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1961 Minnesota Vikings

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3-11-0, Finished 7th in NFL West Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.6, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -6.8, SoS: 2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 285 points (20.4/g), 9th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 407 points (29.1/g), 14th.
 Differential of -122 points (-8.7/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 4.2-9.8.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (3-11-0)

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Bemidji State (Bemidji, Minnesota)

Team Info

Co-Owner/President Bill Boyer
Co-Owner Max Winter
General Manager Bert Rose
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 285 3886 863 4.5 44 22 9 236 203 377 1989 22 22 4.5 123 419 1897 14 4.5 104
Team Defense 407 5593 874 6.4 45 23 12 291 194 365 2926 21 22 7.7 132 493 2667 29 5.4 147
Lg Rank Offense 9 12 12 13 10 8 13 6 5 14 9 6 8 6
Lg Rank Defense 14 14 3 1 14 5 13 8 10 14 13 14 14 14

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 Chicago Bears 37 13 17 336 257 79 1 20 270 136 134 5
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 7 21 16 251 126 125 3 22 437 229 208 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-2 @ Baltimore Colts 33 34 21 261 137 124 16 366 284 82 5
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 1-3 Dallas Cowboys 0 28 14 183 100 83 5 18 297 180 117
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 1-4 San Francisco 49ers 24 38 12 202 84 118 1 31 555 231 324 8
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 1-5 Green Bay Packers 7 33 18 328 179 149 7 22 467 226 241 1
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 1-6 @ Green Bay Packers 10 28 13 263 121 142 2 24 467 310 157 3
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 1-7 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 31 21 399 146 253 5 23 392 97 295 1
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 2-7 Baltimore Colts 28 20 19 275 116 159 1 21 354 138 216 2
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 2-8 Detroit Lions 10 37 8 126 57 69 3 20 351 179 172 3
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 2-9 @ San Francisco 49ers 28 38 20 364 243 121 3 21 442 246 196 1
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 3-9 Los Angeles Rams 42 21 27 441 231 210 4 13 348 148 200 5
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 3-10 @ Detroit Lions 7 13 18 251 135 116 6 15 295 175 120 4
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 3-11 @ Chicago Bears 35 52 12 206 57 149 3 25 552 347 205 4

Passing

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Fran Tarkenton 21 QB 14 10 2-8-0 157 280 56.1 1997 18 6.4 17 6.1 71 7.1 5.7 12.7 142.6 74.7
14 George Shaw 28 qb 8 4 1-3-0 46 91 50.5 530 4 4.4 4 4.4 42 5.8 4.7 11.5 66.3 64.8
89 Jerry Reichow* 27 WR 14 10 0 3 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 33.3 0 0.0 -15.0 0.0 0.0
23 Jamie Caleb 25 10 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
20 Tommy Mason 22 KR/PR 13 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
39 Hugh McElhenny* 33 HB 13 13 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 25.9 14 3-11-0 203 377 53.8 2527 22 5.8 22 5.8 71 6.7 5.2 12.4 180.5 70.0 0 0
Opp Total 14 194 365 53.2 3051 21 5.8 22 6.0 8.4 6.80 15.7 217.9 75.3 16 125 7.7 6.2 4.2

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
39 Hugh McElhenny* 33 HB 13 13 120 570 3 41 4.8 43.8 9.2 37 283 7.6 3 26 2.8 21.8 853 6 8
33 Mel Triplett 30 FB 14 8 80 407 1 37 5.1 29.1 5.7 10 41 4.1 0 15 0.7 2.9 448 1 4
32 Ray Hayes 26 13 0 73 319 2 22 4.4 24.5 5.6 16 121 7.6 0 22 1.2 9.3 440 2 5
20 Tommy Mason 22 KR/PR 13 0 60 226 3 21 3.8 17.4 4.6 20 122 6.1 0 18 1.5 9.4 348 3 7
10 Fran Tarkenton 21 QB 14 10 56 308 5 52 5.5 22.0 4.0 308 5 8
35 Doug Mayberry 24 4 0 13 40 0 13 3.1 10.0 3.3 2 18 9.0 0 13 0.5 4.5 58 0 0
14 George Shaw 28 qb 8 4 10 39 0 19 3.9 4.9 1.3 39 0 1
89 Jerry Reichow* 27 WR 14 10 3 9 0 21 3.0 0.6 0.2 50 859 17.2 11 51 3.6 61.4 868 11 0
23 Jamie Caleb 25 10 0 3 11 0 4 3.7 1.1 0.3 2 -8 -4.0 0 5 0.2 -0.8 3 0 0
18 Mike Mercer 26 K/P 14 0 1 -32 0 -32 -32.0 -2.3 0.1 -32 0 0
84 Dave Middleton 28 WR 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 444 14.8 2 57 2.5 37.0 444 2 0
82 A.D. Williams 28 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 174 13.4 1 49 1.0 13.4 174 1 0
87 Gordie Smith 22 TE 9 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 320 26.7 4 71 1.3 35.6 320 4 1
85 Bob Schnelker 33 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 70 11.7 1 20 1.0 11.7 70 1 0
28 Dick Haley 24 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 43 14.3 0 22 0.8 10.8 43 0 1
43 Will Sherman 34 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 40 20.0 0 32 0.3 5.0 40 0 0
Team Total 25.9 14 419 1897 14 52 4.5 135.5 29.9 203 2527 12.4 22 71 14.5 180.5 4424 36 36
Opp Total 14 493 2667 29 5.4 190.5 35.2 194 2926 15.1 21 13.9 209.0 5593 50 31

