2000 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Dennis Green
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 11–5
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Won NFC Divisional Playoff (Saints) 34–16
Lost NFC Championship Game (Giants) 0–41
Pro Bowlers 5
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1999 2001

The 2000 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 40th in the National Football League. They won the NFC Central division title with an 11–5 record and beat the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs before losing 41–0 to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.

After not retaining either Randall Cunningham or Jeff George, the team was led by first-year starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper and running back Robert Smith, who ran for a then team record 1,521 yards and seven touchdowns. The Vikings started out 7–0 and were 11–2 after 14 weeks, but slumped briefly, losing their last three to the Rams, Packers and Colts while Culpepper was hampered by injury.

Despite the rough patch, the Vikings would return to the playoffs again for the fifth straight year. After easily beating the Saints in the Divisional game 34–16, they were humiliated 41–0 by the New York Giants in the Conference Championship, and to top that, Robert Smith retired at the end of the year, after only playing eight NFL seasons. It would be 2004 before the Vikings returned to the playoffs.

After a contract dispute, Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle was let go after 11 seasons with the Vikings. Randle had only eight sacks this year, ending a streak of eight consecutive seasons with 10+ sacks.

Seven Vikings including Culpepper, Moss, Carter, Smith, Korey Stringer, Robert Griffith and Matt Birk were selected to play in the Pro Bowl after the season. It was Stringer's only Pro Bowl appearance before his death in 2001.


Additions Subtractions
T Brad Badger (Redskins) QB Randall Cunningham (Cowboys)
QB Bubby Brister (Broncos) QB Jeff George (Redskins)
TE Johnny McWilliams (Cardinals) TE Andrew Glover (Saints)
QB Scott Mitchell (Ravens)
LB Bryce Paup (Jaguars)

2000 DraftEdit

2000 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
12525 Chris HovanDefensive tackleBoston
22455 Fred RobbinsDefensive tackleWake Forest
2556 Michael BoireauDefensive endUniversity of Miamifrom Redskins[a]
32688 Doug ChapmanRunning backMarshall
412106 Antonio WilsonLinebackerTexas A&Mfrom Ravens[b]
24118 Tyrone CarterSafetyMinnesota
526155 Surrendered to the Washington Redskins[c]
36165 Troy WaltersWide receiverStanfordCompensatory pick
625191 Traded to the Baltimore Ravens[b]
726232 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[d]
34240 Mike MilanoCenterSan Diego StateCompensatory pick
38244 Giles ColeTight endTexasCompensatory pick
42248 Lewis KellyGuardSouth Carolina StateCompensatory pick
^[a] During the 1999 NFL Draft, Washington traded their 1999 1st-round selection (11th overall – Daunte Culpepper), 1999 3rd-round selection (73rd overall – later traded to Pittsburgh), and 2000 2nd-round selection (56th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for QB Brad Johnson.
^[b] The details of these trades are unknown but may involve Baltimore's acquisition of OL Everett Lindsay from Minnesota.
^[c] Washington received this selection as compensation for restricted free agent G Brad Badger.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 7th-round selection (232nd overall) to Cleveland for DT Jerry Ball.

Undrafted free agentsEdit

2000 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Billy Cockerham Quarterback Minnesota


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1August 5 New Orleans Saints L 24-25 0-1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,445
2August 12 at San Diego Chargers L 7-31 0-2Qualcomm Stadium 43,805
3August 18 Arizona Cardinals W 35-17 1-2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,563
4August 24 at Indianapolis Colts L 30-32 1-3 RCA Dome 51,337

