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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
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 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

W# 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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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 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

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 SFO W, 28-22 3 52 pass Ahmad Rashad 52 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
2 1979-09-02 SFO W, 28-22 3 32 pass Ahmad Rashad 32 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
3 1979-09-02 SFO W, 28-22 4 8 pass Ahmad Rashad 8 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
4 1979-09-02 SFO W, 28-22 4 25 pass Ahmad Rashad 25 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
5 1979-09-09 @ CHI L, 7-26 2 2 rush Tommy Kramer 2 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
6 1979-09-23 GNB W, 27-21 1 4 pass Ahmad Rashad 4 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
7 1979-09-23 GNB W, 27-21 3 3 rush Robert Miller 3 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
8 1979-09-23 GNB W, 27-21 4 7 rush Rickey Young 7 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
9 1979-09-23 GNB W, 27-21 5 50 pass Ahmad Rashad 50 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
10 1979-09-30 @ DET W, 13-10 3 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
11 1979-10-07 DAL L, 20-36 1 2 pass Bob Tucker 2 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
12 1979-10-07 DAL L, 20-36 3 28 pass Sammy White 28 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
13 1979-10-15 @ NYJ L, 7-14 4 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
14 1979-10-21 CHI W, 30-27 2 55 pass Sammy White 55 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
15 1979-10-21 CHI W, 30-27 3 3 pass Stu Voigt 3 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
16 1979-10-21 CHI W, 30-27 4 17 pass Rickey Young 17 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
17 1979-10-21 CHI W, 30-27 4 5 pass Rickey Young 5 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
18 1979-10-28 TAM L, 10-12 2 2 pass Stu Voigt 2 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
19 1979-11-04 @ STL L, 7-37 2 14 pass Sammy White 14 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
20 1979-11-11 @ GNB L, 7-19 4 3 pass Bob Tucker 3 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
21 1979-11-18 DET W, 14-7 3 23 rush Rickey Young 23 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
22 1979-11-18 DET W, 14-7 3 2 rush Rickey Young 2 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
23 1979-11-25 @ TAM W, 23-22 2 21 pass Terry LeCount 21 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
24 1979-11-25 @ TAM W, 23-22 2 32 pass Ahmad Rashad 32 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
25 1979-11-25 @ TAM W, 23-22 3 3 pass Rickey Young 3 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
26 1979-12-02 @ RAM L, 21-27 1 36 pass Terry LeCount 36 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
27 1979-12-02 @ RAM L, 21-27 2 6 pass Sammy White 6 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
28 1979-12-02 @ RAM L, 21-27 4 22 pass Ahmad Rashad 22 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
29 1979-12-09 BUF W, 10-3 1 19 pass Ahmad Rashad 19 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
30 1979-12-16 @ NWE L, 23-27 1 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush
31 1979-12-16 @ NWE L, 23-27 2 1 rush Robert Miller 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
32 1979-12-16 @ NWE L, 23-27 4 13 pass Rickey Young 13 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 SFO L, 22-28 4 44 pass Freddie Solomon 44 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
2 1979-09-02 SFO L, 22-28 4 4 rush Lenvil Elliott 4 yard rush
3 1979-09-09 @ CHI W, 26-7 2 56 pass James Scott 56 yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)
4 1979-09-09 @ CHI W, 26-7 3 43 rush Walter Payton 43 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
5 1979-09-09 @ CHI W, 26-7 4 26 rush Walter Payton 26 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
6 1979-09-16 MIA W, 27-12 2 3 rush Delvin Williams 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
7 1979-09-16 MIA W, 27-12 4 6 pass Larry Csonka 6 yard pass from Don Strock
8 1979-09-16 MIA W, 27-12 4 6 pass Jimmy Cefalo 6 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
9 1979-09-16 MIA W, 27-12 4 5 rush Norm Bulaich 5 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
10 1979-09-23 GNB L, 21-27 2 20 pass James Lofton 20 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
11 1979-09-23 GNB L, 21-27 2 1 rush Barty Smith 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
12 1979-09-23 GNB L, 21-27 4 5 rush Terdell Middleton 5 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
13 1979-09-30 @ DET L, 10-13 4 10 pass Rick Kane 10 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
14 1979-10-07 DAL W, 36-20 2 5 rush Tony Dorsett 5 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
15 1979-10-07 DAL W, 36-20 2 3 rush Tony Dorsett 3 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
16 1979-10-07 DAL W, 36-20 2 33 fumble Benny Barnes 33 yard fumble return
17 1979-10-07 DAL W, 36-20 3 30 rush Tony Dorsett 30 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
18 1979-10-07 DAL W, 36-20 4 6 rush Preston Pearson 6 yard rush
19 1979-10-15 @ NYJ W, 14-7 1 3 rush Richard Todd 3 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
20 1979-10-15 @ NYJ W, 14-7 3 32 interception Shafer Suggs 32 yard interception return (Rich Szaro kick)
21 1979-10-21 CHI L, 27-30 1 54 pass Brian Baschnagel 54 yard pass from Walter Payton (Bob Thomas kick)
22 1979-10-21 CHI L, 27-30 2 2 pass Walter Payton 2 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
23 1979-10-21 CHI L, 27-30 4 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
24 1979-10-28 TAM W, 12-10 4 2 rush Ricky Bell 2 yard rush
25 1979-11-04 @ STL W, 37-7 2 34 rush Ottis Anderson 34 yard rush (Steve Little kick)
26 1979-11-04 @ STL W, 37-7 3 9 interception Roger Wehrli 9 yard interception return (Steve Little kick)
27 1979-11-04 @ STL W, 37-7 3 8 pass Ottis Anderson 8 yard pass from Jim Hart (Steve Little kick)
28 1979-11-04 @ STL W, 37-7 4 1 rush Wayne Morris 1 yard rush
29 1979-11-04 @ STL W, 37-7 4 16 rush Rod Phillips 16 yard rush (Steve Little kick)
30 1979-11-11 @ GNB W, 19-7 1 23 pass Aundra Thompson 23 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Tom Birney kick)
31 1979-11-11 @ GNB W, 19-7 2 70 fumble Mike Butler 70 yard fumble return
32 1979-11-11 @ GNB W, 19-7 4 5 pass Terdell Middleton 5 yard pass from David Whitehurst
33 1979-11-18 DET L, 7-14 2 13 rush Jeff Komlo 13 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
34 1979-11-25 @ TAM L, 22-23 1 2 rush Ricky Bell 2 yard rush
35 1979-11-25 @ TAM L, 22-23 3 17 rush Johnny Davis 17 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
36 1979-11-25 @ TAM L, 22-23 4 13 rush Doug Williams 13 yard rush
37 1979-12-02 @ RAM W, 27-21 1 31 blocked punt Joe Harris 31 yard blocked punt return (Frank Corral kick)
38 1979-12-02 @ RAM W, 27-21 2 2 rush Cullen Bryant 2 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
39 1979-12-02 @ RAM W, 27-21 3 41 pass Preston Dennard 41 yard pass from Bob Lee (Frank Corral kick)
40 1979-12-02 @ RAM W, 27-21 5 5 rush Nolan Cromwell 5 yard rush
41 1979-12-16 @ NWE W, 27-23 1 5 pass Horace Ivory 5 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
42 1979-12-16 @ NWE W, 27-23 4 1 rush Don Calhoun 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
43 1979-12-16 @ NWE W, 27-23 4 40 pass Harold Jackson 40 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)