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1971 Minnesota Vikings

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11-3-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.5, Offense: -3.4, Defense: 9.9, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 245 points (17.5/g), 18th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 139 points (9.9/g), 1st.
 Differential of 106 points (7.6/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 11.1-2.9.

Coach: Bud Grant (11-3-0)
 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 245 3350 846 4.0 30 12 14 198 157 334 1655 9 18 4.6 95 484 1695 14 3.5 89
Team Defense 139 3406 879 3.9 45 18 18 194 206 405 1806 10 27 4.2 88 447 1600 2 3.6 88
Lg Rank Offense 18 23 7 4 23 19 25 25 11 23 11 17 9 22
Lg Rank Defense 1 2 3 6 2 21 3 3 3 1 11 6 1 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 20 boxscore W 1-0 @ Detroit Lions 16 13 14 275 232 43 4 15 221 61 160 2
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-1 Chicago Bears 17 20 11 230 146 84 1 19 315 239 76 3
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 2-1 Buffalo Bills 19 0 23 326 133 193 3 7 64 8 56 3
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 3-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 13 0 15 195 60 135 1 9 172 122 50 4
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 4-1 @ Green Bay Packers 24 13 17 270 172 98 1 19 342 221 121 5
6 Mon October 25 boxscore W 5-1 Baltimore Colts 10 3 9 153 86 67 1 16 276 147 129 3
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 6-1 @ New York Giants 17 10 13 278 161 117 2 13 252 127 125 1
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 6-2 San Francisco 49ers 9 13 10 167 76 91 1 14 222 103 119 5
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 7-2 Green Bay Packers 3 0 5 87 21 66 1 15 301 56 245 4
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 8-2 @ New Orleans Saints 23 10 20 267 95 172 2 11 258 167 91 2
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 9-2 Atlanta Falcons 24 7 19 304 47 257 3 4 123 55 68 3
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 9-3 @ San Diego Chargers 14 30 19 315 173 142 5 21 314 165 149 1
13 Sat December 11 boxscore W 10-3 Detroit Lions 29 10 7 134 21 113 2 17 236 129 107 5
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 11-3 @ Chicago Bears 27 10 16 349 232 117 3 14 310 206 104 4
Playoffs
Division Sat December 25 boxscore L 11-4 Dallas Cowboys 12 20 17 311 210 101 5 10 183 85 98

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
15 Gary Cuozzo 30 QB 8 8 6-2-0 75 168 44.6% 842 6 3.6 8 4.8 52 5.0 3.6 11.2 105.3 52.2 13 97 4.12 2.79 7.2 1 2
19 Bob Lee 25 P 14 4 3-1-0 45 90 50.0% 598 2 2.2 4 4.4 51 6.6 5.1 13.3 42.7 60.3 8 91 5.17 3.74 8.2
16 Norm Snead 32 qb 7 2 2-0-0 37 75 49.3% 470 1 1.3 6 8.0 55 6.3 2.9 12.7 67.1 40.4 7 67 4.91 1.87 8.5 0 1
27 Bob Grim* 26 WR 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 27.6 14 11-3-0 157 334 47.0% 1910 9 2.7 18 5.4 55 5.7 3.8 12.2 136.4 51.6 28 255 4.57 2.83 7.7 1 3
Opp Total 14 206 405 50.9% 2022 10 2.5 27 6.7 5.0 2.49 9.8 144.4 45.7 27 216 4.2 1.8 6.3

