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1964 Minnesota Vikings

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8-5-1, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1964 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.8, Offense: 4.6, Defense: 1.1, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 355 points (25.4/g), 4th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 296 points (21.1/g), 6th.
 Differential of 59 points (4.2/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (8-5-1)

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

Team Info

Co-Owner/President Bill Boyer
Co-Owner Max Winter
General Manager Jim Finks
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 355 4306 893 4.8 30 18 19 258 179 326 2123 23 12 5.7 115 519 2183 14 4.2 124
Team Defense 296 4340 800 5.4 35 16 17 216 182 375 2724 23 19 6.6 105 389 1616 10 4.2 94
Lg Rank Offense 4 6 4 9 2 12 11 4 3 8 1 2 5 5
Lg Rank Defense 6 10 7 8 3 4 13 10 5 14 1 5 2 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 13 boxscore W 1-0 Baltimore Colts 34 24 27 463 150 313 3 11 230 170 60 1
2 Sun September 20 boxscore L 1-1 Chicago Bears 28 34 20 413 305 108 3 24 432 344 88 1
3 Sun September 27 boxscore L 1-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 13 22 15 214 111 103 1 19 379 156 223 1
4 Sun October 4 boxscore W 2-2 @ Green Bay Packers 24 23 21 332 153 179 1 17 325 197 128 1
5 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-3 Detroit Lions 20 24 17 241 141 100 4 14 272 133 139 4
6 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 30 10 20 310 91 219 1 15 227 117 110 2
7 Sun October 25 boxscore W 4-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 27 22 15 215 105 110 3 18 392 276 116 8
8 Sun November 1 boxscore L 4-4 Green Bay Packers 13 42 8 167 95 72 2 19 350 164 186
9 Sun November 8 boxscore W 5-4 San Francisco 49ers 24 7 24 396 254 142 2 11 237 155 82 2
10 Sun November 15 boxscore L 5-5 @ Baltimore Colts 14 17 22 306 85 221 3 18 381 274 107
11 Sun November 22 boxscore T 5-5-1 @ Detroit Lions 23 23 15 230 73 157 3 13 289 224 65 6
12 Sun November 29 boxscore W 6-5-1 Los Angeles Rams 34 13 15 257 185 72 1 13 309 158 151 5
13 Sun December 6 boxscore W 7-5-1 @ New York Giants 30 21 17 330 193 137 2 15 335 221 114 2
14 Sun December 13 boxscore W 8-5-1 @ Chicago Bears 41 14 22 432 182 250 1 9 182 135 47 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Fran Tarkenton* 24 QB 14 14 8-5-1 171 306 55.9% 2506 22 7.2 11 3.6 64 8.2 8.0 14.7 179.0 91.8 3 3
15 Ron Vander Kelen 25 5 0 7 19 36.8% 78 0 0.0 1 5.3 18 4.1 1.7 11.1 15.6 28.0
20 Tommy Mason* 25 HB 13 12 1 1 100.0% 30 1 100.0 0 0.0 30 30.0 50.0 30.0 2.3 158.3
Team Total 24.8 14 8-5-1 179 326 54.9% 2614 23 7.1 12 3.7 64 8.0 7.8 14.6 186.7 89.4 3 3
Opp Total 14 182 375 48.5% 2993 23 6.1 19 5.1 8.0 6.93 16.4 213.8 75.1 36 269 6.6 5.7 8.8

