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 NFC Divisional Playoff (Saints) 34–16
Lost NFC Championship Game (Giants) 0–41
Pro Bowlers 5

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.


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 Draft

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.


1August 5New Orleans SaintsL 24-250-1Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,445
2August 12at San Diego ChargersL 7-310-2Qualcomm Stadium43,805
3August 18Arizona CardinalsW 35-171-2Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,563
4August 24at Indianapolis ColtsL 30-321-3RCA Dome51,337

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 3, 2000 Chicago Bears W 30–27 1–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,104
2 September 10, 2000 Miami Dolphins W 13–7 2–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,112
3 September 17, 2000 at New England Patriots W 21–13 3–0 Foxboro Stadium 59,835
4 Bye
5 October 1, 2000 at Detroit Lions W 31–24 4–0 Silverdome 76,438
6 October 9, 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 30–23 5–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,162
7 October 15, 2000 at Chicago Bears W 28–16 6–0 Soldier Field 66,944
8 October 22, 2000 Buffalo Bills W 31–27 7–0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,116
9 October 29, 2000 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13–41 7–1 Raymond James Stadium 65,589
10 November 6, 2000 at Green Bay Packers L 20–26 (OT) 7–2 Lambeau Field 59,854
11 November 12, 2000 Arizona Cardinals W 31–14 8–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,223
12 November 19, 2000 Carolina Panthers W 31–17 9–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,208
13 November 23, 2000 at Dallas Cowboys W 27–15 10–2 Texas Stadium 63,878
14 November 30, 2000 Detroit Lions W 24–17 11–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,214
15 December 10, 2000 at St. Louis Rams L 29–40 11–3 TWA Dome 66,273
16 December 17, 2000 Green Bay Packers L 28–33 11–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,183
17 December 24, 2000 at Indianapolis Colts L 10–31 11–5 RCA Dome 56,672

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


NFC Central
(2) Minnesota Vikings 1150.688397371L3
(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1060.625388269L1
Green Bay Packers 970.563353323W4
Detroit Lions 970.563307307L1
Chicago Bears 5110.313216355W1


NFC Divisional Playoffs

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#3) New Orleans Saints at (#2) Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 3 0 7616
Vikings 10 7 10734

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

NFC Championship Game

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#2) Minnesota Vikings at (#1) New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 000
Giants 14 20 7041

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Total
Passing yardsDaunte Culpepper3,937
Passing touchdownsDaunte Culpepper33
Rushing yardsRobert Smith1,521
Rushing touchdownsRobert Smith
Daunte Culpepper
Receiving yardsRandy Moss1,437
Receiving touchdownsRandy Moss15
PointsGary Anderson111
Kickoff return yardsTroy Walters692
Punt return yardsTroy Walters217
TacklesEd McDaniel118
SacksJohn Randle8
InterceptionsRobert Tate
Kailee Wong
Forced fumblesJohn Randle
Robert Tate

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 31)
Passing offense3,832239.57th
Rushing offense2,129133.16th
Total offense5,961372.65th
Passing defense3,913244.628th
Rushing defense1,788111.815th
Total defense5,701356.328th



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

  •  5 Billy Cockerham WR

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

Awards and records

  • 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 team

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


  • 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. 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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