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1997 Detroit Lions

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9-7-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.0, Offense: 3.0, Defense: 0.9, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 379 points (23.7/g), 4th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 306 points (19.1/g), 10th.
 Differential of 73 points (4.6/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 10.0-6.0.

Coach: Bobby Ross (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Sylvester Croom
 Defensive Coordinator: Larry Peccatiello
 Other Notable Asst.: Marc Trestman (Quarterbacks)

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Saginaw Valley State (Saginaw, Michigan)

Team Info

Principal Owner/Chairman William Clay Ford Sr.
General Manager Chuck Schmidt
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 379 5798 1028 5.6 28 11 18 304 304 540 3334 19 17 5.7 166 447 2464 19 5.5 120
Team Defense 306 4947 1021 4.8 25 8 18 268 281 507 3114 15 17 5.7 152 471 1833 15 3.9 98
Lg Rank Offense 4 2 16 9 11 12 12 18 20 14 16 2 3 1
Lg Rank Defense 10 14 22 27 5 10 13 6 11 13 21 18 19 14

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 Atlanta Falcons 28 17 10 221 175 46 3 13 323 268 55 4
2 Sun September 7 boxscore L 1-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 24 13 346 322 24 1 20 272 99 173
3 Sun September 14 boxscore W 2-1 @ Chicago Bears 32 7 27 404 202 202 1 19 284 190 94 2
4 Sun September 21 boxscore L 2-2 @ New Orleans Saints 17 35 22 355 237 118 4 21 385 213 172
5 Sun September 28 boxscore W 3-2 Green Bay Packers 26 15 18 376 203 173 23 396 289 107 4
6 Sun October 5 boxscore L 3-3 @ Buffalo Bills 13 22 17 309 189 120 1 10 266 102 164
7 Sun October 12 boxscore W 4-3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 9 17 447 188 259 1 13 289 217 72 2
8 Sun October 19 boxscore L OT 4-4 New York Giants 20 26 20 337 226 111 2 15 331 210 121 1
9 Bye Week
10 Sun November 2 boxscore L 4-5 @ Green Bay Packers 10 20 18 256 131 125 4 11 244 163 81 2
11 Sun November 9 boxscore L 4-6 @ Washington Redskins 7 30 11 268 163 105 4 25 388 247 141
12 Sun November 16 boxscore W 5-6 Minnesota Vikings 38 15 27 477 266 211 18 300 174 126 1
13 Sun November 23 boxscore W 6-6 Indianapolis Colts 32 10 21 391 142 249 12 173 120 53 1
14 Thu November 27 boxscore W 7-6 Chicago Bears 55 20 25 496 274 222 1 16 333 262 71 4
15 Sun December 7 boxscore L 7-7 @ Miami Dolphins 30 33 24 424 279 145 5 19 391 310 81 1
16 Sun December 14 boxscore W 8-7 @ Minnesota Vikings 14 13 21 390 242 148 1 13 257 43 214
17 Sun December 21 boxscore W 9-7 New York Jets 13 10 13 301 95 206 20 315 207 108 3
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 28 boxscore L 9-8 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 20 18 307 198 109 1 15 316 175 141 2

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
19 Scott Mitchell 29 QB 16 16 9-7-0 293 509 57.6% 3484 19 3.7 14 2.8 79 6.8 6.4 11.9 217.8 79.6 41 271 5.84 5.39 7.5 3 3
14 Frank Reich 36 6 0 11 30 36.7% 121 0 0.0 2 6.7 27 4.0 1.0 11.0 20.2 21.7 0 0 4.03 1.03 0.0
12 Matt Blundin 28 1 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 26.6 16 9-7-0 304 540 56.3% 3605 19 3.5 17 3.1 79 6.7 6.0 11.9 225.3 75.4 41 271 5.74 5.08 7.1 3 3
Opp Total 16 281 507 55.4% 3401 15 3.0 17 3.4 6.7 5.79 12.1 212.6 72.1 43 287 5.7 4.8 7.8

