As we use our sports, time machine and fly back to the year 2000, we see that the Vikings began a new beginning ...
As we use our sports, time machine and fly back to the year 2000, we see that the Vikings began a new beginning when a new QB Daunte Culpepper began after failing to resign Jeff George and Randall Cunningham. Culpepper would have a good season passing for 3,937 yards as Vikings won their first 7 and 11 of their first 13, on the way to an 11-2 start.
The Vikings had some problems such as losing their final three games to finish with an 11-5 record. RB Robert Smith who rushed 1,521 quickly retired after a painful knee injury in the playoffs.
In 2001, the Vikings were not doing too well lost three of their first four games. The Vikings would continue to have problems on the field losing any chance of the playoffs. The team did not get along due to the stress on the field and Mike Tice who led the Vikings in the season finale was named the new head coach, as WR Cris Carter was fired after the rocky season.
In 2002, Mike Tice who coached the Vikings in their final game the previous season would take over on a full time. They still did not do well with a terrible 3-10 record. Nevertheless, the Vikings would finish the season looking good by winning their final three games to post a 6-10 record.
In 2003, the kept their winning streak going as they won their first 6 games which included an outstanding 30-25 win in Week 1 over the Green Bay Packers. Then they lost to the New York Giants at home 29-17. They developed bad luck after that game and had a 4-game losing streak. The Vikings ending their season at 9-7 without the playoffs.
In 2004, the Vikings started out strong like usual winning five of their first six games. However some of the players experienced injuries. It causes the Vikings to lose their next three games. They also lost four of their final games. By the end of the season, they just collapsed. Following the season while the Vikings were being sold to a new ownership group, the front office had enough of Randy Moss's games on and off the field. They decided to trade their star to the Oakland Raiders for LB Napoleon Harris and a pair of draft picks.
Now in 2005, Without Randy Moss the focus now shifts to QB Daunte Culpepper. Is this going to work? The bigger problem is who will run the ball for the Vikings? They do not have a true star runner to carry the team, and in the end that will be what hurts the Vikings more as they fall just short of the playoffs.