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1978 Minnesota Vikings

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8-7-1, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.2, Offense: 1.0, Defense: -1.1, SoS: 0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 294 points (18.4/g), 12th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 306 points (19.1/g), 20th.
 Differential of -12 points (-0.8/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-8.4.

Coach: Bud Grant (8-7-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Hollway

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
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 294 4779 1127 4.2 51 17 30 308 352 592 3243 25 34 5.2 176 505 1536 10 3.0 102
Team Defense 306 4806 1034 4.6 43 21 21 278 240 442 2690 15 22 5.7 137 559 2116 20 3.8 120
Lg Rank Offense 12 17 26 10 7 1 2 3 27 19 28 28 25 28
Lg Rank Defense 20 14 8 3 12 19 19 9 13 15 11 10 21 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore L 0-1 @ New Orleans Saints 24 31 28 424 269 155 6 19 321 183 138 1
2 Mon September 11 boxscore W OT 1-1 Denver Broncos 12 9 13 206 105 101 3 18 231 129 102 6
3 Sun September 17 boxscore L 1-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 16 15 219 146 73 5 10 155 63 92 1
4 Mon September 25 boxscore W 2-2 @ Chicago Bears 24 20 17 295 142 153 2 23 278 188 90 3
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 3-2 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 7 19 319 208 111 1 18 370 283 87 3
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 3-3 @ Seattle Seahawks 28 29 28 391 274 117 1 23 432 248 184 2
7 Sun October 15 boxscore L 3-4 Los Angeles Rams 17 34 13 167 125 42 2 23 326 146 180 3
8 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-4 Green Bay Packers 21 7 22 294 234 60 1 14 247 118 129 2
9 Thu October 26 boxscore W 5-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 21 10 21 281 137 144 13 239 147 92 4
10 Sun November 5 boxscore W 6-4 Detroit Lions 17 7 22 312 188 124 5 11 175 105 70 3
11 Sun November 12 boxscore W 7-4 Chicago Bears 17 14 18 313 223 90 3 15 233 47 186 4
12 Sun November 19 boxscore L 7-5 San Diego Chargers 7 13 17 272 209 63 4 19 287 163 124 3
13 Sun November 26 boxscore T OT 7-5-1 @ Green Bay Packers 10 10 15 293 182 111 5 16 318 164 154 3
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 8-5-1 Philadelphia Eagles 28 27 23 369 289 80 3 18 376 213 163 1
15 Sat December 9 boxscore L 8-6-1 @ Detroit Lions 14 45 16 235 213 22 3 22 507 350 157 2
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 8-7-1 @ Oakland Raiders 20 27 21 389 299 90 7 16 311 143 168 2
Playoffs
Division Sun December 31 boxscore L 8-8-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 10 34 12 244 208 36 2 25 409 209 200 1

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 38 QB 16 16 8-7-1 345 572 60.3% 3468 25 4.4 32 5.6 58 6.1 4.4 10.1 216.8 68.9 27 254 5.37 3.80 4.5 2 1
9 Tommy Kramer 23 4 0 5 16 31.3% 50 0 0.0 1 6.3 19 3.1 0.3 10.0 12.5 15.1 1 11 2.29 -0.35 5.9 0 1
19 Bob Lee 32 3 0 2 4 50.0% 10 0 0.0 1 25.0 6 2.5 -8.8 5.0 3.3 16.7 2 20 -1.67 -9.17 33.3
Team Total 27.7 16 8-7-1 352 592 59.5% 3528 25 4.2 34 5.7 58 6.0 4.2 10.0 220.5 66.6 30 285 5.21 3.56 4.8 2 2
Opp Total 16 240 442 54.3% 2917 15 3.4 22 5.0 6.6 5.04 12.2 182.3 65.4 33 227 5.7 4.2 6.9

