2000 Minnesota Vikings Season
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2000 Minnesota Vikings Season
2000 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachDennis Green
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishWon NFC Divisional Playoff (Saints) 34-16
Lost NFC Championship Game (Giants) 0-41
Pro Bowlers5

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 defeated 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)
DE Bryce Paup (Jaguars)
LB Craig Sauer (Falcons)
CB Cris Dishman (Chiefs)

2000 Draft

2000 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Selection
1 25 Chris Hovan Defensive tackle Boston
2 55 Fred Robbins Defensive tackle Wake Forest
56 Michael Boireau Defensive end University of Miami from Redskins[a]
3 88 Doug Chapman Running back Marshall
4 106 Antonio Wilson Linebacker Texas A&M from Ravens[b]
118 Tyrone Carter Safety Minnesota
5 155 Surrendered to the Washington Redskins[c]
165 Troy Walters Wide receiver Stanford Compensatory pick
6 191 Traded to the Baltimore Ravens[b]
7 232 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[d]
240 Mike Milano Center San Diego State Compensatory pick
244 Giles Cole Tight end Texas Compensatory pick
248 Lewis Kelly Guard South Carolina State Compensatory pick
^[a] During the 1999 NFL Draft, Washington traded their 1999 first-round selection (11th overall), 1999 third-round selection (73rd overall) and 2000 second-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 seventh-round selection (232nd overall) to Cleveland for DT Jerry Ball.

Undrafted free agents

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


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

Regular season


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.

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers


NFC Central
(2)Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 397 371 L3
(5)Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 0 .625 388 269 L1
Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 353 323 W4
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 307 307 L1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 216 355 W1


NFC Divisional Playoffs

NFC Championship Game


Team leaders

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 rankings

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




Awards and records

  • Gary Anderson, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Week 8 [3]
  • Mitch Berger, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Week 14 [3]
  • Mitch Berger, NFC Special Teams Player of the Month, December [3]
  • Cris Carter, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America)[3]
  • Cris Carter, NFC Pro Bowl Selection[4]
  • Daunte Culpepper, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 6[3]
  • Daunte Culpepper, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 12[3]
  • 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)[3]
  • Randy Moss, PFW/PFWA All-Pro Team[5]
  • Robert Smith, NFC Offensive Player of the Month, December[3]

40-year team

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. ^ [1]
  2. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Archived from the original on 2010-12-24. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 202
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 203

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