2001 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Dennis Green (15 games)
Mike Tice (1 game)
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 5–11
Place 4th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
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2001 was the 41st year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 82nd regular season of the National Football League.

Tragedy struck the Minnesota Vikings in the summer of 2001, when Offensive Lineman Korey Stringer died of heat stroke in training camp in Mankato, Minnesota. Although Minnesota has a reputation for cold weather, in late July and early August it can be brutally hot.

The 2001 season started off with a 24-13 home loss to the Carolina Panthers (This would be Carolina's only win of the season; they finished 1-15). Over the next sixteen weeks, wins for Minnesota were few and far between. 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 six, and a week ten victory over the Giants in which Randy Moss pulled in 10 receptions for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns leading to a 28-16 victory. But despite having a 12th ranked offense, their defense was in the bottom five, and the Vikings finished 5-11.

After the disappointing season, the Vikings bought out the contract of Dennis Green, who had become a polarizing force in the Viking fan base despite his successful coaching tenure with the team. Mike Tice coached the final game of 2001, losing to the Ravens.

2001 DraftEdit

Round Pick Name Position College
127Michael BennettRunning BackWisconsin
227Willie HowardDefensive EndStanford
369Eric KellyCornerbackKentucky
4130Shawn WorthenDefensive TackleTexas Christian
4131Cedric JamesWide ReceiverTexas Christian
5118Patrick ChukwurahLinebackerWyoming
6189Carey ScottCornerbackKentucky State
7225Brian CrawfordDefensive TackleWestern Oregon



2001 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Sherman Lewis
  • Quarterbacks – Alex Wood
  • Running Backs – Carl Hargrave
  • Wide Receivers – Charlie Baggett
  • Tight Ends – John Tice
  • Assistant Offensive Line/Quality Control – Dean Dalton

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Emmitt Thomas
  • Defensive Line – Brian Baker
  • Inside Linebackers – Richard Solomon
  • Outside Linebackers – Chuck Knox, Jr.
  • Defensive Assistant – Trent Walters

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Daryl Lawrence


Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Results Venue NFL Recap Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 9 Carolina Panthers L 13–24 0–1 Metrodome Recap
2 September 23 at Chicago Bears L 10–17 0–2 Soldier Field Recap
3 September 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–26 1–2 Metrodome Recap
4 October 7 at New Orleans Saints L 15–28 1–3 Louisiana Superdome Recap
5 October 14 Detroit Lions W 31–26 2–3 Metrodome Recap
6 October 21 Green Bay Packers W 35–13 3–3 Metrodome Recap
7 October 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14–41 3–4 Raymond James Stadium Recap
8 Bye week
9 November 11 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–48 3–5 Veterans Stadium Recap
10 November 19 New York Giants W 28–16 4–5 Metrodome Recap
11 November 25 Chicago Bears L 6–13 4–6 Metrodome Recap
12 December 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–21 4–7 Heinz Field Recap
13 December 9 Tennessee Titans W 42–24 5–7 Metrodome Recap
14 December 16 at Detroit Lions L 24–27 5–8 Pontiac Silverdome Recap
15 December 23 Jacksonville Jaguars L 3–33 5–9 Metrodome Recap
16 December 30 at Green Bay Packers L 13–24 5–10 Lambeau Field Recap
17 January 7 at Baltimore Ravens L 3–19 5–11 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
Note: Team names in bold indicate that the game indicated is a Vikings home game.


Template:2001 NFC Central standings


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