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1968 Minnesota Vikings

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8-6-0, Finished 1st in NFL Central Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.7, Offense: 0.3, Defense: 2.4, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 282 points (20.1/g), 8th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 242 points (17.3/g), 6th.
 Differential of 40 points (2.9/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-5.7.

Coach: Bud Grant (8-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Team Info

Co-Owner Bill Boyer
Co-Owner/President 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 282 3606 817 4.4 31 14 20 223 154 282 1685 11 17 5.3 89 500 1921 19 3.8 114
Team Defense 242 3758 791 4.8 38 22 14 210 185 315 1855 16 16 5.2 98 432 1903 8 4.4 98
Lg Rank Offense 8 14 4 7 11 16 15 14 4 10 2 6 4 11
Lg Rank Defense 6 5 7 2 4 1 3 5 12 7 8 11 3 13

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 14 boxscore W 1-0 Atlanta Falcons 47 7 21 404 218 186 2 14 234 153 81 4
2 Sun September 22 boxscore W 2-0 @ Green Bay Packers 26 13 20 242 118 124 1 18 242 137 105 2
3 Sun September 29 boxscore L 2-1 Chicago Bears 17 27 17 279 121 158 3 20 409 131 278 2
4 Sun October 6 boxscore W 3-1 Detroit Lions 24 10 18 265 130 135 9 247 168 79 1
5 Sun October 13 boxscore L 3-2 @ New Orleans Saints 17 20 15 190 51 139 4 10 207 86 121 7
6 Sun October 20 boxscore L 3-3 Dallas Cowboys 7 20 16 274 144 130 3 9 177 93 84 2
7 Sun October 27 boxscore L 3-4 @ Chicago Bears 24 26 17 274 177 97 1 20 418 171 247 1
8 Sun November 3 boxscore W 4-4 Washington Redskins 27 14 15 317 102 215 3 9 133 92 41 4
9 Sun November 10 boxscore W 5-4 Green Bay Packers 14 10 15 226 66 160 1 21 263 91 172 4
10 Sun November 17 boxscore W 6-4 @ Detroit Lions 13 6 15 252 113 139 3 6 131 38 93 1
11 Sun November 24 boxscore L 6-5 @ Baltimore Colts 9 21 15 229 141 88 2 22 413 243 170 3
12 Sun December 1 boxscore L 6-6 Los Angeles Rams 3 31 9 127 47 80 5 19 324 123 201 2
13 Sun December 8 boxscore W 7-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 30 20 15 247 122 125 1 15 280 179 101 3
14 Sun December 15 boxscore W 8-6 @ Philadelphia Eagles 24 17 15 280 135 145 2 18 286 156 130 2
Playoffs
Division Sun December 22 boxscore L 8-7 @ Baltimore Colts 14 24 22 351 266 85 3 15 295 245 50 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
11 Joe Kapp 30 QB 14 14 8-6-0 129 248 52.0% 1695 10 4.0 17 6.9 61 6.8 4.6 13.1 121.1 58.8 0 1
15 Gary Cuozzo 27 4 0 24 33 72.7% 297 1 3.0 0 0.0 31 9.0 9.6 12.4 74.3 110.3
30 Bill Brown* 30 FB 14 14 1 1 100.0% 3 0 0.0 0 0.0 3 3.0 3.0 3.0 0.2 79.2
Team Total 26.3 14 8-6-0 154 282 54.6% 1995 11 3.9 17 6.0 61 7.1 5.1 13.0 142.5 65.0 0 1
Opp Total 14 185 315 58.7% 2162 16 5.1 16 5.1 6.9 5.59 11.7 154.4 75.4 44 307 5.2 4.1 12.3

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* 30 FB 14 14 222 805 11 32 3.6 57.5 15.9 31 329 10.6 3 57 2.2 23.5 1134 14 6
26 Clint Jones 23 HB 12 12 128 536 1 43 4.2 44.7 10.7 4 26 6.5 0 14 0.3 2.2 562 1 1
21 Jim Lindsey 24 14 0 53 152 4 9 2.9 10.9 3.8 15 148 9.9 0 22 1.1 10.6 300 4 3
11 Joe Kapp 30 QB 14 14 50 269 3 27 5.4 19.2 3.6 269 3 3
41 Dave Osborn 25 4 0 42 140 0 23 3.3 35.0 10.5 140 0 1
28 Earl Denny 23 14 0 2 9 0 9 4.5 0.6 0.1 9 0 1
32 Oscar Reed 24 7 0 2 6 0 5 3.0 0.9 0.3 6 0 0
15 Gary Cuozzo 27 4 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 1.0 0.3 4 0 1
84 Gene Washington 24 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 46 756 16.4 6 61 3.3 54.0 756 6 1
87 John Beasley 23 te 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 289 12.6 0 20 1.6 20.6 289 0 0
86 Tom Hall 28 WR 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 268 14.1 1 37 1.5 20.6 268 1 0
89 Bill Martin 26 TE 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 101 10.1 1 15 0.7 7.2 101 1 1
80 John Henderson 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 42 10.5 0 12 0.6 6.0 42 0 0
82 Bob Goodridge 22 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.5 5 0 0
24 Art Powell 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 31 31.0 0 31 1.0 31.0 31 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 500 1921 19 43 3.8 137.2 35.7 154 1995 13.0 11 61 11.0 142.5 3916 30 22
Opp Total 14 432 1903 8 4.4 135.9 30.9 185 1855 10.0 16 13.2 132.5 3758 24 29

