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5 greatest Minnesota Vikings teams in franchise history

The Minnesota Vikings are still looking for their first Super Bowl win, but they have still had some impressive teams throughout their history. The Vikings have had four teams make the Super Bowl but do all four teams make this list?

Let’s look at the five greatest teams in Vikings history.

1964

The 1964 season, in terms of wins and losses, wasn’t one of the best. But what this season meant to the Vikings history as a whole is very important. The Vikings finished 1964 with an 8-5-1 record which was the first time that the franchise had a winning season. The first three seasons the Vikings were in the league, they only won 10 of their 40 games.

Fran Tarkenton was the team’s starting quarterback, throwing for 2,506 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions that year. Carl Eller was a star on a defense that also included Carl Robinson and Monte Kiffen.

1975

Statistically, and not just including the wins and losses, the 1975 Vikings team was very highly ranked. The Vikings finished the 1975 season with a 12-2 record and won the NFC Central for the third straight season. Heading into the postseason they looked like a Super Bowl contender, but they had to get through the Cowboys, something Minnesota wasn’t able to do.

The Vikings were again led by Tarkenton who threw for 2,994 yards, 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions that season. Running back Chuck Foreman also added 1,070 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.

The Vikings offense and defense were both in the top three in the NFL. Much like the other seasons, this one didn’t end well, but that doesn’t take away from how special it still was.

1976

The 1976 season was the last one that saw the Minnesota Vikings make the Super Bowl. Vikings coach Bud Grant loved to control the clock and in 1976, his offense did exactly that. The Vikings finished the 1976 season with an 11-2-1 record which was good enough to win the NFC Central title.

The Viking also had 15 blocked kicks during that season, which is almost unheard of in today’s game. The team made it all the way to the Super Bowl, but it was an ugly game. The Vikings lost to the Oakland Raiders, 32-14, which was a disappointing end to such a great season.

2009

2009 was one of the most memorable seasons in Vikings history. During training camp, the Vikings managed to bring in Brett Favre to serve as their starting quarterback. Instantly, expectations were raised about the season, and the team didn’t disappoint, until the NFC Championship game.

The Vikings finished the 2009 season with a 12-4 record. Favre statistically had one of the best seasons of his career, and with Adrian Peterson in the backfield, the offense had notable firepower. After dominating the Dallas Cowboys 34-3 in the Divisional round, the Vikings played the Saints in the NFC Championship game. It was a competitive game, but turnovers hurt Minnesota and as a result, the team lost the game by three points.

1998

The 1998 season should have been the season the Minnesota Viking won the Super Bowl, but they were knocked out in the NFC Championship game. It was also Randy Moss’s rookie season and it didn’t take long for him to have quite the impact on the league.

The 1998 team set the single-season scoring record of 556 points which was only later broken by the New England Patriots. Randall Cunningham was the team’s starting quarterback, having the best statistical year of his career. Meanwhile, Moss finished that season catching 69 passes for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The Vikings were 15-1 at the end of the regular season but in the NFC Championship game, they couldn’t get past the Atlanta Falcons. Not only was the 1998 team the best in Vikings history, but they are also one of the best teams in NFL history to not win a Super Bowl.