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1971 Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
1st place National Football Conference Central Division 11-3-0 .786
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Neill Armstrong Defensive Coordinator
Jerry Burns Offensive Coordinator
Bus Mertes Offensive Backs
John Michels Offensive Line
Jocko Nelson Linebackers
Jack Patera Defensive Line
SCORES
Day Date Opponent Score Location Venue Attendance Notes
Sun 8/8/1971 H New England Patriots 17-10 W Minneapolis, MN Memorial Stadium 31813
Sat 8/14/1971 A San Diego Chargers 34-7 W San Diego, CA San Diego Stadium 49267
Sat 8/21/1971 H Chicago Bears 34-14 W Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 47900
Sat 8/28/1971 A Pittsburgh Steelers 26-21 W Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Stadium 46276
Sat 9/4/1971 A Denver Broncos 7-14 L Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 43000
Sat 9/11/1971 H Miami Dolphins 24-0 W Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 47990
Mon 9/20/1971 A Detroit Lions 16-13 W Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 54418
Sun 9/26/1971 H Chicago Bears 17-20 L Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 47900
Sun 10/3/1971 H Buffalo Bills 19-0 W Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 47900
Sun 10/10/1971 A Philadelphia Eagles 13-0 W Philadelphia, PA Veterans Stadium 65358
Sun 10/17/1971 A Green Bay Packers 24-13 W Green Bay, WI Lambeau Field 56263
Mon 10/25/1971 H Baltimore Colts 10-3 W Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 49784
Sun 10/31/1971 A New York Giants 17-10 W New York, NY Yankee Stadium 62829
Sun 11/7/1971 H San Francisco 49ers 9-13 L Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 49784
Sun 11/14/1971 H Green Bay Packers 3-0 W Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 49784
Sun 11/21/1971 A New Orleans Saints 23-10 W New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium 83130
Sun 11/28/1971 H Atlanta Falcons 24-7 W Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 49784
Sun 12/5/1971 A San Diego Chargers 14-30 L San Diego, CA San Diego Stadium 54505
Sat 12/11/1971 H Detroit Lions 29-10 W Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 49784
Sun 12/19/1971 A Chicago Bears 27-10 W Chicago, IL Soldier Field 55049
Sat 12/25/1971 H Dallas Cowboys 12-20 L Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 47307 NFC Divisional Playoff
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
ROSTER
No Player Pos Ht Wt Age College GP GS
67 Grady Alderman LOT 6-2 242 33 Detroit Mercy 13 11
30 Bill Brown FB 5-11 225 33 Illinois 14 6
89 Bob Brown TE 6-3 225 28 Alcorn State 8 4
20 Bobby Bryant LS-LCB 6-0 176 27 South Carolina 13 4
14 Fred Cox K 5-10 200 33 Pittsburgh 14 0
15 Gary Cuozzo QB 6-1 195 30 Virginia 8 8
71 Doug Davis LOT 6-4 250 27 Kentucky 14 4
86 Al Denson WR 6-2 208 29 Florida A&M 7 3
86 Al Denson WR 6-2 208 29 Florida A&M 7 3
81 Carl Eller LDE 6-6 252 29 Minnesota 14 14
56 Carl Gersbach MLB 6-1 230 24 Duke; West Chester 13 11
27 Bob Grim WR 6-0 196 26 Oregon State 14 14
44 Leo Hayden RB 6-0 212 23 Ohio State 7 0
80 John Henderson WR 6-3 191 28 Michigan 7 2
58 Wally Hilgenberg RLB 6-2 230 29 Iowa 14 14
85 John Hilton TE 6-5 222 29 Richmond 7 1
52 Noel Jenke LB 6-1 220 25 Minnesota 14 0
26 Clint Jones FB-HB 6-0 204 26 Michigan State 14 9