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
26 Clint Jones 26 RB 14 10 180 675 4 73 3.8 48.2 12.9 9 98 10.9 0 18 0.6 7.0 773 4 7
41 Dave Osborn 28 FB 11 9 123 349 5 15 2.8 31.7 11.2 25 195 7.8 1 25 2.3 17.7 544 6 3
32 Oscar Reed 27 13 3 50 182 1 18 3.6 14.0 3.8 15 138 9.2 0 26 1.2 10.6 320 1 1
30 Bill Brown 33 fb 14 6 46 136 2 23 3.0 9.7 3.3 10 94 9.4 0 36 0.7 6.7 230 2 0
21 Jim Lindsey 27 14 0 46 182 0 19 4.0 13.0 3.3 8 31 3.9 0 9 0.6 2.2 213 0 1
15 Gary Cuozzo 30 QB 8 8 15 24 0 9 1.6 3.0 1.9 24 0 2
19 Bob Lee 25 P 14 4 11 14 1 4 1.3 1.0 0.8 14 1 2
27 Bob Grim* 26 WR 14 14 6 127 0 54 21.2 9.1 0.4 45 691 15.4 7 55 3.2 49.4 818 7 0
16 Norm Snead 32 qb 7 2 6 6 1 5 1.0 0.9 0.9 6 1 2
86 Al Denson 29 7 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 10 125 12.5 0 17 1.4 17.9 125 0 0
83 Stu Voigt 23 TE 12 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 214 14.3 1 25 1.3 17.8 214 1 1
84 Gene Washington 27 WR 13 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 165 13.8 0 51 0.9 12.7 165 0 1
89 Robert Brown 28 8 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 141 23.5 0 48 0.8 17.6 141 0 0
80 John Henderson 28 7 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 18 9.0 0 12 0.3 2.6 18 0 0
Team Total 27.6 14 484 1695 14 73 3.5 121.1 34.6 157 1910 12.2 9 55 11.2 136.4 3605 23 25
Opp Total 14 447 1600 2 3.6 114.3 31.9 206 1806 8.8 10 14.7 129.0 3406 12 34

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 25 KR/LCB/PR 14 14 18 94 0 16 5.2 24 556 0 36 23.2 650
26 Clint Jones 26 RB 14 10 12 329 0 47 27.4 1102
27 Bob Grim* 26 WR 14 14 7 44 0 36 6.3 3 52 0 38 17.3 914
20 Bobby Bryant 27 13 6 2 26 0 17 13.0 1 23 0 23 23.0 49
83 Stu Voigt 23 TE 12 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 214
Team Total 27.6 14 27 164 0 36 6.1 41 960 0 47 23.4 4729
Opp Total 14 47 336 0 7.1 49 1077 0 22.0

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
19 Bob Lee 25 P 14 4 89 3515 58 0 39.5
14 Fred Cox 33 K 14 0 9 9 8 4 7 6 8 3 32 22 68.8%% 25 25 100.0%%
Team Total 27.6 14 9 9 8 4 7 6 8 3 32 22 68.8%% 25 25 100.0%% 89 3515 58 0 39.5
Opp Total 14 32 14 43.8%% 14 13 92.9%% 78 3120 40.0

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
40 Charlie West 25 KR/LCB/PR 14 14 7 236 0 89 0 0 2 1 0 0
26 Clint Jones 26 RB 14 10 0 7 2 0 0
20 Bobby Bryant 27 13 6 3 51 0 19 0 0 2 3 5 0
22 Paul Krause* 29 FS 14 14 6 112 0 31 0 0 0 2 6 0
45 Ed Sharockman 32 RCB 14 14 6 109 0 33 0
58 Wally Hilgenberg 29 RLB 14 14 2 6 0 6 0 0 0 3 4 0
15 Gary Cuozzo 30 QB 8 8 0 2 2 0 0
41 Dave Osborn 28 FB 11 9 0 3 1 0 0
29 Karl Kassulke 30 SS 12 8 2 29 0 27 0 0 0 1 0 0
19 Bob Lee 25 P 14 4 0 2 1 0 0
21 Jim Lindsey 27 14 0 0 1 2 0 1
88 Alan Page*+ 26 RDT 14 14 0 0 3 8 0 2
52 Noel Jenke 25 14 0 0 0 2 7 0
16 Norm Snead 32 qb 7 2 0 2 0 0 0
53 Mick Tingelhoff 31 C 14 14 0 1 1 -8 0
84 Gene Washington 27 WR 13 9 0 1 1 0 0
56 Carl Gersbach 24 MLB 13 11 0 0 1 0 0
27 Bob Grim* 26 WR 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
77 Gary Larsen 31 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
70 Jim Marshall 34 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
32 Oscar Reed 27 13 3 0 1 0 0 0
83 Stu Voigt 23 TE 12 9 0 1 0 0 0
72 John Ward 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Roy Winston 31 LLB 14 14 1 29 1 29 0
Team Total 27.6 14 27 572 1 89 0 0 25 30 22 1 2
Opp Total 14 28 34 16