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
20 Barry Sanders*+ 29 RB 16 16 335 2053 11 82 6.1 128.3 20.9 33 305 9.2 3 66 2.1 19.1 2358 14 3
19 Scott Mitchell 29 QB 16 16 37 83 1 13 2.2 5.2 2.3 83 1 15
44 Tommy Vardell 28 FB 16 10 32 122 6 41 3.8 7.6 2.0 16 218 13.6 0 37 1.0 13.6 340 6 1
34 Ron Rivers 26 16 0 29 166 1 31 5.7 10.4 1.8 166 1 0
30 Cory Schlesinger 25 fb 16 2 7 11 0 4 1.6 0.7 0.4 5 69 13.8 1 33 0.3 4.3 80 1 0
14 Frank Reich 36 6 0 4 -4 0 -1 -1.0 -0.7 0.7 -4 0 0
87 Johnnie Morton 26 WR 16 16 3 33 0 20 11.0 2.1 0.2 80 1057 13.2 6 73 5.0 66.1 1090 6 2
84 Herman Moore*+ 28 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 104 1293 12.4 8 79 6.5 80.8 1293 8 0
86 David Sloan 25 TE 14 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 264 9.1 0 25 2.1 18.9 264 0 0
89 Pete Metzelaars 37 te 16 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 144 8.5 0 22 1.1 9.0 144 0 0
80 Tommie Boyd 26 wr 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 142 14.2 0 32 0.6 8.9 142 0 0
33 Glyn Milburn 26 KR/PR 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 77 15.4 0 43 0.3 4.8 77 0 3
81 Pete Chryplewicz 23 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 27 9.0 1 12 0.3 2.7 27 1 0
83 Kez McCorvey 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 9 4.5 0 6 0.3 1.3 9 0 0
Team Total 26.6 16 447 2464 19 82 5.5 154.0 27.9 304 3605 11.9 19 79 19.0 225.3 6069 38 26
Opp Total 16 471 1833 15 3.9 114.6 29.4 281 3114 11.1 15 17.6 194.6 4947 30 24

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
33 Glyn Milburn 26 KR/PR 16 1 47 433 0 40 9.2 55 1315 0 69 23.9 1825
34 Ron Rivers 26 16 0 2 34 0 23 17.0 200
27 Mark Carrier 29 FS 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
54 Matt Russell 24 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
44 Tommy Vardell 28 FB 16 10 1 15 0 15 15.0 355
Team Total 26.6 16 48 433 0 40 9.0 59 1364 0 69 23.1 7866
Opp Total 16 51 434 1 8.5 61 1269 0 20.8

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
18 John Jett 29 P 16 0 84 3576 60 2 42.6
4 Jason Hanson* 27 K 16 0 10 10 9 8 5 5 5 3 29 26 89.7%% 40 39 97.5%%
Team Total 26.6 16 10 10 9 8 5 5 5 3 29 26 89.7%% 40 39 97.5%% 84 3576 60 2 42.6
Opp Total 16 32 25 78.1%% 30 29 96.7%% 97 4297 44.3

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
57 Stephen Boyd 25 MLB 16 16 1 4 0 4 0 1 0 1 42 1 89 49
27 Mark Carrier 29 FS 16 16 5 94 0 66 0 0 1 0 0 0 54 21
91 Robert Porcher* 28 LDE 16 15 12.5 1 5 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 40 32
94 Luther Elliss 24 RDT 16 16 8.5 0 0 2 0 0 35 28
31 Corey Raymond 28 RCB 13 12 1 17 0 17 0 45 7
95 Mike Wells 26 LDT 16 16 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 30 36
28 Ron Rice 25 SS 12 8 1.0 1 18 0 18 0 38 11
32 Bryant Westbrook 23 LCB 15 14 2 64 1 64 0 41 4
97 Tracy Scroggins 28 rde 15 6 7.5 1 0 1 17 1 30 12 1
58 George Jamison 35 LLB 16 10 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 26 9
29 Harry Colon 28 db 8 4 23 10
55 Antonio London 26 llb 16 6 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 19 15
24 Kevin Abrams 23 db 15 4 2.0 1 29 0 29 0 1 0 0 0 0 23 5
93 Kerwin Waldroup 23 RDE 11 11 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 19 14
39 Van Malone 27 db 8 4 1 -5 0 -5 0 1 1 0 0 0 11 9
54 Matt Russell 24 14 0 1 0 1 0 0 13 6
35 Robert Bailey 29 15 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 13 1
19 Scott Mitchell 29 QB 16 16 0 15 4 -15 0
25 Greg Jeffries 26 db 15 2 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 3
96 Shane Bonham 27 16 0 1.0 4 5
52 Scott Kowalkowski 29 16 0 4 3
33 Glyn Milburn 26 KR/PR 16 1 0 3 2 0 0
59 Reggie Brown 23 RLB 16 16 2.5 2 83 2 45 0
20 Barry Sanders*+ 29 RB 16 16 0 3 1 0 0
92 Marc Spindler 28 10 0 0 4
87 Johnnie Morton 26 WR 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
72 Ray Roberts 28 LT 14 14 0 0 2 4 0
44 Tommy Vardell 28 FB 16 10 0 1 1 0 0
53 Kevin Glover* 34 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
67 Travis Kirschke 23 3 0 0 1
34 Ron Rivers 26 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.6 16 43.0 17 309 3 66 0 13 26 20 48 2 563 285 1
Opp Total 16 41 24 16 1

