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1997 Minnesota Vikings

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9-7-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.1, Offense: 1.7, Defense: -1.8, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 354 points (22.1/g), 11th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 359 points (22.4/g), 19th.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.3/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 7.9-8.1.

Coach: Dennis Green (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Brian Billick
 Defensive Coordinator: Foge Fazio
 Other Notable Asst.: Mike Tice (Offensive Line)

Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Team Info

VP/de facto General Manager Jeff Diamond
CEO/Managing Partner Roger Headrick
Offensive Scheme West Coast
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 354 5354 1022 5.2 22 6 20 293 319 540 3313 26 16 5.8 177 449 2041 14 4.5 96
Team Defense 359 5687 1028 5.5 27 15 26 325 336 542 3704 28 12 6.3 195 442 1983 13 4.5 104
Lg Rank Offense 11 8 7 1 16 12 14 5 16 13 15 6 12 3
Lg Rank Defense 19 29 17 7 28 19 29 28 25 27 13 23 17 28

Team Games & Schedule

Week 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 @ Buffalo Bills 34 13 17 385 200 185 1 22 426 279 147 4
2 Sun September 7 boxscore W 2-0 @ Chicago Bears 27 24 23 378 261 117 1 16 305 158 147 2
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 2-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 28 20 382 310 72 2 17 376 185 191
4 Sun September 21 boxscore L 2-2 @ Green Bay Packers 32 38 22 393 208 185 2 24 350 257 93 3
5 Sun September 28 boxscore W 3-2 Philadelphia Eagles 28 19 17 365 221 144 1 25 372 272 100 3
6 Sun October 5 boxscore W 4-2 @ Arizona Cardinals 20 19 20 353 272 81 3 22 385 277 108 1
7 Sun October 12 boxscore W 5-2 Carolina Panthers 21 14 17 361 203 158 1 15 277 197 80 2
8 Bye Week
9 Sun October 26 boxscore W 6-2 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 16 308 214 94 11 229 177 52
10 Sun November 2 boxscore W 7-2 New England Patriots 23 18 18 288 222 66 21 410 293 117 1
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 8-2 Chicago Bears 29 22 19 302 193 109 2 20 341 251 90 2
12 Sun November 16 boxscore L 8-3 @ Detroit Lions 15 38 18 300 174 126 1 27 477 266 211
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 8-4 @ New York Jets 21 23 19 386 312 74 1 22 357 227 130 3
14 Mon December 1 boxscore L 8-5 Green Bay Packers 11 27 17 253 154 99 2 17 326 187 139
15 Sun December 7 boxscore L 8-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 28 20 298 161 137 2 24 368 270 98
16 Sun December 14 boxscore L 8-7 Detroit Lions 13 14 13 257 43 214 21 390 242 148 1
17 Sun December 21 boxscore W 9-7 Indianapolis Colts 39 28 17 345 165 180 3 21 298 166 132 5
Playoffs
WildCard Sat December 27 boxscore W 10-7 @ New York Giants 23 22 16 293 187 106 3 13 266 190 76 2
Division Sat January 3 boxscore L 10-8 @ San Francisco 49ers 22 38 16 378 321 57 1 31 394 219 175

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Brad Johnson 29 QB 13 13 8-5-0 275 452 60.8 3036 20 4.4 12 2.7 56 6.7 6.4 11.0 233.5 84.5 26 164 6.01 5.72 5.4 3 4
7 Randall Cunningham 34 qb 6 3 1-2-0 44 88 50.0 501 6 6.8 4 4.5 34 5.7 5.0 11.4 83.5 71.3 7 60 4.64 4.01 7.4 1 1
Team Total 27.0 16 9-7-0 319 540 59.1 3537 26 4.8 16 3.0 56 6.6 6.2 11.1 221.1 82.3 33 224 5.78 5.43 5.8 4 5
Opp Total 16 336 542 62.0 3957 28 5.2 12 2.2 7.3 7.34 11.8 247.3 92.2 44 253 6.3 6.4 7.5

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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
26 Robert Smith 25 RB 14 14 232 1266 6 78 5.5 90.4 16.6 37 197 5.3 1 20 2.6 14.1 1463 7 0
44 Leroy Hoard 29 rb 12 1 80 235 4 20 2.9 19.6 6.7 11 84 7.6 0 30 0.9 7.0 319 4 0
29 Charles Evans 30 FB 16 13 43 157 2 13 3.7 9.8 2.7 21 152 7.2 0 17 1.3 9.5 309 2 0
14 Brad Johnson 29 QB 13 13 35 139 0 28 4.0 10.7 2.7 1 3 3.0 1 3 0.1 0.2 142 1 4
21 Moe Williams 23 14 0 22 59 1 8 2.7 4.2 1.6 4 14 3.5 0 7 0.3 1.0 73 1 0
7 Randall Cunningham 34 qb 6 3 19 127 0 28 6.7 21.2 3.2 127 0 4
22 David Palmer 25 KR/PR 16 0 11 36 1 10 3.3 2.3 0.7 26 193 7.4 1 23 1.6 12.1 229 2 2
32 Robert Green 27 rb 3 1 6 22 0 8 3.7 7.3 2.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.3 1.7 27 0 0
17 Mitch Berger 25 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
80 Cris Carter* 32 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 89 1069 12.0 13 43 5.6 66.8 1069 13 3
86 Jake Reed 30 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 68 1138 16.7 6 56 4.3 71.1 1138 6 0
82 Andrew Glover 30 TE 13 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 378 11.8 3 43 2.5 29.1 378 3 0
81 Chris Walsh 29 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 114 10.4 1 19 0.8 8.1 114 1 0
85 Greg DeLong 24 te 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 75 9.4 0 23 0.5 4.7 75 0 1
87 Hunter Goodwin 25 te 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 61 8.7 0 14 0.4 3.8 61 0 0
89 Matthew Hatchette 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 54 18.0 0 38 0.2 3.4 54 0 0
Team Total 27.0 16 449 2041 14 78 4.5 127.6 28.1 319 3537 11.1 26 56 19.9 221.1 5578 40 16
Opp Total 16 442 1983 13 4.5 123.9 27.6 336 3704 11.0 28 21.0 231.5 5687 41 31

