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1967 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1967 season was the Minnesota Vikings' seventh in the National Football League. After the resignation of head coach Norm Van Brocklin at the end of the previous season, the Vikings hired Bud Grant, previously the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who led the team to a 3–8–3 record.

1967 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachBud Grant
General managerJim Finks
Home fieldMetropolitan Stadium
Results
Record3–8–3
Division place4th NFL Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

1967 DraftEdit

Pro Bowler
Hall of Famer
1967 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 2 2 Clint Jones Running back Michigan State from Giants[a]
8 8 Gene Washington Wide receiver Michigan State
15 15 Alan Page Defensive end Notre Dame from Rams[b]
2 2 28 Bob Grim Running back Oregon State from Giants[a]
7 33 Traded to the Los Angeles Rams[b]
3 8 61 Earl Denny Wide receiver Missouri
4 7 87 Alvin Coleman Defensive back Tennessee A&I
5 8 115 Ken Last Wide receiver Minnesota
6 7 140 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[c]
7 8 167 Bobby Bryant Defensive back South Carolina
8 7 192 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[d]
12 197 John Beasley Wide receiver California from Redskins[e]
9 8 219 Bill Morris Guard Holy Cross
10 7 244 Pete Tatman Running back Nebraska
11 8 271 Bob Trygstad Defensive tackle Washington State
12 7 296 Fred Cremer Guard St. John's (MN)
13 8 323 Charles Hardt Defensive back Tulsa
14 7 348 Jim Hargrove Linebacker Howard Payne
15 8 375 Jim Shea Defensive back Eastern New Mexico
16 7 400 Gene Beard Defensive back Virginia Union
17 8 427 Dick Wagoner Defensive back Bowling Green
^[a] The New York Giants traded their 1st-round selection (2nd overall), 2nd-round selection (28th overall), 1968 1st-round selection (1st overall) and 1969 2nd-round selection (39th overall) to Minnesota for QB Fran Tarkenton.
^[b] Los Angeles traded their 1st-round selection (15th overall) and TE/LB Marlin McKeever to Minnesota for their 2nd-round selection (33rd overall), TE Hal Bedsole and RB Tommy Mason.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 6th-round selection (140th overall) to Pittsburgh for RB Phil King (American football).
^[d] Minnesota traded their 8th-round selection (192th overall) to Pittsburgh for LB Dave Tobey.
^[e] Washington traded their 8th-round selection (197th overall) to Minnesota for DE Bill Briggs (American football).

RosterEdit

1967 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

PreseasonEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1 August 12 Philadelphia Eagles W 34–0 1–0 Skelly Stadium (Tulsa, OK) 24,500
2 August 18 at Denver Broncos (AFL) L 9–14 1–1 University of Denver Stadium 31,850
3 August 27 at New York Giants L 3–21 1–2 Yale Bowl (New Haven, CT) 43,584
4 September 2 Atlanta Falcons W 16–3 2–2 Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland, OH) 84,236
5 September 10 Cleveland Browns L 14–42 2–3 Metropolitan Stadium 40,012

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 17 San Francisco 49ers L 21–27 0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 39,638
2 September 22 at Los Angeles Rams L 3–39 0–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 52,255
3 October 1 Chicago Bears L 7–17 0–3 Metropolitan Stadium 44,868
4 October 8 St. Louis Cardinals L 24–34 0–4 Metropolitan Stadium 40,017
5 October 15 at Green Bay Packers W 10–7 1–4 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,601
6 October 22 Baltimore Colts T 20–20 1–4–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,693
7 October 29 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–21 1–5–1 Atlanta Stadium 52,859
8 November 5 New York Giants W 27–24 2–5–1 Metropolitan Stadium 44,960
9 November 12 Detroit Lions T 10–10 2–5–2 Metropolitan Stadium 40,032
10 November 19 at Cleveland Browns L 10–14 2–6–2 Cleveland Stadium 68,431
11 November 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 41–27 3–6–2 Pitt Stadium 23,773
12 December 3 Green Bay Packers L 27–30 3–7–2 Metropolitan Stadium 47,693
13 December 10 at Chicago Bears T 10–10 3–7–3 Wrigley Field 40,110
14 December 17 at Detroit Lions L 3–14 3–8–3 Tiger Stadium 44,874

StandingsEdit

NFL Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 9 4 1 .692 4–1–1 6–3–1 332 209 L2
Chicago Bears 7 6 1 .538 3–2–1 5–4–1 239 218 W1
Detroit Lions 5 7 2 .417 1–3–2 3–5–2 260 259 W2
Minnesota Vikings 3 8 3 .273 1–3–2 1–6–3 233 294 L1

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

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Joe Kapp 1,386
Passing touchdowns Joe Kapp 8
Rushing yards Dave Osborn 972
Rushing touchdowns Bill Brown 5
Receiving yards Gene Washington 384
Receiving touchdowns John Beasley 4
Points Fred Cox 77
Kickoff return yards Clint Jones 597
Punt return yards Bob Grim 101
Interceptions Earsell Mackbee 5

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 16)
Passing offense 1,667 119.1 14th
Rushing offense 1,811 129.4 9th
Total offense 3,478 248.4 14th
Passing defense 1,752 125.1 3rd
Rushing defense 2,104 150.3 15th
Total defense 3,856 275.4 6th