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1974 Minnesota Vikings

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10-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.1, Offense: 3.6, Defense: 2.5, SoS: -2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 310 points (22.1/g), 5th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 195 points (13.9/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 115 points (8.2/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 10.5-3.5.

Coach: Bud Grant (10-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns

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

Team Info

Principal 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 310 4611 907 5.1 22 9 14 264 234 400 2755 22 13 6.6 136 488 1856 17 3.8 114
Team Defense 195 3907 864 4.5 33 11 10 230 214 396 2302 8 22 5.4 120 437 1605 12 3.7 100
Lg Rank Offense 5 3 3 2 5 4 2 2 4 3 10 15 6 15
Lg Rank Defense 3 10 12 19 9 18 18 1 8 15 5 5 8 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 15 boxscore W 1-0 @ Green Bay Packers 32 17 20 262 97 165 2 12 191 95 96 4
2 Sun September 22 boxscore W 2-0 @ Detroit Lions 7 6 14 253 119 134 2 9 162 39 123
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 3-0 Chicago Bears 11 7 16 303 165 138 3 18 279 162 117 3
4 Sun October 6 boxscore W 4-0 @ Dallas Cowboys 23 21 18 376 265 111 16 273 129 144 4
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 5-0 Houston Oilers 51 10 25 502 357 145 11 185 129 56 4
6 Sun October 20 boxscore L 5-1 Detroit Lions 16 20 25 371 210 161 2 23 358 276 82 1
7 Sun October 27 boxscore L 5-2 New England Patriots 14 17 20 371 257 114 3 18 394 218 176 4
8 Sun November 3 boxscore W 6-2 @ Chicago Bears 17 0 17 269 79 190 2 10 158 100 58 3
9 Mon November 11 boxscore W 7-2 @ St. Louis Cardinals 28 24 18 304 126 178 1 23 436 341 95 3
10 Sun November 17 boxscore L 7-3 Green Bay Packers 7 19 14 284 210 74 2 20 393 191 202 1
11 Sun November 24 boxscore L 7-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 20 18 301 214 87 1 25 380 268 112 1
12 Sun December 1 boxscore W 8-4 New Orleans Saints 29 9 19 405 308 97 1 13 226 81 145
13 Sat December 7 boxscore W 9-4 Atlanta Falcons 23 10 18 252 104 148 1 15 191 75 116 2
14 Sat December 14 boxscore W 10-4 @ Kansas City Chiefs 35 15 22 358 244 114 2 17 281 198 83 3
Playoffs
Division Sat December 21 boxscore W 11-4 St. Louis Cardinals 30 14 19 365 166 199 2 17 284 184 100 2
ConfChamp Sun December 29 boxscore W 12-4 Los Angeles Rams 14 10 18 269 105 164 3 15 340 219 121 5
SuperBowl Sun January 12 boxscore L 12-5 N Pittsburgh Steelers 6 16 9 119 102 17 5 17 333 84 249 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* 34 QB 13 13 9-4-0 199 351 56.7% 2598 17 4.8 12 3.4 80 7.4 6.8 13.1 199.8 82.1 17 142 6.67 6.13 4.6 1 1
17 Bob Berry 32 qb 10 1 1-0-0 34 48 70.8% 305 5 10.4 1 2.1 21 6.4 7.5 9.0 30.5 113.6 2 12 5.86 6.96 4.0
11 Mike Eischeid 34 P 14 0 1 1 100.0% 6 0 0.0 0 0.0 6 6.0 6.0 6.0 0.4 91.7 0 0 6.00 6.00 0.0
Team Total 27.7 14 10-4-0 234 400 58.5% 2909 22 5.5 13 3.3 80 7.3 6.9 12.4 207.8 85.9 19 154 6.58 6.23 4.5 1 1
Opp Total 14 214 396 54.0% 2569 8 2.0 22 5.6 6.5 4.39 12.0 183.5 57.7 31 267 5.4 3.4 7.3