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 3 Chicago Bears W 30–27 1–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,104
2 September 10 Miami Dolphins W 13–7 2–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,112
3 September 17 at New England Patriots W 21–13 3–0 Foxboro Stadium 59,835
4 Bye
5 October 1 at Detroit Lions W 31–24 4–0 Silverdome 76,438
6 October 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 30–23 5–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,162
7 October 15 at Chicago Bears W 28–16 6–0 Soldier Field 66,944
8 October 22 Buffalo Bills W 31–27 7–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,116
9 October 29 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13–41 7–1 Raymond James Stadium 65,589
10 November 6 at Green Bay Packers L 20–26 (OT) 7–2 Lambeau Field 59,854
11 November 12 Arizona Cardinals W 31–14 8–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,223
12 November 19 Carolina Panthers W 31–17 9–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,208
13 November 23 at Dallas Cowboys W 27–15 10–2 Texas Stadium 63,878
14 November 30 Detroit Lions W 24–17 11–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,214
15 December 10 at St. Louis Rams L 29–40 11–3 TWA Dome 66,273
16 December 17 Green Bay Packers L 28–33 11–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,183
17 December 24 at Indianapolis Colts L 10–31 11–5 RCA Dome 56,672

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


Template:2000 NFC Central standings


NFC Divisional PlayoffsEdit

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#3) New Orleans Saints at (#2) Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 0 7 6


Vikings 10 7 10 7


at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

NFC Championship GameEdit

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#2) Minnesota Vikings at (#1) New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 0 0


Giants 14 20 7 0


at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey


Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Total
Passing yards Daunte Culpepper 3,937
Passing touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 33
Rushing yards Robert Smith 1,521
Rushing touchdowns Robert Smith
Daunte Culpepper
Receiving yards Randy Moss 1,437
Receiving touchdowns Randy Moss 15
Points Gary Anderson 111
Kickoff return yards Troy Walters 692
Punt return yards Troy Walters 217
Tackles Ed McDaniel 118
Sacks John Randle 8
Interceptions Robert Tate
Kailee Wong
Forced fumbles John Randle
Robert Tate

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 31)
Passing offense 3,832 239.5 7th
Rushing offense 2,129 133.1 6th
Total offense 5,961 372.6 5th
Passing defense 3,913 244.6 28th
Rushing defense 1,788 111.8 15th
Total defense 5,701 356.3 28th



2000 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Dennis Green
  • Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Sherman Lewis
  • Quarterbacks – Alex Wood
  • Running Backs – Carl Hargrave
  • Wide Receivers – Charlie Baggett
  • Tight Ends – John Tice
  • Offensive Line – Mike Tice
  • Quality Control (Offense) – Dean Dalton
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Emmitt Thomas
  • Defensive Line – Fred von Appen
  • Inside Linebackers – Trent Walters
  • Outside Linebackers – John Fontes
  • Quality Control (Defense) – Chuck Knox, Jr.

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Daryl Lawrence


Final rosterEdit

2000 Minnesota Vikings roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
54 Active, 4 Inactive, 1 Practice squad

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Gary Anderson, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Week 8 [2]
  • Mitch Berger, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Week 14 [2]
  • Mitch Berger, NFC Special Teams Player of the Month, December [2]
  • Cris Carter, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and the Pro Football Writers of America) [2]
  • Cris Carter, NFC Pro Bowl Selection [3]
  • Daunte Culpepper, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 6 [2]
  • Daunte Culpepper, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 12 [2]
  • Chris Hovan, PFW/Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team
  • Randy Moss, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and the Pro Football Writers of America) [2]
  • Randy Moss, PFW/PFWA All-Pro Team [4]
  • Robert Smith, NFC Offensive Player of the Month, December [2]

40-year teamEdit

The team recognized an all-time team in 2000 by announcing the 40th-season all-time team. [2]


  • WRs: Ahmad Rashad, Cris Carter
  • Ts: Ron Yary, Tim Irwin
  • Gs: Ed White, Randall McDaniel
  • C: Mick Tingelhoff
  • TE: Steve Jordan
  • QB: Fran Tarkenton
  • RBs: Chuck Foreman, Robert Smith
  • K: Fred Cox
  • Special Teams Coverage: Bill Brown
  • DEs: Jim Marshall, Carl Eller
  • DTs: Alan Page, John Randle
  • LBs: Jeff Siemon, Matt Blair, Scott Studwell
  • Ss: Paul Krause, Joey Browner
  • CBs: Bobby Bryant, Carl Lee
  • P: Greg Coleman
  • Special Teams Returns: Darrin Nelson
  • Head Coach: Bud Grant


  1. 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 202
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362
  4. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 203
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