During the 1960s, the Vikings' record was typical for an expansion franchise, but improved over the course of the decade, resulting in a Central Division title in 1968. Bank Stadium in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis.
In 1969, their dominant defense led to the Vikings' league championship, the last NFL championship prior to the merger of the NFL with the AFL. However, a new professional team in the area did not surface again until August 1959, when Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H. Skoglund, and Max Winter were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League (AFL).
His cover was blown by local columnist Sid Hartman, who reported the visit and forced Parseghian to issue denials.
Since the team's first season in 1961, the Vikings have had one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL.
As of 2017, they have won at least three games in every season except in 1962, and are one of only six NFL teams to win at least 15 games in a regular season.
Notable veterans acquired in the offseason were George Shaw and Hugh Mc Elhenny.
The Vikings won their first regular season game, defeating the Chicago Bears 37–13 on Opening Day 1961; Tarkenton came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes and run for another to lead the upset.
Reality set in as the expansion team lost its next seven games on their way to a 3–11 record.