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1997 Dallas Cowboys

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in NFC East Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.8, Offense: -1.7, Defense: 1.0, SoS: -0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 304 points (19.0/g), 22nd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 314 points (19.6/g), 13th.
 Differential of -10 points (-0.6/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 7.7-8.3.

Coach: Barry Switzer (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ernie Zampese
 Defensive Coordinator: Dave Campo

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Edward's University (Austin, Texas)

Team Info

Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones Owner serves as team's de facto General Manager
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 304 4778 1015 4.7 23 11 27 279 314 553 3141 19 12 5.3 170 423 1637 6 3.9 82
Team Defense 314 4516 1022 4.4 19 12 38 281 253 473 2522 20 7 4.9 139 511 1994 12 3.9 104
Lg Rank Offense 22 20 11 9 22 9 20 18 9 22 22 20 28 15
Lg Rank Defense 13 2 30 18 10 3 1 11 30 3 27 24 12 15

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore W 1-0 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 37 7 21 380 295 85 15 174 89 85 2
2 Sun September 7 boxscore L OT 1-1 @ Arizona Cardinals 22 25 15 327 147 180 1 21 286 220 66 4
3 Mon September 15 boxscore W 2-1 Philadelphia Eagles 21 20 18 279 187 92 2 16 333 176 157
4 Bye Week
5 Sun September 28 boxscore W 3-1 Chicago Bears 27 3 13 180 124 56 1 17 243 102 141 2
6 Sun October 5 boxscore L 3-2 @ New York Giants 17 20 27 428 310 118 2 13 166 109 57
7 Mon October 13 boxscore L 3-3 @ Washington Redskins 16 21 16 290 175 115 1 16 255 139 116 1
8 Sun October 19 boxscore W 4-3 Jacksonville Jaguars 26 22 24 337 238 99 15 271 229 42 1
9 Sun October 26 boxscore L 4-4 @ Philadelphia Eagles 12 13 14 244 93 151 17 274 120 154
10 Sun November 2 boxscore L 4-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 10 17 16 271 184 87 2 18 301 173 128 2
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 5-5 Arizona Cardinals 24 6 19 329 204 125 1 18 274 173 101 1
12 Sun November 16 boxscore W 6-5 Washington Redskins 17 14 20 312 207 105 16 259 155 104
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 6-6 @ Green Bay Packers 17 45 11 213 120 93 2 29 409 189 220 1
14 Thu November 27 boxscore L 6-7 Tennessee Oilers 14 27 16 386 340 46 5 14 245 81 164 1
15 Mon December 8 boxscore L 6-8 Carolina Panthers 13 23 9 216 138 78 1 22 324 169 155 1
16 Sun December 14 boxscore L 6-9 @ Cincinnati Bengals 24 31 29 402 274 128 2 17 419 262 157 2
17 Sun December 21 boxscore L 6-10 New York Giants 7 20 11 184 105 79 3 17 283 136 147 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
8 Troy Aikman 31 QB 16 16 6-10-0 292 518 56.4% 3283 19 3.7 12 2.3 64 6.3 6.0 11.2 205.2 78.0 33 269 5.47 5.18 6.0 3 3
18 Wade Wilson 38 7 0 12 21 57.1% 115 0 0.0 0 0.0 32 5.5 5.5 9.6 16.4 72.5 4 26 3.56 3.56 16.0
17 Jason Garrett 31 1 0 10 14 71.4% 56 0 0.0 0 0.0 12 4.0 4.0 5.6 56.0 78.3 2 18 2.38 2.38 12.5
Team Total 27.7 16 6-10-0 314 553 56.8% 3454 19 3.4 12 2.2 64 6.2 6.0 11.0 215.9 77.8 39 313 5.31 5.04 6.6 3 3
Opp Total 16 253 473 53.5% 2717 20 4.2 7 1.5 5.7 5.92 10.7 169.8 78.5 38 195 4.9 5.1 7.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
22 Emmitt Smith 28 RB 16 16 261 1074 4 44 4.1 67.1 16.3 40 234 5.9 0 24 2.5 14.6 1308 4 1
20 Sherman Williams 24 16 0 121 468 2 18 3.9 29.3 7.6 21 159 7.6 0 18 1.3 9.9 627 2 5
8 Troy Aikman 31 QB 16 16 25 79 0 13 3.2 4.9 1.6 79 0 6
34 Herschel Walker 35 fb/KR 16 6 6 20 0 11 3.3 1.3 0.4 14 149 10.6 2 64 0.9 9.3 169 2 0
18 Wade Wilson 38 7 0 6 -2 0 3 -0.3 -0.3 0.9 -2 0 0
48 Daryl Johnston 31 FB 6 6 2 3 0 3 1.5 0.5 0.3 18 166 9.2 1 21 3.0 27.7 169 1 1
83 Anthony Miller 32 WR 16 16 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 46 645 14.0 4 54 2.9 40.3 651 4 1
21 Deion Sanders*+ 30 PR/RCB 13 12 1 -11 0 -11 -11.0 -0.8 0.1 -11 0 1
88 Michael Irvin 31 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 75 1180 15.7 9 55 4.7 73.8 1180 9 0
86 Eric Bjornson 26 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 442 9.4 0 32 3.4 31.6 442 0 2
80 Stepfret Williams 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 308 10.3 1 20 1.9 19.3 308 1 0
89 David LaFleur 23 te 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 122 6.8 2 17 1.1 7.6 122 2 1
87 Billy Davis 25 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 33 11.0 0 12 0.2 2.1 33 0 0
81 Scott Galbraith 30 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 16 8.0 0 11 0.1 1.0 16 0 0
Team Total 27.7 16 423 1637 6 44 3.9 102.3 26.4 314 3454 11.0 19 64 19.6 215.9 5091 25 23
Opp Total 16 511 1994 12 3.9 124.6 31.9 253 2522 10.0 20 15.8 157.6 4516 32 27

