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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:32 am    Post subject: The Top Ten Viking teams, evah! Reply with quote

As Minnesota Vikings fans celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, we take a look back at the best single seasons of all time in the 55-year history of the franchise.

10. 2015 Vikings – Clearly the best team of the decade, although some argument can be made for the 2012 Vikings, when Adrian Peterson ran for 2,000 yards. But, there was never a hard-core belief that Christian Ponder and a defense with too many key holes could make a Super Bowl run. The 2015 Vikings have laid a foundation like no other team this decade that the future is going to be better than the past or present.

9. 1973 Vikings – Fran Tarkenton is in his second year. Chuck Foreman redefines the running back position as a rookie. Bob Lurtsema gets five sacks (what?). The team wins its first nine games. The defense allows 13 points or fewer in 10 of 14 games. They advance to the Super Bowl. Miami denies them a Super Bowl title.

8. 2000 Vikings – They weren’t as dominant as the team two years earlier, but they got out of the gate 11-2. Cris Carter and Randy Moss combined for 173 catches for 2,711 yards and 24 touchdowns – part of Daunte Culpepper’s 33 touchdowns and 3,900 yards in his first year as a starter. It ended 41-donut, but before that it was a wild ride that dangled the Super Bowl carrot in front of Vikings fans a second time in three years.

7. 1970 Vikings – The defense never gave up more than 20 points in a game. The team went 12-2, including a 27-10 beatdown in their rematch with the Chiefs following their Super Bowl loss. The Purple People Eaters front four had 36 sacks. They outscored their opponents 335-143. If not for losing to San Francisco in the playoffs, they would have been rated higher.

6. 1976 Vikings – The last full run with the Bud’s crew, they went to the last Super Bowl that has included a Minnesota team. With an 11-2-1 record, they earned home field and took care of business to get to the Super Bowl. It was Tarkenton’s last hurrah on the international stage. Alan Page and Carl Eller had 28 sacks. They allowed 10 points or fewer eight times in a 14-game season.

5. 1987 Vikings – The most exciting and frustrating season in the franchise history. No team has ever been as angry with the permeating stink of an in-season strike by players fed up with work conditions, the word “scab” got tattooed in Vikings Country like a tramp stamp.

4. 2009 Vikings – On the subject of scabs, the schism between Brett Favre and the Packers may have never healed had this team gone all the way. Favre was the most efficient of his career and had a veteran-laden team that rolled through the competition before imploding against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

3. 1975 Vikings – Perhaps the most complete team in franchise history. They went 12-2. They outscored their opponents 377-180. They won nine games by double digits. Their two losses were by a combined total of eight points. Foreman rushed for 1,000 yards, catches 73 passes and scored 22 touchdowns. The defense allowed 17 points or fewer 11 times. If not for the Hail Mary (Drew Pearson pushed off!), the Vikings likely would have won the Super Bowl.

2. 1998 Vikings – Randy Mania runs wild. The Vikings set a record for scoring with 556 points. They went 15-1 and their only loss came by three points against a Tampa Bay team that didn’t turn the ball over or punt. They won seven games by 20 points or more. They were arguably the best offense ever to play a single season. An overtime loss to Atlanta may have broken more hearts than any loss in franchise history.

1. 1969 Vikings – In 14 games, the Vikings went 12-2 and allowed just 133 points. In their final 13 games, Minnesota never allowed more than 14 points. They scored 50 or more points three times. The season led to the only NFL championship in franchise history. An upset Super Bowl loss to Kansas City dampered what the team accomplished that season.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1683595-counting-down-the-vikings-10-best-seasons
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It kind of lessens my pride for the franchise if last year is one of the top 10 seasons. I certainly enjoyed it, but if that's a top-10 season, there's a lot of mediocrity in this franchise's history.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have great memories of the '69, '70 and '75 Vikings, who (at least defensively) were the three best Viking teams. '98 was fun, but I'm not sure they should be rated as number two in my opinion.
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Virginia Viking wrote:
I have great memories of the '69, '70 and '75 Vikings, who (at least defensively) were the three best Viking teams. '98 was fun, but I'm not sure they should be rated as number two in my opinion.


I wasn't alive during those first 2 you mentioned, and I was a toddler at the time of the Hail Mary play...so, as far as I am concerned, 1998-99 was #1 for me. Which is kind of sad, though, because they were such an unbalanced team that it was only appropriate that it was defense and special teams that let them down when it counted most.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I speak for everyone when I say it's going to be a lot of fun when this team finally wins a championship.
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SteelKing728 wrote:
I speak for everyone when I say it's going to be a lot of fun when this team finally wins a championship.


I may take the ride up I-35 for the parade.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

more Top Tens!


Top Ten Viking plays of 2015:

http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/NFLN-Vikings-Top-10-Plays-From-2015/9a43789b-8138-4b76-bfcd-342adaf77fa4?sf30658093=1


i think Diggs had 3 or 4 of them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
more Top Tens!


Top Ten Viking plays of 2015:

http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/NFLN-Vikings-Top-10-Plays-From-2015/9a43789b-8138-4b76-bfcd-342adaf77fa4?sf30658093=1


i think Diggs had 3 or 4 of them.


GET HYPE!!!

Last month without football!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wcblack34 wrote:
GET HYPE!!!

Last month without football!!!

17 days until players report to Mankato for training camp!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are 10 great plays, but how does a 91 yard interception return for a touchdown by Chad Greenway not make the list?
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SemperFeist wrote:
Those are 10 great plays, but how does a 91 yard interception return for a touchdown by Chad Greenway not make the list?


what about Munnerlyn's fumble return for a touchdown? that played a big part in us winning the division.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The top 10 Vikings Team list VD has up there is a good one. So, I'd look at the balance of the team, offense-defense-special teams, as to determine which ones were overall best.

IMO, '09 was a pretty balanced team with Longwell kicking, Percy Harvin, the O and the front four on defense. The defensive backfield wasn't really good though. So, I'd put that one in the top 3, and ahead of the '98 team. That '98 team was obviously great on offense and special teams (well, yeah, I know) --- but that defense was horrendous the 2nd half of that year -- and it cost the team the SB berth.

The team I think's going to make a big change in this list is the 2016 Vikings! Knock on wood -- no injuries all year -- this team should be balanced as ever. Great coaching, quality talent on offense and defense . . . and special teams that can change a game in a heartbeat.
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Top Three Viking Trick Plays:

http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/NFLN-Top-3-Vikings-Trick-Plays/ecb9a9aa-111c-4532-80e8-bd70fbbaf194
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I was at the game when Moss flipped the ball to Williams, and it was an amazing play, but there's no way I'd consider it a trick play. A trick play is designed. The flip from Moss was a complete improvisation on a Hail Mary at the end of the half.
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SemperFeist wrote:
I was at the game when Moss flipped the ball to Williams, and it was an amazing play, but there's no way I'd consider it a trick play. A trick play is designed. The flip from Moss was a complete improvisation on a Hail Mary at the end of the half.

i agree it was not designed, but it was something Moss and Mo practiced every once in awhile, saying to each other if there's ever a chance we can do it in a game...
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