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1972 Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 3rd place National Football Conference Central Division 7-7-0 .500
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Defensive CoordinatorNeill Armstrong
Offensive CoordinatorJerry Burns
Offensive BacksBus Mertes
Offensive LineJohn Michels
LinebackersJocko Nelson
Defensive LineJack Patera
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Mon9/18/1972HWashington Redskins21-24LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47900
Sun9/24/1972ADetroit Lions34-10WDetroit, MITiger Stadium54418
Sat8/12/1972HSan Diego Chargers24-13WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47900
Fri8/18/1972ABuffalo Bills10-21LBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium41006
Sun10/1/1972HMiami Dolphins14-16LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47900
Sat8/26/1972ACleveland Browns20-17WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium70583
Sun10/8/1972HSt. Louis Cardinals17-19LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium49687
Sun10/15/1972ADenver Broncos23-20WDenver, COMile High Stadium51656
Mon9/4/1972HHouston Oilers26-14WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47900
Sun9/10/1972AMiami Dolphins19-21LMiami, FLOrange Bowl74298
Mon10/23/1972AChicago Bears10-13LChicago, ILSoldier Field55701
Sun10/29/1972AGreen Bay Packers27-13WGreen Bay, WILambeau Field56263
Sun11/5/1972HNew Orleans Saints37-6WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium49784
Sun11/12/1972HDetroit Lions16-14WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium49784
Sun11/19/1972ALos Angeles Rams45-41WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum77982
Sun11/26/1972APittsburgh Steelers10-23LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium50348
Sun12/3/1972HChicago Bears23-10WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium49784
Sun12/10/1972HGreen Bay Packers7-23LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium49784
Sat12/16/1972ASan Francisco 49ers17-20LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park61214
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
67Grady AldermanLOT6'224234Detroit Mercy1414
87John BeasleyTE6'323127California1414
30Bill BrownRB5'1122534Illinois14
24Terry BrownRS6'121025Oklahoma State8
20Bobby BryantRCB6'017628South Carolina1414
14Fred CoxK5'1020034Pittsburgh140
71Doug DavisOT6'425028Kentucky5
27Calvin DemeryWR6'019022Arizona State5
11Mike EischeidP6'019032Upper Iowa140
81Carl EllerLDE6'625230Minnesota1414
56Carl GersbachLLB-MLB6'123025Duke; West Chester14
42John GilliamWR6'119027South Carolina State1414
80John HendersonWR6'319129Michigan12
58Wally HilgenbergRLB6'223030Iowa1414
26Clint JonesRB6'020427Michigan State7
29Karl KassulkeLS6'019431Marquette; Drake86
22Paul KrauseRS6'319930Iowa1414
77Gary LarsenLDT6'525632Concordia (Moorhead)1414
19Bob LeeQB6'219026Arizona State; San Francisco CC; Pacific2
21Jim LindseyRB6'221028Arkansas13
75Bob LurtsemaLDE6'625130Grand Rapids CC; Michigan Tech; Western Michigan14
49Ed MarinaroRB6'221222Cornell106
70Jim MarshallRDE6'323935Ohio State1414
55Amos MartinLB6'322823Louisville5
41Dave OsbornRB6'020429North Dakota14
88Alan PageRDT6'525527Notre Dame1414
32Oscar ReedRB5'1122228Colorado State1414
45Ed SharockmanCB6'020033Pittsburgh7
50Jeff SiemonMLB6'223522Stanford138
64Milt SundeROG6'224530Minnesota1414
69Doug SutherlandLB6'325024Wisconsin-Superior14
10Fran TarkentonQB6'119032Georgia1414
53Mick TingelhoffC6'123732Nebraska1414
83Stu VoigtTE6'122324Wisconsin14
72John WardDE6'425024Oklahoma State14
59Lonnie WarwickMLB6'323530Tennessee; Tennessee Tech6
84Gene WashingtonWR6'321228Michigan State1211
40Charlie WestLCB6'119026Angelo State; Texas-El Paso1413
62Ed WhiteLOG6'226425California1414
60Roy WinstonLLB6'122832Louisiana State1313
23Jeff WrightLS5'1119023Minnesota13
43Nate WrightLCB5'1117925Monterey Peninsula JC; San Diego State1412
73Ron YaryROT6'625626Cerritos JC; Southern California1414