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
44 Chuck Foreman* 24 FB 13 13 199 777 9 32 3.9 59.8 15.3 53 586 11.1 6 66 4.1 45.1 1363 15 6
41 Dave Osborn 31 RB 13 10 131 514 4 17 3.9 39.5 10.1 29 196 6.8 0 25 2.2 15.1 710 4 1
32 Oscar Reed 30 7 0 62 215 0 15 3.5 30.7 8.9 15 99 6.6 1 12 2.1 14.1 314 1 0
49 Ed Marinaro 24 14 0 44 124 1 8 2.8 8.9 3.1 17 132 7.8 1 20 1.2 9.4 256 2 3
10 Fran Tarkenton* 34 QB 13 13 21 120 2 15 5.7 9.2 1.6 120 2 2
30 Bill Brown 36 14 0 19 41 0 11 2.2 2.9 1.4 5 41 8.2 0 21 0.4 2.9 82 0 3
33 Brent McClanahan 23 KR 14 0 9 41 1 14 4.6 2.9 0.6 3 35 11.7 0 17 0.2 2.5 76 1 1
42 John Gilliam* 29 WR 14 14 2 16 0 9 8.0 1.1 0.1 26 578 22.2 5 80 1.9 41.3 594 5 0
17 Bob Berry 32 qb 10 1 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.8 0.1 8 0 0
82 Jim Lash 23 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 631 19.7 0 57 2.3 45.1 631 0 2
83 Stu Voigt 26 TE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 268 8.4 5 22 2.3 19.1 268 5 1
80 Sam McCullum 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 138 19.7 3 34 0.6 11.5 138 3 1
85 John Holland 22 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 84 16.8 0 20 0.5 8.4 84 0 0
89 Doug Kingsriter 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 89 17.8 0 21 0.4 6.4 89 0 0
84 Steve Craig 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 26 6.5 1 10 0.3 1.9 26 1 0
43 Nate Wright 27 LCB 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 6 0 0
Team Total 27.7 14 488 1856 17 32 3.8 132.6 34.9 234 2909 12.4 22 80 16.7 207.8 4765 39 24
Opp Total 14 437 1605 12 3.7 114.6 31.2 214 2302 10.8 8 15.3 164.4 3907 20 25

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
25 Jackie Wallace 23 PR/RCB 14 14 25 191 0 20 7.6 2 31 0 16 15.5 222
80 Sam McCullum 22 12 0 12 85 0 13 7.1 12 300 0 36 25.0 523
33 Brent McClanahan 23 KR 14 0 23 549 0 52 23.9 625
48 Larry Marshall 24 5 0 5 46 0 19 9.2 4 56 0 24 14.0 102
30 Bill Brown 36 14 0 3 19 0 19 6.3 101
42 John Gilliam* 29 WR 14 14 3 86 0 31 28.7 680
44 Chuck Foreman* 24 FB 13 13 1 30 0 30 30.0 1393
58 Wally Hilgenberg 32 RLB 13 13 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -2
49 Ed Marinaro 24 14 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 261
41 Dave Osborn 31 RB 13 10 1 14 0 14 14.0 724
Team Total 27.7 14 43 320 0 20 7.4 50 1090 0 52 21.8 6175
Opp Total 14 45 345 0 7.7 64 1116 0 17.4

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
11 Mike Eischeid 34 P 14 0 73 2636 50 1 36.1
14 Fred Cox 36 K 14 0 7 7 7 3 6 2 20 12 60.0%% 39 32 82.1%%
Team Total 27.7 14 7 7 7 3 6 2 20 12 60.0%% 39 32 82.1%% 73 2636 50 1 36.1
Opp Total 14 24 17 70.8%% 21 18 85.7%% 75 2782 37.1

