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2000 Minnesota Vikings season

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Record  11–5
Pro Bowlers  5
Start date  2000
Division place  1st NFC Central
Head coach  Dennis Green
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Playoff finish  Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 34–16 Lost Conference Championship (at Giants) 0–41
Home field  Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
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The 2000 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 40th season in the National Football League.


The season

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.

2000 Draft

^[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.

Awards and records

  • 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
  • 40-year team

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


  • 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
  • References

    2000 Minnesota Vikings season Wikipedia

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