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1976 Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 1st place National Football Conference Central Division 11-2-1 .821
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Defensive CoordinatorNeill Armstrong
Offensive CoordinatorJerry Burns
Offensive BacksBus Mertes
Offensive LineJohn Michels
LinebackersJocko Nelson
Defensive LineBuddy Ryan
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sun9/12/1976ANew Orleans Saints40-9WNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome58156
Sat7/31/1976AMiami Dolphins3-16LMiami, FLOrange Bowl39939
Sun9/19/1976HLos Angeles Rams10-10TOTBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47310
Sat8/7/1976AKansas City Chiefs13-10WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium32851
Sun9/26/1976ADetroit Lions10-9WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome76914
Mon8/16/1976ACleveland Browns7-31LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium44336
Mon10/4/1976HPittsburgh Steelers17-6WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47809
Sun8/22/1976HCincinnati Bengals23-17WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium43784
Sun10/10/1976HChicago Bears20-19WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47498
Sat8/28/1976HPhiladelphia Eagles20-16WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46512
Sun10/17/1976HNew York Giants24-7WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47156
Sun9/5/1976ADenver Broncos17-30LDenver, COMile High Stadium52129
Sun10/24/1976APhiladelphia Eagles31-12WPhiladelphia, PAVeterans Stadium56233
Sun10/31/1976AChicago Bears13-14LChicago, ILSoldier Field53602
Sun11/7/1976HDetroit Lions31-23WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46735
Sun11/14/1976HSeattle Seahawks27-21WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45087
Sun11/21/1976AGreen Bay Packers17-10WMilwaukee, WICounty Stadium53104
Mon11/29/1976ASan Francisco 49ers16-20LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park56775
Sun12/5/1976HGreen Bay Packers20-9WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium43700
Sat12/11/1976AMiami Dolphins29-7WMiami, FLOrange Bowl45583
Sat12/18/1976HWashington Redskins35-20WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47221NFC Divisional Playoff
Sun12/26/1976HLos Angeles Rams24-13WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47191NFC Championship
Sun1/9/1977HOakland Raiders14-32LPasadena, CARose Bowl103438Super Bowl XI
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
25Nate AllenRCB5'1017028Texas Southern1211
56Scott AndersonC6'424225Missouri20
27Autry BeamonSS-FS6'119023Texas A&M-Commerce140
59Matt BlairLLB6'524226Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC; Iowa State1413
20Bobby BryantRCB6'017632South Carolina123
74Bart BuetowOT6'526026Minnesota20
12Neil ClaboP6'220524Tennessee130
14Fred CoxK5'1020038Pittsburgh140
84Steve CraigTE6'323125Northwestern140
57Doug DumlerC6'324326Nebraska140
81Carl EllerLDE6'625234Minnesota1313
44Chuck ForemanRB6'220926Miami (Florida)1414
68Charlie GoodrumLOG6'325626Florida A&M1414
26Bob GrimWR6'019631Oregon State80
47Ron GroceRB6'221022Macalester40
40Windlan HallLCB5'1117626Arizona State141
61Wes HamiltonLOG6'327123Tulsa131
58Wally HilgenbergRLB6'223034Iowa1414
48Sammy JohnsonRB6'122624North Carolina80
39Mark KellarRB6'022524Northern Illinois30
22Paul KrauseFS6'319934Iowa1414
82Jim LashWR6'220025Northwestern53
19Bob LeeQB6'219030Arizona State; San Francisco CC; Pacific41
75Bob LurtsemaDE6'625134Grand Rapids CC; Michigan Tech; Western Michigan10
70Jim MarshallRDE6'323939Ohio State1414
55Amos MartinMLB6'322827Louisville140
33Brent McClanahanRB5'1020225Arizona State1313
54Fred McNeillLLB6'222924UCLA131
35Robert MillerRB5'1120423Kansas141
77Mark MullaneyLDE-RDE6'624623Colorado State121
88Alan PageRDT6'525531Notre Dame1414
28Ahmad RashadWR6'220227Oregon1311
78Steve RileyLOT6'625824Southern California1414
50Jeff SiemonMLB6'223526Stanford1414
31Willie SpencerRB6'423523none30
69Doug SutherlandLDT6'325028Wisconsin-Superior1414
10Fran TarkentonQB6'119036Georgia1313
53Mick TingelhoffC6'123736Nebraska1414
83Stu VoigtTE6'122328Wisconsin1414
