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    A Viking History Lesson

    Camp starts today and really gets rolling next week. I think it's only appropriate we all take pause and reflect on the 43 year history of the Minnesota Vikings. What will be in the future for Red, Tice, and the players?

    Let's review shall we?

    Nickname:
    Bert Rose, the first general manager of the Minnesota team that began NFL play in 1961, selected the Vikings name because so many people in Minnesota and the surrounding area traced their heritage to Scandinavia (what is now Denmark, Norway, and Sweden).

    Logo:
    The logo depicts the fierce warrior from Scandinavia. The people of the era and who lived there referred to the warriors as Norsemen, or Northmen.

    Colors:
    Purple, White and Yellow

    Coaches: (7)
    Norm Van Brocklin 1961-1966
    Bud Grant 1967-1983
    Les Steckel 1984
    Bud Grant 1985
    Jerry Burns 1986-1991
    Dennis Green 1992-2001
    Mike Tice 2001-Present

    Stadium: (2)
    Metropolitan Stadium 1961-1981
    Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-Present

    Super Bowl Champions:
    None

    NFL Champions (pre 1966):
    None

    Super Bowl Appearences: (4)
    IV (1969), VIII (1973), IX (1974), XI (1976)

    NFL Championship Game (pre 1966):
    None

    NFL/NFC Championship Game: (8)
    1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1998, 2000

    Division Champions: (16)
    1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000

    Playoff Appearences: (23)
    1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

    Team Record In Playoff Games: 16-23 .410

    Retired Numbers: (6)
    10 Fran Tarkenton QB 1961-1966, 1972-1978
    53 Mick Tingelhoff C 1962-1978
    70 Jim Marshall DE 1961-1979
    77 Korey Stringer OT 1995-2000
    80 Cris Carter WR 1990-2001
    88 Alan Page DT 1967-1978

    Hall of Famers: (8)
    Jim Finks GM 1964-1973
    Bud Grant Coach 1967-1983, 1985
    Paul Krause S 1968-1979
    Hugh McElhenny RB 1961-1962
    Jim Langer C 1980-1981
    Alan Page DT 1967-1978
    Fran Tarkenton QB 1961-1966, 1972-1978
    Ron Yary OT 1968-1981
    Carl Eller DE 1964-1978

    Pro Bowl MVP: (3)
    1965 Fran Tarkenton QB
    1979 Ahmad Rashad WR
    2000 Randy Moss WR

    Coach of the Year: (1)
    1969 Bud Grant

    Defensive Rookie of the Year:
    None

    Offensive Rookie of the Year: (4)
    1963 Paul Flatley WR
    1973 Chuck Foreman RB
    1976 Sammy White WR
    1998 Randy Moss WR

    Defensive Player of the Year: (1)
    1989 Keith Millard DT

    Offensive Player of the Year: (2)
    1973 Chuck Foreman RB
    1975 Fran Tarkenton QB

    NFL MVP: (2)
    1971 Alan Page DT
    1975 Fran Tarkenton QB

    Super Bowl MVP:
    None

    Best Season: 1998 (15-1)
    Worst Season: 1984 (3-13)

    Historical Moments:
    1961: On September 17th at Metropolitan Stadium the expansion Minnesota Vikings took the field at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, with Coach Norm Van Brocklin, who was coming of his final season as QB in which he led the Philadelphia Eagles to an NFL Championship. That Sunday afternoon the Vikings played their first game against the Chicago Bears a cornerstone franchise that was one of the NFL's original teams. However, it was the upstarts led by rookie QB Fran Tarkenton, by passing for 250 yards as the upstarts stunned the Bears 37-13. However, the expansion Vikings would come back to earth losing their next 7 games on the way to finishing in last place with a 3-11 record.

    1962: In their 2nd season the Vikings would stumble out of the gate losing their first 5 games, on the way to a horrid 2-11-1 season. Second year QB Fran Tarkenton had a solid season despite 25 interceptions. However, the Vikings defense would get roll over at the tune of 410 points on the season.

