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1970 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Bud Grant
General Manager Jim Finks
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (49ers) 14–17
Timeline
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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]

OffseasonEdit

1970 DraftEdit

1970 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice Overall
12525John WardOffensive TackleOklahoma State
22551Bill CapplemanQuarterbackFlorida State
32577Chuck BurgoonLinebackerNorth Park
425103Traded to the New Orleans Saints[a]
525129Greg JonesRunning BackUCLA
625155Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[b]
725181Hap FarberLinebackerMississippi
825207Mike CarrollGuardMissouri
925233George MorrowDefensive EndMississippi
1025259Stu VoigtTight EndWisconsin
1125285Godfrey ZaunbrecherCenterLouisiana State
1225311James HollandDefensive BackJackson State
1325337Robert PearceDefensive BackStephen F. Austin
1425363Tommy SpinksWide ReceiverLouisiana Tech
1525389Bennie FrancisDefensive EndChadron State
1625415Bruce CeroneWide ReceiverEmporia State
1725441Brian HealyDefensive BackMichigan
^[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 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 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 3 0

10

Vikings 0 17 0 10

27

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

Template:1970 NFC Central standings

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". https://www.profootballarchives.com/1970nflmin.html.
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