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 Minnesota Vikings season was the sixth year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 47th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of four wins, nine losses, and one tie under sixth-year head coach Norm Van Brocklin, who resigned on February 11, 1967.
|1966 Minnesota Vikings Draft|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|2||11||27||Jim Lindsey||Running Back||Arkansas|
|4||9||57||Ron Acks||Defensive Back||Illinois|
|12||76||Bob Hall||Defensive Back||Brown||from Bears[a]|
|6||3||83||Wilbur Aylor||Tackle||Southwest Texas State||from Steelers via Giants[b]|
|7||87||Traded to the Detroit Lions[c]|
|8||10||120||Traded to the Baltimore Colts[d]|
|9||9||134||Ron Green||Flanker||North Dakota|
|10||8||148||Traded to the Detroit Lions[e]|
|11||7||162||Stan Quintana||Defensive Back||New Mexico|
|12||11||181||Bob Petrella||Defensive Back||Tennessee|
|13||10||195||Larry Martin||Tackle||San Diego State|
|14||9||209||Howard Twilley||Wide Receiver||Tulsa|
|15||8||223||Hugh Wright||Running Back||Adams State|
|16||7||237||Jim Williams||Defensive End||Arkansas|
|17||11||256||Monroe Beard||Running Back||Virginia Union|
|18||10||270||Dale Greco||Defensive Tackle||Illinois|
|19||9||284||Jesse Stokes||Running Back||Corpus Christi State|
|20||8||298||Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[f]|
- ^[a] Chicago traded their 5th round selection (76th overall) to Minnesota for OG Palmer Pyle.
- ^[b] The New York Giants traded Pittsburgh's 6th round selection (83rd overall) to Minnesota for LB Bill Swain.
- ^[c] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (87th overall) and 1965 7th round selection (92nd overall) to Detroit for DT Mike Bundra and End Larry Vargo.
- ^[d] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (120th overall) and LB John Campbell to Baltimore for OT Larry Kramer.
- ^[e] Minnesota traded their 10th round selection (148th overall) to Detroit for DB Gary Lowe.
- ^[f] Minnesota traded their 20th round selection (298th overall) to Philadelphia for HB Billy Ray Barnes.
|1966 Minnesota Vikings final roster|
| Offensive linemen
| Reserve lists
|1||September 11||at San Francisco 49ers||T 20–20||0–0–1||Kezar Stadium|| |
|2||September 18||Baltimore Colts||L 23–38||0–1–1||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|3||September 25||at Dallas Cowboys||L 17–28||0–2–1||Cotton Bowl|| |
|4||October 2||Chicago Bears||L 10–13||0–3–1||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|6||October 16||Los Angeles Rams||W 35–7||1–3–1||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|7||October 23||at Baltimore Colts||L 17–20||1–4–1||Memorial Stadium|| |
|8||October 30||San Francisco 49ers||W 28–3||2–4–1||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|9||November 6||at Green Bay Packers||W 20–17||3–4–1||Lambeau Field|| |
|10||November 13||Detroit Lions||L 31–32||3–5–1||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|11||November 20||at Los Angeles Rams||L 6–21||3–6–1||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|| |
|12||November 27||Green Bay Packers||L 16–28||3–7–1||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|13||December 4||Atlanta Falcons||L 13–20||3–8–1||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|14||December 11||at Detroit Lions||W 28–16||4–8–1||Tiger Stadium|| |
|15||December 18||at Chicago Bears||L 28–41||4–9–1||Wrigley Field|| |
- A bye week was necessary in 1966, as the league 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|
(out of 15)
|Passing Offense||2,548 Yards||182.0 YPG||7th|
|Rushing Offense||2,091 Yards||149.4 YPG||3rd|
|Total Offense||4,639 Yards||331.4 YPG||4th|
|Passing Defense||2,236 Yards||159.7 YPG||2nd|
|Rushing Defense||1,686 Yards||120.4 YPG||7th|
|Total Defense||3,922 Yards||280.1 YPG||5th|