    1963: The Vikings show flashes of brilliance while amassing a 5-8-1 record, in their 3rd year of existence. Following the season the Vikings would hire GM Jim Finks, who had successful tenure with Calgary Stampede in the CFL , to turn the Vikings into contenders.

    1964: The Vikings go unbeaten in their final 4 games to finish with an 8-5-1 record as Fran Tarkenton throws 22 TD passes. In earning their first ever-winning season the Vikings finished in a tie for 2nd Place with the Green Bay Packers.

    1965: The Vikings appeared to be heading to another solid season before a backbreaking 4-game losing streak ended any playoff hopes. The Vikings would go on to win their final 2 games to finish with a 7-7 record.

    1966: The Vikings stumble out of the gate going winless through their first 4 games, on the way to a disappointing 4-9-1 record, which landed them in last place in the West. Following the disappointing season Coach Norm Van Brocklin resigns, and QB Fran Tarkenton is traded to the New York Giants for several draft picks.

    1967: The Vikings go up north again this time hiring Coach Bud Grant who led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to 4 Grey Cup Titles in 10 seasons. However, Grant would have trouble at the start losing his first 4 games as an NFL coach before the Vikings stunned the Packers in Green Bay 10-7. However the Vikings would still go on to finish in last place in the Central Division with a 3-8-3 record.

    1968: The Vikings get off to a solid start winning 3 of their first 4 games. However, stormy weather would arise, as the Vikings would lose their next 3 games. The Vikings would recover by winning their next 3 games. After losing their next 2 the Vikings sat at 6-6., but with Green Bay Packers losing several key players and coach Vince Lombardi the entire Central Division was weakened, and the Vikings would take advantage by winning their final 2 games to win their first Division Title with an 8-6 record. In the Divisional Playoffs at Baltimore the Vikings trailed the Colts 21-0 before a 4th Quarter rally fell short in a 24-14 loss.

    1969: With the slogan 40 men for 60 minutes the Vikings overcome a 1-point season opening loss to the Giants in New York by winning their next 12 games to win their 2nd straight division title win a 12-2 record. Leading the way for the Vikings is a ferocious defense known as the Purple People Eaters that holds opponents to just 133 points on the season. In the first playoff game ever at Metropolitan Stadium the Vikings found themselves in a hole trailing the Los Angeles Rams 17-7 at halftime. By the start of the 4th Quarter they had cut the lead to 20-14, where the Vikings defense took over and claimed a 23-20 victory. A week later in the final NFL Championship Game before the merger, the Vikings dominated the Cleveland Browns all day before allowing a meaningless TD late in the 4th Quarter in a convincing 27-7 win.

    Super Bowl IV: In the final AFL-NFL Super Bowl the Vikings were playing for NFL pride facing the Kansas City Chiefs on a damp day in New Orleans. However early on it was clearly not the Vikings day as they fell behind 16-0 at halftime. The Vikings would get on the scoreboard with a Dave Osborn TD run late in the 3rd Quarter. However the Chiefs would quickly answer with a long TD pass that sealed the Vikings fate, as the Chiefs went on to a convincing 23-7 victory.

    1970: Despite making the Super Bowl the Vikings traded QB Joe Kapp prior to the start of the season. His replacement Gary Cuozzo would struggle all year only connecting on 7 TD passes. However, the Vikings defense dominates again allowing just 143 points as the Vikings win the NFC Central win an impressive 12-2 record. However, the Vikings season would end quickly with a 17-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Metropolitan Stadium in the Divisional Playoffs.

    1971: Led by DT Alan Page who wins the NFL MVP the Vikings Purple people Eaters continue to swallow up opposing offenses allowing just 139 points as the Vikings win their 4th straight Division Title with an 11-3 record. The Defense would need to be strong as the offense led by QB Gary Cuozzo struggled and only managed to score 245 points. However, their struggles would catch up with them in a 20-12 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Playoffs at The Met. Following the season the Vikings would reacquire original QB Fran Tarkenton form the New York Giants for a couple of draft picks.

