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2000 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Dennis Green
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 11–5
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Won NFC Divisional Playoff
Lost NFC Championship
Pro Bowlers 5
Timeline
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1999 2001

2000 was the 40th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 81st regular season of the National Football League.

Led by first-year starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper, the Vikings had a 2000 season in which Robert Smith ran for a 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. However, they 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.

2000 DraftEdit

Round Pick Name Position College
1 (25) Chris Hovan Defensive Tackle Boston College
2 (55) Fred Robbins Defensive Tackle Wake Forest
2 (56) Michael Boireau Defensive End Miami (FL)
3 (88) Doug Chapman Running Back Marshall
4 (106) Antonio Wilson Linebacker Texas A&M
4 (118) Tyrone Carter Safety Minnesota
5 (165) Troy Walters Wide Receiver Stanford
7 (240) Mike Milano Center San Diego State
7 (244) Giles Cole Tight End Texas A&M
7 (248) Lewis Kelly Offensive Guard South Carolina State

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

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 – John Kasper

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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3 Chicago W 30-27
64,104
2 September 10 Miami W 13-7
64,112
3 September 17 at New England W 21-13
59,835
4 Bye week
5 October 1 at Detroit W 31-24
76,438
6 October 9 Tampa Bay W 30-23
64,162
7 October 15 at Chicago W 28-16
66,944
8 October 22 Buffalo W 31-27
64,116
9 October 29 at Tampa Bay L 41-13
65,589
10 November 6 at Green Bay L 26-20 (OT)
59,854
11 November 12 Arizona W 31-14
64,223
12 November 19 Carolina W 31-17
64,208
13 November 23 at Dallas W 27-15
63,878
14 November 30 Detroit W 24-17
64,214
15 December 10 at St. Louis L 40-29
66,273
16 December 17 Green Bay L 33-28
64,183
17 December 24 at Indianapolis L 31-10
56,672

Division StandingsEdit

NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Minnesota Vikings 1150.688397371
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1060.625388269
Green Bay Packers 970.563353323
Detroit Lions 970.563307307
Chicago Bears 5110.313216355

RosterEdit

Quarterbacks

Running Backs Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen DE

Linebackers

Defensive Backs CB

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

PlayoffsEdit

NFC Divisional PlayoffsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 0 7 6 16
Vikings 10 7 10 7 34




NFC Championship GameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 14 20 7 0 41



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Awards and recordsEdit

  • 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]
  • Duante 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 teamEdit

The team recognized an all-time team in 2000 by announcing the 40th-season all-time team. [1]

VIKINGS 40TH SEASON ALL-TIME TEAM 1961-2000

  • OFFENSE
  • 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
  • DEFENSE
  • 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. http://www.vikings.com/news/media-guide.html. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 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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