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
4 Jason Hanson* 27 K 16 0 39 26 117
20 Barry Sanders*+ 29 RB 16 16 11 3 14 84
84 Herman Moore*+ 28 WR 16 16 8 8 1 50
87 Johnnie Morton 26 WR 16 16 6 6 36
44 Tommy Vardell 28 FB 16 10 6 6 36
59 Reggie Brown 23 RLB 16 16 2 2 12
97 Tracy Scroggins 28 rde 15 6 1 1 1 8
57 Stephen Boyd 25 MLB 16 16 1 1 6
81 Pete Chryplewicz 23 10 0 1 1 6
19 Scott Mitchell 29 QB 16 16 1 1 6
34 Ron Rivers 26 16 0 1 1 6
30 Cory Schlesinger 25 fb 16 2 1 1 6
32 Bryant Westbrook 23 LCB 15 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.6 16 19 19 2 3 43 1 39 26 1 379
Opp Total 16 15 15 1 2 1 29 25 1 306

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 ATL W, 28-17 2 43 pass Herman Moore 43 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
2 1997-08-31 ATL W, 28-17 2 42 fumble Stephen Boyd 42 yard fumble return (Jason Hanson kick)
3 1997-08-31 ATL W, 28-17 4 25 pass Herman Moore 25 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
4 1997-08-31 ATL W, 28-17 4 38 interception Reggie Brown 38 yard interception return (Jason Hanson kick)
5 1997-09-07 TAM L, 17-24 3 73 pass Johnnie Morton 73 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
6 1997-09-07 TAM L, 17-24 4 66 pass Barry Sanders 66 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
7 1997-09-14 @ CHI W, 32-7 2 16 pass Johnnie Morton 16 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
8 1997-09-14 @ CHI W, 32-7 3 1 rush Tommy Vardell 1 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
9 1997-09-14 @ CHI W, 32-7 4 27 pass Herman Moore 27 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (pass failed)
10 1997-09-21 @ NOR L, 17-35 2 17 pass Barry Sanders 17 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
11 1997-09-21 @ NOR L, 17-35 4 5 pass Herman Moore 5 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
12 1997-09-28 GNB W, 26-15 2 45 interception Reggie Brown 45 yard interception return (Jason Hanson kick)
13 1997-09-28 GNB W, 26-15 2 4 pass Pete Chryplewicz 4 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
14 1997-10-05 @ BUF L, 13-22 4 8 rush Scott Mitchell 8 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
15 1997-10-12 @ TAM W, 27-9 1 80 rush Barry Sanders 80 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
16 1997-10-12 @ TAM W, 27-9 3 82 rush Barry Sanders 82 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
17 1997-10-12 @ TAM W, 27-9 4 7 pass Barry Sanders 7 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
18 1997-10-19 NYG L, 20-26 2 8 rush Barry Sanders 8 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
19 1997-10-19 NYG L, 20-26 4 4 pass Johnnie Morton 4 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
20 1997-11-02 @ GNB L, 10-20 1 1 rush Tommy Vardell 1 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
21 1997-11-09 @ WAS L, 7-30 3 51 rush Barry Sanders 51 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
22 1997-11-16 MIN W, 38-15 2 1 rush Tommy Vardell 1 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
23 1997-11-16 MIN W, 38-15 2 1 rush Tommy Vardell 1 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
24 1997-11-16 MIN W, 38-15 2 14 pass Johnnie Morton 14 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
25 1997-11-16 MIN W, 38-15 3 1 rush Tommy Vardell 1 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
26 1997-11-16 MIN W, 38-15 3 10 pass Herman Moore 10 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
27 1997-11-23 IND W, 32-10 1 1 rush Tommy Vardell 1 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
28 1997-11-23 IND W, 32-10 3 80 rush Barry Sanders 80 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
29 1997-11-23 IND W, 32-10 4 4 rush Barry Sanders 4 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
30 1997-11-27 CHI W, 55-20 2 8 pass Herman Moore 8 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
31 1997-11-27 CHI W, 55-20 2 40 rush Barry Sanders 40 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
32 1997-11-27 CHI W, 55-20 3 50 pass Johnnie Morton 50 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
33 1997-11-27 CHI W, 55-20 3 25 rush Barry Sanders 25 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
34 1997-11-27 CHI W, 55-20 4 15 rush Barry Sanders 15 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
35 1997-11-27 CHI W, 55-20 4 13 rush Ron Rivers 13 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