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 28 FB 14 14 237 749 5 21 3.2 53.5 16.9 61 396 6.5 2 20 4.4 28.3 1145 7 8
34 Rickey Young 25 RB 16 16 134 417 1 16 3.1 26.1 8.4 88 704 8.0 5 48 5.5 44.0 1121 6 6
35 Robert Miller 25 rb 15 2 70 213 3 19 3.0 14.2 4.7 22 230 10.5 0 29 1.5 15.3 443 3 2
10 Fran Tarkenton 38 QB 16 16 24 -6 1 15 -0.3 -0.4 1.5 -6 1 7
39 Mark Kellar 26 16 0 11 34 0 5 3.1 2.1 0.7 3 -5 -1.7 0 8 0.2 -0.3 29 0 1
48 Sammy Johnson 26 3 0 11 41 0 17 3.7 13.7 3.7 41 0 0
33 Brent McClanahan 27 13 0 10 26 0 22 2.6 2.0 0.8 2 11 5.5 0 7 0.2 0.8 37 0 1
85 Sammy White 24 WR 16 16 5 30 0 16 6.0 1.9 0.3 53 741 14.0 9 33 3.3 46.3 771 9 1
8 Greg Coleman 24 P 9 0 2 22 0 17 11.0 2.4 0.2 22 0 0
9 Tommy Kramer 23 4 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 2.5 0.3 10 0 0
28 Ahmad Rashad* 29 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 66 769 11.7 8 58 4.1 48.1 769 8 2
38 Bob Tucker 33 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 540 11.5 0 35 2.9 33.8 540 0 2
84 Steve Craig 27 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 31 7.8 0 9 0.3 1.9 31 0 0
83 Stu Voigt 30 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 52 13.0 0 27 0.3 3.5 52 0 0
87 Kevin Miller 23 KR/PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 35 35.0 1 35 0.1 2.2 35 1 3
80 Harry Washington 22 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 24 24.0 0 24 0.1 2.4 24 0 0
Team Total 27.7 16 505 1536 10 22 3.0 96.0 31.6 352 3528 10.0 25 58 22.0 220.5 5064 35 34
Opp Total 16 559 2116 20 3.8 132.3 34.9 240 2690 11.2 15 15.0 168.1 4806 35 35

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
87 Kevin Miller 23 KR/PR 16 0 48 239 0 47 5.0 40 854 0 38 21.4 1128
80 Harry Washington 22 10 0 4 71 0 20 17.8 95
85 Sammy White 24 WR 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 3 50 0 20 16.7 821
33 Brent McClanahan 27 13 0 3 38 0 24 12.7 75
35 Robert Miller 25 rb 15 2 2 23 0 13 11.5 466
84 Steve Craig 27 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 31
39 Mark Kellar 26 16 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 42
34 Rickey Young 25 RB 16 16 1 8 0 8 8.0 1129
Team Total 27.7 16 49 239 0 47 4.9 55 1057 0 38 19.2 6360
Opp Total 16 52 541 0 10.4 61 1297 0 21.3

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
7 Rick Danmeier 26 K 16 0 1 1 5 4 5 3 8 4 19 12 63.2%% 37 36 97.3%%
8 Greg Coleman 24 P 9 0 51 1991 61 1 39.0
5 Mike Wood 24 k 7 0 31 1100 47 2 35.5
Team Total 27.7 16 1 1 5 4 5 3 8 4 19 12 63.2%% 37 36 97.3%% 82 3091 61 3 37.7
Opp Total 16 19 13 68.4%% 39 33 84.6%% 92 3330 36.2