62Ed WhiteROG6'226429California1313
72James WhiteLDT-RDT6'327023Oklahoma State140
85Sammy WhiteWR5'1119522Grambling State1414
80Lenny WillisWR5'1118023Nebraska Southern JC; Ohio State140
60Roy WinstonLLB6'122836Louisiana State70
23Jeff WrightSS5'1119027Minnesota1414
43Nate WrightLCB5'1117929Monterey Peninsula JC; San Diego State1413
73Ron YaryROT6'625630Cerritos JC; Southern California1414
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
James White125DTOklahoma State
Sammy White254WRGrambling State
Wes Hamilton385GTulsa
Lenny Willis4118WROhio State
Steve Wagner5133DBWisconsinfrom ATL
Keith Barnette5150RBBoston College
Terry Egerdahl6180DBMinnesota-Duluth
Larry Brune7206DBRice
Isaac Hagins9262WRSouthern University
Bill Salmon10289QBNorthern Iowa
Steve Kracher11318RBMontana State
Robert Sparks12345DBSan Francisco State
Gary Paulson13372DEColorado State
Jeff Stapleton14401TPurdue
Ron Groce15428RBMacalester
Randy Hickel16457DBMontana State
Rich Lukowski17484DTWest Virginia
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals47102561000
Opponents Totals393543590
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals32:132941251501910624044.281172.777615
Opponents Totals27:4720710391136720932.14757.176653
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Fred Cox0323688.9193161.3089
Chuck Foreman140000084
Sammy White100000060
Brent McClanahan50000030
Ahmad Rashad30000018
Nate Allen1000006
Robert Miller1000006
Fran Tarkenton1000006
Stu Voigt1000006
Team Totals36323688.9193161.30305
Opponents Totals22142263.6102540.00176
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Fred Cox193161.30/05/710/124/110/1
Team Totals193161.30/05/710/124/110/1
Opponents Totals102540.01/14/81/64/80/2
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Chuck Foreman27811554.24613
Brent McClanahan1303822.9194
Robert Miller672864.3360
Sammy Johnson17985.8180
Fran Tarkenton27451.7201
Mark Kellar7253.6110
Ron Groce3186.0130
Bob Lee221.020
Willie Spencer420.520
Sammy White5-10-2.060
Team Totals54020033.74618
Opponents Totals48720964.339t14
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Fran Tarkenton41225561.914929617.211.656t174.181.925221274089.3
Bob Lee301550.0131565.210.42100.026.764111537.6
Team Totals44227061.116231177.111.556t173.8102.331262285585.8
Opponents Totals32315848.914618975.912.080t82.5195.945322157551.1
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Chuck Foreman5556710.341t1
Ahmad Rashad5367112.7473
Sammy White5190617.856t10
Brent McClanahan402526.3231
Stu Voigt2830310.8441
Robert Miller231817.9191
Bob Grim910812.0270
Jim Lash45213.0170
Steve Craig33311.0170
Sammy Johnson22211.0110
Mark Kellar22211.0190
Team Totals270311711.556t17
Opponents Totals158189712.080t8
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Nate Wright7476.7210
Nate Allen34414.7300
Bobby Bryant23015.0250
Matt Blair22512.5200
Paul Krause22110.5190
Autry Beamon14141.0410
Jeff Wright155.050
Jeff Siemon100.000
Team Totals1921311.2410
Opponents Totals1018518.5550
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Neil Clabo69267838.8550135286213230.9
Team Totals69267838.8550135286213230.9
Opponents Totals79293237.1631514271256132.4
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Lenny Willis30102076.9290
Autry Beamon75192.7140
Sammy White314515.0310
Team Totals40162716.8310
Opponents Totals4042867.2190
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Lenny Willis2455223.0570
Sammy White917319.2360
Robert Miller57715.4270
Sammy Johnson23517.5180
Mark Kellar12222.0220
Matt Blair100.000
Team Totals4285920.5570
Opponents Totals66120918.3380
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Nate Allen0001140
Autry Beamon101100
Matt Blair0005580
Chuck Foreman720210
Ron Groce100000
Wally Hilgenberg0001100
Bob Lee3000-20
Brent McClanahan500000
Robert Miller200000
Mark Mullaney0002230
Alan Page0001110
Ahmad Rashad100000
Willie Spencer100000
Doug Sutherland0001190
Fran Tarkenton4202-90
Mick Tingelhoff1101-40
Ed White0010100
Sammy White320200
Lenny Willis420230
Jeff Wright0001100
Ron Yary0010100
Team Totals3322111324140
Opponents Totals24131019290
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