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1964 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Norm Van Brocklin
General Manager Jim Finks
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 8–5–1
Place T-2nd NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1963 1965

The 1964 season was the Minnesota Vikings' fourth in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the team finished with an 8–5–1 record, the most wins they had accrued in a season since joining the league. To date, this is the only season the Vikings wore white jerseys for their home games.

OffseasonEdit

1964 DraftEdit

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1964 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 6 6 Carl Eller Defensive tackle Minnesota
2 5 19 Hal Bedsole Wide receiver USC
3 6 34 George Rose Running back Auburn
4 5 47 Traded to the Chicago Bears[a]
11 53 Tom Keating Defensive tackle Michigan from Giants[b]
5 6 62 John Kirby Linebacker Nebraska
6 5 75 Bob Lacey Wide receiver North Carolina
7 6 90 Wes Bryant Defensive tackle Arkansas
8 5 103 Bill McWatters Fullback North Texas State
9 6 118 Darrell Lester Fullback McNeese State
10 5 131 Traded to the Los Angeles Rams[c]
11 6 146 H. O. Estes Guard East Central State
12 5 159 Sandy Sands Wide receiver Texas
13 6 174 Russ Vollmer Running back Memphis State
14 5 187 Tom Michel Running back East Carolina
15 6 202 Monte Kiffin Defensive tackle Nebraska
16 5 215 Carlton Oats Wide receiver Florida A&M
17 6 230 Jerry McClurg Wide receiver Colorado
18 5 243 Carl Robinson Defensive tackle Prairie View A&M
19 6 258 Dick Schott Wide receiver Louisville
20 5 271 Milt Sunde Offensive tackle Minnesota
^[a] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (47th overall) to Chicago for RB Bill Brown.
^[b] The New York Giants traded their 4th round selection (53rd overall) and 1965 2nd round selection (15th overall) to Minnesota for RB Hugh McElhenny.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 10th round selection (131st overall) to the Los Angeles Rams for RB Tommy Wilson.

RosterEdit

1964 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1 August 8 New York Giants W 21–7 1–0 Metropolitan Stadium 31,581
2 August 15 St. Louis Cardinals W 24–10 2–0 Cheney Stadium (Atlanta, GA) 10,000
3 August 22 San Francisco 49ers W 24–21 3–0 Ute Stadium (Salt Lake City, UT) 20,207
4 August 29 at Los Angeles Rams W 34–23 4–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 39,938
5 September 5 at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–20 5–0 Hershey Stadium (Hershey, PA) 9,212

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 13 Baltimore Colts W 34–24 1–0 Metropolitan Stadium 35,563[1]
2 September 20 Chicago Bears L 7–28 1–1 Metropolitan Stadium 41,387
3 September 27 at Los Angeles Rams L 13–22 1–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 50,009
4 October 4 at Green Bay Packers W 24–23 2–2 City Stadium 42,327
5 October 11 Detroit Lions L 20–24 2–3 Metropolitan Stadium 40,840
6 October 18 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–10 3–3 Metropolitan Stadium 39,873
7 October 25 at San Francisco 49ers W 27–22 4–3 Kezar Stadium 31,845
8 November 1 Green Bay Packers L 13–42 4–4 Metropolitan Stadium 44,278[2]
9 November 8 San Francisco 49ers W 24–7 5–4 Metropolitan Stadium 40,408
10 November 15 at Baltimore Colts L 14–17 5–5 Memorial Stadium 60,213
11 November 22 at Detroit Lions T 23–23 5–5–1 Tiger Stadium 48,291
12 November 29 Los Angeles Rams W 34–13 6–5–1 Metropolitan Stadium 31,677
13 December 6 at New York Giants W 30–21 7–5–1 Yankee Stadium 62,802
14 December 13 at Chicago Bears W 41–14 8–5–1 Wrigley Field 46,486
  1. This is an opening day attendance record at Metropolitan Stadium.
  2. This is a single game attendance record at Metropolitan Stadium.

Game summariesEdit

Week 7: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

The Vikings defeated the 49ers 27–22 but not before Jim Marshall made one of the most embarrassing errors in NFL. 49er Billy Kilmer fumbled the ball which was recovered by Marshall and he unknowingly ran 66 yards with it the wrong way into his own end zone and thinking he scored a touchdown he tossed the ball in the air throwing it out of bounds, resulting in a safety.

StandingsEdit

Template:1964 NFL Western standings

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Fran Tarkenton 2,506
Passing touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 22
Rushing yards Bill Brown 866
Rushing touchdowns Bill Brown 7
Receiving yards Bill Brown 703
Receiving touchdowns Bill Brown 9
Points Fred Cox 103
Kickoff return yards Bill Butler 597
Punt return yards Bill Butler 156
Interceptions George Rose 6

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 14)
Passing offense 2,123 151.6 11th
Rushing offense 2,183 155.9 2nd
Total offense 4,306 307.6 6th
Passing defense 2,724 194.6 13th
Rushing defense 1,616 115.4 5th
Total defense 4,340 310.0 10th

ReferencesEdit

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Cleveland Baltimore
Dallas Chicago
NY Giants Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
St. Louis Minnesota
Washington San Francisco
1964 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl
Related: 1964 AFL Season

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