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 33 K 14 0 25 22 91
27 Bob Grim* 26 WR 14 14 7 7 42
41 Dave Osborn 28 FB 11 9 5 1 6 36
26 Clint Jones 26 RB 14 10 4 4 24
30 Bill Brown 33 fb 14 6 2 2 12
19 Bob Lee 25 P 14 4 1 1 6
21 Jim Lindsey 27 14 0 1 1 6
32 Oscar Reed 27 13 3 1 1 6
16 Norm Snead 32 qb 7 2 1 1 6
83 Stu Voigt 23 TE 12 9 1 1 6
60 Roy Winston 31 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
88 Alan Page*+ 26 RDT 14 14 2 4
Team Total 27.6 14 14 9 1 1 25 25 22 2 245
Opp Total 14 2 10 1 1 13 14 139

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-20 @ DET W, 16-13 3 45 pass Bob Grim 45 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
2 1971-09-26 CHI L, 17-20 2 4 pass Bob Grim 4 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
3 1971-09-26 CHI L, 17-20 3 52 pass Bob Grim 52 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
4 1971-10-03 BUF W, 19-0 2 1 rush Dave Osborn 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
5 1971-10-03 BUF W, 19-0 4 1 rush Norm Snead 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
6 1971-10-10 @ PHI W, 13-0 2 2 rush Dave Osborn 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
7 1971-10-17 @ GNB W, 24-13 1 6 pass Dave Osborn 6 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
8 1971-10-17 @ GNB W, 24-13 3 8 pass Stu Voigt 8 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
9 1971-10-17 @ GNB W, 24-13 4 24 pass Bob Grim 24 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
10 1971-10-25 BAL W, 10-3 1 2 rush Dave Osborn 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
11 1971-10-31 @ NYG W, 17-10 1 2 rush Dave Osborn 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
12 1971-10-31 @ NYG W, 17-10 4 55 pass Bob Grim 55 yard pass from Norm Snead (Fred Cox kick)
13 1971-11-21 @ NOR W, 23-10 3 4 rush Bob Lee 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
14 1971-11-21 @ NOR W, 23-10 4 4 rush Clint Jones 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
15 1971-11-28 ATL W, 24-7 2 73 rush Clint Jones 73 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
16 1971-11-28 ATL W, 24-7 3 23 rush Bill Brown 23 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
17 1971-11-28 ATL W, 24-7 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
18 1971-12-05 @ SDG L, 14-30 1 10 rush Oscar Reed 10 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1971-12-05 @ SDG L, 14-30 2 1 rush Clint Jones 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
20 1971-12-11 DET W, 29-10 1 29 interception Roy Winston 29 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
21 1971-12-11 DET W, 29-10 2 3 rush Clint Jones 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
22 1971-12-11 DET W, 29-10 4 0 fumble Jim Lindsey 0 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
23 1971-12-19 @ CHI W, 27-10 1 1 rush Dave Osborn 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
24 1971-12-19 @ CHI W, 27-10 2 6 pass Bob Grim 6 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)
25 1971-12-19 @ CHI W, 27-10 3 40 pass Bob Grim 40 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-20 @ DET L, 13-16 1 3 pass Mel Farr 3 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
2 1971-09-26 CHI W, 20-17 4 36 pass Dick Gordon 36 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
3 1971-09-26 CHI W, 20-17 4 19 pass Dick Gordon 19 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
4 1971-10-17 @ GNB L, 13-24 2 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
5 1971-10-17 @ GNB L, 13-24 3 56 pass Carroll Dale 56 yard pass from Scott Hunter
6 1971-10-31 @ NYG L, 10-17 2 3 rush Charlie Evans 3 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
7 1971-11-07 SFO W, 13-9 4 6 pass Gene Washington 6 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
8 1971-11-21 @ NOR L, 10-23 4 4 pass Dave Parks 4 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
9 1971-11-28 ATL L, 7-24 2 55 fumble Jim Mitchell 55 yard fumble return (Bill Bell kick)
10 1971-12-05 @ SDG W, 30-14 1 5 pass Gary Garrison 5 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
11 1971-12-05 @ SDG W, 30-14 4 5 pass Mike Garrett 5 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
12 1971-12-05 @ SDG W, 30-14 4 36 interception Pete Barnes 36 yard interception return (Dennis Partee kick)
13 1971-12-11 DET L, 10-29 3 4 pass Larry Walton 4 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
14 1971-12-19 @ CHI L, 10-27 3 6 pass Dick Gordon 6 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)