29 Karl Kassulke LS 6-0 194 30 Marquette; Drake 12 8
22 Paul Krause RS 6-3 199 29 Iowa 14 14
77 Gary Larsen LDT 6-5 256 31 Concordia (Moorhead) 14 14
19 Bob Lee QB-P 6-2 190 25 Arizona State; San Francisco CC; Pacific 14 4
21 Jim Lindsey RB 6-2 210 27 Arkansas 14 0
70 Jim Marshall RDE 6-3 239 34 Ohio State 14 14
41 Dave Osborn HB 6-0 204 28 North Dakota 11 9
88 Alan Page RDT 6-5 255 26 Notre Dame 14 14
78 Jerry Patton DT 6-3 255 25 Nebraska 3 0
68 Pete Perreault OG 6-3 246 32 Boston University 10 0
32 Oscar Reed FB 5-11 222 27 Colorado State 13 3
68 Roy Schmidt OG 6-3 250 29 Ventura JC; Long Beach State 4 0
45 Ed Sharockman RCB 6-0 200 32 Pittsburgh 14 14
16 Norm Snead QB 6-4 215 32 Wake Forest 7 2
64 Milt Sunde ROG 6-2 245 29 Minnesota 14 14
69 Doug Sutherland LB 6-3 250 23 Wisconsin-Superior 11 0
53 Mick Tingelhoff C 6-1 237 31 Nebraska 14 14
83 Stu Voigt TE 6-1 223 23 Wisconsin 12 9
72 John Ward DE 6-4 250 23 Oklahoma State 14 0
59 Lonnie Warwick LB 6-3 235 29 Tennessee; Tennessee Tech 4 3
84 Gene Washington WR 6-3 212 27 Michigan State 13 9
40 Charlie West LCB-LS 6-1 190 25 Angelo State; Texas-El Paso 14 14
62 Ed White LOG 6-2 264 24 California 14 14
36 Carl Winfrey LB 6-0 230 22 Wisconsin 14 0
60 Roy Winston LLB 6-1 228 31 Louisiana State 14 14
23 Jeff Wright DB 5-11 190 22 Minnesota 14 0
43 Nate Wright CB 5-11 179 24 Monterey Peninsula JC; San Diego State 3 0
73 Ron Yary ROT 6-6 256 25 Cerritos JC; Southern California 14 14
51 Godfrey Zaunbrecher C 6-2 235 25 Louisiana State 4 0
DRAFT LIST
Round Overall Player Pos College Notes
1 24 Leo Hayden RB Ohio State
3 76 Eddie Hackett WR Alcorn State
4 102 Vin Clements RB Connecticut
7 180 Gene Mack LB Texas-El Paso
8 208 Johnny Fairley DE Johnson C. Smith
9 232 Tim Sullivan RB Iowa
10 258 Chris Morris G Indiana
11 284 Mike Walker LB Tulane
12 310 Reggie Holmes DB Wisconsin-Stout
13 336 Benny Fry C Houston
14 362 Jim Gallagher LB Yale
15 388 Jeff Wright DB Minnesota
16 413 Greg Edmonds WR Penn State
17 439 Ken Duncan P Tulsa
SCORING BY QUARTERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Team Totals 54 63 60 68
Opponents Totals 26 33 26 54
TEAM STATS TOP 1ST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty 3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4TH DOWN EFFICIENCY PEN YDS
Team Totals 29:18 198 89 95 14 56/190 29.5% 6/10 60.0% 70 661
Opponents Totals 30:42 194 88 88 18 63/199 31.7% 5/16 31.3% 57 615
SCORING TD X1 X1A PCT FG FGA PCT SAF PTS
Fred Cox 0 25 25 100.0 22 32 68.8 0 91
Bob Grim 7 0 0 0 0 0 42
Dave Osborn 6 0 0 0 0 0 36
Clint Jones 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Bill Brown 2 0 0 0 0 0 12
Bob Lee 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Jim Lindsey 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Oscar Reed 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Norm Snead 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Stu Voigt 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Roy Winston 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Alan Page 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
Team Totals 25 25 25 100.0 22 32 68.8 2 245
Opponents Totals 14 13 14 92.9 14 32 43.8 0 139
FIELD GOALS MADE ATT PCT 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Fred Cox 22 32 68.8 9/9 4/8 6/7 3/8 0/0
Team Totals 22 32 68.8 9/9 4/8 6/7 3/8 0/0