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
40 Charlie West 22 KR/PR 14 0 20 201 1 98 10.1 22 576 0 82 26.2 777
20 Bobby Bryant 24 14 0 10 49 0 15 4.9 19 373 0 35 19.6 422
26 Clint Jones 23 HB 12 12 4 60 0 22 15.0 622
28 Earl Denny 23 14 0 3 19 0 10 6.3 28
67 Grady Alderman 30 LT 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
21 Jim Lindsey 24 14 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 307
89 Bill Martin 26 TE 14 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 101
45 Ed Sharockman 29 RCB 14 14 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Team Total 26.3 14 30 250 1 98 8.3 52 1049 0 82 20.2 5215
Opp Total 14 29 204 0 7.0 56 1291 0 23.1

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 30 K 14 0 3 3 8 8 9 5 7 3 2 29 19 65.5%% 32 31 96.9%%
10 King Hill 32 P 8 0 33 1354 53 0 41.0
89 Bill Martin 26 TE 14 7 28 1046 49 0 37.4
Team Total 26.3 14 3 3 8 8 9 5 7 3 2 29 19 65.5%% 32 31 96.9%% 61 2400 53 0 39.3
Opp Total 14 27 18 66.7%% 27 26 96.3%% 64 2458 38.4

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
22 Paul Krause 26 RS 14 14 7 82 0 29 0 0 0 3 0 0
30 Bill Brown* 30 FB 14 14 0 6 2 0 0
20 Bobby Bryant 24 14 0 2 60 1 51 0 0 2 3 0 0
45 Ed Sharockman 29 RCB 14 14 4 70 0 22 0 0 0 1 0 0
11 Joe Kapp 30 QB 14 14 0 3 1 0 0
21 Jim Lindsey 24 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
29 Karl Kassulke 27 LS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
46 Earsell Mackbee 27 LCB 14 14 2 55 0 36 0 0 0 1 28 0
58 Wally Hilgenberg 26 rlb 14 7 0 0 2 0 0
77 Gary Larsen 28 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
89 Bill Martin 26 TE 14 7 0 1 1 0 0
88 Alan Page* 23 RDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
59 Lonnie Warwick 26 MLB 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
40 Charlie West 22 KR/PR 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
60 Roy Winston 28 LLB 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
15 Gary Cuozzo 27 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
71 Doug Davis 24 RT 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
28 Earl Denny 23 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Carl Eller*+ 26 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
86 Tom Hall 28 WR 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
26 Clint Jones 23 HB 12 12 0 1 0 0 0
70 Jim Marshall* 31 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0 1
41 Dave Osborn 25 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
53 Mick Tingelhoff*+ 28 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
84 Gene Washington 24 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 16 267 1 51 0 0 22 30 36 0 1
Opp Total 14 35 29 7

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 30 K 14 0 31 19 88
30 Bill Brown* 30 FB 14 14 11 3 14 84
84 Gene Washington 24 WR 14 14 6 6 36
21 Jim Lindsey 24 14 0 4 4 24
11 Joe Kapp 30 QB 14 14 3 3 18
20 Bobby Bryant 24 14 0 1 1 6
86 Tom Hall 28 WR 13 13 1 1 6
26 Clint Jones 23 HB 12 12 1 1 6
89 Bill Martin 26 TE 14 7 1 1 6
40 Charlie West 22 KR/PR 14 0 1 1 6
70 Jim Marshall* 31 RDE 14 14 1 2
Team Total 26.3 14 19 11 1 1 32 31 19 1 282
Opp Total 14 8 16 1 2 26 18 242

