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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)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Brad Johnson 29 3 13 275 for 452, 3,036 yards, 20 td, 12 int, & 35 rushes for 139 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 227th pick / 1992
RB Robert Smith 25 4 14 232 rushes for 1,266 yards, 6 td, & 37 catches for 197 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 21st pick / 1993
FB Charles Evans 30 4 13 43 rushes for 157 yards, 2 td, & 21 catches for 152 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 295th pick / 1992
WR Cris Carter* 32 10 16 89 catches for 1,069 yards, 13 td Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 3rd pick / 1987 Supp
WR Jake Reed 30 6 16 68 catches for 1,138 yards, 6 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 68th pick / 1991
TE Andrew Glover 30 6 11 32 catches for 378 yards, 3 td Los Angeles Raiders / 10th / 274th pick / 1991
LT Todd Steussie* 27 3 16 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1994
LG Randall McDaniel* 33 9 16 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1988
C Jeff Christy 28 4 12 Phoenix Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1992
RG David Dixon 28 3 13 New England Patriots / 9th / 232nd pick / 1992
RT Korey Stringer 23 2 15 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 24th pick / 1995
 Defensive Starters
LDE Fernando Smith 26 3 11 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1994
LDT Jason Fisk 25 2 10 3.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 243rd pick / 1995
RDT John Randle*+ 30 7 16 15.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RDE Derrick Alexander 24 2 14 4.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 11th pick / 1995
LLB Ed McDaniel 28 5 16 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 125th pick / 1992
MLB Jeff Brady 29 6 14 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 323rd pick / 1991
RLB Dixon Edwards 29 6 16 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1991
LCB Corey Fuller 26 2 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1995
RCB Dewayne Washington 25 3 16 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 18th pick / 1994
SS Robert Griffith 27 3 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
FS Orlando Thomas 25 2 13 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1995
 Special Teams Starters
K Eddie Murray 41 17 0 12 of 17 field goals & 23 of 24 extra points Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
P Mitch Berger 25 3 0 73 punts for a 42.9 average, 0 blocked Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 193rd pick / 1994
PR David Palmer 25 3 0 34 punt returns for a 13.1 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 40th pick / 1994
KR David Palmer 25 3 0 32 kick returns for a 22.2 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 40th pick / 1994

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
90 Derrick Alexander 24 RDE 14 14 277 6-4 Florida St. 11/13/1973 2 5 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 11th pick / 1995
96 Jerry Ball 33 ldt 12 6 330 6-1 SMU 12/15/1964 10 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1987
56 Pete Bercich 26 16 0 240 6-1 Notre Dame 12/23/1971 2 1 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 211th pick / 1994
17 Mitch Berger 25 P 14 0 220 6-4 Colorado 6/24/1972 3 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 193rd pick / 1994
84 Tony Bland 25 2 0 213 6-3 Florida A&M 12/12/1972 Rook 0
74 Orlando Bobo 23 5 0 320 6-3 La-Monroe 2/9/1974 Rook 0
50 Jeff Brady 29 MLB 15 14 235 6-1 Kentucky 11/9/1968 6 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 323rd pick / 1991
43 Greg Briggs 29 14 0 214 6-3 Ark-Pine Bluff,Texas Southern 10/19/1968 2 1 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 120th pick / 1992
31 Duane Butler 24 3 0 211 6-1 East. Michigan,Illinois St. 11/29/1973 Rook 0
80 Cris Carter* 32 WR 16 16 202 6-3 Ohio St. 11/25/1965 10 11 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 3rd pick / 1987 Supp
62 Jeff Christy 28 C 12 12 284 6-3 Pittsburgh 2/3/1969 4 6 Phoenix Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1992
92 Duane Clemons 23 de 13 3 275 6-5 California 5/23/1974 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1996
99 Stalin Colinet 23 dt 10 2 281 6-6 Boston Col. 7/17/1974 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 78th pick / 1997
7 Randall Cunningham 34 qb 6 3 212 6-4 UNLV 3/27/1963 12 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 37th pick / 1985
69 LeShun Daniels 23 1 0 304 6-1 Ohio St. 5/30/1974 Rook 0
5 Greg Davis 32 4 0 202 6-0 The Citadel 10/29/1965 10 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 9th / 246th pick / 1987
