2002 Minnesota Vikings season

2002 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Tice
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 6–10
Division place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros DT Chris Hovan (2nd team)

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.


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 Draft

Pro Bowler
2002 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
177Bryant McKinnieOffensive TackleMiami
2638Raonall SmithLinebackerWashington State
3570Willie OffordStrong SafetySouth Carolina
47105Brian WilliamsCornerbackNorth Carolina State
34132Ed Ta'amuOffensive GuardUtahCompensatory pick
56141Traded to the Cleveland Browns[a]
65177Nick RogersLinebackerGeorgia Tech
77218Chad BeasleyOffensive TackleVirginia Tech
^[a] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (141st overall) to Cleveland for QB Spergon Wynn and RB Travis Prentice.

Undrafted free agents

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


1August 10Cleveland BrownsL 15–270–1Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,532
2August 16at Buffalo BillsW 24–211–1Ralph Wilson Stadium47,027
3August 23Tennessee TitansW 14–102–1Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome63,845
4August 29at Pittsburgh SteelersL 14–172–2Heinz Field57,062

Regular season


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


NFC North
(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


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yardsDaunte Culpepper3,853
Passing touchdownsDaunte Culpepper18
Rushing yardsMichael Bennett1,296
Rushing touchdownsMoe Williams11
Receiving yardsRandy Moss1,347
Receiving touchdownsRandy Moss7
PointsGary Anderson90
Kickoff return yardsMoe Williams516
Punt return yardsNick Davis190
TacklesGreg Biekert101
SacksLance Johnstone7
InterceptionsGreg Biekert4
Forced fumblesNick Rogers3

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense3,685230.39th
Rushing offense2,507156.71st
Total offense6,192387.02nd
Passing defense4,103256.429th
Rushing defense1,666104.110th
Total defense5,769360.626th



  1. FFFFFF;text-align: center2002 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


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


Final roster

2002 Minnesota Vikings final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

  • 47 Jeremy Allen FB
  • 49 Jeff Kostrewa TE
  • 69 Kenny Sandlin C

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


  1. 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06.

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