2000 Minnesota Vikings season

2000 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 11–5
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 34–16
Lost Conference Championship (at Giants) 0–41
Pro Bowlers 5

The 2000 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 40th season in the National Football League.

The season

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 7 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.

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.

The Vikings returned to the playoffs in 2004 despite an 8-8 record. They defeated the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the Wildcard round before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles the following week.

Six Vikings including Culpepper, Moss, Carter, Smith, Korey Stringer 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.


2000 Draft

Main article: 2000 NFL draft
2000 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
12525Chris HovanDefensive TackleBoston
22455Fred RobbinsDefensive TackleWake Forest
2556Michael BoireauDefensive EndUniversity of Miamifrom Redskins[a]
32688Doug ChapmanRunning BackMarshall
412106Antonio WilsonLinebackerTexas A&Mfrom Ravens[b]
24118Tyrone CarterSafetyMinnesota
526155Surrendered to the Washington Redskins[c]
36165Troy WaltersWide ReceiverStanfordCompensatory pick
625191Traded to the Baltimore Ravens[b]
726232Traded to the Cleveland Browns[d]
34240Mike MilanoCenterSan Diego StateCompensatory pick
38244Giles ColeTight EndTexasCompensatory pick
42248Lewis KellyOffensive GuardSouth 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.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result TV Time (CT) Venue Attendance
1 September 3, 2000 Chicago Bears W 30–27 FOX 12:00pm Metrodome
2 September 10, 2000 Miami Dolphins W 13–7 CBS 12:00pm Metrodome
3 September 17, 2000 at New England Patriots W 21–13 FOX 3:00pm Foxboro Stadium
4 Bye
5 October 1, 2000 at Detroit Lions W 31–24 FOX 12:00pm Silverdome
6 October 9, 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 30–23 ABC 8:00pm Metrodome
7 October 15, 2000 at Chicago Bears W 28–16 ESPN 7:30pm Soldier Field
8 October 22, 2000 Buffalo Bills W 31–27 CBS 12:00pm Metrodome
9 October 29, 2000 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13-41 FOX 12:00pm Raymond James Stadium
10 November 6, 2000 at Green Bay Packers L 20-26 (OT) ABC 8:00pm Lambeau Field
11 November 12, 2000 Arizona Cardinals W 31–14 FOX 12:00pm Metrodome
12 November 19, 2000 Carolina Panthers W 31–17 FOX 12:00pm Metrodome
13 November 23, 2000 at Dallas Cowboys W 27–15 FOX 3:00pm Texas Stadium
14 November 30, 2000 Detroit Lions W 24–17 ESPN 7:30pm Metrodome
15 December 10, 2000 at St. Louis Rams L 29-40 FOX 3:00pm TWA Dome
16 December 17, 2000 Green Bay Packers L 28-33 FOX 3:00pm Metrodome
17 December 24, 2000 at Indianapolis Colts L 10-31 FOX 3:00pm RCA Dome


NFC Central
(2) Minnesota Vikings 1150.688397371
(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1060.625388269
Green Bay Packers 970.563353323
Detroit Lions 970.563307307
Chicago Bears 5110.313216355


NFC Divisional Playoffs

Minnesota Vikings 34, New Orleans Saints 16
1 2 34Total
Saints 3 0 7616
Vikings 10 7 10734

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

NFC Championship Game

New York Giants 41, Minnesota Vikings 0
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 000
Giants 14 20 7041

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
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
TacklesEd 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 Yards 239.5 YPG 7th
Rushing Offense 2,129 Yards 133.1 YPG 6th
Total Offense 5,961 Yards 372.6 YPG 5th
Passing Defense 3,913 Yards 244.6 YPG 28th
Rushing Defense 1,788 Yards 111.8 YPG 15th
Total Defense 5,701 Yards 356.3 YPG 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 roster

2000 Minnesota Vikings final 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, 0 Practice squad

Awards and records

40-year team

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



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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 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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