Opponents Totals 14 32 43.8 3/4 3/5 3/10 5/8 0/0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Clint Jones 180 675 3.8 73t 4
Dave Osborn 123 349 2.8 15 5
Jim Lindsey 46 182 4.0 19 0
Oscar Reed 50 182 3.6 18 1
Bill Brown 46 136 3.0 23t 2
Bob Grim 6 127 21.2 54 0
Gary Cuozzo 15 24 1.6 9 0
Bob Lee 11 14 1.3 4t 1
Norm Snead 6 6 1.0 5 1
Al Denson 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 484 1695 3.5 73t 14
Opponents Totals 447 1600 3.6 42 2
PASSING ATT COM PCT INC YDS Y/ATT Y/COM LG TD TD% INT INT% TS YL NYP RTG
Gary Cuozzo 168 75 44.6 85 842 5.0 11.2 52t 6 3.6 8 4.8 13 97 745 52.2
Bob Lee 90 45 50.0 41 598 6.6 13.3 51 2 2.2 4 4.4 8 91 507 60.3
Norm Snead 75 37 49.3 32 470 6.3 12.7 55t 1 1.3 6 8.0 7 67 403 40.4
Bob Grim 1 0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 39.6
Team Totals 334 157 47.0 159 1910 5.7 12.2 55t 9 2.7 18 5.4 28 255 1655 51.6
Opponents Totals 405 206 50.9 172 2022 5.0 9.8 64 10 2.5 27 6.7 27 216 1806 45.7
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG LG TD
Bob Grim 45 691 15.4 55t 7
Dave Osborn 25 195 7.8 25 1
Stu Voigt 15 214 14.3 25 1
Oscar Reed 15 138 9.2 26 0
Gene Washington 12 165 13.8 51 0
Al Denson 10 125 12.5 17 0
Bill Brown 10 94 9.4 36 0
Clint Jones 9 98 10.9 18 0
Jim Lindsey 8 31 3.9 9 0
Bob Brown 6 141 23.5 48 0
John Henderson 2 18 9.0 12 0
Team Totals 157 1910 12.2 55t 9
Opponents Totals 206 2022 9.8 64 10
INTERCEPTIONS INT YDS AVG LG TD
Charlie West 7 236 33.7 89 0
Paul Krause 6 112 18.7 31 0
Ed Sharockman 6 109 18.2 33 0
Bobby Bryant 3 51 17.0 19 0
Karl Kassulke 2 29 14.5 27 0
Wally Hilgenberg 2 6 3.0 6 0
Roy Winston 1 29 29.0 29t 1
Team Totals 27 572 21.2 89 1
Opponents Totals 18 204 11.3 36 1
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG BL TB I20 RYDS NYDS NET
Bob Lee 89 3515 39.5 58 0 4 19 336 3099 34.8
Team Totals 89 3515 39.5 58 0 4 19 336 3099 34.8
Opponents Totals 78 3118 40.0 60 1 8 12 164 2794 36.3
PUNT RETURNS NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
Charlie West 18 11 94 5.2 16 0
Bob Grim 7 5 44 6.3 36 0
Bobby Bryant 2 14 26 13.0 17 0
Team Totals 27 30 164 6.1 36 0
Opponents Totals 47 17 336 7.1 33 0
KICKOFF RETURNS NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
Charlie West 24 556 23.2 36 0
Clint Jones 12 329 27.4 47 0
Bob Grim 3 52 17.3 29 0
Bobby Bryant 1 23 23.0 23 0
Stu Voigt 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 41 960 23.4 47 0
Opponents Totals 49 1077 22.0 41 0
FUMBLES NO LOST OWN OPP REC YDS TD
Bobby Bryant 2 2 1 3 5 0
Gary Cuozzo 2 2 0 2 0 0
Carl Gersbach 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Bob Grim 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Wally Hilgenberg 0 0 0 3 3 4 0
Noel Jenke 0 0 0 2 2 7 0
Clint Jones 7 2 0 2 0 0
Karl Kassulke 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Paul Krause 0 0 0 2 2 6 0
Gary Larsen 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Bob Lee 2 1 0 1 0 0
Jim Lindsey 1 1 1 2 0 1
Jim Marshall 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Dave Osborn 3 1 0 1 0 0
Alan Page 0 0 0 3 3 8 0
Oscar Reed 1 0 0 0 0 0
Norm Snead 2 0 0 0 0 0
Mick Tingelhoff 1 1 0 1 -8 0
Stu Voigt 1 0 0 0 0 0
John Ward 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Gene Washington 1 1 0 1 0 0
Charlie West 2 0 1 1 0 0
Team Totals 25 13 12 18 30 22 1
Opponents Totals 34 18 14 12 26 1
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