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
34 Herschel Walker 35 fb/KR 16 6 50 1167 0 49 23.3 1336
21 Deion Sanders*+ 30 PR/RCB 13 12 33 407 1 83 12.3 1 18 0 18 18.0 414
23 Kevin Mathis 23 db 16 3 11 91 0 45 8.3 91
31 Brock Marion 27 FS 16 16 10 311 0 49 31.1 311
81 Scott Galbraith 30 16 0 2 24 0 13 12.0 40
80 Stepfret Williams 24 16 0 2 14 0 14 7.0 322
97 Kavika Pittman 23 15 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 27.7 16 47 512 1 83 10.9 63 1520 0 49 24.1 7123
Opp Total 16 40 365 0 9.1 65 1172 0 18.0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
4 Toby Gowin 22 P 16 0 1 1 0.0%% 86 3592 72 0 41.8
3 Richie Cunningham+ 27 K 16 0 1 1 16 16 9 9 10 7 1 1 37 34 91.9%% 24 24 100.0%%
Team Total 27.7 16 1 1 16 16 9 9 10 7 2 1 38 34 89.5%% 24 24 100.0%% 86 3592 72 0 41.8
Opp Total 16 27 20 74.1%% 34 34 100.0%% 95 4142 43.6

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
31 Brock Marion 27 FS 16 16 0 0 1 13 0 100 17
55 Fred Strickland 31 MLB 15 14 0.5 0 0 2 0 0 69 26
56 Randall Godfrey 24 LLB 16 16 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 66 31
52 Dexter Coakley 25 RLB 16 16 2.5 1 6 0 6 0 1 0 1 16 1 69 20
28 Darren Woodson* 28 SS 14 14 2.0 1 14 0 14 0 2 1 2 0 0 53 20
26 Kevin Smith 27 LCB 16 16 1 21 0 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 47 7
24 Omar Stoutmire 23 db 16 2 2.0 2 8 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 38 8
92 Tony Tolbert 30 LDE 16 16 5.0 2 0 0 0 0 30 13
98 Shante Carver 26 RDE 16 16 6.0 1 0 0 0 0 28 12
21 Deion Sanders*+ 30 PR/RCB 13 12 2 81 1 50 0 0 1 0 0 0 30 3
75 Tony Casillas 34 LDT 15 14 3.0 22 16
95 Chad Hennings 32 RDT 11 10 4.5 0 0 1 4 1 26 5
96 Antonio Anderson 24 rdt 16 5 2.0 19 7
51 Broderick Thomas 30 16 0 3.5 0 0 1 0 0 18 5
23 Kevin Mathis 23 db 16 3 0 2 2 0 0 15 1
57 Vinson Smith 32 lb 14 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 14 5
78 Leon Lett 29 dt 3 3 0.5 10 1
99 Hurvin McCormack 25 13 0 0.5 8 5
42 Charlie Williams 25 16 0 2.0 8 3
40 Bill Bates 36 16 0 1.0 6 1
97 Kavika Pittman 23 15 0 1.0 4 1
91 Darren Benson 23 6 0 3 1
8 Troy Aikman 31 QB 16 16 0 6 0 -5 0
35 Wendell Davis 24 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0
20 Sherman Williams 24 16 0 0 5 1 0 0
30 Kenny Wheaton 22 2 0 2 1
54 Darryl Hardy 29 12 0 1 2
27 Singor Mobley 25 12 0 2 0
50 Clay Shiver 25 C 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
86 Eric Bjornson 26 TE 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
83 Anthony Miller 32 WR 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
22 Emmitt Smith 28 RB 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
34 Herschel Walker 35 fb/KR 16 6 0 0 2 0 0
69 George Hegamin 24 LT 13 9 0 0 1 0 0
48 Daryl Johnston 31 FB 6 6 0 1 0 0 0
89 David LaFleur 23 te 16 5 0 1 0 0 0
61 Nate Newton 36 LG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.7 16 38.0 7 130 1 50 0 10 23 22 28 2 690 211
Opp Total 16 39 27 15