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
30 Bill Brown* 26 FB 14 14 226 866 7 48 3.8 61.9 16.1 48 703 14.6 9 64 3.4 50.2 1569 16 9
20 Tommy Mason* 25 HB 13 12 169 691 4 51 4.1 53.2 13.0 26 239 9.2 1 29 2.0 18.4 930 5 9
10 Fran Tarkenton* 24 QB 14 14 50 330 2 31 6.6 23.6 3.6 330 2 6
21 Tom Michel 24 hb 11 4 39 129 0 14 3.3 11.7 3.5 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 1.3 143 0 3
32 Bill McWatters 22 11 0 14 60 1 16 4.3 5.5 1.3 2 -1 -0.5 0 1 0.2 -0.1 59 1 2
22 Bill Butler 27 KR/PR 14 0 5 11 0 6 2.2 0.8 0.4 1 58 58.0 0 58 0.1 4.1 69 0 4
24 Ted Dean 26 2 0 5 30 0 9 6.0 15.0 2.5 1 23 23.0 0 23 0.5 11.5 53 0 0
28 Tom Hall 24 14 0 4 -4 0 5 -1.0 -0.3 0.3 23 325 14.1 2 32 1.6 23.2 321 2 0
31 Darrell Lester 24 6 0 4 18 0 7 4.5 3.0 0.7 18 0 0
87 Gordie Smith 25 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 10 211 21.1 1 44 0.8 17.6 213 1 0
15 Ron Vander Kelen 25 5 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 2.0 0.2 10 0 0
39 Bobby Walden 26 P 14 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 1.3 0.1 18 0 0
85 Paul Flatley 23 WR 10 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 450 16.1 3 48 2.8 45.0 450 3 0
89 Jerry Reichow 30 WR 14 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 284 14.2 2 51 1.4 20.3 284 2 1
86 Hal Bedsole 23 TE 14 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 295 16.4 5 43 1.3 21.1 295 5 0
83 Larry Vargo 25 RS 14 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 0.9 13 0 0
Team Total 24.8 14 519 2183 14 51 4.2 155.9 37.1 179 2614 14.6 23 64 12.8 186.7 4797 37 37
Opp Total 14 389 1616 10 4.2 115.4 27.8 182 2724 15.0 23 13.0 194.6 4340 33 32

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Bill Butler 27 KR/PR 14 0 22 156 0 32 7.1 26 597 0 34 23.0 822
20 Tommy Mason* 25 HB 13 12 10 150 0 45 15.0 2 36 0 25 18.0 1116
21 Tom Michel 24 hb 11 4 8 192 0 40 24.0 335
44 George Rose 22 LCB 14 13 8 180 0 38 22.5 180
30 Bill Brown* 26 FB 14 14 5 68 0 23 13.6 1637
24 Ted Dean 26 2 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 3 50 0 23 16.7 103
29 Karl Kassulke 23 LS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
32 Bill McWatters 22 11 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 66
Team Total 24.8 14 35 306 0 45 8.7 53 1130 0 40 21.3 6233
Opp Total 14 30 247 0 8.2 57 1324 2 23.2

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
14 Fred Cox 26 K 14 0 5 5 5 5 8 5 12 6 3 33 21 63.6%% 42 40 95.2%%
39 Bobby Walden 26 P 14 0 72 3341 73 0 46.4
Team Total 24.8 14 5 5 5 5 8 5 12 6 3 33 21 63.6%% 42 40 95.2%% 72 3341 73 0 46.4
Opp Total 14 28 13 46.4%% 37 33 89.2%% 71 3110 43.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
30 Bill Brown* 26 FB 14 14 0 9 4 0 0
20 Tommy Mason* 25 HB 13 12 0 9 2 0 0
22 Bill Butler 27 KR/PR 14 0 2 15 0 15 0 0 4 3 0 0
10 Fran Tarkenton* 24 QB 14 14 0 6 2 0 0
44 George Rose 22 LCB 14 13 6 48 1 32 0 0 1 0 0 0
21 Tom Michel 24 hb 11 4 0 3 3 0 0
29 Karl Kassulke 23 LS 14 14 3 4 0 4 0 0 1 1 5 0
81 Carl Eller 22 LDE 14 14 0 0 4 45 1
58 Rip Hawkins 25 MLB 14 14 2 85 2 56 0 0 0 2 25 0
32 Bill McWatters 22 11 0 0 2 2 0 0
45 Ed Sharockman 25 RCB 14 14 1 22 0 22 0 0 1 1 28 0
83 Larry Vargo 25 RS 14 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
60 Roy Winston 24 LLB 14 14 3 24 0 15 0
73 Errol Linden 27 RT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
70 Jim Marshall 27 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
75 Mike Bundra 25 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Ken Byers 24 g 6 2 0 0 1 0 0
57 Bill Jobko 29 RLB 9 9 0 0 1 0 0
36 John Kirby 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Jim Prestel 27 LDT 14 14 1 26 1 26 0
89 Jerry Reichow 30 WR 14 12 0 1 0 0 0
52 Bill Swain 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 24.8 14 19 224 4 56 0 0 37 35 103 1
Opp Total 14 48 32 16 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
14 Fred Cox 26 K 14 0 40 21 103
30 Bill Brown* 26 FB 14 14 7 9 16 96
86 Hal Bedsole 23 TE 14 12 5 5 30
20 Tommy Mason* 25 HB 13 12 4 1 5 30
85 Paul Flatley 23 WR 10 9 3 3 18
28 Tom Hall 24 14 0 2 2 12
58 Rip Hawkins 25 MLB 14 14 2 2 12
89 Jerry Reichow 30 WR 14 12 2 2 12
10 Fran Tarkenton* 24 QB 14 14 2 2 12
81 Carl Eller 22 LDE 14 14 1 1 6
32 Bill McWatters 22 11 0 1 1 6
79 Jim Prestel 27 LDT 14 14 1 1 6
44 George Rose 22 LCB 14 13 1 1 6
87 Gordie Smith 25 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 24.8 14 14 23 1 4 42 40 21 355
Opp Total 14 10 23 2 2 33 13 1 296