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
20 Tommy Mason 22 KR/PR 13 0 14 146 0 23 10.4 25 603 0 42 24.1 1097
23 Jamie Caleb 25 10 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 22 504 0 38 22.9 515
39 Hugh McElhenny* 33 HB 13 13 8 155 1 81 19.4 2 59 0 35 29.5 1067
47 Justin Rowland 24 5 0 8 175 0 30 21.9 175
22 Dick Pesonen 23 RCB 11 11 6 136 0 60 22.7 136
59 Jim Leo 24 14 0 3 9 0 9 3.0 9
33 Mel Triplett 30 FB 14 8 3 41 0 18 13.7 489
44 Billy Gault 25 4 0 2 41 0 21 20.5 41
32 Ray Hayes 26 13 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 440
Team Total 25.9 14 23 309 1 81 13.4 72 1568 0 60 21.8 6301
Opp Total 14 23 138 0 6.0 51 1148 0 22.5

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
18 Mike Mercer 26 K/P 14 0 6 4 5 4 5 1 5 21 9 42.9% 37 36 97.3% 63 2458 59 2 39.0
Team Total 25.9 14 6 4 5 4 5 1 5 21 9 42.9% 37 36 97.3% 63 2458 59 2 39.0
Opp Total 14 26 15 57.7% 52 50 96.2% 46 1904 41.4

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
10 Fran Tarkenton 21 QB 14 10 0 8 5 0 0
39 Hugh McElhenny* 33 HB 13 13 0 8 2 2 0
20 Tommy Mason 22 KR/PR 13 0 0 7 2 0 0
31 Clancy Osborne 27 LLB 14 11 4 35 0 10 0 0 0 2 0 0
25 Dean Derby 26 8 0 3 73 0 30 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Rip Hawkins 22 MLB 14 13 5 70 0 34 0
32 Ray Hayes 26 13 0 0 5 0 0 0
24 Rich Mostardo 23 LS 11 9 2 22 0 21 0 0 0 3 18 0
26 Charlie Sumner 31 RS 13 12 2 6 0 6 0 0 0 3 2 0
70 Jim Marshall 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 4 0 0
40 Jack Morris 30 LCB 14 14 2 90 0 65 0 0 0 2 0 0
33 Mel Triplett 30 FB 14 8 0 4 0 0 0
67 Grady Alderman 23 LT 14 14 0 0 3 15 0
71 Ed Culpepper 27 RDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
28 Dick Haley 24 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
88 Fred Murphy 23 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
22 Dick Pesonen 23 RCB 11 11 1 28 0 28 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 Dick Grecni 23 12 0 1 16 0 16 0
65 Jerry Huth 28 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
84 Dave Middleton 28 WR 12 11 0 0 1 0 0
66 Ken Petersen 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Jim Prestel 24 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
47 Justin Rowland 24 5 0 1 4 0 4 0
54 Karl Rubke 26 RLB 13 13 1 12 0 12 0
85 Bob Schnelker 33 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 George Shaw 28 qb 8 4 0 1 0 0 0
87 Gordie Smith 22 TE 9 8 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.9 14 22 356 0 65 0 0 36 38 37 0
Opp Total 14 67 31 8

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
89 Jerry Reichow* 27 WR 14 10 11 11 66
18 Mike Mercer 26 K/P 14 0 36 9 63
39 Hugh McElhenny* 33 HB 13 13 3 3 1 7 42
10 Fran Tarkenton 21 QB 14 10 5 5 30
87 Gordie Smith 22 TE 9 8 4 4 24
20 Tommy Mason 22 KR/PR 13 0 3 3 18
32 Ray Hayes 26 13 0 2 2 12
84 Dave Middleton 28 WR 12 11 2 2 12
85 Bob Schnelker 33 6 0 1 1 6
33 Mel Triplett 30 FB 14 8 1 1 6
82 A.D. Williams 28 13 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.9 14 14 22 1 37 36 9 285
Opp Total 14 29 21 2 50 15 407