36 1997-11-27 CHI W, 55-20 4 17 fumble Tracy Scroggins 17 yard fumble return (Jason Hanson kick)
37 1997-12-07 @ MIA L, 30-33 2 7 rush Barry Sanders 7 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
38 1997-12-07 @ MIA L, 30-33 3 35 pass Johnnie Morton 35 yard pass from Scott Mitchell
39 1997-12-07 @ MIA L, 30-33 4 64 interception Bryant Westbrook 64 yard interception return
40 1997-12-07 @ MIA L, 30-33 4 16 pass Herman Moore 16 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Herman Moore pass from Scott Mitchell)
41 1997-12-14 @ MIN W, 14-13 2 1 pass Cory Schlesinger 1 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
42 1997-12-14 @ MIN W, 14-13 4 1 pass Herman Moore 1 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
43 1997-12-21 NYJ W, 13-10 4 15 rush Barry Sanders 15 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 ATL L, 17-28 2 24 pass Michael Haynes 24 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Morten Andersen kick)
2 1997-08-31 ATL L, 17-28 4 1 rush Jamal Anderson 1 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
3 1997-09-07 TAM W, 24-17 1 1 pass Patrick Hape 1 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
4 1997-09-07 TAM W, 24-17 2 6 rush Warrick Dunn 6 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
5 1997-09-07 TAM W, 24-17 4 1 rush Mike Alstott 1 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
6 1997-09-14 @ CHI L, 7-32 1 7 rush Raymont Harris 7 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
7 1997-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-17 2 21 pass Andre Hastings 21 yard pass from Mario Bates (Doug Brien kick)
8 1997-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-17 2 74 rush Mario Bates 74 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
9 1997-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-17 2 20 pass Daryl Hobbs 20 yard pass from Heath Shuler (Doug Brien kick)
10 1997-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-17 3 5 rush Heath Shuler 5 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
11 1997-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-17 4 2 rush Mario Bates 2 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
12 1997-09-28 GNB L, 15-26 3 7 pass Bill Schroeder 7 yard pass from Brett Favre (pass failed)
13 1997-10-05 @ BUF W, 22-13 2 43 pass Andre Reed 43 yard pass from Todd Collins (Steve Christie kick)
14 1997-10-05 @ BUF W, 22-13 4 56 rush Antowain Smith 56 yard rush (Steve Christie kick)
15 1997-10-12 @ TAM L, 9-27 1 59 pass Warrick Dunn 59 yard pass from Trent Dilfer
16 1997-10-19 NYG W, 26-20 1 2 pass Howard Cross 2 yard pass from Danny Kanell (Brad Daluiso kick)
17 1997-10-19 NYG W, 26-20 3 53 punt Amani Toomer 53 yard punt return (Brad Daluiso kick)
18 1997-10-19 NYG W, 26-20 5 68 pass Chris Calloway 68 yard pass from Danny Kanell
19 1997-11-02 @ GNB W, 20-10 2 26 pass Robert Brooks 26 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
20 1997-11-02 @ GNB W, 20-10 2 50 interception Darren Sharper 50 yard interception return (Ryan Longwell kick)
21 1997-11-09 @ WAS W, 30-7 2 1 pass James Jenkins 1 yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Scott Blanton kick)
22 1997-11-09 @ WAS W, 30-7 3 1 rush Terry Allen 1 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
23 1997-11-09 @ WAS W, 30-7 4 22 interception Darryl Pounds 22 yard interception return (Scott Blanton kick)
24 1997-11-16 MIN L, 15-38 2 27 rush Robert Smith 27 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
25 1997-11-16 MIN L, 15-38 4 3 rush Leroy Hoard 3 yard rush (Cris Carter pass from Brad Johnson)
26 1997-11-23 IND L, 10-32 1 20 pass Marvin Harrison 20 yard pass from Paul Justin (Cary Blanchard kick)
27 1997-11-27 CHI L, 20-55 1 2 rush Raymont Harris 2 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
28 1997-11-27 CHI L, 20-55 1 78 pass Ricky Proehl 78 yard pass from Erik Kramer (Jeff Jaeger kick)
29 1997-12-07 @ MIA W, 33-30 1 27 pass Troy Drayton 27 yard pass from Dan Marino (Olindo Mare kick)
30 1997-12-07 @ MIA W, 33-30 1 1 rush Karim Abdul-Jabbar 1 yard rush (Olindo Mare kick)
31 1997-12-07 @ MIA W, 33-30 4 23 pass Troy Drayton 23 yard pass from Dan Marino (Olindo Mare kick)
32 1997-12-14 @ MIN L, 13-14 1 22 rush Robert Smith 22 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
33 1997-12-21 NYJ L, 10-13 1 14 rush Adrian Murrell 14 yard rush (John Hall kick)