85 Greg DeLong 24 te 16 3 250 6-4 North Carolina 4/3/1973 2 1
76 Scott Dill 31 rg 13 5 294 6-5 Memphis 4/5/1966 9 3 Phoenix Cardinals / 9th / 233rd pick / 1988
71 David Dixon 28 RG 13 13 343 6-5 Arizona St. 1/5/1969 3 6 New England Patriots / 9th / 232nd pick / 1992
59 Dixon Edwards 29 RLB 16 16 230 6-1 Michigan St. 3/25/1968 6 5 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1991
29 Charles Evans 30 FB 16 13 240 6-1 Clark (GA) 4/16/1967 4 3 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 295th pick / 1992
72 Jason Fisk 25 LDT 16 10 295 6-3 Stanford 9/4/1972 2 4 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 243rd pick / 1995
27 Corey Fuller 26 LCB 16 16 220 5-10 Florida St. 5/1/1971 2 5 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1995
55 Ron George 27 16 0 243 6-2 Air Force,Stanford 3/20/1970 4 1 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 121st pick / 1993
82 Andrew Glover 30 TE 13 11 250 6-6 Grambling St. 8/12/1967 6 4 Los Angeles Raiders / 10th / 274th pick / 1991
87 Hunter Goodwin 25 te 16 5 268 6-5 Texas A&M-Kingsville,Texas A&M 10/10/1972 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 97th pick / 1996
23 Torrian Gray 23 db 16 3 200 6-0 Virginia Tech 3/18/1974 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 49th pick / 1997
32 Robert Green 27 rb 3 1 212 5-8 William & Mary 9/10/1970 5 0
24 Robert Griffith 27 SS 16 16 197 5-11 San Diego St. 11/30/1970 3 5
89 Matthew Hatchette 23 16 0 200 6-3 Mercyhurst,Langston 5/1/1974 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 235th pick / 1997
44 Leroy Hoard 29 rb 12 1 225 5-11 Michigan 5/15/1968 7 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 45th pick / 1990
14 Brad Johnson 29 QB 13 13 226 6-5 Florida St. 9/13/1968 3 11 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 227th pick / 1992
89 Andrew Jordan 25 2 0 260 6-6 West. Carolina 6/21/1972 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 179th pick / 1994
61 Everett Lindsay 27 t 16 3 305 6-4 Mississippi 9/18/1970 4 3 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 133rd pick / 1993
58 Ed McDaniel 28 LLB 16 16 230 5-11 Clemson 2/23/1969 5 6 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 125th pick / 1992
64 Randall McDaniel* 33 LG 16 16 276 6-3 Arizona St. 12/19/1964 9 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1988
68 Mike Morris 36 16 0 276 6-5 Truman St. 2/22/1961 10 1
33 Harold Morrow 24 16 0 232 5-11 Auburn 2/24/1973 1 0
3 Eddie Murray 41 K 12 0 177 5-10 Tulane 8/29/1956 17 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
22 David Palmer 25 KR 16 0 173 5-8 Alabama 11/19/1972 3 2 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 40th pick / 1994
40 Anthony Prior 27 12 0 185 5-11 Washington St. 3/27/1970 4 1 New York Giants / 9th / 238th pick / 1992
93 John Randle*+ 30 RDT 16 16 290 6-1 Texas A&M-Kingsville 12/12/1967 7 13
86 Jake Reed 30 WR 16 16 216 6-3 Grambling St. 9/28/1967 6 11 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 68th pick / 1991
57 Dwayne Rudd 21 lb 16 2 235 6-2 Alabama 2/3/1976 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 20th pick / 1997
78 Bob Sapp 24 1 0 319 6-4 Washington 9/22/1973 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 69th pick / 1997
95 Fernando Smith 26 LDE 12 11 287 6-6 Jackson St. 8/2/1971 3 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1994
26 Robert Smith 25 RB 14 14 212 6-2 Ohio St. 3/4/1972 4 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 21st pick / 1993
73 Todd Steussie* 27 LT 16 16 320 6-6 California 12/1/1970 3 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1994
77 Korey Stringer 23 RT 15 15 350 6-4 Ohio St. 5/8/1974 2 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 24th pick / 1995
83 Robert Tate 24 4 0 188 5-10 Cincinnati 10/19/1973 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 183rd pick / 1997
42 Orlando Thomas 25 FS 15 13 222 6-1 La-Lafayette 10/21/1972 2 5 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1995
81 Chris Walsh 29 14 0 194 6-1 Stanford 12/12/1968 5 1 Buffalo Bills / 9th / 251st pick / 1992
20 Dewayne Washington 25 RCB 16 16 195 5-11 North Carolina St. 12/27/1972 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 18th pick / 1994
37 Leonard Wheeler 28 15 0 192 6-0 Mississippi,Troy 1/15/1969 5 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 84th pick / 1992
21 Moe Williams 23 14 0 205 6-1 Kentucky 7/26/1974 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 75th pick / 1996
94 Tony Williams 22 dt 6 2 296 6-2 Memphis 7/9/1975 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 151st pick / 1997
Team Total 27.0 16 245.2 6-2.1 3.8