1967 Minnesota Vikings season

1967 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 3–8–3
Division place 4th NFL Central
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1967 season was the Minnesota Vikings' seventh in the National Football League. After the resignation of head coach Norm Van Brocklin at the end of the previous season, the Vikings hired Bud Grant, previously the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who led the team to a 3–8–3 record.

1967 Draft

Pro Bowler
Hall of Famer
1967 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
122Clint JonesRunning backMichigan Statefrom Giants[a]
88Gene WashingtonWide receiverMichigan State
1515Alan PageDefensive endNotre Damefrom Rams[b]
2228Bob GrimRunning backOregon Statefrom Giants[a]
733Traded to the Los Angeles Rams[b]
3861Earl DennyWide receiverMissouri
4787Alvin ColemanDefensive backTennessee A&I
58115Ken LastWide receiverMinnesota
67140Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[c]
78167Bobby BryantDefensive backSouth Carolina
87192Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers[d]
12197John BeasleyWide receiverCaliforniafrom Redskins[e]
98219Bill MorrisGuardHoly Cross
107244Pete TatmanRunning backNebraska
118271Bob TrygstadDefensive tackleWashington State
127296Fred CremerGuardSt. John's (MN)
138323Charles HardtDefensive backTulsa
147348Jim HargroveLinebackerHoward Payne
158375Jim SheaDefensive backEastern New Mexico
167400Gene BeardDefensive backVirginia Union
178427Dick WagonerDefensive backBowling Green
^[a] The New York Giants traded their 1st-round selection (2nd overall), 2nd-round selection (28th overall), 1968 1st-round selection (1st overall) and 1969 2nd-round selection (39th overall) to Minnesota for QB Fran Tarkenton.
^[b] Los Angeles traded their 1st-round selection (15th overall) and TE/LB Marlin McKeever to Minnesota for their 2nd-round selection (33rd overall), TE Hal Bedsole and RB Tommy Mason.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 6th-round selection (140th overall) to Pittsburgh for RB Phil King (American football).
^[d] Minnesota traded their 8th-round selection (192th overall) to Pittsburgh for LB Dave Tobey.
^[e] Washington traded their 8th-round selection (197th overall) to Minnesota for DE Bill Briggs (American football).


Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 August 12 Philadelphia Eagles W 34–0 1–0 Skelly Stadium (Tulsa, OK) 24,500
2 August 18 at Denver Broncos (AFL) L 9–14 1–1 University of Denver Stadium 31,850
3 August 27 at New York Giants L 3–21 1–2 Yale Bowl (New Haven, CT) 43,584
4 September 2 Atlanta Falcons W 16–3 2–2 Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland, OH) 84,236
5 September 10 Cleveland Browns L 14–42 2–3 Metropolitan Stadium 40,012

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 17 San Francisco 49ers L 21–27 0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 39,638
2 September 22 at Los Angeles Rams L 3–39 0–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 52,255
3 October 1 Chicago Bears L 7–17 0–3 Metropolitan Stadium 44,868
4 October 8 St. Louis Cardinals L 24–34 0–4 Metropolitan Stadium 40,017
5 October 15 at Green Bay Packers W 10–7 1–4 Milwaukee County Stadium 49,601
6 October 22 Baltimore Colts T 20–20 1–4–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,693
7 October 29 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–21 1–5–1 Atlanta Stadium 52,859
8 November 5 New York Giants W 27–24 2–5–1 Metropolitan Stadium 44,960
9 November 12 Detroit Lions T 10–10 2–5–2 Metropolitan Stadium 40,032
10 November 19 at Cleveland Browns L 10–14 2–6–2 Cleveland Stadium 68,431
11 November 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 41–27 3–6–2 Pitt Stadium 23,773
12 December 3 Green Bay Packers L 27–30 3–7–2 Metropolitan Stadium 47,693
13 December 10 at Chicago Bears T 10–10 3–7–3 Wrigley Field 40,110
14 December 17 at Detroit Lions L 3–14 3–8–3 Tiger Stadium 44,874


NFL Central
Green Bay Packers 9 4 1 .692 4–1–1 6–3–1 332 209 L2
Chicago Bears 7 6 1 .538 3–2–1 5–4–1 239 218 W1
Detroit Lions 5 7 2 .417 1–3–2 3–5–2 260 259 W2
Minnesota Vikings 3 8 3 .273 1–3–2 1–6–3 233 294 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yardsJoe Kapp1,386
Passing touchdownsJoe Kapp8
Rushing yardsDave Osborn972
Rushing touchdownsBill Brown5
Receiving yardsGene Washington384
Receiving touchdownsJohn Beasley4
PointsFred Cox77
Kickoff return yardsClint Jones597
Punt return yardsBob Grim101
InterceptionsEarsell Mackbee5

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 16)
Passing offense1,667119.114th
Rushing offense1,811129.49th
Total offense3,478248.414th
Passing defense1,752125.13rd
Rushing defense2,104150.315th
Total defense3,856275.46th
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