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1970 Minnesota Vikings season

1970 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 12–2
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 17–14
Previous season Next season
< 1969 1971 >

1970 was the tenth year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 51st regular season of the National Football League. It was also the first season of play following the AFL-NFL merger, as the Vikings played in the National Football Conference. The Vikings' defense became the second defense in the history of the NFL to lead the league in fewest points allowed and fewest total yards allowed for two consecutive seasons.[1] The Vikings won the first-ever NFC Central title, as they finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses, before losing to the San Francisco 49ers at home in the NFC Divisional Playoff game.


1970 Draft

Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice Overall
1 25 25 John Ward Offensive Tackle Oklahoma State
2 25 51 Bill Cappleman Quarterback Florida State
3 25 77 Chuck Burgoon Linebacker North Park
4 25 103 Traded to the New Orleans Saints
5 25 129 Greg Jones Running Back UCLA
6 25 155 Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers
7 25 181 Hap Farber Linebacker Mississippi
8 25 207 Mike Carroll Guard Missouri
9 25 233 George Morrow Defensive End Mississippi
10 25 259 Stu Voigt Tight End Wisconsin
11 25 285 Godfrey Zaunbrecher Center Louisiana State
12 25 311 James Holland Defensive Back Jackson State
13 25 337 Robert Pearce Defensive Back Stephen F. Austin
14 25 363 Tommy Spinks Wide Receiver Louisiana Tech
15 25 389 Bennie Francis Defensive End Chadron State
16 25 415 Bruce Cerone Wide Receiver Emporia State
17 25 441 Brian Healy Defensive Back Michigan
^[a] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (103rd overall) to New Orleans for TE Kent Kramer.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (155th overall) to Pittsburgh for TE Tony Jeter.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–10 Metropolitan Stadium
2 September 27, 1970 New Orleans Saints W 26–0 Metropolitan Stadium
3 October 4, 1970 at Green Bay Packers L 13–10 Milwaukee County Stadium
4 October 11, 1970 at Chicago Bears W 24–0 Wrigley Field
5 October 18, 1970 Dallas Cowboys W 54–13 Metropolitan Stadium
6 October 26, 1970 Los Angeles Rams W 13–3 Metropolitan Stadium
7 November 1, 1970 at Detroit Lions W 30–17 Tiger Stadium
8 November 8, 1970 at Washington Redskins W 19–10 RFK Stadium
9 November 15, 1970 Detroit Lions W 24–20 Metropolitan Stadium
10 November 22, 1970 Green Bay Packers W 10–3 Metropolitan Stadium
11 November 29, 1970 at New York Jets L 20–10 Shea Stadium
12 December 5, 1970 Chicago Bears W 16–13 Metropolitan Stadium
13 December 13, 1970 at Boston Patriots W 35–14 Harvard Stadium
14 December 20, 1970 at Atlanta Falcons W 37–7 Atlanta Stadium


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Divisional December 27, 1970 San Francisco 49ers L 17–14 Metropolitan Stadium


NFC Central
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 335 143
Detroit Lions 10 4 0 .714 347 202
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 196 293
Chicago Bears 6 8 0 .429 256 261


Awards, records, and honors


  1. ^ The Best Show in Football:The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns, p.294, Andy Piascik, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58979-360-6
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 297
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