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1979 Minnesota Vikings

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.5, Offense: -4.5, Defense: -3.1, SoS: -2.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 259 points (16.2/g), 24th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 337 points (21.1/g), 17th.
 Differential of -78 points (-4.9/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 5.6-10.4.

Coach: Bud Grant (7-9-0)
 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
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 259 4903 1090 4.5 41 17 31 311 315 566 3139 23 24 5.2 168 487 1764 9 3.6 112
Team Defense 337 5223 1037 5.0 33 11 16 297 229 424 2697 14 22 5.9 133 583 2526 24 4.3 148
Lg Rank Offense 24 19 20 13 10 2 12 7 20 22 23 23 28 24
Lg Rank Defense 17 18 22 26 13 5 11 4 13 17 24 26 25 22

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W 1-0 San Francisco 49ers 28 22 22 397 287 110 2 22 352 254 98 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 1-1 @ Chicago Bears 7 26 13 159 71 88 1 15 329 93 236 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 1-2 Miami Dolphins 12 27 14 243 106 137 4 22 319 183 136 3
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W OT 2-2 Green Bay Packers 27 21 24 376 215 161 2 14 249 108 141 1
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 3-2 @ Detroit Lions 13 10 18 287 150 137 2 11 193 97 96 2
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 3-3 Dallas Cowboys 20 36 14 240 179 61 2 25 446 167 279 2
7 Mon October 15 boxscore L 3-4 @ New York Jets 7 14 20 310 256 54 7 16 245 62 183
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 4-4 Chicago Bears 30 27 15 267 213 54 2 23 496 292 204 4
9 Sun October 28 boxscore L 4-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 12 21 330 219 111 1 20 360 258 102 1
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 4-6 @ St. Louis Cardinals 7 37 23 333 263 70 4 29 467 142 325 3
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 4-7 @ Green Bay Packers 7 19 23 347 230 117 5 19 293 115 178 3
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W 5-7 Detroit Lions 14 7 20 295 121 174 1 13 167 102 65 3
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W 6-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 22 16 268 158 110 2 22 425 242 183 1
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L OT 6-8 @ Los Angeles Rams 21 27 26 409 268 141 4 14 300 174 126 3
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 7-8 Buffalo Bills 10 3 12 189 104 85 1 18 291 186 105 2
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 7-9 @ New England Patriots 23 27 30 453 299 154 1 14 291 222 69 1

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
9 Tommy Kramer 24 QB 16 16 7-9-0 315 566 55.7 3397 23 4.1 24 4.2 55 6.0 4.9 10.8 212.3 69.3 36 249 5.23 4.20 6.0 3 3
80 Terry LeCount 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 9 -9.00 -9.00 100.0
Team Total 27.4 16 7-9-0 315 566 55.7 3397 23 4.1 24 4.2 55 6.0 4.9 10.8 212.3 69.3 37 258 5.21 4.18 6.1 3 3
Opp Total 16 229 424 54.0 2965 14 3.3 22 5.2 7.0 5.32 12.9 185.3 65.6 30 268 5.9 4.4 6.6

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
34 Rickey Young 26 RB 16 16 188 708 3 26 3.8 44.3 11.8 72 519 7.2 4 18 4.5 32.4 1227 7 2
23 Ted Brown 22 FB 14 9 130 551 1 34 4.2 39.4 9.3 31 197 6.4 0 35 2.2 14.1 748 1 6
44 Chuck Foreman 29 12 7 87 223 2 16 2.6 18.6 7.3 19 147 7.7 0 22 1.6 12.3 370 2 4
35 Robert Miller 26 16 0 35 109 2 20 3.1 6.8 2.2 9 60 6.7 0 14 0.6 3.8 169 2 1
9 Tommy Kramer 24 QB 16 16 32 138 1 20 4.3 8.6 2.0 0 3 0 3 0.0 0.2 141 1 9
33 Brent McClanahan 28 16 0 14 29 0 9 2.1 1.8 0.9 10 57 5.7 0 9 0.6 3.6 86 0 0
85 Sammy White 25 WR 15 15 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 42 715 17.0 4 55 2.8 47.7 721 4 1
28 Ahmad Rashad* 30 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 80 1156 14.5 9 52 5.0 72.3 1156 9 2
38 Bob Tucker 34 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 223 9.3 2 21 1.5 13.9 223 2 1
83 Stu Voigt 31 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 139 9.3 2 18 0.9 8.7 139 2 1
80 Terry LeCount 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 119 19.8 2 36 0.5 9.9 119 2 0
89 Douglas Cunningham 24 6 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 50 10.0 0 15 0.8 8.3 50 0 0
32 Jimmy Edwards 27 KR/PR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.1 0.1 2 0 10
82 Robert Steele 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.6 10 0 0
Team Total 27.4 16 487 1764 9 34 3.6 110.3 30.4 315 3397 10.8 23 55 19.7 212.3 5161 32 40
Opp Total 16 583 2526 24 4.3 157.9 36.4 229 2697 11.8 14 14.3 168.6 5223 38 23

