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1997 Tennessee Oilers

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.7, Offense: -0.3, Defense: 1.9, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 333 points (20.8/g), 14th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 310 points (19.4/g), 12th.
 Differential of 23 points (1.4/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 8.7-7.3.

Coach: Jeff Fisher (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Les Steckel
 Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams
 Other Notable Asst.: Mike Munchak (Offensive Line)

Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Tennessee State (Nashville, Tennessee)

Team Info

Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO Bud Adams
General Manager/Executive VP Floyd Reese
Offensive Scheme Balanced
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 333 4919 993 5.0 26 13 22 288 220 420 2505 15 13 5.5 136 541 2414 17 4.5 130
Team Defense 310 5231 992 5.3 32 18 20 292 321 543 3658 21 14 6.3 193 414 1573 12 3.8 79
Lg Rank Offense 14 18 15 16 19 29 29 25 13 19 2 3 7 4
Lg Rank Defense 12 22 6 1 17 21 27 15 18 28 6 4 12 9

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 OT 1-0 Oakland Raiders 24 21 20 419 164 255 2 17 332 287 45 1
2 Sun September 7 boxscore L OT 1-1 @ Miami Dolphins 13 16 13 294 109 185 1 21 354 300 54 1
3 Bye Week
4 Sun September 21 boxscore L 1-2 Baltimore Ravens 10 36 18 285 188 97 5 21 398 309 89
5 Sun September 28 boxscore L 1-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 24 37 20 284 226 58 3 19 399 262 137 1
6 Sun October 5 boxscore L 1-4 @ Seattle Seahawks 13 16 18 253 97 156 2 20 405 238 167 2
7 Sun October 12 boxscore W 2-4 Cincinnati Bengals 30 7 26 391 193 198 14 202 137 65 1
8 Sun October 19 boxscore W 3-4 Washington Redskins 28 14 23 389 185 204 18 312 220 92 3
9 Sun October 26 boxscore W 4-4 @ Arizona Cardinals 41 14 15 283 135 148 22 263 157 106 7
10 Sun November 2 boxscore L 4-5 Jacksonville Jaguars 24 30 15 302 195 107 2 17 290 155 135 2
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 5-5 New York Giants 10 6 19 326 173 153 2 10 218 111 107 1
12 Sun November 16 boxscore L 5-6 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 9 17 17 320 184 136 2 21 352 249 103 2
13 Sun November 23 boxscore W 6-6 Buffalo Bills 31 14 21 322 159 163 1 12 290 286 4 2
14 Thu November 27 boxscore W 7-6 @ Dallas Cowboys 27 14 14 245 81 164 1 16 386 340 46 5
15 Thu December 4 boxscore L 7-7 @ Cincinnati Bengals 14 41 12 175 131 44 34 515 239 276
16 Sun December 14 boxscore L 7-8 @ Baltimore Ravens 19 21 23 390 200 190 4 11 246 192 54 1
17 Sun December 21 boxscore W 8-8 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 6 14 241 85 156 1 19 269 176 93 3

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
9 Steve McNair 24 QB 16 16 8-8-0 216 415 52.0% 2665 14 3.4 13 3.1 55 6.4 5.7 12.3 166.6 70.4 31 190 5.55 4.87 7.0 1 1
17 Dave Krieg 39 8 0 1 2 50.0% 2 0 0.0 0 0.0 2 1.0 1.0 2.0 0.3 56.2 0 0 1.00 1.00 0.0
16 James Ritchey 24 1 0 2 2 100.0% 15 0 0.0 0 0.0 11 7.5 7.5 7.5 15.0 97.9 1 9 2.00 2.00 33.3
84 Willie Davis 30 WR 16 15 1 1 100.0% 22 1 100.0 0 0.0 22 22.0 42.0 22.0 1.4 158.3 0 0 22.00 42.00 0.0
Team Total 26.6 16 8-8-0 220 420 52.4% 2704 15 3.6 13 3.1 55 6.4 5.8 12.3 169.0 71.6 32 199 5.54 4.91 7.1 1 1
Opp Total 16 321 543 59.1% 3898 21 3.9 14 2.6 7.2 6.79 12.1 243.6 83.4 35 240 6.3 6.0 6.1

