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1972 Minnesota Vikings

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7-7-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.1, Offense: 2.6, Defense: 3.4, SoS: 2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 301 points (21.5/g), 12th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 252 points (18.0/g), 11th.
 Differential of 49 points (3.5/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: Bud Grant (7-7-0)
 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
VP/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 301 4263 883 4.8 32 19 13 235 218 385 2523 19 13 6.1 127 472 1740 11 3.7 95
Team Defense 252 3701 806 4.6 40 14 15 200 169 331 1699 13 26 4.8 82 454 2002 13 4.4 103
Lg Rank Offense 12 12 11 22 14 3 4 7 6 8 15 20 18 22
Lg Rank Defense 11 5 4 14 2 9 1 7 2 5 13 16 13 20

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 18 boxscore L 0-1 Washington Redskins 21 24 26 382 200 182 2 11 203 57 146 1
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 1-1 @ Detroit Lions 34 10 13 286 156 130 16 213 124 89 5
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-2 Miami Dolphins 14 16 12 240 109 131 4 14 254 134 120 2
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 1-3 St. Louis Cardinals 17 19 21 292 113 179 2 12 262 153 109
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 2-3 @ Denver Broncos 23 20 21 305 177 128 1 15 336 175 161 2
6 Mon October 23 boxscore L 2-4 @ Chicago Bears 10 13 12 282 231 51 4 17 241 46 195 4
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 3-4 @ Green Bay Packers 27 13 15 344 192 152 3 12 232 130 102 4
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 4-4 New Orleans Saints 37 6 23 381 233 148 1 16 270 147 123 4
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 5-4 Detroit Lions 16 14 17 298 121 177 3 9 228 126 102 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 6-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 45 41 14 375 319 56 25 426 235 191 2
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 6-5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 10 23 16 320 225 95 3 12 292 86 206 3
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 7-5 Chicago Bears 23 10 19 341 261 80 3 5 91 1 90 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 7-6 Green Bay Packers 7 23 9 144 90 54 4 18 270 56 214 2
14 Sat December 16 boxscore L 7-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 20 17 273 96 177 2 18 383 229 154 7

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 32 QB 14 14 7-7-0 215 378 56.9% 2651 18 4.8 13 3.4 76 7.0 6.4 12.3 189.4 80.2 26 203 6.06 5.50 6.4 4 3
19 Bob Lee 26 2 0 3 6 50.0% 75 1 16.7 0 0.0 63 12.5 15.8 25.0 37.5 135.4 0 0 12.50 15.83 0.0
22 Paul Krause* 30 FS 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 28.1 14 7-7-0 218 385 56.6% 2726 19 4.9 13 3.4 76 7.1 6.5 12.5 194.7 81.2 26 203 6.14 5.64 6.3 4 3
Opp Total 14 169 331 51.1% 1791 13 3.9 26 7.9 5.4 2.66 10.6 127.9 47.5 21 92 4.8 2.2 6.0

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
32 Oscar Reed 28 RB 14 14 151 639 2 43 4.2 45.6 10.8 30 205 6.8 0 37 2.1 14.6 844 2 7
30 Bill Brown 34 14 0 82 263 4 19 3.2 18.8 5.9 22 298 13.5 4 76 1.6 21.3 561 8 4
41 Dave Osborn 29 14 5 82 261 2 14 3.2 18.6 5.9 20 166 8.3 1 18 1.4 11.9 427 3 3
49 Ed Marinaro 22 FB 10 6 66 223 0 19 3.4 22.3 6.6 28 218 7.8 1 18 2.8 21.8 441 1 4
26 Clint Jones 27 7 3 52 164 2 33 3.2 23.4 7.4 6 42 7.0 0 10 0.9 6.0 206 2 1
10 Fran Tarkenton 32 QB 14 14 27 180 0 21 6.7 12.9 1.9 180 0 3
42 John Gilliam* 27 KR/WR 14 14 8 14 0 14 1.8 1.0 0.6 47 1035 22.0 7 66 3.4 73.9 1049 7 2
83 Stu Voigt 24 14 0 1 1 1 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 6 50 8.3 1 14 0.4 3.6 51 2 0
21 Jim Lindsey 28 13 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.6 0.1 3 28 9.3 0 13 0.2 2.2 36 0 0
11 Mike Eischeid 32 P 14 0 1 -13 0 -13 -13.0 -0.9 0.1 -13 0 2
22 Paul Krause* 30 FS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
87 John Beasley 27 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 232 8.3 1 18 2.0 16.6 232 1 0
84 Gene Washington 28 WR 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 259 14.4 2 39 1.5 21.6 259 2 0
80 John Henderson 29 12 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 190 19.0 2 70 0.8 15.8 190 2 1
Team Total 28.1 14 472 1740 11 43 3.7 124.3 33.7 218 2726 12.5 19 76 15.6 194.7 4466 30 32
Opp Total 14 454 2002 13 4.4 143.0 32.4 169 1699 10.1 13 12.1 121.4 3701 26 27

