1975 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 15th in the National Football League.
The Vikings began with a 10-game win streak before losing by one point to the
Washington Redskins, though there was generally very little expectation they would equal the 1972 Dolphins' perfect season. The 1975 Vikings had an even easier schedule than the often-criticized one of the unbeaten Dolphin team, with their 14 opponents having a weighted average winning percentage of  .332 and nine being 4–10 or worse. Football journalists noted during their streak how the Vikings had been playing very weak schedules for several years and flattered thereby.  Their 10–0 start was not subsequently equalled until the  1984 Miami Dolphins began 11–0. According to  Pro-Football-Reference.com, only the Super Bowl-winning 1999 Rams have since had a weaker schedule than the 1975 Vikings, playing only one opponent with a winning record during the regular season.
They sealed their third straight
NFC Central title on Thanksgiving Day in this same week when the Detroit Lions lost to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Vikings finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses, before losing to
the Dallas Cowboys, 17–14 in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at home due to a play known as the " Hail Mary". Earlier in the season, the New York Jets made their first appearance in Minnesota in a much-anticipated match between Super Bowl quarterbacks Fran Tarkenton and Joe Namath, in what was the first regular season game sold out during the summer.
1975 Draft Edit
The Vikings originally held the 51st overall selection but passed, allowing ^[a] Pittsburgh to move up before making their pick 52nd overall.
The Vikings traded CB ^[b] Charlie West to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Detroit's third-round selection (63rd overall).
The Vikings traded the third-round selection they acquired from Detroit (63rd overall) to the ^[c] New Orleans Saints in exchange for OL Andy Maurer.
The details of this trade are unknown.
^[d] The Vikings originally held the 259th overall selection but moved up to 258th overall when the ^[e] Oakland Raiders passed.
The Vikings originally held the 337th overall selection but moved up to 336th overall when the ^[f] Washington Redskins passed on the 334th overall selection and allowed Miami, San Diego, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Miami, Baltimore, Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, and New Orleans to move up.
The Vikings originally held the 389th overall selection but moved up to 388th overall when the ^[g] Oakland Raiders passed.
The Vikings originally held the 415th overall selection but moved up to 414th overall when the ^[h] Baltimore Colts passed and allowed Minnesota and Pittsburgh to move up.
Regular season Edit
San Francisco 49ers W 27–17
at Cleveland Browns
Chicago Bears W 28–3
New York Jets W 29–21
Detroit Lions W 25–19
at Chicago Bears
at Green Bay Packers
Atlanta Falcons W 38–0
at New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers W 28–13
at Washington Redskins
Green Bay Packers W 24–3
at Detroit Lions
at Buffalo Bills
Game summaries Edit
Week 1: vs. San Francisco 49ers Edit
Week 1: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota
MIN – Fred Cox 28-yard field goal. Vikings 3–0.
MIN – Fred Cox 29-yard field goal. Vikings 6–0.
MIN – Terry Brown 26-yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 13–0.
SF – Steve Mike-Mayer 19-yard field goal. Vikings 13–3.
SF – Gene Washington 22-yard pass from Norm Snead (Steve Mike-Mayer kick). Vikings 13–10.
SF – Gene Washington – 6 receptions, 86 yards, TD
MIN – Brent McClanahan – 6 receptions, 73 yards, TD
Template:1975 NFC Central standings
Dallas Cowboys (4) L 14–17
Game summaries Edit
NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (#4) Dallas Cowboys Edit
Awards and records Edit
Fran Tarkenton, Bert Bell Award, and  AP MVP
AP First Team All-Pro selections: RB Chuck Foreman, S Paul Krause, DT Alan Page, QB Fran Tarkenton and T Ron Yary
Chuck Foreman, set an NFL record with 73 receptions, most by a running back
DE Jim Marshall, recovered 26th fumble, a new league record
Pro Bowl selections: Bobby Bryant, Chuck Foreman, John Gilliam, Paul Krause, Alan Page, Jeff Siemon, Fran Tarkenton, Ed White and Ron Yary
Team leaders Edit
* Vikings single season
League rankings Edit
Yards per game
NFL rank (out of 26)
Passing offense 2,861 204.4 3rd
Rushing offense 2,094 149.6 10th
Total offense 4,955 353.9 5th
Passing defense 1,621 115.8 1st
Rushing defense 1,532 109.4 1st
Total defense 3,153 262.2 1st
↑ Lowitt, Bruce; "Streaking Vikings Meet Old Nemesis in Falcons"; in
( Star-Banner Ocala, Florida); November 7, 1975; p. 7B
1975 Minnesota Vikings at ProFootball
↑ Donovan, Mark;
"National Central"; in ; September 22, 1975 Sports Illustrated
"Last Undefeated NFL Team in Each Season" . . http://www.footballgeography.com/?p=3190
1999 Rams Against Opponents with Winning Record
↑ Kallestad, Brent; "Fran, Joe Square Off First Time"; in
; October 10, 1975; p. 7B The Evening News
"Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009 . https://web.archive.org/web/20090619081037/http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm . Retrieved June 28, 2010.
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