    1972: Despite a solid 2,651-yard passing season from Fran Tarkenton the Vikings play mediocre football all season finishing with a 7-7 record, while posting a 1-5 record against playoff bound teams in one of the toughest schedules in the league.

    1973: The addition of RB Chick Foreman who wins both Offensive Rookie and Player of the Year honors is just the spark the Vikings offense needs, as the Vikings rebound off a sub par year by winning their first 9 games, on the way to reclaiming the NFC Central with a 12-2 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Vikings would beat the Washington Redskins 27-20 in an exciting game at The Met. Playing in Dallas for the NFC Championship the Vikings Defense would smother the Cowboys all day in a convincing 27-10 win that earned the Vikings a trip to the Super Bowl.

    Super Bowl VIII: Facing the defending Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins in Houston the Vikings hopes for a Lombardi Trophy were dashed quickly as the Dolphins jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind the powerful running of Larry Csonka. Trailing 24-0 the Vikings would score on 4-yard Fran Tarkenton bootleg, to avoid the shutout at 24-17.

    1974: The Vikings get off to another fantastic start winning their first 5 games, on the way to another NFC Central Division Championship with a 10-4 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Vikings would slaughter the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 30-14 in Minnesota. In the NFC Championship Game at the Met the Vikings held off the Los Angeles Rams to advance to the Super Bowl for the 2nd straight year with a 14-10 win.

    Super Bowl IX: In the Super Bowl for the 2nd year in a row, and the 3rd time overall the Vikings were still seeking their first Lombardi Trophy against the Pittsburgh Steelers on a cold and rainy day in New Orleans. The first half was a complete defensive stale mate, as neither offense could muster anything. However, when QB Fran Tarkenton is sacked in the endzone the Steelers go to halftime with a 2-0 lead. The Vikings would make a costly mistake when the 2nd half began by fumbling the kick off which led to a Steelers TD. The Vikings would finally get on the board when Terry Brown fell on a blocked punt in the endzone. However the extra point was missed, and the Vikings still could not get anything going, and would lose on Super Sunday for the 3rd time by a score of 16-7.

    1975: Led by QB Fran Tarkenton who wins both the Offensive Player of the Year and NFL MVP, the Vikings jump out to a 10-0 start, cruising to their 7th Division Title in 8 years with a 12-2 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Vikings appeared on the way to another Championship Game leading the Dallas Cowboys 14-10 in the final minute at The Met. However, a stunning Hail Mary pass by Roger Staubach found Preston Pearson by the endzone as the Cowboys stunned the Vikings 17-14.

    1976: The Vikings continued to be the top team in the NFC going unbeaten in heir first 7 games, on the way to easily winning their 8th Divisional Title in 9 years, and 4th in a row. In the Divisional Playoffs at Metropolitan Stadium the Vikings offense was firing on all cylinders in a convincing 35-20 victory over the Washington Redskins. The Met was the sight again a week later as the Vikings beat the Los Angeles Rams 24-13 in the NFC Championship Game.

    Super Bowl XI: In the Super Bowl for the 3rd time in 4 years the aging Vikings new time was growing short as they tried to win their first Lombardi Trophy in 4 trips playing the Oakland Raiders in Pasadena. The Vikings squandered an early opportunity when Brent McClanahan fumbled at the goaline after Fred McNeill blocked and recovered a punt on the Raiders 2-yard line. The fumble would end up becoming a back breaker as the Raiders scored 16 unanswered points in the 2nd Quarter, on the way to a convincing 32-14 victory. Although the Vikings were the first team to play in 4 Super Bowls, the thought that they were never in any of the games while going 0-4 would forever tarnish their reputation.

