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2001 Minnesota Vikings season

2001 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green (15 games)
Mike Tice (1 game)
Owner Red McCombs
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Record 5–11
Division place 4th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Previous season Next season
< 2000 2002 >

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. This was Cris Carter's last in Minnesota, having played 12 seasons there.


  • Offseason 1
    • 2001 Draft 1.1
  • Regular season 2
    • Schedule 2.1
    • Standings 2.2
  • Statistics 3
    • Team leaders 3.1
    • League rankings 3.2
  • Personnel 4
    • Staff 4.1
    • Final roster 4.2
  • References 5


2001 Draft

Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 27 27 Michael Bennett Running Back Wisconsin
2 26 27 Willie Howard Defensive end Stanford
3 7 69 Eric Kelly Cornerback Kentucky from Patriots
24 86 Traded to the New England Patriots
4 24 119 Traded to the New England Patriots
35 130 Shawn Worthen Defensive tackle Texas Christian Compensatory pick
36 131 Cedric James Wide receiver Texas Christian Compensatory pick
5 26 118 Patrick Chukwurah Linebacker Wyoming
6 26 189 Carey Scott Cornerback Kentucky State
7 25 225 Brian Crawford Defensive Tackle Western 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 Jimmy Hitchcock in the 2000 offseason.

Regular season


Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Results Venue TV NFL Recap Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 9 12:00 pm Carolina Panthers L 13–24 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
2 September 23 12:00 pm at Chicago Bears L 10–17 0–2 Soldier Field FOX Recap
3 September 30 12:00 pm Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–26 1–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
4 October 7 12:00 pm at New Orleans Saints L 15–28 1–3 Louisiana Superdome FOX Recap
5 October 14 12:00 pm Detroit Lions W 31–26 2–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
6 October 21 3:00 pm Green Bay Packers W 35–13 3–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
7 October 28 12:00 pm at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14–41 3–4 Raymond James Stadium FOX Recap
8 Bye week
9 November 11 3:00 pm at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–48 3–5 Veterans Stadium FOX Recap
10 November 19 8:00 pm New York Giants W 28–16 4–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome ABC Recap
11 November 25 7:30 pm Chicago Bears L 6–13 4–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome ESPN Recap
12 December 2 12:00 pm at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–21 4–7 Heinz Field FOX Recap
13 December 9 12:00 pm Tennessee Titans W 42–24 5–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
14 December 16 12:00 pm at Detroit Lions L 24–27 5–8 Pontiac Silverdome FOX Recap
15 December 23 12:00 pm Jacksonville Jaguars L 3–33 5–9 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome CBS Recap
16 December 30 12:00 pm at Green Bay Packers L 13–24 5–10 Lambeau Field FOX Recap
17 January 7 8:00 pm at Baltimore Ravens L 3–19 5–11 M&T Bank Stadium ABC Recap
Note: Team names in bold indicate that the game indicated is a Vikings home game.


NFC Central
(2) Chicago Bears 13 3 0 .813 338 203 W4
(3) Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 390 266 W3
(6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 324 280 L1
Minnesota Vikings 5 11 0 .313 290 390 L4
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 270 424 W1


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Daunte Culpepper 2,612
Passing Touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 14
Rushing Yards Michael Bennett 682
Rushing Touchdowns Daunte Culpepper 5
Receiving Yards Randy Moss 1,233
Receiving Touchdowns Randy Moss 10
Points Gary Anderson 74
Kickoff Return Yards Nate Jacquet 1,012
Punt Return Yards Nate Jacquet 219
Tackles Kailee Wong 98
Sacks Chris Hovan 6
Interceptions Robert Griffith
Eric Kelly
Forced Fumbles Patrick Chukwurah 3

League rankings

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
(out of 31)
Passing Offense 3,576 Yards 223.5 YPG 7th
Rushing Offense 1,609 Yards 100.6 YPG 25th
Total Offense 5,185 Yards 324.1 YPG 12th
Passing Defense 3,367 Yards 210.4 YPG 18th
Rushing Defense 2,299 Yards 143.7 YPG 30th
Total Defense 5,666 Yards 354.1 YPG 27th




Final roster


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