1968 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Bud Grant
General Manager Jim Finks
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 8–6
Place 1st NFL Central
Playoff Finish Lost Western Conference Championship Game (Colts) 14–24
Lost NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Cowboys) 13–17
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1967 1969

The 1968 season was the Minnesota Vikings' eighth in the National Football League. Under head coach Bud Grant, the Vikings won the NFL Central division title with an 8–6 record, and qualified for the postseason for the first time in franchise history. The Vikings' first trip to the playoffs saw them suffer a 24–14 loss in the Western Conference Championship Game to the eventual NFL champion and Super Bowl runner-up Baltimore Colts at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. In the Playoff Bowl two weeks later, they again lost to the Dallas Cowboys 17–13.


1968 DraftEdit

Hall of Famer
1968 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
111 Ron YaryOffensive tackleUSCfrom Giants[a]
77Traded to the New Orleans Saints[b]
2633Charlie WestDefensive backTexas-El Paso
3661Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[c]
2176Mike McGillLinebackerNotre Damefrom Cowboys[d]
4689Mike FreemanDefensive backFresno State
56117Traded to the Washington Redskins[e]
66144Bob GoodridgeWide receiverVanderbilt
72167Oscar ReedWide receiverColorado Statefrom Falcons[f]
6171Lenny SnowRunning backGeorgia Tech
86198Hank UrbanowiczDefensive tackleMiami
96225Mike DonohueTight endSan Francisco
106250Tom SakalDefensive backMinnesota
116279Bill HaasWide receiverNebraska-Omaha
126308Howie SmallCenterRhode Island
136333Dick WherryWide receiverNorthern State
146360Don EvansOffensive tackleArkansas-Pine Bluff
156387Jim HaynieQuarterbackWest Chester
166414Lary KuharichDefensive backBoston College
176441Bob LeeQuarterbackPacific
10445Bill HullGuardTennessee Techfrom Lions[g]
^[a] The New York Giants traded their 1st-round selection (1st overall), 1967 1st-round selection (2nd overall), 1967 2nd-round selection (28th overall), and 1969 2nd-round selection (39th overall) to Minnesota for QB Fran Tarkenton.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 1st-round selection (7th overall) and their 1969 1st-round selection (17th overall) to New Orleans for QB Gary Cuozzo.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 3rd-round selection (61st overall) to PIttsburgh for CB Brady Keys.
^[d] Dallas traded their 3rd-round selection (76th overall) to Minnesota for WR Lance Rentzel.
^[e] Minnesota traded their 5th-round selection (117th overall) to Washington for OL Bob Breitenstein.
^[f] Atlanta traded their 7th-round selection (167th overall) to Minnesota for QB Ron Vander Kelen.
^[g] Detroit traded their 17th-round selection (445th overall) to Minnesota for their 1969 16th-round selection (407th overall).


1968 Minnesota Vikings roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad


Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1 August 10 Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) L 10–13 0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 46,228
2 August 17 at Denver Broncos (AFL) W 39–16 1–1 University of Denver Stadium 20,901
3 August 24 Philadelphia Eagles W 52–10 2–1 Metropolitan Stadium 41,229
4 September 1 at St. Louis Cardinals L 28–31 2–2 Busch Memorial Stadium 25,233
5 September 6 New Orleans Saints W 20–17 3–2 State Fair Stadium (Shreveport, LA) 23,000

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 14 Atlanta Falcons W 47–7 1–0 Metropolitan Stadium 45,563
2 September 22 at Green Bay Packers W 26–13 2–0 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,346
3 September 29 Chicago Bears L 17–27 2–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
4 October 6 Detroit Lions W 24–10 3–1 Metropolitan Stadium 44,289
5 October 13 at New Orleans Saints L 17–20 3–2 Tulane Stadium 71,105
6 October 20 Dallas Cowboys L 7–20 3–3 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
7 October 27 at Chicago Bears L 24–26 3–4 Wrigley Field 46,562
8 November 3 Washington Redskins W 27–14 4–4 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
9 November 10 Green Bay Packers W 14–10 5–4 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
10 November 17 at Detroit Lions W 13–6 6–4 Tiger Stadium 48,654
11 November 24 at Baltimore Colts L 9–21 6–5 Memorial Stadium 60,238
12 December 1 Los Angeles Rams L 3–31 6–6 Metropolitan Stadium 47,644
13 December 8 at San Francisco 49ers W 30–20 7–6 Kezar Stadium 29,049
14 December 15 at Philadelphia Eagles W 24–17 8–6 Franklin Field 54,530

Note: The October 6 game against Detroit was originally scheduled to be played in Detroit. The game was switched with the November 17 game due to game 4 of the World Series.


Template:1968 NFL Central standings


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
Conference December 22 at Baltimore Colts L 14–24 0–1 Memorial Stadium 60,238
Playoff Bowl January 5 Dallas Cowboys L 13–17 0–2 Miami Orange Bowl 22,961


Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Joe Kapp 1,695
Passing touchdowns Joe Kapp 10
Rushing yards Bill Brown 805
Rushing touchdowns Bill Brown 11
Receiving yards Gene Washington 756
Receiving touchdowns Gene Washington 6
Points Fred Cox 88
Kickoff return yards Charlie West 576
Punt return yards Charlie West 201
Interceptions Paul Krause 7

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 16)
Passing offense 1,685 120.4 15th
Rushing offense 1,921 137.2 6th
Total offense 3,606 257.6 14th
Passing defense 1,855 132.5 3rd
Rushing defense 1,903 135.9 11th
Total defense 3,758 268.4 5th

External linksEdit

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Related: 1968 AFL Season

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