    1977: Despite several players show signs of age with sub par seasons the Vikings are able to win their 9th Division Title in 10 years, and 5th straight with a 9-5 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Vikings would show they had a little left in the tank when they beat the Rams 14-7 in Los Angeles. However, a week later their season would come to a crashing end with a 23-6 loss to the Cowboys in the NFC Championship game at Dallas.

    1978: Despite a mediocre 8-7-1 season the Vikings win their 6th consecutive NFC Central Title, and 10th in 11 years, as QB Fran Tarkenton has a solid season passing for 3,466 yards and 25 TD passes. However, the Vikings would come to earth with a 34-10 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles in what would end up being Sir Francis' last game. Following the season Fran Tarkenton would retire ending a stellar career that saw him hold several key career passing record. Tarkenton's records would stand nearly 20 years, before being broken by Dan Marino in 1995.

    1979: Despite a stellar season from Fran Tarkenton's replacement Tommy Kramer the Vikings suffer their first losing season in 12 years with a 7-9 record, as Jim Marshall, the last original Viking, who set a record with consecutive games played in retires after a stellar 19-year career.

    1980: The Vikings get off to a slow start and sit at 3-5 through the midway point in the season. However, the Vikings would rally winning 5 6 of their next 7 games, which was capped by a dramatic Hail Mary TD pass from Tommy Kramer to Ahmad Rashad that beat the Cleveland Browns 28-23 at The Met on the game's final play. Despite losing their final game of the season the Vikings won the NFC Central with a 9-7 record. However their season would end quickly with a 31-16 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia in the Divisional Playoffs.

    1981: In the final season at Metropolitan Stadium the Vikings appear to be on the way to the playoffs again leading the mediocre NFC Central with a 7-4 record. However, the Vikings would lose their final 5 games to finish with a 7-9 record. The losing streak included a 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the final game at the Met on December 20th. Metropolitan Stadium would be torn down, and over it would be built the largest mall in the United States.

    1982: On September 12th, the Vikings opened the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in style with a 17-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, their 2nd game at the Metrodome ended up being delayed as the NFL endured a 2-month player's strike. When the players returned the Vikings continued to alternate wins and losses. However, by beating the Dallas Cowboys 31-27 in the final game of the season at the Metrodome the Vikings were able to earn a home playoff game. In the first playoff game at the Metrodome the Vikings defeated the Atlanta Falcons 30-24 in the first round of the NFC Super Bowl tournament. However, their season would end a week later with a 21-7 loss to the Redskins in Washington.

    1983: The Vikings get off to a solid start winning 7 of their first 9 games. However, the Vikings would lose their next 6 games as their playoff hopes fizzled under a rash of injuries. The Vikings would win their final game against Cincinnati Bengals 20-14 at the Metrodome. Following the season Coach Bud grant would retire, he would be replace by Les Setckel.

    1984: New Coach Les Steckel ends up being a bust right away as the Vikings lose 11 of their last 12 games to finish with a franchise worst 3-13 record. Following the season the Vikings would coax Bud Grant out of retirement as he reassumed his coaching duties from Steckel.

    1985: The Vikings seem recharged by the return of Bid Grant as they win 3 of their first 4 games. However, the Vikings would only play mediocre football over the next 9 weeks as they stood on the fringe of eth Playoff chase with a 7-6 record. However, the Vikings would run out of gas losing their final 3 games including a 37-35 shootout to the Philadelphia Eagles at the Metrodome in their final game. Following the season Coach Bud Grant would retire again, this time it would be permanently.

    1986: To replace Bud Grant the Vikings tabbed long time assistant Jerry Burns, who had served as Offensive Cooridnator since 1968. Under Bruns the Vikings get off to a solid start winning 5 of tehir first 7 games. However, teh Vikings playoff hopes are spoiled by a stretch in which they won just once in 5 games. The Vikings would recover by winning 3 of tehir last 4 games to finsih with a 9-7 record.

