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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)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Fran Tarkenton* 34 13 13 199 for 351, 2,598 yards, 17 td, 12 int, & 21 rushes for 120 yards and 2 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
RB Dave Osborn 31 9 10 131 rushes for 514 yards, 4 td, & 29 catches for 196 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
FB Chuck Foreman* 24 1 13 199 rushes for 777 yards, 9 td, & 53 catches for 586 yards and 6 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
WR John Gilliam* 29 7 14 26 catches for 578 yards, 5 td, & 2 rushes for 16 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1967
WR Jim Lash 23 1 14 32 catches for 631 yards, 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 65th pick / 1973
TE Stu Voigt 26 4 13 32 catches for 268 yards, 5 td Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
LT Charles Goodrum 24 1 12 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
LG Ed White 27 5 13 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
C Mick Tingelhoff 34 12 14
RG Andy Maurer 26 4 6 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
RT Ron Yary*+ 28 6 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller* 32 10 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Doug Sutherland 26 4 8 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
RDT Alan Page*+ 29 7 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Jim Marshall 37 14 14 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 34 12 8 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Jeff Siemon 24 2 14 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
RLB Wally Hilgenberg 32 10 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
LCB Nate Wright 27 5 14 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Jackie Wallace 23 Rook 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 34th pick / 1973
SS Jeff Wright 25 3 10 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
FS Paul Krause* 32 10 10 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 36 11 0 12 of 20 field goals & 32 of 39 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Mike Eischeid 34 8 0 73 punts for a 36.1 average, 1 blocked
PR Jackie Wallace 23 Rook 14 25 punt returns for a 7.6 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 34th pick / 1973
KR Brent McClanahan 23 1 0 23 kick returns for a 23.9 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
67 Grady Alderman 36 13 0 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 14 4 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
56 Scott Anderson 23 5 0 242 6-4 Missouri 2/13/1951 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 77th pick / 1974
17 Bob Berry 32 qb 10 1 185 5-11 Oregon 3/10/1942 9 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
21 Joe Blahak 24 7 0 187 5-9 Nebraska 8/29/1950 1 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 183rd pick / 1973
59 Matt Blair 24 llb 14 6 232 6-5 Iowa St. 9/20/1950 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
71 Dave Boone 23 5 0 248 6-3 East. Michigan 10/30/1951 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 285th pick / 1974
30 Bill Brown 36 14 0 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 13 1 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
24 Terry Brown 27 14 0 205 6-0 Oklahoma St. 1/9/1947 5 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1969
20 Bobby Bryant 30 1 0 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 6 2 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
14 Fred Cox 36 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 11 2 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
84 Steve Craig 23 14 0 231 6-3 Northwestern 3/13/1951 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 64th pick / 1974
11 Mike Eischeid 34 P 14 0 190 6-0 Upper Iowa 9/29/1940 8 1
81 Carl Eller* 32 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 10 9 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
44 Chuck Foreman* 24 FB 13 13 210 6-2 Miami (FL) 10/26/1950 1 17 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
42 John Gilliam* 29 WR 14 14 195 6-1 South Carolina St. 8/7/1945 7 9 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1967
68 Charles Goodrum 24 LT 12 12 256 6-3 Florida A&M 1/11/1950 1 7 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
58 Wally Hilgenberg 32 RLB 13 13 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 10 7 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
85 John Holland 22 10 0 190 6-0 Tennessee St. 2/28/1952 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 29th pick / 1974
89 Doug Kingsriter 24 14 0 222 6-2 Minnesota 1/29/1950 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 139th pick / 1973
22 Paul Krause* 32 FS 14 10 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 10 7 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
77 Gary Larsen 34 11 0 261 6-5 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 3/13/1940 10 3 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
82 Jim Lash 23 WR 14 14 200 6-1 Northwestern 11/12/1951 1 9 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 65th pick / 1973
65 Steve Lawson 25 13 0 265 6-3 Kansas 1/4/1949 3 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 41st pick / 1971
75 Bob Lurtsema 32 12 0 250 6-6 Michigan Tech,West. Michigan 3/29/1942 7 4
49 Ed Marinaro 24 14 0 212 6-2 Cornell 3/31/1950 2 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 50th pick / 1972
70 Jim Marshall 37 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 14 7 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
48 Larry Marshall 24 5 0 195 5-10 Maryland 3/2/1950 2 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 387th pick / 1972
55 Amos Martin 25 14 0 228 6-3 Louisville 1/30/1949 2 6 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 154th pick / 1972
66 Andy Maurer 26 RG 8 6 265 6-3 Oregon 9/30/1948 4 3 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
33 Brent McClanahan 23 KR 14 0 202 5-10 Arizona St. 9/21/1951 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973
80 Sam McCullum 22 12 0 203 6-2 Montana St. 11/30/1952 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1974
54 Fred McNeill 22 14 0 229 6-2 UCLA 5/6/1952 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
41 Dave Osborn 31 RB 13 10 208 6-0 North Dakota 3/18/1943 9 8 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
88 Alan Page*+ 29 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 7 13 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
29 Randy Poltl 22 5 0 190 6-3 Stanford 3/26/1952 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 311th pick / 1974
32 Oscar Reed 30 7 0 222 6-0 Colorado St. 3/24/1944 6 4 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1968
78 Steve Riley 22 2 0 258 6-5 USC 11/23/1952 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
50 Jeff Siemon 24 MLB 14 14 235 6-2 Stanford 6/2/1950 2 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
64 Milt Sunde 32 11 0 250 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1942 10 4 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
69 Doug Sutherland 26 LDT 14 8 250 6-3 Wisc-Superior 8/1/1948 4 5 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
10 Fran Tarkenton* 34 QB 13 13 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 13 15 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
53 Mick Tingelhoff 34 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 12 8
83 Stu Voigt 26 TE 14 13 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 4 4 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
25 Jackie Wallace 23 PR 14 14 197 6-3 Arizona 3/13/1951 Rook 6 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 34th pick / 1973
62 Ed White 27 LG 13 13 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
60 Roy Winston 34 LLB 12 8 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 12 5 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
23 Jeff Wright 25 SS 11 10 190 5-11 Minnesota 6/13/1949 3 5 Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
43 Nate Wright 27 LCB 14 14 180 5-11 San Diego St. 12/21/1947 5 7
73 Ron Yary*+ 28 RT 14 14 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 6 15 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
Team Total 27.7 14 222.3 6-1.8 5.1