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Richie Cunningham+ 27 K 16 0 24 34 126
88 Michael Irvin 31 WR 16 16 9 9 54
22 Emmitt Smith 28 RB 16 16 4 4 1 26
83 Anthony Miller 32 WR 16 16 4 4 24
89 David LaFleur 23 te 16 5 2 2 12
21 Deion Sanders*+ 30 PR/RCB 13 12 1 1 2 12
34 Herschel Walker 35 fb/KR 16 6 2 2 12
20 Sherman Williams 24 16 0 2 2 12
52 Dexter Coakley 25 RLB 16 16 1 1 6
95 Chad Hennings 32 RDT 11 10 1 1 6
48 Daryl Johnston 31 FB 6 6 1 1 6
80 Stepfret Williams 24 16 0 1 1 6
86 Eric Bjornson 26 TE 14 14 1 2
Team Total 27.7 16 6 19 1 2 1 29 2 24 34 304
Opp Total 16 12 20 3 1 2 34 20 314

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 @ PIT W, 37-7 2 12 pass Anthony Miller 12 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
2 1997-08-31 @ PIT W, 37-7 2 42 pass Michael Irvin 42 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
3 1997-08-31 @ PIT W, 37-7 3 15 pass Michael Irvin 15 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
4 1997-08-31 @ PIT W, 37-7 3 13 pass Daryl Johnston 13 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
5 1997-09-07 @ ARI L, 22-25 2 4 fumble Chad Hennings 4 yard fumble return (Richie Cunningham kick)
6 1997-09-15 PHI W, 21-20 4 14 pass Anthony Miller 14 yard pass from Troy Aikman (pass failed)
7 1997-09-28 CHI W, 27-3 2 6 pass Anthony Miller 6 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
8 1997-09-28 CHI W, 27-3 3 26 pass Michael Irvin 26 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
9 1997-09-28 CHI W, 27-3 3 83 punt Deion Sanders 83 yard punt return (Richie Cunningham kick)
10 1997-10-05 @ NYG L, 17-20 4 2 pass Anthony Miller 2 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Eric Bjornson pass from Troy Aikman)
11 1997-10-13 @ WAS L, 16-21 3 15 fumble Dexter Coakley 15 yard fumble return (pass failed)
12 1997-10-13 @ WAS L, 16-21 4 14 pass Michael Irvin 14 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
13 1997-10-19 JAX W, 26-22 2 1 rush Emmitt Smith 1 yard rush (Richie Cunningham kick)
14 1997-10-19 JAX W, 26-22 3 2 pass Stepfret Williams 2 yard pass from Troy Aikman (pass failed)
15 1997-10-19 JAX W, 26-22 4 64 pass Herschel Walker 64 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
16 1997-11-02 @ SFO L, 10-17 1 5 pass Michael Irvin 5 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
17 1997-11-09 ARI W, 24-6 2 11 pass Herschel Walker 11 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
18 1997-11-09 ARI W, 24-6 3 1 rush Sherman Williams 1 yard rush (Richie Cunningham kick)
19 1997-11-09 ARI W, 24-6 3 5 rush Emmitt Smith 5 yard rush (Richie Cunningham kick)
20 1997-11-16 WAS W, 17-14 4 6 pass Michael Irvin 6 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Emmitt Smith pass from Troy Aikman)
21 1997-11-23 @ GNB L, 17-45 2 50 interception Deion Sanders 50 yard interception return (Richie Cunningham kick)
22 1997-11-23 @ GNB L, 17-45 4 21 rush Emmitt Smith 21 yard rush (Richie Cunningham kick)
23 1997-11-27 TEN L, 14-27 2 19 pass Michael Irvin 19 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
24 1997-11-27 TEN L, 14-27 3 37 pass Michael Irvin 37 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
25 1997-12-08 CAR L, 13-23 4 52 pass Michael Irvin 52 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
26 1997-12-14 @ CIN L, 24-31 1 3 rush Sherman Williams 3 yard rush (Richie Cunningham kick)
27 1997-12-14 @ CIN L, 24-31 4 13 pass David LaFleur 13 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
28 1997-12-14 @ CIN L, 24-31 4 12 pass David LaFleur 12 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
29 1997-12-21 NYG L, 7-20 3 4 rush Emmitt Smith 4 yard rush (Richie Cunningham kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 @ PIT L, 7-37 4 4 pass Mark Bruener 4 yard pass from Kordell Stewart (Norm Johnson kick)