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 26 LCB/PR 14 13 16 111 0 23 6.9 9 196 0 31 21.8 307
42 John Gilliam* 27 KR/WR 14 14 14 369 0 47 26.4 1418
20 Bobby Bryant 28 RCB 14 14 10 48 0 10 4.8 2 41 0 22 20.5 89
26 Clint Jones 27 7 3 12 327 0 49 27.3 533
30 Bill Brown 34 14 0 3 37 0 27 12.3 598
21 Jim Lindsey 28 13 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 53
83 Stu Voigt 24 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 53
Team Total 28.1 14 26 159 0 23 6.1 42 989 0 49 23.5 5614
Opp Total 14 35 317 0 9.1 62 1373 0 22.1

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 34 K 14 0 4 4 9 6 10 7 9 4 1 33 21 63.6%% 34 34 100.0%%
11 Mike Eischeid 32 P 14 0 62 2651 61 1 42.8
Team Total 28.1 14 4 4 9 6 10 7 9 4 1 33 21 63.6%% 34 34 100.0%% 62 2651 61 1 42.8
Opp Total 14 35 22 62.9%% 27 24 88.9%% 62 2573 41.5

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* 30 FS 14 14 6 109 1 35 0 0 1 1 24 1
20 Bobby Bryant 28 RCB 14 14 4 82 0 34 0 0 1 2 24 1
32 Oscar Reed 28 RB 14 14 0 7 0 0 0
40 Charlie West 26 LCB/PR 14 13 3 7 0 8 0 0 2 2 26 0
60 Roy Winston 32 LLB 13 13 3 55 0 23 0 0 0 2 19 0
23 Jeff Wright 23 13 8 3 31 0 31 0 0 0 2 16 0
30 Bill Brown 34 14 0 0 4 0 0 0
11 Mike Eischeid 32 P 14 0 0 2 2 0 0
42 John Gilliam* 27 KR/WR 14 14 0 2 2 13 0
58 Wally Hilgenberg 30 RLB 14 14 1 17 1 14 0 0 1 2 13 0
49 Ed Marinaro 22 FB 10 6 0 4 0 0 0
50 Jeff Siemon 22 MLB 13 8 2 23 0 23 0 0 0 2 0 0
10 Fran Tarkenton 32 QB 14 14 0 3 1 0 0
41 Dave Osborn 29 14 5 0 3 0 0 0
53 Mick Tingelhoff 32 C 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
87 John Beasley 27 TE 14 14 0 0 2 4 0
29 Karl Kassulke 31 SS 8 6 2 25 0 22 0
43 Nate Wright 25 14 0 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Carl Eller 30 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
80 John Henderson 29 12 3 0 1 0 0 0
26 Clint Jones 27 7 3 0 1 0 0 0
70 Jim Marshall 35 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
59 Lonnie Warwick 30 6 6 1 6 0 6 0
Team Total 28.1 14 26 365 2 35 0 0 32 26 139 2
Opp Total 14 26 27 13

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 34 K 14 0 34 21 97
30 Bill Brown 34 14 0 4 4 8 48
42 John Gilliam* 27 KR/WR 14 14 7 7 42
41 Dave Osborn 29 14 5 2 1 3 18
80 John Henderson 29 12 3 2 2 12
26 Clint Jones 27 7 3 2 2 12
22 Paul Krause* 30 FS 14 14 1 1 2 12
32 Oscar Reed 28 RB 14 14 2 2 12
83 Stu Voigt 24 14 0 1 1 2 12
84 Gene Washington 28 WR 12 11 2 2 12
87 John Beasley 27 TE 14 14 1 1 6
20 Bobby Bryant 28 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
58 Wally Hilgenberg 30 RLB 14 14 1 1 6
49 Ed Marinaro 22 FB 10 6 1 1 6
Team Total 28.1 14 11 19 2 2 34 34 21 301
Opp Total 14 13 13 24 22 252