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
27 Eddie George* 24 RB 16 16 357 1399 6 30 3.9 87.4 22.3 7 44 6.3 1 15 0.4 2.8 1443 7 4
9 Steve McNair 24 QB 16 16 101 674 8 47 6.7 42.1 6.3 674 8 16
20 Rodney Thomas 24 rb 16 1 67 310 3 25 4.6 19.4 4.2 14 111 7.9 0 22 0.9 6.9 421 3 1
33 Ronnie Harmon 33 11 0 8 30 0 14 3.8 2.7 0.7 16 189 11.8 0 27 1.5 17.2 219 0 0
17 Dave Krieg 39 8 0 4 -2 0 0 -0.5 -0.3 0.5 -2 0 0
81 Chris Sanders 25 WR 15 14 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.5 0.1 31 498 16.1 3 55 2.1 33.2 490 3 1
82 Derrick Mason 23 KR 16 2 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.4 0.1 14 186 13.3 0 38 0.9 11.6 179 0 5
16 James Ritchey 24 1 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6.0 1.0 6 0 0
7 Reggie Roby 36 P 16 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 0.8 0.1 12 0 0
89 Frank Wycheck 26 TE/te 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 63 748 11.9 4 42 3.9 46.8 748 4 0
84 Willie Davis 30 WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 43 564 13.1 4 46 2.7 35.3 564 4 0
80 Michael Roan 25 TE/te 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 159 13.3 0 26 0.9 11.4 159 0 0
85 Derek Russell 28 wr 11 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 141 11.8 1 23 1.1 12.8 141 1 0
86 Joey Kent 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 55 9.2 1 19 0.5 4.6 55 1 0
88 Roderick Lewis 26 te 10 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.7 7 0 0
64 Erik Norgard 32 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 1 2 0.1 0.1 2 1 0
Team Total 26.6 16 541 2414 17 47 4.5 150.9 33.8 220 2704 12.3 15 55 13.8 169.0 5118 32 31
Opp Total 16 414 1573 12 3.8 98.3 25.9 321 3658 11.4 21 20.1 228.6 5231 33 32

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
82 Derrick Mason 23 KR 16 2 13 95 0 29 7.3 26 551 0 54 21.2 825
21 Mel Gray 36 PR 11 0 17 144 0 30 8.5 8 185 0 33 23.1 329
20 Rodney Thomas 24 rb 16 1 17 346 0 33 20.4 767
22 Mike Archie 25 5 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 2 24 0 15 12.0 29
80 Michael Roan 25 TE/te 14 13 2 20 0 12 10.0 179
33 Ronnie Harmon 33 11 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 235
66 Jason Layman 24 14 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
31 Marcus Robertson 28 FS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
89 Frank Wycheck 26 TE/te 16 16 1 3 0 3 3.0 751
Team Total 26.6 16 32 244 0 30 7.6 58 1150 0 54 19.8 6512
Opp Total 16 36 430 0 11.9 71 1528 0 21.5

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
7 Reggie Roby 36 P 16 0 73 3049 59 0 41.8
3 Al Del Greco 35 K 16 0 2 2 6 6 11 10 14 7 2 2 35 27 77.1%% 32 32 100.0%% 1 32 32 0 32.0
Team Total 26.6 16 2 2 6 6 11 10 14 7 2 2 35 27 77.1%% 32 32 100.0%% 74 3081 59 0 41.6
Opp Total 16 30 22 73.3%% 34 34 100.0%% 69 3008 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
52 Barron Wortham 28 MLB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 61 36
23 Blaine Bishop* 27 SS 14 14 1.5 3 0 2 0 0 67 14
58 Joe Bowden 27 LLB 16 16 2.5 1 9 0 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 53 31
25 Denard Walker 24 LCB 15 11 2 53 1 39 0 56 12
29 Darryll Lewis 29 RCB 16 16 5 115 1 47 0 1 1 3 68 0 48 11
31 Marcus Robertson 28 FS 14 14 5 127 0 48 0 0 0 3 67 2 44 18
92 Henry Ford 26 RDT 16 16 5.0 0 0 2 13 0 38 12
56 Lonnie Marts 29 RLB 14 14 1.0 2 0 1 0 0 39 11
96 Gary Walker 24 LDT 15 15 7.0 1 0 0 0 0 31 13
24 Steve Jackson 28 lcb 12 5 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 34 7
99 Kenny Holmes 24 rde 16 5 7.0 1 0 1 0 0 28 5
78 Anthony Cook 25 LDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0 25 8
26 Rayna Stewart 24 ss 16 4 0.5 0 0 1 0 0 26 6
57 Lenoy Jones 23 16 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 22 5
90 James Roberson 26 RDE 15 11 2.0 0 0 1 0 0 16 9
98 Pratt Lyons 23 16 0 2.5 12 8
9 Steve McNair 24 QB 16 16 0 16 7 -2 0
32 Tomur Barnes 27 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 2
51 Lemanski Hall 27 lb 16 2 2.0 6 2
37 Rafael Robinson 28 3 0 7 1
30 Anthony Dorsett 24 16 0 5 3
28 George McCullough 22 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
38 Roger Jones 28 2 0 1 24 0 24 0 3 0
82 Derrick Mason 23 KR 16 2 0 5 0 0 0
27 Eddie George* 24 RB 16 16 0 4 0 0 0
91 Josh Evans 25 15 0 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Mark Stepnoski 30 C 16 16 0 2 1 -7 0
50 Terry Killens 23 16 0 1 0
74 Bruce Matthews* 36 LG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
22 Mike Archie 25 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 Mel Gray 36 PR 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Brad Hopkins 27 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
64 Erik Norgard 32 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Chris Sanders 25 WR 15 14 0 1 0 0 0
20 Rodney Thomas 24 rb 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
89 Frank Wycheck 26 TE/te 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.6 16 35.0 14 328 2 48 0 14 31 32 139 2 635 214
Opp Total 16 32 32 14

