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1976 Minnesota Vikings

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11-2-1, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 9.3, Offense: 3.7, Defense: 5.7, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 305 points (21.8/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 176 points (12.6/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 129 points (9.2/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 11.0-3.0.

Coach: Bud Grant (11-2-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan
 Other Notable Asst.: Buddy Ryan (Defensive Line)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Max Winter
General Manager Mike Lynn
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 305 4858 1013 4.8 29 19 19 294 270 442 2855 17 10 6.0 150 540 2003 18 3.7 125
Team Defense 176 3671 855 4.3 32 13 13 207 158 323 1575 8 19 4.3 91 487 2096 14 4.3 103
Lg Rank Offense 9 6 4 18 4 2 4 9 1 7 11 18 6 23
Lg Rank Defense 2 6 15 22 3 3 1 1 12 2 8 17 13 21

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore W 1-0 @ New Orleans Saints 40 9 28 449 276 173 1 9 132 82 50 3
2 Sun September 19 boxscore T OT 1-0-1 Los Angeles Rams 10 10 20 363 289 74 3 25 394 133 261 3
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-0-1 @ Detroit Lions 10 9 10 168 52 116 14 251 150 101 2
4 Mon October 4 boxscore W 3-0-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 6 11 178 26 152 4 12 225 52 173 6
5 Sun October 10 boxscore W 4-0-1 Chicago Bears 20 19 16 287 176 111 2 19 329 94 235 2
6 Sun October 17 boxscore W 5-0-1 New York Giants 24 7 23 361 252 109 3 12 209 122 87 3
7 Sun October 24 boxscore W 6-0-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 31 12 27 491 249 242 2 17 282 121 161
8 Sun October 31 boxscore L 6-1-1 @ Chicago Bears 13 14 23 354 248 106 2 7 173 38 135 1
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 7-1-1 Detroit Lions 31 23 19 430 347 83 4 26 399 191 208 1
10 Sun November 14 boxscore W 8-1-1 Seattle Seahawks 27 21 29 424 244 180 15 386 278 108 4
11 Sun November 21 boxscore W 9-1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 17 10 17 251 151 100 2 13 228 82 146 4
12 Mon November 29 boxscore L 9-2-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 16 20 16 282 169 113 17 331 14 317 1
13 Sun December 5 boxscore W 10-2-1 Green Bay Packers 20 9 29 413 195 218 3 8 144 85 59
14 Sat December 11 boxscore W 11-2-1 @ Miami Dolphins 29 7 26 407 181 226 3 13 188 133 55 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 18 boxscore W 12-2-1 Washington Redskins 35 20 21 384 163 221 2 19 365 290 75 2
ConfChamp Sun December 26 boxscore W 13-2-1 Los Angeles Rams 24 13 13 267 109 158 2 21 336 143 193 4
SuperBowl Sun January 9 boxscore L 13-3-1 N Oakland Raiders 14 32 20 353 282 71 3 21 429 163 266

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Fran Tarkenton* 36 QB 13 13 10-2-1 255 412 61.9 2961 17 4.1 8 1.9 56 7.2 7.1 11.6 227.8 89.3 25 221 6.27 6.22 5.7 1 3
19 Bob Lee 30 qb 4 1 1-0-0 15 30 50.0 156 0 0.0 2 6.7 21 5.2 2.2 10.4 39.0 37.6 6 41 3.19 0.69 16.7 0 1
Team Total 27.8 14 11-2-1 270 442 61.1 3117 17 3.8 10 2.3 56 7.1 6.8 11.5 222.6 85.8 31 262 6.04 5.80 6.6 1 4
Opp Total 14 158 323 48.9 1897 8 2.5 19 5.9 5.9 3.72 12.0 135.5 51.1 45 322 4.3 2.4 12.2

