1979 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Bud Grant
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 7-9
Place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1978 1980

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, their first losing season since 1967.

The season also marked the end of an era; as longtime defensive end Jim Marshall; the last remaining original Viking, retired after 19 seasons and having set then-league records for most games played (282) and starts (270).

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2 San Francisco 49ers W 28-22
46,539
2 September 9 at Chicago Bears L 26-7
53,231
3 September 16 Miami Dolphins L 27-12
46,187
4 September 23 Green Bay Packers W 27-21 (OT)
46,524
5 September 30 at Detroit Lions W 13-10
75,295
6 October 7 Dallas Cowboys L 36-20
47,572
7 October 15 at New York Jets L 14-7
54,479
8 October 21 Chicago Bears W 30-27
41,164
9 October 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 12-10
46,906
10 November 4 at St. Louis Cardinals L 37-7
47,213
11 November 11 at Green Bay Packers (Mil) L 19-7
52,706
12 November 18 Detroit Lions W 14-7
43,650
13 November 25 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23-22
70,039
14 December 2 at Los Angeles Rams L 27-21 (OT)
56,700
15 December 9 Buffalo Bills W 10-3
42,239
16 December 16 at New England Patriots L 27-23
54,719

Standings[edit | edit source]

NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 0 .625 273 237
Chicago Bears 10 6 0 .625 306 249
Minnesota Vikings 7 9 0 .438 259 337
Green Bay Packers 5 11 0 .313 246 316
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 219 365

Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen DE

Linebackers

Defensive Backs CB

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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