|2000 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Dennis Green|
|Home field||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
|Division place||1st NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Won NFC Divisional Playoff (Saints) 34–16
Lost NFC Championship Game (at Giants) 0–41
The 2000 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 40th in the National Football League. They won the NFC Central division title with an 11–5 record and beat the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs before losing 41–0 to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.
After not retaining either Randall Cunningham or Jeff George, 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 seven 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. It would be 2004 before the Vikings returned to the playoffs.
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.
Seven Vikings including Culpepper, Moss, Carter, Smith, Korey Stringer, Robert Griffith 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 Minnesota Vikings Draft|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||25||25||Chris Hovan||Defensive tackle||Boston|
|2||24||55||Fred Robbins||Defensive tackle||Wake Forest|
|25||56||Michael Boireau||Defensive end||University of Miami||from Redskins[a]|
|3||26||88||Doug Chapman||Running back||Marshall|
|4||12||106||Antonio Wilson||Linebacker||Texas A&M||from Ravens[b]|
|5||26||155||Surrendered to the Washington Redskins[c]|
|36||165||Troy Walters||Wide receiver||Stanford||Compensatory pick|
|6||25||191||Traded to the Baltimore Ravens[b]|
|7||26||232||Traded to the Cleveland Browns[d]|
|34||240||Mike Milano||Center||San Diego State||Compensatory pick|
|38||244||Giles Cole||Tight end||Texas||Compensatory pick|
|42||248||Lewis Kelly||Guard||South Carolina State||Compensatory pick|
|1||September 3, 2000||Chicago Bears||W 30–27||1–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,104|
|2||September 10, 2000||Miami Dolphins||W 13–7||2–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,112|
|3||September 17, 2000||at New England Patriots||W 21–13||3–0||Foxboro Stadium||59,835|
|5||October 1, 2000||at Detroit Lions||W 31–24||4–0||Silverdome||76,438|
|6||October 9, 2000||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 30–23||5–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,162|
|7||October 15, 2000||at Chicago Bears||W 28–16||6–0||Soldier Field||66,944|
|8||October 22, 2000||Buffalo Bills||W 31–27||7–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,116|
|9||October 29, 2000||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 13–41||7–1||Raymond James Stadium||65,589|
|10||November 6, 2000||at Green Bay Packers||L 20–26 (OT)||7–2||Lambeau Field||59,854|
|11||November 12, 2000||Arizona Cardinals||W 31–14||8–2||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,223|
|12||November 19, 2000||Carolina Panthers||W 31–17||9–2||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,208|
|13||November 23, 2000||at Dallas Cowboys||W 27–15||10–2||Texas Stadium||63,878|
|14||November 30, 2000||Detroit Lions||W 24–17||11–2||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,214|
|15||December 10, 2000||at St. Louis Rams||L 29–40||11–3||TWA Dome||66,273|
|16||December 17, 2000||Green Bay Packers||L 28–33||11–4||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||64,183|
|17||December 24, 2000||at Indianapolis Colts||L 10–31||11–5||RCA Dome||56,672|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
|(2) Minnesota Vikings||11||5||0||.688||397||371||L3|
|(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||6||0||.625||388||269||L1|
|Green Bay Packers||9||7||0||.563||353||323||W4|
|Passing yards||Daunte Culpepper||3,937|
|Passing touchdowns||Daunte Culpepper||33|
|Rushing yards||Robert Smith||1,521|
|Rushing touchdowns||Robert Smith
|Receiving yards||Randy Moss||1,437|
|Receiving touchdowns||Randy Moss||15|
|Kickoff return yards||Troy Walters||692|
|Punt return yards||Troy Walters||217|
|Forced fumbles||John Randle
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game||NFL rank
(out of 31)
|2000 Minnesota Vikings staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|2000 Minnesota Vikings final roster|
The team recognized an all-time team in 2000 by announcing the 40th-season all-time team. 
VIKINGS 40TH SEASON ALL-TIME TEAM 1961–2000
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