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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* 26 RB 14 14 278 1155 13 46 4.2 82.5 19.9 55 567 10.3 1 41 3.9 40.5 1722 14 7
33 Brent McClanahan 25 FB 13 13 130 382 4 19 2.9 29.4 10.0 40 252 6.3 1 23 3.1 19.4 634 5 5
35 Robert Miller 23 14 1 67 286 0 36 4.3 20.4 4.8 23 181 7.9 1 19 1.6 12.9 467 1 2
10 Fran Tarkenton* 36 QB 13 13 27 45 1 20 1.7 3.5 2.1 45 1 4
48 Sammy Johnson 24 8 0 17 98 0 18 5.8 12.3 2.1 2 22 11.0 0 11 0.3 2.8 120 0 0
39 Mark Kellar 24 3 0 7 25 0 11 3.6 8.3 2.3 2 22 11.0 0 19 0.7 7.3 47 0 0
85 Sammy White* 22 WR 14 14 5 -10 0 6 -2.0 -0.7 0.4 51 906 17.8 10 56 3.6 64.7 896 10 3
31 Willie Spencer 23 3 0 4 2 0 2 0.5 0.7 1.3 2 0 1
47 Ron Groce 22 4 0 3 18 0 13 6.0 4.5 0.8 18 0 1
19 Bob Lee 30 qb 4 1 2 2 0 2 1.0 0.5 0.5 2 0 3
28 Ahmad Rashad 27 WR 13 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 53 671 12.7 3 47 4.1 51.6 671 3 1
83 Stu Voigt 28 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 303 10.8 1 44 2.0 21.6 303 1 0
26 Bob Grim 31 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 108 12.0 0 27 1.1 13.5 108 0 0
82 Jim Lash 25 5 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 52 13.0 0 17 0.8 10.4 52 0 0
84 Steve Craig 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 33 11.0 0 17 0.2 2.4 33 0 0
Team Total 27.8 14 540 2003 18 46 3.7 143.1 38.6 270 3117 11.5 17 56 19.3 222.6 5120 35 33
Opp Total 14 487 2096 14 4.3 149.7 34.8 158 1575 10.0 8 11.3 112.5 3671 22 24

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
80 Leonard Willis 23 KR/PR 14 0 30 207 0 29 6.9 24 552 0 57 23.0 759
85 Sammy White* 22 WR 14 14 3 45 0 31 15.0 9 173 0 36 19.2 1114
27 Autry Beamon 23 14 0 7 19 0 14 2.7 19
35 Robert Miller 23 14 1 5 77 0 27 15.4 544
48 Sammy Johnson 24 8 0 2 35 0 18 17.5 155
59 Matt Blair 26 LLB 14 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
39 Mark Kellar 24 3 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 69
Team Total 27.8 14 40 271 0 31 6.8 42 859 0 57 20.5 6250
Opp Total 14 40 286 0 7.2 66 1209 0 18.3

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
12 Neil Clabo 24 P 13 0 69 2678 55 0 38.8
14 Fred Cox 38 K 14 0 7 5 12 10 11 4 1 31 19 61.3% 36 32 88.9%
Team Total 27.8 14 7 5 12 10 11 4 1 31 19 61.3% 36 32 88.9% 69 2678 55 0 38.8
Opp Total 14 25 10 40.0% 22 14 63.6% 79 2931 37.1

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
44 Chuck Foreman* 26 RB 14 14 0 7 2 1 0
59 Matt Blair 26 LLB 14 13 2 25 0 20 0 0 0 5 8 0
43 Nate Wright 29 LCB 14 13 7 47 0 21 0
10 Fran Tarkenton* 36 QB 13 13 0 4 2 -9 0
80 Leonard Willis 23 KR/PR 14 0 0 4 2 3 0
33 Brent McClanahan 25 FB 13 13 0 5 0 0 0
85 Sammy White* 22 WR 14 14 0 3 2 0 0
25 Nate Allen 28 RCB 12 11 3 44 0 30 0 0 0 1 4 0
27 Autry Beamon 23 14 0 1 41 0 41 0 0 1 1 0 0
19 Bob Lee 30 qb 4 1 0 3 0 -2 0
20 Bobby Bryant* 32 db 12 3 2 30 0 25 0
22 Paul Krause 34 FS 14 14 2 21 0 19 0
35 Robert Miller 23 14 1 0 2 0 0 0
77 Mark Mullaney 23 de 12 1 0 0 2 3 0
53 Mick Tingelhoff 36 C 14 14 0 1 1 -4 0
23 Jeff Wright 27 SS 14 14 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Ron Groce 22 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
58 Wally Hilgenberg 34 RLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
48 Sammy Johnson 24 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Alan Page* 31 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 1 0
28 Ahmad Rashad 27 WR 13 11 0 1 0 0 0
50 Jeff Siemon* 26 MLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
31 Willie Spencer 23 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
69 Doug Sutherland 28 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 9 0
62 Ed White* 29 RG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
73 Ron Yary*+ 30 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.8 14 19 213 0 41 0 0 33 25 14 0
Opp Total 14 31 24 11

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
14 Fred Cox 38 K 14 0 32 19 89
44 Chuck Foreman* 26 RB 14 14 13 1 14 84
85 Sammy White* 22 WR 14 14 10 10 60
33 Brent McClanahan 25 FB 13 13 4 1 5 30
28 Ahmad Rashad 27 WR 13 11 3 3 18
25 Nate Allen 28 RCB 12 11 1 1 6
35 Robert Miller 23 14 1 1 1 6
10 Fran Tarkenton* 36 QB 13 13 1 1 6
83 Stu Voigt 28 TE 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 27.8 14 18 17 1 36 32 19 305
Opp Total 14 14 8 14 10 176