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 Al Del Greco 35 K 16 0 32 27 113
9 Steve McNair 24 QB 16 16 8 8 48
27 Eddie George* 24 RB 16 16 6 1 7 1 44
89 Frank Wycheck 26 TE/te 16 16 4 4 1 26
84 Willie Davis 30 WR 16 15 4 4 24
81 Chris Sanders 25 WR 15 14 3 3 18
20 Rodney Thomas 24 rb 16 1 3 3 18
31 Marcus Robertson 28 FS 14 14 2 2 12
86 Joey Kent 23 12 0 1 1 6
29 Darryll Lewis 29 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
64 Erik Norgard 32 16 0 1 1 6
85 Derek Russell 28 wr 11 2 1 1 6
25 Denard Walker 24 LCB 15 11 1 1 6
Team Total 26.6 16 17 15 2 2 36 2 32 27 333
Opp Total 16 12 21 2 34 22 310

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 OAK W, 24-21 1 48 pass Chris Sanders 48 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
2 1997-08-31 OAK W, 24-21 4 29 rush Eddie George 29 yard rush (Eddie George run)
3 1997-09-07 @ MIA L, 13-16 2 13 rush Eddie George 13 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
4 1997-09-21 BAL L, 10-36 1 36 pass Frank Wycheck 36 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
5 1997-09-28 @ PIT L, 24-37 4 10 pass Frank Wycheck 10 yard pass from Steve McNair (Frank Wycheck pass from Steve McNair)
6 1997-09-28 @ PIT L, 24-37 4 11 pass Willie Davis 11 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
7 1997-10-05 @ SEA L, 13-16 2 11 pass Eddie George 11 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
8 1997-10-12 CIN W, 30-7 1 9 pass Willie Davis 9 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
9 1997-10-12 CIN W, 30-7 2 39 pass Frank Wycheck 39 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
10 1997-10-12 CIN W, 30-7 4 10 pass Willie Davis 10 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
11 1997-10-19 WAS W, 28-14 2 2 rush Steve McNair 2 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
12 1997-10-19 WAS W, 28-14 2 3 rush Eddie George 3 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
13 1997-10-19 WAS W, 28-14 3 5 rush Rodney Thomas 5 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
14 1997-10-19 WAS W, 28-14 4 6 rush Eddie George 6 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
15 1997-10-26 @ ARI W, 41-14 2 39 interception Denard Walker 39 yard interception return (Al Del Greco kick)
16 1997-10-26 @ ARI W, 41-14 2 35 rush Steve McNair 35 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
17 1997-10-26 @ ARI W, 41-14 3 2 rush Steve McNair 2 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
18 1997-10-26 @ ARI W, 41-14 3 55 pass Chris Sanders 55 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
19 1997-10-26 @ ARI W, 41-14 4 20 pass Chris Sanders 20 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
20 1997-11-02 JAX L, 24-30 1 47 interception Darryll Lewis 47 yard interception return (Al Del Greco kick)
21 1997-11-02 JAX L, 24-30 3 3 rush Rodney Thomas 3 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
22 1997-11-02 JAX L, 24-30 4 5 rush Eddie George 5 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
23 1997-11-09 NYG W, 10-6 2 1 rush Eddie George 1 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
24 1997-11-16 @ JAX L, 9-17 4 22 pass Frank Wycheck 22 yard pass from Willie Davis (run failed)
25 1997-11-23 BUF W, 31-14 1 27 fumble Marcus Robertson 27 yard fumble return (Al Del Greco kick)
26 1997-11-23 BUF W, 31-14 1 1 rush Steve McNair 1 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
27 1997-11-23 BUF W, 31-14 2 3 rush Steve McNair 3 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
28 1997-11-23 BUF W, 31-14 4 2 pass Derek Russell 2 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
29 1997-11-27 @ DAL W, 27-14 1 2 pass Erik Norgard 2 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
30 1997-11-27 @ DAL W, 27-14 1 1 rush Steve McNair 1 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
31 1997-11-27 @ DAL W, 27-14 2 42 fumble Marcus Robertson 42 yard fumble return (Al Del Greco kick)
32 1997-12-04 @ CIN L, 14-41 4 5 pass Willie Davis 5 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
