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2002 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Mike Tice
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 6–10
Place 2nd NFC North
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Timeline
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The 2002 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 42nd in the National Football League, and the first under head coach Mike Tice. Tice was the third of the Vikings' six head coaches to be promoted from within the team's coaching ranks but the first to have actually played for the team.

The Vikings lost their opening game in Chicago 27–23 after surrendering a 20–10 halftime lead, and ended up going 0–4 before their bye week. Results improved after the bye, but they ultimately went 6–6 in their remaining games, including a three-game winning streak to end the season. They finished the season with a 6–10 record and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Second-year running back Michael Bennett enjoyed a successful year, rushing for 1,296 yards, resulting in a Pro Bowl selection at the end of the season. After losing Cris Carter to retirement, Randy Moss had a career-high 106 receptions, but only had 7 touchdowns.

OffseasonEdit

Additions Subtractions
WR Derrick Alexander (Chiefs) T Brad Badger (Raiders)
WR D'Wayne Bates (Bears) P Mitch Berger (Rams)
LB Greg Biekert (Raiders) WR Cris Carter (Dolphins)
CB Corey Chavous (Cardinals) CB Dale Carter (Saints)
LB Henri Crockett (Falcons) WR Jake Reed (Saints)
DE Kenny Mixon (Dolphins) LB Kailee Wong (Texans)
P Kyle Richardson (Ravens) WR Troy Walters (Colts)
FS Ronnie Bradford (Falcons) FS Robert Griffith (Browns)
DE Lorenzo Bromell (Dolphins) CB Robert Tate (Ravens)

2002 DraftEdit

Pro Bowler
2002 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Overall
17 Bryant McKinnieOffensive tackleMiami
238Raonall SmithLinebackerWashington State
370Willie OffordSafetySouth Carolina
4105Brian WilliamsCornerbackNorth Carolina State
132Ed Ta'amuGuardUtahCompensatory pick
5141Traded to the Cleveland Browns[a]
6177Nick RogersLinebackerGeorgia Tech
7218Chad BeasleyOffensive tackleVirginia Tech
^[a] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (141st overall) to Cleveland for QB Spergon Wynn and RB Travis Prentice.

Undrafted free agentsEdit

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Jack Brewer Safety Minnesota
Kelly Campbell Wide receiver Georgia Tech
Nick Davis Wide receiver Wisconsin
Shaun Hill Quarterback Maryland

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1 August 10 Cleveland Browns L 15–27 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,532
2 August 16 at Buffalo Bills W 24–21 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium 47,027
3 August 23 Tennessee Titans W 14–10 2–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,845
4 August 29 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–17 2–2 Heinz Field 57,062

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 8 at Chicago Bears L 23–27 0–1 Memorial Stadium 52,168
2 September 15 Buffalo Bills L 39–45 (OT) 0–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,047
3 September 22 Carolina Panthers L 14–21 0–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,945
4 September 29 at Seattle Seahawks L 23–48 0–4 Seahawks Stadium 65,212
5 Bye
6 October 13 Detroit Lions W 31–24 1–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,013
7 October 20 at New York Jets L 7–20 1–5 Giants Stadium 78,516
8 October 27 Chicago Bears W 25–7 2–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,122
9 November 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–38 2–6 Raymond James Stadium 65,667
10 November 10 New York Giants L 20–27 2–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,005
11 November 17 Green Bay Packers W 31–21 3–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,153
12 November 24 at New England Patriots L 17–24 3–8 Gillette Stadium 68,436
13 December 1 Atlanta Falcons L 24–30 (OT) 3–9 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,947
14 December 8 at Green Bay Packers L 22–26 3–10 Lambeau Field 64,070
15 December 15 at New Orleans Saints W 32–31 4–10 Louisiana Superdome 67,851
16 December 21 Miami Dolphins W 20–17 5–10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,285
17 December 29 at Detroit Lions W 38–36 6–10 Ford Field 60,233

StandingsEdit

NFC North
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
z (3) Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 398 328 L1
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 4–2 5–7 390 442 W3
Chicago Bears 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 281 379 L2
Detroit Lions 3 13 0 .188 1–5 3–9 306 451 L8

StatisticsEdit

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Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Daunte Culpepper 3,853
Passing touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 18
Rushing yards Michael Bennett 1,296
Rushing touchdowns Moe Williams 11
Receiving yards Randy Moss 1,347
Receiving touchdowns Randy Moss 7
Points Gary Anderson 90
Kickoff return yards Moe Williams 516
Punt return yards Nick Davis 190
Tackles Greg Biekert 101
Sacks Lance Johnstone 7
Interceptions Greg Biekert 4
Forced fumbles Nick Rogers 3

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 3,685 230.3 9th
Rushing offense 2,507 156.7 1st
Total offense 6,192 387.0 2nd
Passing defense 4,103 256.4 29th
Rushing defense 1,666 104.1 10th
Total defense 5,769 360.6 26th

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2002 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Scott Linehan
  • Quarterbacks – Alex Wood
  • Running Backs – Dean Dalton
  • Wide Receivers – Charlie Baggett
  • Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line – John Tice
  • Offensive Line – Steve Loney
  • Offensive Assistant/Quality Control – Jim Panagos
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Secondary – Willie Shaw
  • Linebackers – Brian Baker
  • Defensive Backfield – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Defensive Assistant/Quality Control – Pete Bercich

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Jay Hayes

Strength and Conditioning

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

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Final rosterEdit

2002 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 9 Inactive, 1 Practice squad

ReferencesEdit

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