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1970 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1970 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 10th in the National Football League and the first season following the AFL–NFL merger. Under head coach Bud Grant, they finished with a 12–2 record and won the first ever NFC Central title before losing to the San Francisco 49ers at home in the NFC Divisional Playoff game. 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]

1970 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachBud Grant
General managerJim Finks
Home fieldMetropolitan Stadium
Results
Record12–2
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishLost NFC Divisional Playoff (49ers) 14–17

OffseasonEdit

1970 DraftEdit

1970 Minnesota Vikings 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.

RosterEdit

1970 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance[2] Notes
1 August 8 New Orleans Saints L 13–14 0–1 Fawcett Stadium (Canton, OH) 17,932 Hall of Fame Game
2 August 15 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–20 0–2 Metropolitan Stadium 45,591
3 August 22 at Houston Oilers W 14–7 1–2 Astrodome 44,563 First Vikings game on artificial turf or in a dome
4 August 30 New York Jets W 52–21 2–2 Metropolitan Stadium 47,900
5 September 5 at Cleveland Browns W 24–21 3–2 Cleveland Stadium 83,043
6 September 11 at Chicago Bears W 31–30 4–2 Soldier Field 46,630

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

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

Season summaryEdit

Week 1 vs ChiefsEdit

Week One: Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 7 3010
Vikings 0 17 01027

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

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PostseasonEdit

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

StandingsEdit

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.

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

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 rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 26)
Passing offense 2,181 155.8 14th
Rushing offense 1,634 116.7 14th
Total offense 3,815 272.5 19th
Passing defense 1,438 102.7 1st
Rushing defense 1,365 97.5 5th
Total defense 2,803 200.2 1st

ReferencesEdit

  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
  2. ^ "1970 Minnesota Vikings - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com.