33 1997-12-04 @ CIN L, 14-41 4 11 pass Joey Kent 11 yard pass from Steve McNair (Al Del Greco kick)
34 1997-12-14 @ BAL L, 19-21 3 15 rush Steve McNair 15 yard rush (run failed)
35 1997-12-14 @ BAL L, 19-21 4 1 rush Steve McNair 1 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
36 1997-12-21 PIT W, 16-6 2 25 rush Rodney Thomas 25 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 OAK L, 21-24 3 59 pass Tim Brown 59 yard pass from Jeff George (Cole Ford kick)
2 1997-08-31 OAK L, 21-24 4 27 pass Tim Brown 27 yard pass from Jeff George (Cole Ford kick)
3 1997-08-31 OAK L, 21-24 4 16 pass Tim Brown 16 yard pass from Jeff George (Cole Ford kick)
4 1997-09-07 @ MIA W, 16-13 4 2 rush Irving Spikes 2 yard rush (Olindo Mare kick)
5 1997-09-21 BAL W, 36-10 2 25 pass Derrick Alexander 25 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
6 1997-09-21 BAL W, 36-10 2 5 pass Derrick Alexander 5 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
7 1997-09-21 BAL W, 36-10 4 16 pass Jermaine Lewis 16 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
8 1997-09-28 @ PIT W, 37-24 1 7 rush Kordell Stewart 7 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
9 1997-09-28 @ PIT W, 37-24 2 12 fumble Jason Gildon 12 yard fumble return (Norm Johnson kick)
10 1997-09-28 @ PIT W, 37-24 2 18 pass Mark Bruener 18 yard pass from Kordell Stewart (Norm Johnson kick)
11 1997-09-28 @ PIT W, 37-24 2 2 rush Kordell Stewart 2 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
12 1997-10-05 @ SEA W, 16-13 3 77 rush Steve Broussard 77 yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
13 1997-10-05 @ SEA W, 16-13 4 43 rush Steve Broussard 43 yard rush
14 1997-10-12 CIN L, 7-30 4 21 rush Corey Dillon 21 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
15 1997-10-19 WAS L, 14-28 3 13 pass Henry Ellard 13 yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Scott Blanton kick)
16 1997-10-19 WAS L, 14-28 3 10 pass Henry Ellard 10 yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Scott Blanton kick)
17 1997-10-26 @ ARI L, 14-41 3 12 pass Rob Moore 12 yard pass from Jake Plummer (Joe Nedney kick)
18 1997-10-26 @ ARI L, 14-41 4 2 pass Rob Moore 2 yard pass from Jake Plummer (Joe Nedney kick)
19 1997-11-02 JAX W, 30-24 1 32 fumble Chris Hudson 32 yard fumble return (Mike Hollis kick)
20 1997-11-02 JAX W, 30-24 1 6 pass Pete Mitchell 6 yard pass from Mark Brunell (Mike Hollis kick)
21 1997-11-02 JAX W, 30-24 2 6 rush Mark Brunell 6 yard rush (Mike Hollis kick)
22 1997-11-16 @ JAX W, 17-9 2 17 pass Keenan McCardell 17 yard pass from Mark Brunell (Mike Hollis kick)
23 1997-11-16 @ JAX W, 17-9 3 1 rush Natrone Means 1 yard rush (Mike Hollis kick)
24 1997-11-23 BUF L, 14-31 2 9 pass Quinn Early 9 yard pass from Todd Collins (Steve Christie kick)
25 1997-11-23 BUF L, 14-31 4 6 pass Quinn Early 6 yard pass from Todd Collins (Steve Christie kick)
26 1997-11-27 @ DAL L, 14-27 2 19 pass Michael Irvin 19 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
27 1997-11-27 @ DAL L, 14-27 3 37 pass Michael Irvin 37 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
28 1997-12-04 @ CIN W, 41-14 1 2 rush Corey Dillon 2 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
29 1997-12-04 @ CIN W, 41-14 1 1 pass Tony McGee 1 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Doug Pelfrey kick)
30 1997-12-04 @ CIN W, 41-14 2 31 rush Corey Dillon 31 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
31 1997-12-04 @ CIN W, 41-14 2 1 rush Corey Dillon 1 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
32 1997-12-04 @ CIN W, 41-14 3 2 rush Corey Dillon 2 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
33 1997-12-14 @ BAL W, 21-19 1 8 pass Michael Jackson 8 yard pass from Eric Zeier (Matt Stover kick)
34 1997-12-14 @ BAL W, 21-19 2 37 pass Eric Green 37 yard pass from Eric Zeier (Matt Stover kick)
35 1997-12-14 @ BAL W, 21-19 4 19 pass Derrick Alexander 19 yard pass from Eric Zeier (Matt Stover kick)