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
10 Fran Tarkenton 38 QB 16 16 0 7 7 -7 0
20 Bobby Bryant 34 RCB 16 16 7 69 0 23 0 0 1 0 0 0
44 Chuck Foreman 28 FB 14 14 0 8 0 0 0
54 Fred McNeill 26 RLB 16 15 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 39 0
34 Rickey Young 25 RB 16 16 0 6 2 0 0
59 Matt Blair* 28 LLB 16 16 3 28 0 20 0 0 0 3 49 1
45 Tom Hannon 23 FS 16 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
43 Nate Wright 31 LCB 16 16 5 58 0 30 0
35 Robert Miller 25 rb 15 2 0 2 2 4 0
81 Carl Eller 36 lde 14 7 0 0 3 0 0
87 Kevin Miller 23 KR/PR 16 0 0 3 0 0 0
28 Ahmad Rashad* 29 WR 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
29 Phil Wise 29 SS 16 16 2 21 0 14 0 0 0 1 20 0
75 Randy Holloway 23 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
70 Jim Marshall 41 RDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
38 Bob Tucker 33 TE 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
68 Charles Goodrum 28 LG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
39 Mark Kellar 26 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
33 Brent McClanahan 27 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
77 Mark Mullaney 25 LDE 15 9 0 0 1 0 0
27 John Turner 22 14 0 1 15 0 15 0
72 James White 25 RDT 16 10 0 0 1 0 0
85 Sammy White 24 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 27.7 16 22 192 0 30 0 0 34 35 105 1
Opp Total 16 30 35 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
7 Rick Danmeier 26 K 16 0 36 12 72
85 Sammy White 24 WR 16 16 9 9 54
28 Ahmad Rashad* 29 WR 16 16 8 8 48
44 Chuck Foreman 28 FB 14 14 5 2 7 42
34 Rickey Young 25 RB 16 16 1 5 6 36
35 Robert Miller 25 rb 15 2 3 3 18
59 Matt Blair* 28 LLB 16 16 1 1 6
54 Fred McNeill 26 RLB 16 15 1 1 6
87 Kevin Miller 23 KR/PR 16 0 1 1 6
10 Fran Tarkenton 38 QB 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 27.7 16 10 25 1 1 37 36 12 294
Opp Total 16 20 15 2 2 33 13 306

