2001 Minnesota Vikings Season
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2001 Minnesota Vikings Season
2001 Minnesota Vikings season
OwnerRed McCombs
Head coachDennis Green (Weeks 1-16)
Mike Tice (Week 17)
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record5-11
Division place4th NFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers

The 2001 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 41st in the National Football League. Despite having a 12th ranked offense, the Vikings finished 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1995. Before the end of the season, the team fired head coach Dennis Green, who had become a polarizing force among the Viking fan base despite his successful coaching tenure with the team. Mike Tice coached the final game of 2001, a loss to the Ravens.

The season began in tragic circumstances when offensive lineman Korey Stringer died of heatstroke in training camp.

The season started off with a 24-13 home loss to the Carolina Panthers (which would be the Panthers' lone win). They did not win on the road at all during this season. Some season highlights included a 35-13 win over the rival Green Bay Packers in Week 6, and a Week 10 victory over the Giants in which Randy Moss pulled in 10 receptions for 171 yards and three touchdowns leading to a 28-16 victory.

This was Cris Carter's final season in Minnesota, having played 12 seasons there, making eight consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (1993-2000), all with the Vikings. He is the team's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He retired at the end of the disappointing season, but would briefly return to play for the Miami Dolphins midway through next season.

Offseason

Additions Subtractions
WR Jake Reed (Saints) LB Dwayne Rudd (Browns)
TE Byron Chamberlain (Broncos) DT John Randle (Seahawks)

2001 Draft

^[a] The Vikings traded their third- and fourth-round selections (86th and 119th overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for New England's third-round selection (69th overall).
^[b] The Vikings were awarded two compensatory picks in the fourth round for the losses of Jeff Christy, Duane Clemons, Jeff George and Jimmy Hitchcock.

Undrafted free agents

2001 Undrafted Free Agents
Player Position College
Brian Russell Safety San Diego State
Mike Solwold Long snapper Wisconsin

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Game
recap
1 August 11 at New Orleans Saints W 28-21 1-0 Alamodome, (San Antonio, TX) 46,752 Recap
2 August 16 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24-10 2-0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,790 Recap
3 August 24 Indianapolis Colts W 28-21 3-0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,804 Recap
4 August 31 at Miami Dolphins W 20-7 4-0 Pro Player Stadium 60,136 Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: at New Orleans Saints

Week 2: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 4: at Miami Dolphins

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Game
recap
1 September 9 Carolina Panthers L 13-24 0-1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,108 Recap
2 September 23 at Chicago Bears L 10-17 0-2 Soldier Field 66,944 Recap
3 September 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20-16 1-2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,105 Recap
4 October 7 at New Orleans Saints L 15-28 1-3 Louisiana Superdome 70,020 Recap
5 October 14 Detroit Lions W 31-26 2-3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,048 Recap
6 October 21 Green Bay Packers W 35-13 3-3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,165 Recap
7 October 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14-41 3-4 Raymond James Stadium 65,558 Recap
8 Bye week
9 November 11 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17-48 3-5 Veterans Stadium 65,638 Recap
10 November 19 New York Giants W 28-16 4-5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,283 Recap
11 November 25 Chicago Bears L 6-13 4-6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,214 Recap
12 December 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16-21 4-7 Heinz Field 62,661 Recap
13 December 9 Tennessee Titans W 42-24 5-7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,271 Recap
14 December 16 at Detroit Lions L 24-27 5-8 Pontiac Silverdome 72,190 Recap
15 December 23 Jacksonville Jaguars L 3-33 5-9 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,150 Recap
16 December 30 at Green Bay Packers L 13-24 5-10 Lambeau Field 59,870 Recap
17 January 7 at Baltimore Ravens L 3-19 5-11 M&T Bank Stadium 69,465 Recap

Notes

  • Intradivision opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2)Chicago Bears 13 3 0 .813 338 203 W4
(4)Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 390 266 W3
(6)Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 324 280 L1
Minnesota Vikings 5 11 0 .313 290 390 L4
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 270 424 W1

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Daunte Culpepper 2,612
Passing touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 14
Rushing yards Michael Bennett 682
Rushing touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 5
Receiving yards Randy Moss 1,233
Receiving touchdowns Randy Moss 10
Points Gary Anderson 74
Kickoff return yards Nate Jacquet 1,012
Punt return yards Nate Jacquet 219
Tackles Kailee Wong 98
Sacks Chris Hovan 6
Interceptions Robert Griffith
Eric Kelly
2
Forced fumbles Patrick Chukwurah 3

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 31)
Passing offense 3,576 223.5 7th
Rushing offense 1,609 100.6 25th
Total offense 5,185 324.1 12th
Passing defense 3,367 210.4 18th
Rushing defense 2,299 143.7 30th
Total defense 5,666 354.1 27th


Staff

[1]

Roster

References

  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Archived from the original on December 24, 2010. Retrieved 2010.

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