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
32 Jimmy Edwards 27 KR/PR 14 0 33 186 0 42 5.6 44 1103 0 83 25.1 1291
87 Kevin Miller 24 3 0 18 85 0 14 4.7 85
23 Ted Brown 22 FB 14 9 8 186 0 43 23.3 934
33 Brent McClanahan 28 16 0 3 53 0 20 17.7 139
35 Robert Miller 26 16 0 3 38 0 19 12.7 207
49 Keith Nord 22 16 0 3 11 0 7 3.7 11
25 Nate Allen 31 5 2 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -1
20 Bobby Bryant 35 RCB 14 14 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
82 Robert Steele 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 10
55 Scott Studwell 25 lb 14 4 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
27 John Turner 23 LCB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
83 Stu Voigt 31 16 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 139
Team Total 27.4 16 57 288 0 42 5.1 61 1380 0 83 22.6 6829
Opp Total 16 48 354 0 7.4 59 1070 0 18.1

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
8 Greg Coleman 25 P 16 0 90 3551 70 1 39.5
7 Rick Danmeier 27 K 16 0 5 3 7 5 10 5 22 13 59.1% 31 28 90.3%
Team Total 27.4 16 5 3 7 5 10 5 22 13 59.1% 31 28 90.3% 90 3551 70 1 39.5
Opp Total 16 24 15 62.5% 42 32 76.2% 93 3692 39.7

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
32 Jimmy Edwards 27 KR/PR 14 0 0 10 6 0 0
9 Tommy Kramer 24 QB 16 16 0 9 2 -6 0
23 Ted Brown 22 FB 14 9 0 6 2 0 0
45 Tom Hannon 24 SS 16 16 4 85 0 52 0 0 0 3 0 0
59 Matt Blair* 29 LLB 16 16 3 32 0 16 0 0 0 2 14 0
44 Chuck Foreman 29 12 7 0 4 1 0 0
22 Paul Krause 37 FS 16 8 3 49 0 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
43 Nate Wright 32 10 0 4 44 0 32 0
27 John Turner 23 LCB 16 16 2 48 0 36 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 Bobby Bryant 35 RCB 14 14 2 50 0 29 0
68 Charles Goodrum 29 LG 15 9 0 0 2 0 0
25 Kurt Knoff 25 fs 10 7 2 25 0 15 0
57 Derrel Luce 27 16 1 0 0 2 0 0
87 Kevin Miller 24 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
49 Keith Nord 22 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
28 Ahmad Rashad* 30 WR 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
55 Scott Studwell 25 lb 14 4 1 18 0 18 0 0 0 1 6 0
34 Rickey Young 26 RB 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
25 Nate Allen 31 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
47 Tim Baylor 25 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
61 Wes Hamilton 26 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
51 Jim Hough 23 lg 16 7 0 0 1 0 0
70 Jim Marshall 42 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 7 0
54 Fred McNeill 27 RLB 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
35 Robert Miller 26 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
78 Steve Riley 27 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
67 Dennis Swilley 24 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
38 Bob Tucker 34 TE 16 15 0 1 0 0 0
83 Stu Voigt 31 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
72 James White 26 RDT 16 16 0 0 1 1 0
85 Sammy White 25 WR 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
73 Ron Yary 33 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.4 16 22 351 0 52 0 0 40 33 22 0
Opp Total 16 37 23 12 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
7 Rick Danmeier 27 K 16 0 28 13 67
28 Ahmad Rashad* 30 WR 16 16 9 9 54
34 Rickey Young 26 RB 16 16 3 4 7 42
85 Sammy White 25 WR 15 15 4 4 24
44 Chuck Foreman 29 12 7 2 2 12
80 Terry LeCount 23 12 0 2 2 12
35 Robert Miller 26 16 0 2 2 12
38 Bob Tucker 34 TE 16 15 2 2 12
83 Stu Voigt 31 16 1 2 2 12
23 Ted Brown 22 FB 14 9 1 1 6
9 Tommy Kramer 24 QB 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 27.4 16 9 23 32 28 13 259
Opp Total 16 24 14 2 2 32 15 1 337