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1964-09-13 BAL W, 34-24 1 51 rush Tommy Mason 51 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
2 1964-09-13 BAL W, 34-24 2 48 pass Bill Brown 48 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
3 1964-09-13 BAL W, 34-24 3 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
4 1964-09-13 BAL W, 34-24 4 6 pass Paul Flatley 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
5 1964-09-20 CHI L, 28-34 2 19 pass Bill Brown 19 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
6 1964-09-20 CHI L, 28-34 2 34 pass Hal Bedsole 34 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
7 1964-09-20 CHI L, 28-34 3 10 pass Jerry Reichow 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
8 1964-09-20 CHI L, 28-34 4 26 pass Hal Bedsole 26 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
9 1964-09-27 @ RAM L, 13-22 2 37 pass Gordie Smith 37 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
10 1964-09-27 @ RAM L, 13-22 4 5 rush Bill McWatters 5 yard rush
11 1964-10-04 @ GNB W, 24-23 2 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
12 1964-10-04 @ GNB W, 24-23 2 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
13 1964-10-04 @ GNB W, 24-23 3 6 pass Tom Hall 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
14 1964-10-11 DET L, 20-24 2 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
15 1964-10-11 DET L, 20-24 3 23 pass Paul Flatley 23 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
16 1964-10-18 PIT W, 30-10 1 6 pass Bill Brown 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
17 1964-10-18 PIT W, 30-10 2 59 pass Bill Brown 59 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
18 1964-10-18 PIT W, 30-10 3 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1964-10-18 PIT W, 30-10 4 56 interception Rip Hawkins 56 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
20 1964-10-25 @ SFO W, 27-22 2 7 rush Tommy Mason 7 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
21 1964-10-25 @ SFO W, 27-22 4 8 rush Fran Tarkenton 8 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
22 1964-10-25 @ SFO W, 27-22 4 45 fumble Carl Eller 45 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
23 1964-11-01 GNB L, 13-42 1 63 pass Bill Brown 63 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
24 1964-11-08 SFO W, 24-7 1 14 pass Tommy Mason 14 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
25 1964-11-08 SFO W, 24-7 1 30 pass Bill Brown 30 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
26 1964-11-08 SFO W, 24-7 2 3 pass Jerry Reichow 3 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
27 1964-11-15 @ BAL L, 14-17 3 16 pass Hal Bedsole 16 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
28 1964-11-15 @ BAL L, 14-17 4 21 rush Tommy Mason 21 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
29 1964-11-22 @ DET T, 23-23 1 15 pass Hal Bedsole 15 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
30 1964-11-22 @ DET T, 23-23 3 26 interception Jim Prestel 26 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
31 1964-11-29 RAM W, 34-13 1 15 pass Paul Flatley 15 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
32 1964-11-29 RAM W, 34-13 2 13 pass Bill Brown 13 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
33 1964-11-29 RAM W, 34-13 3 32 interception George Rose 32 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
34 1964-11-29 RAM W, 34-13 4 30 pass Tom Hall 30 yard pass from Tommy Mason (Fred Cox kick)
35 1964-12-06 @ NYG W, 30-21 2 43 pass Hal Bedsole 43 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
36 1964-12-06 @ NYG W, 30-21 2 1 rush Fran Tarkenton 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
37 1964-12-06 @ NYG W, 30-21 4 30 pass Bill Brown 30 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
38 1964-12-13 @ CHI W, 41-14 1 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
39 1964-12-13 @ CHI W, 41-14 1 1 rush Tommy Mason 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
