| 1st NFC Central|
| Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 34–16
Lost Conference Championship (at Giants) 0–41|
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
2001 Minnesota Vikings season
The 2000 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 40th season in the National Football League.
2000 Minnesota Vikings season Wikipedia
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.^[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.
The details of these trades are unknown but may involve Baltimore's acquisition of OL Everett Lindsay from Minnesota.
Washington received this selection as compensation for restricted free agent G Brad Badger.
Minnesota traded their 7th round selection (232nd overall) to Cleveland for DT Jerry Ball.
Gary Anderson, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Week 8
Mitch Berger, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Week 14
Mitch Berger, NFC Special Teams Player of the Month, December
Cris Carter, All-NFL Team (as selected by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, and the Pro Football Writers of America)
Cris Carter, NFC Pro Bowl Selection
Daunte Culpepper, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 6
Daunte Culpepper, NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 12
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)
Randy Moss, PFW/PFWA All-Pro Team
Robert Smith, NFC Offensive Player of the Month, December
The team recognized an all-time team in 2000 by announcing the 40th-season all-time team. 
VIKINGS 40TH SEASON ALL-TIME TEAM 1961–2000OFFENSE
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