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2001 Minnesota Vikings season

Updated: 2017-03-03T12:22Z
2001 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachDennis Green (15 games)
Mike Tice (1 game)
OwnerRed McCombs
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Division place4th NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro Bowlers

The 2001 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 41st season in the National Football League.

The season began with the Vikings trying to improve on their 11-5 record from last year, however, adversity struck when offensive lineman Korey Stringer died of heat stroke in training camp in Mankato, Minnesota.

The season started off with a 24–13 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. 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. Despite having a 12th ranked offense, the Vikings finished 5–11 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1995.

After the disappointing season, the Vikings fired 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.

This was Cris Carter's final season in Minnesota, having played 12 seasons there, making eight consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (1993–2000), all with the Vikings. He is the team's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He retired at the end of the disappointing season, but would briefly return to play for the Miami Dolphins midway through next season.


2001 Draft

Main article: 2001 NFL draft
=Pro Bowler
2001 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
12727Michael BennettRunning BackWisconsin
22627Willie HowardDefensive endStanford
3769Eric KellyCornerbackKentuckyfrom Patriots[a]
2486Traded to the New England Patriots[a]
424119Traded to the New England Patriots[a]
35130Shawn WorthenDefensive tackleTexas ChristianCompensatory pick[b]
36131Cedric JamesWide receiverTexas ChristianCompensatory pick[b]
526118Patrick ChukwurahLinebackerWyoming
626189Carey ScottCornerbackKentucky State
725225Brian CrawfordDefensive TackleWestern Oregon
^[a] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (86th overall) and 4th round selection (119th overall) to New England to move up 17 spots to the 69th overall selection and make this pick.
^[b] Minnesota was awarded two compensatory pick in the 4th round for the loss of free agents Jeff Christy, Duane Clemons, Jeff George, and Jimmy Hitchcock in the 2000 offseason.

Regular season


WeekDateKickoff (CT)OpponentResultsVenueTVNFL RecapAttendance
Final scoreTeam record
1September 912:00 pmCarolina PanthersL 13–240–1Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeFOXRecap
2September 2312:00 pmat Chicago BearsL 10–170–2Soldier FieldFOXRecap
3September 3012:00 pmTampa Bay BuccaneersW 31–261–2Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeFOXRecap
4October 712:00 pmat New Orleans SaintsL 15–281–3Louisiana SuperdomeFOXRecap
5October 1412:00 pmDetroit LionsW 31–262–3Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeFOXRecap
6October 213:00 pmGreen Bay PackersW 35–133–3Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeFOXRecap
7October 2812:00 pmat Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 14–413–4Raymond James StadiumFOXRecap
8Bye week
9November 113:00 pmat Philadelphia EaglesL 17–483–5Veterans StadiumFOXRecap
10November 198:00 pmNew York GiantsW 28–164–5Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeABCRecap
11November 257:30 pmChicago BearsL 6–134–6Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeESPNRecap
12December 212:00 pmat Pittsburgh SteelersL 16–214–7Heinz FieldFOXRecap
13December 912:00 pmTennessee TitansW 42–245–7Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeCBSRecap
14December 1612:00 pmat Detroit LionsL 24–275–8Pontiac SilverdomeFOXRecap
15December 2312:00 pmJacksonville JaguarsL 3–335–9Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeCBSRecap
16December 3012:00 pmat Green Bay PackersL 13–245–10Lambeau FieldFOXRecap
17January 78:00 pmat Baltimore RavensL 3–195–11M&T Bank StadiumABCRecap
Note: Team names in bold indicate that the game indicated is a Vikings home game.


NFC Central
(2) Chicago Bears1330.813338203W4
(3) Green Bay Packers1240.750390266W3
(6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers970.563324280L1
Minnesota Vikings5110.313290390L4
Detroit Lions2140.125270424W1


Team leaders

Passing YardsDaunte Culpepper2,612
Passing TouchdownsDaunte Culpepper14
Rushing YardsMichael Bennett682
Rushing TouchdownsDaunte Culpepper5
Receiving YardsRandy Moss1,233
Receiving TouchdownsRandy Moss10
PointsGary Anderson74
Kickoff Return YardsNate Jacquet1,012
Punt Return YardsNate Jacquet219
TacklesKailee Wong98
SacksChris Hovan6
InterceptionsRobert Griffith
Eric Kelly
Forced FumblesPatrick Chukwurah3

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 31)
Passing Offense3,576 Yards223.5 YPG7th
Rushing Offense1,609 Yards100.6 YPG25th
Total Offense5,185 Yards324.1 YPG12th
Passing Defense3,367 Yards210.4 YPG18th
Rushing Defense2,299 Yards143.7 YPG30th
Total Defense5,666 Yards354.1 YPG27th



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


Final roster

2001 Minnesota Vikings final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 6 Inactive, 7 Practice squad


  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
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