    1987: The Vikings get off to a solid start winning their first 2 games. However, a player's strike disrupts the Vikings momentum as the Vikings replacements lose all 3 games. When the regulars returned they continued to play strong football winning 4 out of 5 games to find themselves in the thick of the playoff chase. The Vikings would go on to make the playoffs for the first time in 5 years with an 8-7 record, despite losses in 3 of their last 4 games. In the Wild Card Game the Vikings were heavy underdogs in New Orleans. However, the Vikings would fire on cylinders in a 44-10 romp of the Saints. A week later in the Divisional Playoffs, WR Anthony Carter had the game of his life in a stunning 36-24 upset of the 49ers in San Francisco. Playing their best football of the season the Vikings traveled to Washington with the NFC Championship on the line. The game was close throughout as the Redskins took a 17-10 lead late in the 4th Quarter. The Vikings would not quit as they drove down to the Redskins 6 yard line. However, the Vikings would fail to get the ball in the endzone as their Championship hopes died.

    1988: With Wade Wilson seeing a bulk of the time at Quarterback, the Vikings use a 5-game winning streak in the 2nd half to make the playoffs as a Wild Card for the 2nd straight season with a solid 11-5 record. In the Wild Card Game at the Metrodome the Vikings would defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 28-17. However a week later their season is ended in San Francisco as the 49ers get revenge with a convincing 34-9 win over the Vikings in the Divisional Playoffs.

    1989: The Vikings get off to a 3-2 start before pulling off the biggest deal in NFL history. The Vikings would acquire RB Herschel Walker from the Dallas Cowboys for 5 players, and several draft picks. The Vikings would win 3 of their first 4 games with Walker, on the way to winning their first NFC Central title in 9 years with a 10-6 record. However, their season would end quickly with a 41-13 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco during the Divisional Playoffs.

    1990: Injuries to the defense and a lackluster season from Herschel Walker contribute to a terrible 1-6 start. The Vikings would bounce back and make a run by winning 5 straight games to even their record at 6-6. However, the Vikings early season struggles would pop up again in a devastating season ending 4-game losing streak that dropped them into last place with a disappointing 6-10 record.

    1991: The Vikings play mediocre football all season on the way to an 8-8 record, as Herschel Walker struggles again. Walker would be released following the season, failing to reach 1,000 yards rushing in each of his 2 full seasons in Minnesota. The trade would end up being a big bust for the Vikings as the Dallas Cowboys used the draft picks to build a team that won 3 Super Bowls. In addition to the release of Walker, Coach Jerry Burns called it a career after over 20 years with the organization.

    1992: Now led by Dennis Green the Vikings get off to a furious start winning 5 of their first 6 games on the way to winning the NFC Central with a 10-6 record. Helping to pace the Vikings was RB Terry Allen who rushed 1,201 yards while scoring 15 TDs. Playing without a first round bye the Vikings faced the 6th seeded Washington Redskins in the Wild Card round at the Metrodome. The Vikings never even seemed in the game losing by a score of 24-7 to the defending Super Bowl Champions.

    1993: After playing mediocre football all season the Vikings win their final 3 games to qualify for the playoffs with a 9-7 record. However, their season would end quickly with a 17-10 loss to the Giants in New York. Following the season the Vikings would pull off a blockbuster deal acquiring QB Warren Moon from the Houston Oilers.

    1994: Newly acquired QB Warren Moon provides an instant spark as the Vikings win 7 of their first 9 games. However, a midseason 3-game losing streak threatened to derail their playoff hopes. The Vikings would recover to win 3 of their final 4 games to clinch the NFC Central with a 10-6 record, as Moon passes for 4,264 yards. Failing to earn a bye the Vikings are forced to play the Wild Card Round against the Chicago Bears. Once again the Vikings would fail in the postseason losing right away for the 3rd year in a row by a score of 35-18 at the Metrodome.

    1995: Despite another stellar season from Warren Moon who passes for 4,228 yards the Vikings only manage to play mediocre football all season finishing with a disappointing 8-8 record.

