–5 301 252 L2
Chicago Bears 4 9 1 .321 1–5 3–7–1 225 275 L1

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

All-Pros[edit]

First Team
Second Team

Pro Bowlers[edit]

League leaders[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Fran Tarkenton 2,651
Passing Touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 18
Rushing Yards Oscar Reed 639
Rushing Touchdowns Bill Brown 4
Receiving Yards John Gilliam 1,035
Receiving Touchdowns John Gilliam 7
Points Fred Cox 97
Kickoff Return Yards John Gilliam 369
Punt Return Yards Charlie West 111
Interceptions Paul Krause 6

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 26)
Passing Offense 2,523 Yards 180.2 YPG 4th
Rushing Offense 1,740 Yards 124.3 YPG 20th
Total Offense 4,263 Yards 304.5 YPG 12th
Passing Defense 1,699 Yards 121.4 YPG 1st
Rushing Defense 2,002 Yards 143.0 YPG 16th
Total Defense 3,701 Yards 264.4 YPG 5th

References[edit]