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YOU CAN'T PROGRAM THE HUMAN ELEMENT
Tex Maule
January 14, 1974
Recalling Yepremian's feeble pass attempt, Eller's histrionics and the unpredictability of Tarkenton, our resident expert picks the Vikings
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January 14, 1974

You Can't Program The Human Element

Recalling Yepremian's feeble pass attempt, Eller's histrionics and the unpredictability of Tarkenton, our resident expert picks the Vikings

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The Broadway Joe of 1974 could be Fran the Man. Vikes by four.

Griese rarely calls his own number, but this draw was good for 17 yards in the AFC title game, and could work against the Vikes' rush.

Warfield can turn short passes into long gains, as he did by juking Nemiah Wilson. And what's thrown up he brings down (below).

Miami can win—and has won—without going to Warfield, but for Minnesota to beat the Dolphins it needs at least one big play from John Gilliam.

Foreman gives the Vikes unaccustomed outside speed, while Reed (below) is more dependable than before. Both backs can catch the ball, too.

This can't be said for Morris, who's replaced on passing downs, but Merc takes off with new finesse up the middle, stamping ground of...

... Larry Csonka, here in noble repose in Oakland's end zone. Miami runs the same old plays. The Vikes will be looking for Zonk's counter.

Jeff Wright, Eller and Nate Wright collar Robert Newhouse. Statistically undistinguished, Minnesota's defense excels inside the 20.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year Dick Anderson (40) knocks the ball free from Marv Hubbard on a key fourth-and-one play in the AFC title game.

Minnesota's front four has 41 years' pro experience. It counts, as page demonstrates in this sly attempt to strip the ball from Larry Brown.

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