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1978 Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 1st place National Football Conference Central Division 8-7-1 .531
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Offensive CoordinatorJerry Burns
DefenseBob Hollway
Offensive BacksBus Mertes
Offensive LineJohn Michels
LinebackersJocko Nelson
Defensive LineMurray Warmath
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/5/1978HWashington Redskins20-13WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46212
Sat8/12/1978AKansas City Chiefs13-17LKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium41092
Fri8/18/1978AMiami Dolphins22-30LMiami, FLOrange Bowl46316
Sat8/26/1978HBuffalo Bills30-27WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45062
Sun9/3/1978ANew Orleans Saints24-31LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome54187
Mon9/11/1978HDenver Broncos12-9WOTBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46508
Sun9/17/1978HTampa Bay Buccaneers10-16LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46152
Mon9/25/1978AChicago Bears24-20WChicago, ILSoldier Field53561
Sun10/1/1978ATampa Bay Buccaneers24-7WTampa, FLTampa Stadium65972
Sun10/8/1978ASeattle Seahawks28-29LSeattle, WAKingdome62031
Sun10/15/1978HLos Angeles Rams17-34LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46551
Sun10/22/1978HGreen Bay Packers21-7WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium47411
Thu10/26/1978ADallas Cowboys21-10WIrving, TXTexas Stadium61848
Sun11/5/1978HDetroit Lions17-7WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46008
Sun11/12/1978HChicago Bears17-14WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium43286
Sun11/19/1978HSan Diego Chargers7-13LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium38859
Sun11/26/1978AGreen Bay Packers10-10TOTGreen Bay, WILambeau Field51737
Sun12/3/1978HPhiladelphia Eagles28-27WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium38772
Sat12/9/1978ADetroit Lions14-45LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome78685
Sun12/17/1978AOakland Raiders20-27LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum44643
Sun12/31/1978ALos Angeles Rams10-34LLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum69631NFC Divisional Playoff
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 AllenCB5'1017030Texas Southern160
59Matt BlairLLB6'524228Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC; Iowa State1616
20Bobby BryantRCB6'017634South Carolina1616
8Greg ColemanP6'018224Florida A&M90
84Steve CraigTE6'323127Northwestern160
7Rick DanmeierK6'018826Lakewood State JC; Sioux Falls160
81Carl EllerLDE6'625236Minnesota147
44Chuck ForemanFB6'220928Miami (Florida)1414
68Charlie GoodrumLOG6'325628Florida A&M1616
61Wes HamiltonROG6'327125Tulsa1615
45Tom HannonFS5'1119523Michigan State1614
57Paul HarrisLB6'322024Alabama10
58Wally HilgenbergLB6'223036Iowa151
75Randy HollowayDE6'525523Pittsburgh160
51Jim HoughC6'226822Utah State151
48Sammy JohnsonRB6'122626North Carolina30
39Mark KellarRB6'022526Northern Illinois160
9Tommy KramerQB6'220523Rice40
22Paul KrauseFS6'319936Iowa162
19Bob LeeQB6'219032Arizona State; San Francisco CC; Pacific30
76Bob LingenfelterOT6'727724Nebraska50
70Jim MarshallRDE6'323941Ohio State1616
33Brent McClanahanRB5'1020227Arizona State130
54Fred McNeillRLB6'222926UCLA1615
87Kevin MillerWR5'1018023Louisville160
35Robert MillerFB5'1120425Kansas152
77Mark MullaneyLDE6'624625Colorado State159
74Frank MyersLOT6'525522Texas A&M1211
88Alan PageDT6'525533Notre Dame66
28Ahmad RashadWR6'220229Oregon1616
78Steve RileyLOT6'625826Southern California55
50Jeff SiemonMLB6'223528Stanford1616
79Lyman SmithDT6'525022Duke110
55Scott StudwellLB6'222824Illinois130
69Doug SutherlandLDT6'325030Wisconsin-Superior1616
67Dennis SwilleyOG6'325723Texas A&M140
10Fran TarkentonQB6'119038Georgia1616
53Mick TingelhoffC6'123738Nebraska1616
38Bob TuckerTE6'322533Bloomsburg1616
27John TurnerCB6'019622Miami (Florida)140
83Stu VoigtTE6'122330Wisconsin150
80Harry WashingtonWR6'018022Grays Harbor JC; Colorado State100
