1966 Minnesota Vikings season
|1966 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Norm Van Brocklin|
|General manager||Jim Finks|
|Home field||Metropolitan Stadium|
|Division place||T-6th NFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1966 season was the Minnesota Vikings' sixth in the National Football League. Sixth-year head coach Norm Van Brocklin resigned at the end of the season, after the team finished with a 4–9–1 record.
1966 Minnesota Vikings season Intro articles: 4
- ^[a] The Vikings traded OG Palmer Pyle to the Chicago Bears in exchange for Chicago's fifth-round selection (76th overall).
- ^[b] The Vikings trade LB Bill Swain to the New York Giants in exchange for the sixth-round selection the Giants acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers (83rd overall).
- ^[c] The Vikings traded their sixth-round selection (87th overall) and 1965 seventh-round selection (92nd overall) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for DT Mike Bundra and E Larry Vargo.
- ^[d] The Vikings traded their eighth-round selection (120th overall) and LB John Campbell to the Baltimore Colts in exchange for OT Larry Kramer.
- ^[e] The Vikings traded their 10th-round selection (148th overall) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for DB Gary Lowe.
- ^[f] The Vikings traded their 20th-round selection (298th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for HB Billy Ray Barnes.
1966 Minnesota Vikings season Offseason articles: 36
|1||August 6||Detroit Lions||T 6–6||0–0–1||Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)||38,229|
|2||August 13||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 3–6||1–0–1||Multnomah Stadium Portland, OR)||21,228|
|3||August 20||Los Angeles Rams||W 24–10||2–0–1||Metropolitan Stadium||40,270|
|4||August 26||Washington Redskins||W 30–27||3–0–1||Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland, OH)||83,418|
|5||September 2||at Dallas Cowboys||L 24–28||3–1–1||Cotton Bowl||58,316|
|1||September 11||at San Francisco 49ers||T 20–20||0–0–1||Kezar Stadium||29,312|
|2||September 18||Baltimore Colts||L 23–38||0–1–1||Metropolitan Stadium||47,426|
|3||September 25||at Dallas Cowboys||L 17–28||0–2–1||Cotton Bowl||64,116|
|4||October 2||Chicago Bears||L 10–13||0–3–1||Metropolitan Stadium||47,426|
|6||October 16||Los Angeles Rams||W 35–7||1–3–1||Metropolitan Stadium||47,426|
|7||October 23||at Baltimore Colts||L 17–20||1–4–1||Memorial Stadium||60,238|
|8||October 30||San Francisco 49ers||W 28–3||2–4–1||Metropolitan Stadium||45,077|
|9||November 6||at Green Bay Packers||W 20–17||3–4–1||Lambeau Field||50,861|
|10||November 13||Detroit Lions||L 31–32||3–5–1||Metropolitan Stadium||43,939|
|11||November 20||at Los Angeles Rams||L 6–21||3–6–1||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||38,775|
|12||November 27||Green Bay Packers||L 16–28||3–7–1||Metropolitan Stadium||47,426|
|13||December 4||Atlanta Falcons||L 13–20||3–8–1||Metropolitan Stadium||37,117|
|14||December 11||at Detroit Lions||W 28–16||4–8–1||Tiger Stadium||43,022|
|15||December 18||at Chicago Bears||L 28–41||4–9–1||Wrigley Field||45,191|
- A bye week was necessary as the league had expanded to an odd number (15) of teams (Atlanta); one team was idle each week.
|NFL Western Conference|
|Green Bay Packers||12||2||0||.857||10–2||335||163||W5|
|Los Angeles Rams||8||6||0||.571||6–6||289||212||L1|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||6||2||.500||5–5–2||320||325||L1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|Passing yards||Fran Tarkenton||2,561|
|Passing touchdowns||Fran Tarkenton||17|
|Rushing yards||Bill Brown||829|
|Rushing touchdowns||Bill Brown||6|
|Receiving yards||Paul Flatley||777|
|Receiving touchdowns||Preston Carpenter||4|
|Kickoff return yards||Mike Fitzgerald||301|
|Punt return yards||Ed Sharockman||95|
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game||NFL rank|
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