1975 Minnesota Vikings season
|1975 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Bud Grant|
|General manager||Mike Lynn|
|Home field||Metropolitan Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (Cowboys) 14–17|
The Vikings began with ten wins before losing by one point to the Washington Redskins, though there was generally very little expectation they would equal the 1972 Dolphins’ perfect season. The 1975 Vikings had an even easier schedule than the often-criticized schedule of the unbeaten Dolphin team, with their fourteen opponents having a weighted average winning percentage of .332 and nine being 4–10 or worse. Football journalists noted during their streak how the Vikings had been playing very weak schedules for several years and flattered thereby. Their 10–0 start was not subsequently equalled until the 1984 Miami Dolphins began 11–0. Only the Super Bowl-winning 1999 Rams have had since, according to Pro Football Reference, a weaker schedule than the 1975 Vikings, playing only one opponent with a winning record during the regular season.
The Vikings finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses, before losing to the Dallas Cowboys, 17–14 in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at home due to a play known as the "Hail Mary". Earlier in the season, the New York Jets made their first appearance in Minnesota in a much-anticipated match between Super Bowl quarterbacks Fran Tarkenton and Joe Namath, in what was the first regular season game sold out during the summer.
|1975 Minnesota Vikings Draft|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||25||25||Mark Mullaney||Defensive end||Colorado State|
|2||26||52||Robert Barber||Defensive tackle||USC||originally Steelers' pick[a]|
|3||11||63||Traded to the New Orleans Saints[c]||from Lions[b]|
|25||77||Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[d]|
|4||11||89||Champ Henson||Running back||Ohio State||from Bengals[d]|
|25||103||Bruce Adams||Wide receiver||Kansas|
|5||25||129||Robert Miller||Running back||Kansas|
|7||25||181||Henry Green||Running back||Southern|
|8||25||207||Joe Hollimon||Defensive back||Arkansas State|
|9||25||233||John Passananti||Guard||Western Illinois|
|10||24||258||Neil Clabo||Punter||Tennessee||originally Raiders' pick[e]|
|11||25||285||Ike Spencer||Running back||Utah|
|12||25||311||Autry Beamon||Defensive back||East Texas State|
|13||24||336||Mike Hurd||Wide receiver||Michigan State||originally Raiders' pick[f]|
|14||25||363||Mike Strickland||Running back||Eastern Michigan|
|15||24||388||Ollie Bakken||Linebacker||Minnesota||originally Raiders' pick[g]|
|16||24||414||Tom Goedjen||Kicker||Iowa State||originally Colts' pick[h]|
|17||25||441||Adolph Bellizeare||Running back||Pennsylvania|
- ^[a] Minnesota originally chose 51st overall but passed allowing Pittsburgh to move up and Minnesota to choose 52nd overall.
- ^[b] Detroit traded their 3rd round selection (63rd overall) to Minnesota for CB Charlie West.
- ^[c] Minnesota traded Detroit's third round selection (63rd overall) to New Orleans for OL Andy Maurer.
- ^[d] The details of this trade are unknown.
- ^[e] Minnesota originally chose 259th overall but moved up to the 258th overall selection when Oakland passed.
- ^[f] Minnesota originally chose 337th overall but moved up to the 336th overall selection when Washington passed on the 334th overall selection and allowed Miami, San Diego, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Miami, Baltimore, Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, and New Orleans to move up.
- ^[g] Minnesota originally chose 389th overall but moved up to the 388th overall selection when Oakland passed.
- ^[h] Minnesota originally chose 415th overall but moved up to the 414th overall selection when Baltimore passed and allowed Minnesota and Pittsburgh to move up.
|1975 Minnesota Vikings final roster|
|1||August 9||New York Jets||L 15–20||0–1||Sun Devil Stadium, (Tempe, AZ)||51,323|
|2||August 17||at New England Patriots||L 10–36||0–2||Schaefer Stadium||40,218|
|3||August 23||at Dallas Cowboys||W 16–13||1–2||Texas Stadium||45,395|
|4||September 1||Miami Dolphins||W 20–7||2–2||Metropolitan Stadium||47,653|
|5||September 6||St. Louis Cardinals||L 6–13||2–3||Metropolitan Stadium||46,975|
|6||September 13||at San Diego Chargers||T 14–14 (OT)||2–3–1||San Diego Stadium||31,642|
|1||September 21, 1975||San Francisco 49ers||W 27–17||1-0||Metropolitan Stadium|
|2||September 28, 1975||at Cleveland Browns||W 42–10||2-0||Cleveland Stadium|
|3||October 5, 1975||Chicago Bears||W 28–3||3-0||Metropolitan Stadium|
|4||October 12, 1975||New York Jets||W 29–21||4-0||Metropolitan Stadium|
|5||October 19, 1975||Detroit Lions||W 25–19||5-0||Metropolitan Stadium|
|6||October 27, 1975||at Chicago Bears||W 13–9||6-0||Soldier Field|
|7||November 2, 1975||at Green Bay Packers||W 28–17||7-0||Lambeau Field|
|8||November 9, 1975||Atlanta Falcons||W 38–0||8-0||Metropolitan Stadium|
|9||November 16, 1975||at New Orleans Saints||W 20–7||9-0||Louisiana Superdome|
|10||November 23, 1975||San Diego Chargers||W 28–13||10-0||Metropolitan Stadium|
|11||November 30, 1975||at Washington Redskins||L 30–31||10-1||RFK Stadium|
|12||December 7, 1975||Green Bay Packers||W 24–3||11-1||Metropolitan Stadium|
|13||December 14, 1975||at Detroit Lions||L 10–17||11-2||Silverdome|
|14||December 20, 1975||at Buffalo Bills||W 35–13||12-2||Rich Stadium|
|Divisional||December 28, 1975||Dallas Cowboys||L 14–17||Metropolitan Stadium|
NFC Divisional Playoff
|Green Bay Packers||4||10||0||.286||1–5||4–7||226||285||W1|
Awards and records
- Fran Tarkenton, Bert Bell Award, and AP MVP
- AP First Team All-Pro selections: RB Chuck Foreman, S Paul Krause, DT Alan Page, QB Fran Tarkenton and T Ron Yary
- Chuck Foreman, set an NFL record with 73 receptions, most by a running back
- DE Jim Marshall, recovered 26th fumble, a new league record
- Pro Bowl selections: Bobby Bryant, Chuck Foreman, John Gilliam, Paul Krause, Alan Page, Jeff Siemon, Fran Tarkenton, Ed White and Ron Yary
|Passing yards||Fran Tarkenton||2,994|
|Passing touchdowns||Fran Tarkenton||25|
|Rushing yards||Chuck Foreman||1,070|
|Rushing touchdowns||Chuck Foreman||13|
|Receiving yards||John Gilliam||777|
|Receiving touchdowns||Chuck Foreman||9|
|Kickoff return yards||Brent McClanahan||360|
|Punt return yards||Bobby Bryant||125|
|Interceptions||Paul Krause||10 *|
- Vikings single season record.
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game||NFL rank|
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- Last Undefeated NFL Team in Each Season
- 1999 Rams Against Opponents with Winning Record
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