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1979 Minnesota Vikings season


1979 Minnesota Vikings season

1979 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 7-9
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
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1979 was the 19th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 60th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and nine losses.


1979 Draft

Main article: 1979 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice Overall
1 16 16 Ted Brown Running Back North Carolina State
2 15 43 Dave Huffman Center Notre Dame
3 16 72 Pick forfeited due to illegal tryout[a]
4 15 97 Steve Dils Quarterback Stanford
5 19 129 Jerry Meter Linebacker Michigan
6 15 152 Joe Senser Tight End West Chester (PA)
7 16 181 Bob Winkel Defensive Tackle Kentucky
8 15 207 Traded to the Baltimore Colts[b]
9 16 236 Billy Diggs Wide Receiver Winston-Salem State
10 15 263 Traded to the New York Jets[c]
11 16 291 Brian Nelson Wide Receiver Texas Tech
12 14 317 David Stephens Linebacker Kentucky
^[a] The details of this forfeited pick are unknown.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (207th overall) to Baltimore for OT Frank Myers.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 10th round selection (263rd overall) and 1978 8th round selection (213th overall) to the New York Jets for S Phil Wise.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1979 San Francisco 49ers W 28-22
2 September 9, 1979 at Chicago Bears L 26-7
3 September 16, 1979 Miami Dolphins L 27-12
4 September 23, 1979 Green Bay Packers W 27-21 (OT)
5 September 30, 1979 at Detroit Lions W 13-10
6 October 7, 1979 Dallas Cowboys L 36-20
7 October 15, 1979 at New York Jets L 14-7
8 October 21, 1979 Chicago Bears W 30-27
9 October 28, 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 12-10
10 November 4, 1979 at St. Louis Cardinals L 37-7
11 November 11, 1979 at Green Bay Packers (Milw) L 19-7
12 November 18, 1979 Detroit Lions W 14-7
13 November 25, 1979 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23-22
14 December 2, 1979 at Los Angeles Rams L 27-21 (OT)
15 December 9, 1979 Buffalo Bills W 10-3
16 December 16, 1979 at New England Patriots L 27-23


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Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen DE


Defensive Backs CB

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Awards and records



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