72James WhiteRDT6'327025Oklahoma State1610
85Sammy WhiteWR5'1119524Grambling State1616
29Phil WiseSS6'019329South Dakota; Nebraska-Omaha1616
5Mike WoodP5'1119924Southeast Missouri State70
43Nate WrightLCB5'1117931Monterey Peninsula JC; San Diego State1616
73Ron YaryROT6'625632Cerritos JC; Southern California1616
34Rickey YoungHB6'219825Jackson State1616
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Randy Holloway121DEPittsburgh
John Turner248DBMiami (Florida)
Whip Walton375LBSan Diego State
Jim Hough4100CUtah State
Mike Wood8204KSoutheast Missouri Statefrom SEA
Mike Deutsch9240PColorado State
Hughie Shaw10272RBTexas A&M-Kingsville
Ron Harris11299RBColorado State
Jeff Morrow12326TMinnesota
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals908455623
Opponents Totals9310336740
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals31:253081021763012026245.8142166.7113817
Opponents Totals28:35278120137219023139.081361.51101013
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Rick Danmeier0363797.3121963.2072
Sammy White90000054
Ahmad Rashad80000048
Chuck Foreman70000042
Rickey Young60000036
Robert Miller30000018
Matt Blair1000006
Fred McNeill1000006
Kevin Miller1000006
Fran Tarkenton1000006
Team Totals37363797.3121963.20294
Opponents Totals39333984.6131968.40306
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Rick Danmeier121963.21/14/53/54/80/0
Team Totals121963.21/14/53/54/80/0
Opponents Totals131968.42/23/35/83/60/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Chuck Foreman2377493.2215
Rickey Young1344173.1161
Robert Miller702133.0193
Sammy Johnson11413.7170
Mark Kellar11343.150
Sammy White5306.0160
Brent McClanahan10262.6220
Greg Coleman22211.0170
Tommy Kramer11010.0100
Fran Tarkenton24-6-0.3151
Team Totals50515363.02210
Opponents Totals55921163.836t20
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Fran Tarkenton57234560.319534686.110.158t254.4325.627254321468.9
Tommy Kramer16531.310503.110.01900.016.31113915.1
Bob Lee4250.01102.55.0600.0125.0220-1016.7
Team Totals59235259.520635286.010.058t254.2345.730285324366.6
Opponents Totals44224054.318029176.612.256t153.4225.033227269065.4
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Rickey Young887048.0485
Ahmad Rashad6676911.758t8
Chuck Foreman613966.5202
Sammy White5374114.033t9
Bob Tucker4754011.5350
Robert Miller2223010.5290
Stu Voigt45213.0270
Steve Craig4317.890
Mark Kellar3-5-1.780
Brent McClanahan2115.570
Kevin Miller13535.035t1
Harry Washington12424.0240
Team Totals352352810.058t25
Opponents Totals240291712.256t15
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Bobby Bryant7699.9230
Nate Wright55811.6300
Matt Blair3289.3200
Phil Wise22110.5140
Fred McNeill210.510
Tom Hannon200.000
John Turner11515.0150
Team Totals221928.7300
Opponents Totals3442412.597t2
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Greg Coleman51199139.0611412321159030.6
Mike Wood31110035.54724322080024.2
Team Totals85309136.4613815541239028.1
Opponents Totals92332736.2581814239292831.8
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Kevin Miller4882395.0470
Sammy White1000.000
Tom Hannon0200
Robert Miller0100
Team Totals49112394.9470
Opponents Totals52554110.4340
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Kevin Miller4085421.4380
Harry Washington47117.8200
Sammy White35016.7200
Brent McClanahan33812.7240
Robert Miller22311.5130
Mark Kellar11313.0130
Rickey Young188.080
Steve Craig100.000
Team Totals55105719.2380
Opponents Totals61129721.3560
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Matt Blair00123491
Bobby Bryant100000
Carl Eller0003300
Chuck Foreman800000
Charlie Goodrum0010100
Tom Hannon0012300
Randy Holloway0002200
Mark Kellar100000
Jim Marshall0002200
Brent McClanahan100000
Fred McNeill00066390
Kevin Miller300000
Robert Miller220240
Mark Mullaney0001100
Ahmad Rashad201100
Fran Tarkenton7707-70
Bob Tucker200000
James White0001100
Sammy White100000
Phil Wise00101200
Rickey Young620200
Team Totals34191520351051
Opponents Totals35211317302
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