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ NOR L, 24-31 1 7 pass Rickey Young 7 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ NOR L, 24-31 2 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
3 1978-09-03 @ NOR L, 24-31 4 10 pass Rickey Young 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
4 1978-09-17 TAM L, 10-16 1 4 pass Ahmad Rashad 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
5 1978-09-25 @ CHI W, 24-20 1 33 pass Sammy White 33 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
6 1978-09-25 @ CHI W, 24-20 1 49 lateral Matt Blair 49 yard lateral return (Rick Danmeier kick)
7 1978-09-25 @ CHI W, 24-20 3 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
8 1978-10-01 @ TAM W, 24-7 1 1 rush Robert Miller 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
9 1978-10-01 @ TAM W, 24-7 2 21 pass Sammy White 21 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
10 1978-10-01 @ TAM W, 24-7 4 16 blocked punt Fred McNeill 16 yard blocked punt return (Rick Danmeier kick)
11 1978-10-08 @ SEA L, 28-29 2 2 pass Ahmad Rashad 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
12 1978-10-08 @ SEA L, 28-29 2 1 rush Fran Tarkenton 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
13 1978-10-08 @ SEA L, 28-29 3 5 rush Robert Miller 5 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
14 1978-10-08 @ SEA L, 28-29 3 9 pass Sammy White 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
15 1978-10-15 RAM L, 17-34 1 5 pass Sammy White 5 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
16 1978-10-15 RAM L, 17-34 3 29 pass Sammy White 29 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
17 1978-10-22 GNB W, 21-7 2 16 pass Chuck Foreman 16 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
18 1978-10-22 GNB W, 21-7 2 4 pass Ahmad Rashad 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
19 1978-10-22 GNB W, 21-7 4 15 pass Ahmad Rashad 15 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
20 1978-10-26 @ DAL W, 21-10 1 4 pass Chuck Foreman 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
21 1978-10-26 @ DAL W, 21-10 1 4 rush Rickey Young 4 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
22 1978-10-26 @ DAL W, 21-10 2 12 pass Sammy White 12 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
23 1978-11-05 DET W, 17-7 3 21 pass Sammy White 21 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
24 1978-11-05 DET W, 17-7 4 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
25 1978-11-12 CHI W, 17-14 1 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
26 1978-11-12 CHI W, 17-14 2 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
27 1978-11-19 SDG L, 7-13 1 10 pass Rickey Young 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
28 1978-11-26 @ GNB T, 10-10 4 5 pass Ahmad Rashad 5 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
29 1978-12-03 PHI W, 28-27 1 5 pass Sammy White 5 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
30 1978-12-03 PHI W, 28-27 1 9 pass Sammy White 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
31 1978-12-03 PHI W, 28-27 3 6 pass Rickey Young 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
32 1978-12-03 PHI W, 28-27 4 20 pass Ahmad Rashad 20 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
33 1978-12-09 @ DET L, 14-45 2 1 rush Robert Miller 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
34 1978-12-09 @ DET L, 14-45 3 34 pass Kevin Miller 34 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
35 1978-12-17 @ OAK L, 20-27 2 58 pass Ahmad Rashad 58 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
36 1978-12-17 @ OAK L, 20-27 4 9 pass Rickey Young 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
37 1978-12-17 @ OAK L, 20-27 4 24 pass Ahmad Rashad 24 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ NOR W, 31-24 1 3 rush Chuck Muncie 3 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ NOR W, 31-24 1 7 rush Chuck Muncie 7 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
3 1978-09-03 @ NOR W, 31-24 2 6 rush Tony Galbreath 6 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
4 1978-09-03 @ NOR W, 31-24 4 97 interception Tom Myers 97 yard interception return (Rich Szaro kick)
5 1978-09-11 DEN L, 9-12 4 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush
6 1978-09-17 TAM W, 16-10 2 2 rush Ricky Bell 2 yard rush
7 1978-09-17 TAM W, 16-10 3 5 pass Morris Owens 5 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
8 1978-09-25 @ CHI L, 20-24 1 3 rush Walter Payton 3 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
9 1978-09-25 @ CHI L, 20-24 4 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
10 1978-10-01 @ TAM L, 7-24 2 56 pass Morris Owens 56 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
11 1978-10-08 @ SEA W, 29-28 1 44 pass Sam McCullum 44 yard pass from Jim Zorn
12 1978-10-08 @ SEA W, 29-28 1 12 rush Jim Zorn 12 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
13 1978-10-08 @ SEA W, 29-28 2 8 rush David Sims 8 yard rush
14 1978-10-08 @ SEA W, 29-28 4 22 rush Jim Zorn 22 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
15 1978-10-15 RAM W, 34-17 2 6 rush Cullen Bryant 6 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
16 1978-10-15 RAM W, 34-17 4 3 pass Lawrence McCutcheon 3 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
17 1978-10-15 RAM W, 34-17 4 16 fumble Isiah Robertson 16 yard fumble return (Frank Corral kick)
18 1978-10-15 RAM W, 34-17 4 4 rush John Cappelletti 4 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
19 1978-10-22 GNB L, 7-21 2 3 rush Terdell Middleton 3 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
20 1978-10-26 @ DAL L, 10-21 3 1 rush Robert Newhouse 1 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
21 1978-11-05 DET L, 7-17 2 9 pass Luther Blue 9 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
22 1978-11-12 CHI L, 14-17 1 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
23 1978-11-12 CHI L, 14-17 3 19 rush Walter Payton 19 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
24 1978-11-19 SDG W, 13-7 1 2 rush Hank Bauer 2 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
25 1978-11-19 SDG W, 13-7 3 10 pass John Jefferson 10 yard pass from Dan Fouts
26 1978-11-26 @ GNB T, 10-10 2 1 rush Terdell Middleton 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
27 1978-12-03 PHI L, 27-28 1 56 pass Harold Carmichael 56 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Mike Michel kick)
28 1978-12-03 PHI L, 27-28 2 21 pass Harold Carmichael 21 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Mike Michel kick)
29 1978-12-03 PHI L, 27-28 2 36 rush Wilbert Montgomery 36 yard rush (Mike Michel kick)
30 1978-12-03 PHI L, 27-28 2 27 pass Charlie Smith 27 yard pass from Ron Jaworski
31 1978-12-09 @ DET W, 45-14 1 34 pass Horace King 34 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
32 1978-12-09 @ DET W, 45-14 1 5 pass Leonard Thompson 5 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
33 1978-12-09 @ DET W, 45-14 2 17 pass Leonard Thompson 17 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
34 1978-12-09 @ DET W, 45-14 2 45 pass Leonard Thompson 45 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
35 1978-12-09 @ DET W, 45-14 4 5 pass Horace King 5 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
36 1978-12-09 @ DET W, 45-14 4 76 interception Luther Bradley 76 yard interception return (Benny Ricardo kick)
37 1978-12-17 @ OAK W, 27-20 1 13 pass Fred Biletnikoff 13 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
38 1978-12-17 @ OAK W, 27-20 1 31 fumble Charlie Phillips 31 yard fumble return (Errol Mann kick)
39 1978-12-17 @ OAK W, 27-20 1 4 rush Mark van Eeghen 4 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)