    1996: With Warren Moon injured the Vikings get off to a 4-0 start under backup Brad Johnson. However, Johnson too would get hurt and the Vikings would struggle even after the return of Moon. However, by winning 3 of their final 4 games the Vikings would sneak into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. In the Wild Card Game the Vikings would be slaughtered losing the Cowboys by a score of 40-15 in Dallas.

    1997: With the departure of Warren Moon, Brad Johnson becomes the full time QB and leads the Vikings off to a terrific 8-2 start. However, a 5-game losing streak would put their playoff hopes in jeopardy as rumors of Coach Dennis Green's firing began to fly around. Despite the slump the Vikings would still make the playoffs by beating the Indianapolis Colts in the final game of the season at the Metrodome. In the Wild Card Round the Vikings faced another first round exit trailing the Giants late in the 4th Quarter by a score 22-13 on a snowy day at the Meadowlands. Facing 4th and long the Vikings appeared to be giving up when the punted. However, the Vikings defense would get the ball back quickly and would take advantage of a poor punt by the Giants to score on a Johnson to Jake Reed TD pass. With hope still dwindling the Vikings recovered an on-side kick, and would connect on Eddie Murray FG to stun the Giants by a score of 23-22. However a week later the Vikings season would end with a 38-22 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.

    1998: The Vikings start a new era as the team is sold to Red McCombs. In the draft the Vikings would select troubled WR Randy Moss, after several teams passed on him. Moss would combine with established star Cris Carter and become the most potent 1-2 receiving combo in the NFL. Even with a season ending injury to QB Brad Johnson, the Vikings score a NFL record 556 points under back up Randall Cunningham. Moss would become an instant sensation winning the Offensive Rookie f the year while racking up 1,313 yards and 17 TDs, as the Vikings won the NFC Central by posting a franchise best record of 15-1. In the Divisional Playoffs the Vikings would easily beat the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 41-21. In the NFC Championship the Vikings dominated the Atlanta Falcons all game but could not pull away at the Metrodome. Leading 27-20 late in the 4th Quarter the Vikings seemed set to seal the game, but PK Gary Anderson missed his first kick al year, as the Falcons forced overtime. In OT the Falcons would stun the Vikings 30-27 when Morten Andersen nailed a game winning FG.

    1999: The Vikings offense continues to be one of the strongest units in the NFL despite another change in Quarterbacks as Jeff George takes over for an ineffective Randall Cunningham who was given the job after Brad Johnson was lost to free agency. Receivers Randy Moss and Cris Carter continued to burn NFL secondaries combining for 2,654 yards and 24 TD catches, as the Vikings finished with a solid 10-6 record, which was good enough for a Wild Card berth. In the Wild Card Game at the Metrodome it was the running of Robert Smith that won the day as the Vikings rushed collected 140 yards in a convincing 27-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys. However, a week later the Vikings would lose the Rams 49-37 in a battle of super passing offenses at St. Louis.

    2000: The Vikings begin a new era with a new QB turning to 2nd year Daunte Culpepper after failing to resign Jeff George and Randall Cunningham. Culpepper would have a stellar season passing for 3,937 yards as Vikings won their first 7 and 11 of their first 13, on the way to an 11-2 start. The Vikings would struggle down the stretch losing their final 3 games to finish with an 11-5 record. The Vikings would lose Home Field, but would still hold on to a precious playoff bye. In the Divisional Playoffs the Vikings would end their slide by beating the New Orleans Saints 34-16 at the Metrodome. However, in the NFC Championship Game in New York against the Giants the Vikings were knocked out quickly trailing 14-0 after just a few minutes into the game, as the Giants white washed the Vikings by a score of 41-13. The loss would see several players bickering at each other, pointing fingers for the late collapse. In addition RB Robert Smith who rushed 1,521 suddenly retired after a knee injury in the playoffs.