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1968-09-14 ATL W, 47-7 2 15 pass Bill Martin 15 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
2 1968-09-14 ATL W, 47-7 2 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
3 1968-09-14 ATL W, 47-7 2 37 pass Bill Brown 37 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
4 1968-09-14 ATL W, 47-7 2 21 pass Tom Hall 21 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
5 1968-09-14 ATL W, 47-7 4 2 rush Jim Lindsey 2 yard rush
6 1968-09-14 ATL W, 47-7 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
7 1968-09-22 @ GNB W, 26-13 1 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
8 1968-09-22 @ GNB W, 26-13 2 10 rush Bill Brown 10 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
9 1968-09-22 @ GNB W, 26-13 3 4 rush Clint Jones 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
10 1968-09-29 CHI L, 17-27 4 24 pass Gene Washington 24 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
11 1968-09-29 CHI L, 17-27 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
12 1968-10-06 DET W, 24-10 2 3 rush Jim Lindsey 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
13 1968-10-06 DET W, 24-10 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
14 1968-10-06 DET W, 24-10 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
15 1968-10-13 @ NOR L, 17-20 3 2 rush Bill Brown 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
16 1968-10-13 @ NOR L, 17-20 3 51 interception Bobby Bryant 51 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
17 1968-10-20 DAL L, 7-20 2 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
18 1968-10-27 @ CHI L, 24-26 1 1 rush Jim Lindsey 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1968-10-27 @ CHI L, 24-26 2 54 pass Gene Washington 54 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
20 1968-10-27 @ CHI L, 24-26 4 25 pass Gene Washington 25 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
21 1968-11-03 WAS W, 27-14 2 5 pass Gene Washington 5 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
22 1968-11-03 WAS W, 27-14 2 61 pass Gene Washington 61 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
23 1968-11-03 WAS W, 27-14 4 98 punt Charlie West 98 yard punt return (Fred Cox kick)
24 1968-11-10 GNB W, 14-10 1 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
25 1968-11-10 GNB W, 14-10 2 2 rush Bill Brown 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
26 1968-11-17 @ DET W, 13-6 3 2 rush Jim Lindsey 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
27 1968-12-08 @ SFO W, 30-20 1 8 pass Bill Brown 8 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
28 1968-12-08 @ SFO W, 30-20 2 2 rush Joe Kapp 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
29 1968-12-08 @ SFO W, 30-20 3 5 rush Joe Kapp 5 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
30 1968-12-15 @ PHI W, 24-17 2 57 pass Bill Brown 57 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
31 1968-12-15 @ PHI W, 24-17 3 30 pass Gene Washington 30 yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
32 1968-12-15 @ PHI W, 24-17 4 2 rush Joe Kapp 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1968-09-14 ATL L, 7-47 3 1 rush Brendan McCarthy 1 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
2 1968-09-22 @ GNB L, 13-26 3 10 rush Bart Starr 10 yard rush
3 1968-09-22 @ GNB L, 13-26 4 7 pass Carroll Dale 7 yard pass from Bart Starr (Jerry Kramer kick)
4 1968-09-29 CHI W, 27-17 1 7 rush Gale Sayers 7 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
5 1968-09-29 CHI W, 27-17 1 15 pass Dick Gordon 15 yard pass from Jack Concannon (Mac Percival kick)
6 1968-09-29 CHI W, 27-17 4 23 rush Ralph Kurek 23 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
7 1968-10-06 DET L, 10-24 4 30 pass Mel Farr 30 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
8 1968-10-13 @ NOR W, 20-17 1 94 interception Bo Burris 94 yard interception return (Charlie Durkee kick)
9 1968-10-13 @ NOR W, 20-17 1 2 pass Monty Stickles 2 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
10 1968-10-20 DAL W, 20-7 3 15 rush Craig Baynham 15 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
11 1968-10-20 DAL W, 20-7 4 55 interception Cornell Green 55 yard interception return (Mike Clark kick)
12 1968-10-27 @ CHI W, 26-24 1 12 pass Bob Wallace 12 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Mac Percival kick)
13 1968-10-27 @ CHI W, 26-24 3 50 pass Dick Gordon 50 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Mac Percival kick)
14 1968-11-03 WAS L, 14-27 4 5 pass Pat Richter 5 yard pass from Harry Theofiledes (Charlie Gogolak kick)
15 1968-11-03 WAS L, 14-27 4 61 fumble Jim Smith 61 yard fumble return (Charlie Gogolak kick)
16 1968-11-10 GNB L, 10-14 3 1 rush Donny Anderson 1 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
17 1968-11-24 @ BAL W, 21-9 1 1 rush Terry Cole 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
18 1968-11-24 @ BAL W, 21-9 2 39 pass Willie Richardson 39 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick)
19 1968-11-24 @ BAL W, 21-9 2 18 pass Tom Mitchell 18 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Lou Michaels kick)
20 1968-12-01 RAM W, 31-3 1 2 rush Willie Ellison 2 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
21 1968-12-01 RAM W, 31-3 2 10 pass Wendell Tucker 10 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1968-12-01 RAM W, 31-3 4 25 pass Wendell Tucker 25 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
23 1968-12-01 RAM W, 31-3 4 9 pass Wendell Tucker 9 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
24 1968-12-08 @ SFO L, 20-30 4 43 pass Bill Tucker 43 yard pass from Clifton McNeil (Tommy Davis kick)
25 1968-12-08 @ SFO L, 20-30 4 13 pass Gary Lewis 13 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
26 1968-12-15 @ PHI L, 17-24 2 5 pass Gary Ballman 5 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
27 1968-12-15 @ PHI L, 17-24 4 12 pass Fred Hill 12 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)