51Godfrey ZaunbrecherC6'223526Louisiana State7
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Jeff Siemon110LBStanfordfrom NE
Ed Marinaro250RBCornell
Bart Buetow359TMinnesotafrom GB
Amos Martin6154LBLouisville
Bill Slater7181DEWestern Michigan
Calvin Demery8206WRArizona State
Charlie Goodrum9232GFlorida A&M
Willie Aldridge10258RB-DBSouth Carolina State
Willie McKelton11284DBSouthern University
Bob Banaugh12310DBMontana State
Franklin Roberts13336RBAlcorn State
Marv Owens14361WR-RBSan Diego State
Mike Sivert15388GEast Tennessee State
Neil Graff16414QBWisconsin
Dick Schmalz17440WRAuburn
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals46718995
Opponents Totals374559111
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals31:1623595127138520441.761060.051440
Opponents Totals28:4420010382157819639.87887.547490
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Fred Cox03434100.0213363.6097
Bill Brown80000048
John Gilliam70000042
Dave Osborn30000018
John Henderson20000012
Clint Jones20000012
Paul Krause20000012
Oscar Reed20000012
Stu Voigt20000012
Gene Washington20000012
John Beasley1000006
Bobby Bryant1000006
Wally Hilgenberg1000006
Ed Marinaro1000006
Team Totals343434100.0213363.60301
Opponents Totals27242788.9223562.90252
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Fred Cox213363.64/46/97/104/90/1
Team Totals213363.64/46/97/104/90/1
Opponents Totals223562.95/54/59/123/101/3
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Oscar Reed1516394.2432
Bill Brown822633.2194
Dave Osborn822613.214t2
Ed Marinaro662233.4190
Fran Tarkenton271806.7210
Clint Jones521643.2332
John Gilliam8141.8140
Jim Lindsey188.080
Stu Voigt111.01t1
Paul Krause100.000
Mike Eischeid1-13-13.0-130
Team Totals47217403.74311
Opponents Totals45420024.46113
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Fran Tarkenton37821556.915026517.012.376t184.8133.426203244880.2
Bob Lee6350.037512.525.063116.700.00075135.4
Paul Krause100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals38521856.615427267.112.576t194.9133.426203252381.2
Opponents Totals33116951.113617915.410.653133.9267.92192169947.5
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
John Gilliam47103522.066t7
Oscar Reed302056.8370
John Beasley282328.3181
Ed Marinaro282187.818t1
Bill Brown2229813.576t4
Dave Osborn201668.3181
Gene Washington1825914.4392
John Henderson1019019.070t2
Stu Voigt6508.3141
Clint Jones6427.0100
Jim Lindsey3289.3130
Ed White033L0
Team Totals218272612.576t19
Opponents Totals169179110.65313
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Paul Krause610918.2351
Bobby Bryant48220.5340
Roy Winston35518.3230
Jeff Wright33110.3310
Charlie West372.380
Karl Kassulke22512.5220
Jeff Siemon22311.5230
Wally Hilgenberg11717.014t1
Nate Wright11010.0100
Lonnie Warwick166.060
Team Totals2636514.0352
Opponents Totals131168.9260
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Mike Eischeid62265142.86111012317213434.4
Team Totals62265142.86111012317213435.0
Opponents Totals62257541.5600012159241639.0
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Charlie West1661116.9230
Bobby Bryant1015484.8100
Team Totals26211596.1230
Opponents Totals3543179.1310
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
John Gilliam1436926.4470
Clint Jones1232727.3480
Charlie West919621.8310
Bill Brown33712.3270
Bobby Bryant24120.5220
Jim Lindsey11717.0170
Stu Voigt122.020
Team Totals4298923.5480
Opponents Totals62137322.1570
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
John Beasley0020240
Bill Brown400000
Bobby Bryant1112241
Mike Eischeid220200
Carl Eller0001100
John Gilliam2202130
John Henderson100000
Wally Hilgenberg1022130
Clint Jones100000
Paul Krause1011241
Ed Marinaro400000
Jim Marshall0001100
Dave Osborn300000
Oscar Reed700000
Jeff Siemon0002200
Fran Tarkenton310100
Mick Tingelhoff0030300
Charlie West2112260
Roy Winston00022190
Jeff Wright00022160
Nate Wright0001100
Team Totals32201214261392
Opponents Totals27141119300
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