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-18 WAS L, 21-24 2 1 rush Clint Jones 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
2 1972-09-18 WAS L, 21-24 3 11 pass John Gilliam 11 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
3 1972-09-18 WAS L, 21-24 4 4 pass Bill Brown 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
4 1972-09-24 @ DET W, 34-10 2 14 rush Dave Osborn 14 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
5 1972-09-24 @ DET W, 34-10 2 40 pass John Gilliam 40 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
6 1972-09-24 @ DET W, 34-10 3 1 rush Dave Osborn 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
7 1972-09-24 @ DET W, 34-10 3 13 pass Dave Osborn 13 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
8 1972-10-01 MIA L, 14-16 1 56 pass John Gilliam 56 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
9 1972-10-01 MIA L, 14-16 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
10 1972-10-08 STL L, 17-19 2 4 rush Clint Jones 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
11 1972-10-08 STL L, 17-19 4 4 pass Gene Washington 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
12 1972-10-15 @ DEN W, 23-20 3 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
13 1972-10-15 @ DEN W, 23-20 4 31 pass Gene Washington 31 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
14 1972-10-23 @ CHI L, 10-13 1 44 pass John Gilliam 44 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
15 1972-10-29 @ GNB W, 27-13 3 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
16 1972-10-29 @ GNB W, 27-13 4 32 interception Paul Krause 32 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
17 1972-10-29 @ GNB W, 27-13 4 14 interception Wally Hilgenberg 14 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
18 1972-11-05 NOR W, 37-6 1 1 rush Oscar Reed 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1972-11-05 NOR W, 37-6 2 9 pass John Beasley 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
20 1972-11-05 NOR W, 37-6 3 3 pass Bill Brown 3 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
21 1972-11-05 NOR W, 37-6 4 2 pass John Gilliam 2 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)
22 1972-11-12 DET W, 16-14 3 20 rush Oscar Reed 20 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
23 1972-11-19 @ RAM W, 45-41 2 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
24 1972-11-19 @ RAM W, 45-41 3 30 fumble Paul Krause 30 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
25 1972-11-19 @ RAM W, 45-41 3 76 pass Bill Brown 76 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
26 1972-11-19 @ RAM W, 45-41 4 70 pass John Henderson 70 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
27 1972-11-19 @ RAM W, 45-41 4 5 pass Bill Brown 5 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
28 1972-11-19 @ RAM W, 45-41 4 66 pass John Gilliam 66 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
29 1972-11-26 @ PIT L, 10-23 4 5 pass Stu Voigt 5 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
30 1972-12-03 CHI W, 23-10 2 15 pass John Henderson 15 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
31 1972-12-03 CHI W, 23-10 3 24 fumble Bobby Bryant 24 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
32 1972-12-10 GNB L, 7-23 2 1 rush Stu Voigt 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
33 1972-12-16 @ SFO L, 17-20 1 18 pass Ed Marinaro 18 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
34 1972-12-16 @ SFO L, 17-20 3 31 pass John Gilliam 31 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-18 WAS W, 24-21 1 16 blocked punt Bill Malinchak 16 yard blocked punt return (Curt Knight kick)
2 1972-09-18 WAS W, 24-21 4 3 rush Larry Brown 3 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
3 1972-09-18 WAS W, 24-21 4 9 rush Charlie Harraway 9 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
4 1972-09-24 @ DET L, 10-34 4 3 rush Altie Taylor 3 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
5 1972-10-01 MIA W, 16-14 4 3 pass Jim Mandich 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1972-10-08 STL W, 19-17 3 24 pass Ahmad Rashad 24 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo
7 1972-10-08 STL W, 19-17 4 24 pass Ahmad Rashad 24 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1972-10-15 @ DEN L, 20-23 2 36 pass Floyd Little 36 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
9 1972-10-15 @ DEN L, 20-23 4 27 rush Floyd Little 27 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1972-10-15 @ DEN L, 20-23 4 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (run failed)
11 1972-10-23 @ CHI W, 13-10 2 4 pass Jim Harrison 4 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
12 1972-10-29 @ GNB L, 13-27 1 6 pass Carroll Dale 6 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Chester Marcol kick)
13 1972-11-12 DET L, 14-16 3 48 pass Larry Walton 48 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
14 1972-11-12 DET L, 14-16 3 20 pass Larry Walton 20 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
15 1972-11-19 @ RAM L, 41-45 1 1 rush Jim Bertelsen 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
16 1972-11-19 @ RAM L, 41-45 2 1 rush Roman Gabriel 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
17 1972-11-19 @ RAM L, 41-45 3 1 rush Jim Bertelsen 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
18 1972-11-19 @ RAM L, 41-45 4 7 rush Willie Ellison 7 yard rush (David Ray kick)
19 1972-11-19 @ RAM L, 41-45 4 17 pass Joe Sweet 17 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
20 1972-11-26 @ PIT W, 23-10 1 12 rush Franco Harris 12 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1972-11-26 @ PIT W, 23-10 4 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush
22 1972-11-26 @ PIT W, 23-10 4 17 pass Frank Lewis 17 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1972-12-03 CHI L, 10-23 4 7 pass Gary Kosins 7 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
24 1972-12-10 GNB W, 23-7 3 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
25 1972-12-10 GNB W, 23-7 3 3 rush MacArthur Lane 3 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
26 1972-12-16 @ SFO W, 20-17 4 24 pass Gene Washington 24 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
27 1972-12-16 @ SFO W, 20-17 4 2 pass Dick Witcher 2 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)