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Continued: Vikings history: Two backs at a time

  • Article by: CHRIS MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 8, 2007 - 2:55 PM

1967: Osborn 972 rushing yards, 34 receptions; Brown 610 rushing yards

1968: Brown 805 rushing yards, 31 receptions; Jones 536 rushing yards

1969: Osborn 643 rushing yards; Brown 430

1970: Osborn 681 rushing yards; Brown 324

1971: Jones 675 rushing yards; Osborn 349

• In 1966, Brown got all the work as Mason eventually was replaced by Osborn. Bud Grant's first season in 1967 came with a reshaped offense, and Osborn finished second in the NFL in rushing yards. Brown made his fourth Pro Bowl in 1968, and the injured Osborn was replaced by Jones. The Vikings also made the playoffs for the first time. In 1969, the Vikings won the NFL title behind a powerful defense but lost to the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. Both Brown and Osborn were hampered by injuries in 1970, and the team's 3.2 yards per carry is a record low. Osborn, however, made the Pro Bowl.

1978

8-7-1, 96.0 rush yds/game

Key backs: Chuck Foreman and Rickey Young

Foreman 749 rushing yards, 61 receptions; Young 417 rushing yards, 88 receptions

• Foreman, who had made five consecutive Pro Bowls, was fading by this season. Young, picked up from San Diego, led the NFL in catches in Fran Tarkenton's final season.

1979, 1980

1979: 7-9, 110.1 rush yds/game; 1980: 9-7, 102.6

Key backs: Rickey Young and Ted Brown

1979: Young 708 rushing yards, 72 receptions; Brown 551 rushing yards, 31 receptions

1980: Brown 912 rushing yards, 62 receptions; Young 351 rushing yards, 64 receptions

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