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
44 Chuck Foreman* 24 FB 13 13 0 6 2 0 0
43 Nate Wright 27 LCB 14 14 6 91 0 44 0
50 Jeff Siemon 24 MLB 14 14 2 24 0 22 0 0 0 3 3 0
23 Jeff Wright 25 SS 11 10 4 60 0 27 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Bill Brown 36 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
22 Paul Krause* 32 FS 14 10 2 53 0 45 0 0 0 2 0 0
55 Amos Martin 25 14 0 3 39 0 28 0 0 0 1 15 1
25 Jackie Wallace 23 PR/RCB 14 14 1 3 0 3 0 0 2 1 23 0
24 Terry Brown 27 14 0 2 15 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 Ed Marinaro 24 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
83 Stu Voigt 26 TE 14 13 0 1 2 0 0
59 Matt Blair 24 llb 14 6 1 -3 0 -3 0 0 0 1 13 0
82 Jim Lash 23 WR 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
33 Brent McClanahan 23 KR 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
80 Sam McCullum 22 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
10 Fran Tarkenton* 34 QB 13 13 0 2 0 0 0
81 Carl Eller* 32 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
58 Wally Hilgenberg 32 RLB 13 13 1 0 0 0 0 1
48 Larry Marshall 24 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
54 Fred McNeill 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Dave Osborn 31 RB 13 10 0 1 0 0 0
53 Mick Tingelhoff 34 C 14 14 0 1 0 -6 0
60 Roy Winston 34 LLB 12 8 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.7 14 22 282 0 45 0 0 24 20 48 1 1
Opp Total 14 19 25 14

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
44 Chuck Foreman* 24 FB 13 13 9 6 15 90
14 Fred Cox 36 K 14 0 32 12 68
42 John Gilliam* 29 WR 14 14 5 5 30
83 Stu Voigt 26 TE 14 13 5 5 30
41 Dave Osborn 31 RB 13 10 4 4 24
80 Sam McCullum 22 12 0 3 3 18
49 Ed Marinaro 24 14 0 1 1 2 12
10 Fran Tarkenton* 34 QB 13 13 2 2 12
84 Steve Craig 23 14 0 1 1 6
55 Amos Martin 25 14 0 1 1 6
33 Brent McClanahan 23 KR 14 0 1 1 6
32 Oscar Reed 30 7 0 1 1 6
58 Wally Hilgenberg 32 RLB 13 13 1 2
Team Total 27.7 14 17 22 1 40 32 12 1 310
Opp Total 14 12 8 1 18 17 195