    2001: With the bitter aftertaste of their late season failures still in their mouth the Vikings enter training camp on shaky ground. Things would only get worse as tragedy struck during record-breaking heat in Minnesota. Korey Stringer who always seemed to have problems wit heat continued to work out despite feelings of sickness. The heat would get to Stringer as his body temperatures exceed 108 degrees killing the Vikings All-Pro OT. When the season started it seemed the Vikings still had not recovered losing 3 of their first 4 games. The Vikings would continue to struggle through out the season quickly falling out of the playoff race, as the team bickered constantly on the sidelines. Things would only get worse as it seemed every player wanted out of Minnesota. In the midst of a season ending 4-game losing streak Coach Dennis Green is fired prior to the final game, as the Vikings finish with a 5-11 record. Following the season Mike Tice who led the Vikings in the season finale was named the new head coach, as WR Cris Carter retired after the frustrating season.

    2002: Mike Tice who coached the Vikings in their final game the previous season would take over on a full time basis and early on he looked over matched as the Vikings dropped their first 4 games blowing leads in the 4th quarter twice. The Vikings struggles would continue through out most of the season as QB Daunte Culpepper struggled all season with turnovers, as the Vikings entered the final 3 weeks of the season with a dreadful 3-10 record. However, the Vikings would finish the season on a strong note winning their final 3 games to post a 6-10 record, along the way the Vikings spoiled the playoff chances of the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.

    2003: Mike Tice gets off to a 6-0 start only to finish 3-7. Bennett goes down with an injury early. Culpepper continues to struggle with turnovers. The defense again is porous. The regular season ends with a last second catch by Poole and the Vikings lose 18-17, miss the playoffs for the third straight year. :study:
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    What's most impressive, is he did all that from memory.

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    You forgot the Vikings only NFL title back in 1969!

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    1969: With the slogan 40 men for 60 minutes the Vikings overcome a 1-point season opening loss to the Giants in New York by winning their next 12 games to win their 2nd straight division title win a 12-2 record. Leading the way for the Vikings is a ferocious defense known as the Purple People Eaters that holds opponents to just 133 points on the season. In the first playoff game ever at Metropolitan Stadium the Vikings found themselves in a hole trailing the Los Angeles Rams 17-7 at halftime. By the start of the 4th Quarter they had cut the lead to 20-14, where the Vikings defense took over and claimed a 23-20 victory. A week later in the final NFL Championship Game before the merger, the Vikings dominated the Cleveland Browns all day before allowing a meaningless TD late in the 4th Quarter in a convincing 27-7 win.

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    Great article!!

    I get the most pissed off looks from people with my VKG 4 LFE Wisconsin license plate, and I LOVE IT!!

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    Tex, you also missed new Hall of Fame inductee (within a week or two) DE Carl Eller.
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    I think Texpack is really a closet Vikings fan. If only his mommy would let him get rid of his cheese wedge. LOL

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    I think Texpack is trying to rack up SKOL bucks. :-)
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    Texpack

    I think you did this cause you think it makes us look bad, but I want to thank you anyways.

    It brought back alot of memories and tho we didn't win a superbowl, some of those teams were outstanding. If we had won the superbowl in 1969 that defense would be remember as better than the 85 Bears!

    So thank you Texpack, you made me more excited for the upcoming season.
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    "whackthepack" wrote:
    Texpack

    I think you did this cause you think it makes us look bad, but I want to thank you anyways.

    It brought back alot of memories and tho we didn't win a superbowl, some of those teams were outstanding. If we had won the superbowl in 1969 that defense would be remember as better than the 85 Bears!

    So thank you Texpack, you made me more excited for the upcoming season.
    Man TEXPACK that was really really cool dude of course it make me feel my age just a little but it is as Whackthepack says it pumps you up and brings back great memories, Like the 1961 stunning upset of the then BEARs, i was siting with my grand DAD when that happen, just coming back from Germany, in 63 football was not everything as we all remember Kenndy being shot watching the horse move down washington AVE...man what memories come back Thanks but as we all believe we don't live in the past we look to the future that is what makes a good team Great and this is the year the nation will know that no one can hide from the purple pride....
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