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 David Palmer 25 KR/PR 16 0 34 444 0 57 13.1 32 711 0 62 22.2 1384
21 Moe Williams 23 14 0 16 388 0 74 24.3 461
83 Robert Tate 24 4 0 10 196 0 36 19.6 196
33 Harold Morrow 24 16 0 5 99 0 42 19.8 99
55 Ron George 27 16 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
81 Chris Walsh 29 14 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 124
Team Total 27.0 16 34 444 0 57 13.1 65 1414 0 74 21.8 7436
Opp Total 16 49 566 1 11.6 67 1398 0 20.9

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
17 Mitch Berger 25 P 14 0 73 3133 65 0 42.9
3 Eddie Murray 41 K 12 0 7 7 3 1 6 4 1 17 12 70.6% 24 23 95.8%
5 Greg Davis 32 k 4 0 5 4 2 2 3 1 10 7 70.0% 10 10 100.0%
7 Randall Cunningham 34 qb 6 3 8 274 65 0 34.3
Team Total 27.0 16 12 11 5 3 9 5 1 27 19 70.4% 34 33 97.1% 81 3407 65 0 42.1
Opp Total 16 30 23 76.7% 37 36 97.3% 70 2933 41.9

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
24 Robert Griffith 27 SS 16 16 2 26 0 21 0 1 0 0 0 0 90 25
27 Corey Fuller 26 LCB 16 16 2 24 0 22 0 2 0 0 0 0 82 9
20 Dewayne Washington 25 RCB 16 16 4 71 0 27 0 74 10
58 Ed McDaniel 28 LLB 16 16 1.5 1 18 0 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 65 25
50 Jeff Brady 29 MLB 15 14 2 0 3 30 1 62 16
42 Orlando Thomas 25 FS 15 13 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 26 1 57 13
93 John Randle*+ 30 RDT 16 16 15.5 2 0 2 5 0 47 11
90 Derrick Alexander 24 RDE 14 14 4.5 3 0 1 0 0 35 16
59 Dixon Edwards 29 RLB 16 16 1.5 2 0 1 0 0 34 16
57 Dwayne Rudd 21 lb 16 2 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 31 15
95 Fernando Smith 26 LDE 12 11 4.0 1 0 1 6 0 23 18
92 Duane Clemons 23 de 13 3 7.0 2 0 1 0 0 23 1
72 Jason Fisk 25 LDT 16 10 3.0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 20 8
37 Leonard Wheeler 28 15 0 2.0 0 0 1 0 0 23 4
96 Jerry Ball 33 ldt 12 6 0 0 2 0 0 17 13
23 Torrian Gray 23 db 16 3 16 7
99 Stalin Colinet 23 dt 10 2 14 4
55 Ron George 27 16 0 12 1
94 Tony Williams 22 dt 6 2 9 3
56 Pete Bercich 26 16 0 7 2
14 Brad Johnson 29 QB 13 13 0 4 3 0 0
7 Randall Cunningham 34 qb 6 3 0 4 2 0 0
80 Cris Carter* 32 WR 16 16 0 3 0 0 0
22 David Palmer 25 KR/PR 16 0 0 2 0 0 0
17 Mitch Berger 25 P 14 0 0 1 0 -9 0
43 Greg Briggs 29 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Greg DeLong 24 te 16 3 0 1 0 0 0
29 Charles Evans 30 FB 16 13 0 0 1 0 0
32 Robert Green 27 rb 3 1 0 0 1 0 0
26 Robert Smith 25 RB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.0 16 44.0 12 141 0 27 0 20 16 24 58 2 741 217
Opp Total 16 33 31 16

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
80 Cris Carter* 32 WR 16 16 13 13 3 84
3 Eddie Murray 41 K 12 0 23 12 59
26 Robert Smith 25 RB 14 14 6 1 7 42
86 Jake Reed 30 WR 16 16 6 6 36
5 Greg Davis 32 k 4 0 10 7 31
44 Leroy Hoard 29 rb 12 1 4 4 24
82 Andrew Glover 30 TE 13 11 3 3 18
29 Charles Evans 30 FB 16 13 2 2 1 14
22 David Palmer 25 KR/PR 16 0 1 1 2 12
14 Brad Johnson 29 QB 13 13 1 1 2 10
50 Jeff Brady 29 MLB 15 14 1 1 6
42 Orlando Thomas 25 FS 15 13 1 1 6
81 Chris Walsh 29 14 0 1 1 6
21 Moe Williams 23 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.0 16 14 26 2 42 6 33 19 354
Opp Total 16 13 28 1 1 36 23 359