2 1997-09-07 @ ARI W, 25-22 2 10 rush Leeland McElroy 10 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
3 1997-09-07 @ ARI W, 25-22 3 7 pass Frank Sanders 7 yard pass from Kent Graham (Kevin Butler kick)
4 1997-09-07 @ ARI W, 25-22 4 1 pass Pat Carter 1 yard pass from Kent Graham (Rob Moore pass from Kent Graham)
5 1997-09-15 PHI L, 20-21 1 37 fumble William Thomas 37 yard fumble return (Chris Boniol kick)
6 1997-09-15 PHI L, 20-21 2 12 pass Chad Lewis 12 yard pass from Ty Detmer (Chris Boniol kick)
7 1997-10-05 @ NYG W, 20-17 3 61 interception Tito Wooten 61 yard interception return (Brad Daluiso kick)
8 1997-10-05 @ NYG W, 20-17 4 3 rush Charles Way 3 yard rush (Brad Daluiso kick)
9 1997-10-13 @ WAS W, 21-16 1 2 rush Stephen Davis 2 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
10 1997-10-13 @ WAS W, 21-16 2 13 pass James Jenkins 13 yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Scott Blanton kick)
11 1997-10-13 @ WAS W, 21-16 3 4 rush Stephen Davis 4 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
12 1997-10-19 JAX L, 22-26 1 7 pass Jimmy Smith 7 yard pass from Mark Brunell (Mike Hollis kick)
13 1997-10-19 JAX L, 22-26 3 5 pass Keenan McCardell 5 yard pass from Mark Brunell (Mike Hollis kick)
14 1997-10-19 JAX L, 22-26 4 2 pass Derek Brown 2 yard pass from Mark Brunell (Willie Jackson pass from Mark Brunell)
15 1997-10-26 @ PHI W, 13-12 4 8 pass Chad Lewis 8 yard pass from Rodney Peete (Chris Boniol kick)
16 1997-11-02 @ SFO W, 17-10 3 8 rush Garrison Hearst 8 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
17 1997-11-02 @ SFO W, 17-10 4 1 rush William Floyd 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
18 1997-11-16 WAS L, 14-17 3 4 rush Terry Allen 4 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
19 1997-11-16 WAS L, 14-17 4 24 pass Henry Ellard 24 yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Scott Blanton kick)
20 1997-11-23 @ GNB W, 45-17 1 7 pass Dorsey Levens 7 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
21 1997-11-23 @ GNB W, 45-17 3 4 pass Mark Chmura 4 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
22 1997-11-23 @ GNB W, 45-17 3 2 pass Mark Chmura 2 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
23 1997-11-23 @ GNB W, 45-17 4 23 pass Antonio Freeman 23 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
24 1997-11-23 @ GNB W, 45-17 4 5 rush Dorsey Levens 5 yard rush (Ryan Longwell kick)
25 1997-11-23 @ GNB W, 45-17 4 34 fumble Darren Sharper 34 yard fumble return (Ryan Longwell kick)
26 1997-11-27 TEN W, 27-14 1 2 pass Erik Norgard 2 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
27 1997-11-27 TEN W, 27-14 1 1 rush Steve McNair 1 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
28 1997-11-27 TEN W, 27-14 2 42 fumble Marcus Robertson 42 yard fumble return (Al Del Greco kick)
29 1997-12-08 CAR W, 23-13 2 15 pass Rae Carruth 15 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
30 1997-12-08 CAR W, 23-13 3 1 pass Scott Greene 1 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
31 1997-12-14 @ CIN W, 31-24 2 20 rush Eric Bieniemy 20 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
32 1997-12-14 @ CIN W, 31-24 2 48 pass Darnay Scott 48 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Doug Pelfrey kick)
33 1997-12-14 @ CIN W, 31-24 3 14 rush Corey Dillon 14 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
34 1997-12-14 @ CIN W, 31-24 3 32 pass David Dunn 32 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Doug Pelfrey kick)
35 1997-12-21 NYG W, 20-7 1 21 pass Chris Calloway 21 yard pass from Danny Kanell (Brad Daluiso kick)
36 1997-12-21 NYG W, 20-7 2 1 rush Rodney Hampton 1 yard rush (Brad Daluiso kick)