40 1964-12-13 @ CHI W, 41-14 2 20 pass Bill Brown 20 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
41 1964-12-13 @ CHI W, 41-14 2 29 interception Rip Hawkins 29 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
42 1964-12-13 @ CHI W, 41-14 3 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1964-09-13 BAL L, 24-34 1 2 rush Lenny Moore 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
2 1964-09-13 BAL L, 24-34 3 18 pass Jimmy Orr 18 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
3 1964-09-13 BAL L, 24-34 3 70 pass Lenny Moore 70 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
4 1964-09-20 CHI W, 34-28 2 51 pass Rick Casares 51 yard pass from Billy Wade (Bob Jencks kick)
5 1964-09-20 CHI W, 34-28 2 13 pass Johnny Morris 13 yard pass from Billy Wade (Bob Jencks kick)
6 1964-09-20 CHI W, 34-28 3 10 pass Johnny Morris 10 yard pass from Billy Wade (Bob Jencks kick)
7 1964-09-20 CHI W, 34-28 3 1 rush Billy Wade 1 yard rush
8 1964-09-20 CHI W, 34-28 4 3 rush Joe Marconi 3 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)
9 1964-09-27 @ RAM W, 22-13 2 2 rush Dick Bass 2 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
10 1964-09-27 @ RAM W, 22-13 3 32 pass Carroll Dale 32 yard pass from Bill Munson
11 1964-10-04 @ GNB L, 23-24 2 50 pass Boyd Dowler 50 yard pass from Bart Starr
12 1964-10-04 @ GNB L, 23-24 2 1 rush Paul Hornung 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
13 1964-10-04 @ GNB L, 23-24 3 32 pass Boyd Dowler 32 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
14 1964-10-11 DET W, 24-20 1 9 rush Dan Lewis 9 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
15 1964-10-11 DET W, 24-20 2 1 fumble Gail Cogdill 1 yard fumble return (Wayne Walker kick)
16 1964-10-11 DET W, 24-20 4 12 pass Gail Cogdill 12 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
17 1964-10-18 PIT L, 10-30 2 17 pass Dick Hoak 17 yard pass from Ed Brown (Mike Clark kick)
18 1964-10-25 @ SFO L, 22-27 1 2 rush John Brodie 2 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
19 1964-10-25 @ SFO L, 22-27 2 80 pass Dave Parks 80 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
20 1964-11-01 GNB W, 42-13 1 22 pass Max McGee 22 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
21 1964-11-01 GNB W, 42-13 2 35 pass Jim Taylor 35 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
22 1964-11-01 GNB W, 42-13 2 10 pass Jim Taylor 10 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
23 1964-11-01 GNB W, 42-13 2 26 rush Tom Moore 26 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
24 1964-11-01 GNB W, 42-13 4 45 pass Max McGee 45 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
25 1964-11-01 GNB W, 42-13 4 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
26 1964-11-08 SFO L, 7-24 4 79 pass Dave Parks 79 yard pass from George Mira (Tommy Davis kick)
27 1964-11-15 @ BAL W, 17-14 3 74 pass Lenny Moore 74 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
28 1964-11-15 @ BAL W, 17-14 4 27 pass Alex Hawkins 27 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
29 1964-11-22 @ DET T, 23-23 2 5 pass Jim Gibbons 5 yard pass from Milt Plum
30 1964-11-22 @ DET T, 23-23 3 4 fumble Sam Williams 4 yard fumble return (Wayne Walker kick)
31 1964-11-22 @ DET T, 23-23 4 18 pass Terry Barr 18 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
32 1964-11-29 RAM L, 13-34 3 27 pass Ben Wilson 27 yard pass from Bill Munson (Bruce Gossett kick)
33 1964-12-06 @ NYG L, 21-30 1 100 kickoff Clarence Childs 100 yard kickoff return (Don Chandler kick)
34 1964-12-06 @ NYG L, 21-30 2 11 pass Frank Gifford 11 yard pass from Gary Wood (Don Chandler kick)
35 1964-12-06 @ NYG L, 21-30 3 42 pass Aaron Thomas 42 yard pass from Gary Wood (Don Chandler kick)
36 1964-12-13 @ CHI L, 14-41 3 86 kickoff Andy Livingston 86 yard kickoff return (Bob Jencks kick)
37 1964-12-13 @ CHI L, 14-41 4 10 rush Ronnie Bull 10 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)