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 @ GNB W, 32-17 2 18 rush Chuck Foreman 18 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
2 1974-09-15 @ GNB W, 32-17 3 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
3 1974-09-15 @ GNB W, 32-17 3 3 rush Chuck Foreman 3 yard rush
4 1974-09-15 @ GNB W, 32-17 4 15 fumble Amos Martin 15 yard fumble return
5 1974-09-22 @ DET W, 7-6 2 11 rush Chuck Foreman 11 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
6 1974-09-29 CHI W, 11-7 2 11 pass Stu Voigt 11 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
7 1974-10-06 @ DAL W, 23-21 2 66 pass Chuck Foreman 66 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
8 1974-10-06 @ DAL W, 23-21 3 13 pass Chuck Foreman 13 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
9 1974-10-13 HOU W, 51-10 1 80 pass John Gilliam 80 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
10 1974-10-13 HOU W, 51-10 1 10 pass Stu Voigt 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
11 1974-10-13 HOU W, 51-10 2 1 rush Ed Marinaro 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
12 1974-10-13 HOU W, 51-10 2 6 rush Chuck Foreman 6 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
13 1974-10-13 HOU W, 51-10 3 24 pass Chuck Foreman 24 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
14 1974-10-13 HOU W, 51-10 4 10 pass Steve Craig 10 yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick)
15 1974-10-13 HOU W, 51-10 4 20 pass Sam McCullum 20 yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick)
16 1974-10-20 DET L, 16-20 3 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
17 1974-10-20 DET L, 16-20 3 9 pass Chuck Foreman 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
18 1974-10-27 NWE L, 14-17 4 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1974-10-27 NWE L, 14-17 4 3 rush Fran Tarkenton 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
20 1974-11-03 @ CHI W, 17-0 3 35 pass John Gilliam 35 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
21 1974-11-03 @ CHI W, 17-0 4 4 pass Stu Voigt 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
22 1974-11-11 @ STL W, 28-24 1 1 rush Dave Osborn 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
23 1974-11-11 @ STL W, 28-24 1 10 pass John Gilliam 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
24 1974-11-11 @ STL W, 28-24 3 13 rush Chuck Foreman 13 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
25 1974-11-11 @ STL W, 28-24 4 11 rush Fran Tarkenton 11 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
26 1974-11-17 GNB L, 7-19 4 24 pass Chuck Foreman 24 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
27 1974-11-24 @ RAM L, 17-20 2 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
28 1974-11-24 @ RAM L, 17-20 2 12 pass Chuck Foreman 12 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
29 1974-12-01 NOR W, 29-9 1 2 rush Dave Osborn 2 yard rush
30 1974-12-01 NOR W, 29-9 2 4 pass Stu Voigt 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
31 1974-12-01 NOR W, 29-9 4 13 pass John Gilliam 13 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
32 1974-12-01 NOR W, 29-9 4 22 pass John Gilliam 22 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
33 1974-12-07 ATL W, 23-10 1 10 rush Dave Osborn 10 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
34 1974-12-07 ATL W, 23-10 3 5 rush Dave Osborn 5 yard rush
35 1974-12-07 ATL W, 23-10 4 10 pass Stu Voigt 10 yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick)
36 1974-12-14 @ KAN W, 35-15 2 34 pass Sam McCullum 34 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
37 1974-12-14 @ KAN W, 35-15 2 10 pass Sam McCullum 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
38 1974-12-14 @ KAN W, 35-15 3 7 pass Ed Marinaro 7 yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick)
39 1974-12-14 @ KAN W, 35-15 4 3 pass Oscar Reed 3 yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick)
40 1974-12-14 @ KAN W, 35-15 4 6 rush Brent McClanahan 6 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 @ GNB L, 17-32 2 5 rush John Brockington 5 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
2 1974-09-15 @ GNB L, 17-32 4 18 rush Steve Odom 18 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
3 1974-09-29 CHI L, 7-11 4 3 rush Gary Huff 3 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
4 1974-10-06 @ DAL L, 21-23 1 58 pass Golden Richards 58 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
5 1974-10-06 @ DAL L, 21-23 4 5 pass Walt Garrison 5 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
6 1974-10-06 @ DAL L, 21-23 4 6 rush Calvin Hill 6 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
7 1974-10-13 HOU L, 10-51 3 2 rush Vic Washington 2 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
8 1974-10-20 DET W, 20-16 3 1 rush Altie Taylor 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
9 1974-10-20 DET W, 20-16 4 8 rush Altie Taylor 8 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
10 1974-10-27 NWE W, 17-14 2 21 pass Steve Schubert 21 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
11 1974-10-27 NWE W, 17-14 4 10 pass Bob Windsor 10 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
12 1974-11-11 @ STL L, 24-28 1 40 pass J.V. Cain 40 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
13 1974-11-11 @ STL L, 24-28 2 12 pass Earl Thomas 12 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1974-11-11 @ STL L, 24-28 4 4 rush Jim Hart 4 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1974-11-17 GNB W, 19-7 4 68 pass MacArthur Lane 68 yard pass from John Hadl (Chester Marcol kick)
16 1974-11-24 @ RAM W, 20-17 2 1 rush James Harris 1 yard rush
17 1974-11-24 @ RAM W, 20-17 4 1 rush James Harris 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
18 1974-11-24 @ RAM W, 20-17 4 8 pass Jack Snow 8 yard pass from James Harris (David Ray kick)
19 1974-12-01 NOR L, 9-29 2 1 rush Alvin Maxson 1 yard rush
20 1974-12-07 ATL L, 10-23 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1974-12-14 @ KAN L, 15-35 2 73 interception Emmitt Thomas 73 yard interception return