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1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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10-6-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.7, Offense: -2.4, Defense: 5.1, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 299 points (18.7/g), 23rd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 263 points (16.4/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 36 points (2.2/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 9.2-6.8.

Coach: Tony Dungy (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula
 Defensive Coordinator: Monte Kiffin
 Other Notable Asst.: Rod Marinelli (Defensive Line) and Lovie Smith (Linebackers)

Stadium: Houlihan's Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Tampa (Tampa, Florida)

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Malcolm Glazer
General Manager Rich McKay
Offensive Scheme Erhardt-Perkins
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 299 4376 915 4.8 23 11 27 249 224 404 2442 21 12 5.6 134 479 1934 15 4.0 88
Team Defense 263 4628 982 4.7 26 13 14 265 325 518 3011 13 13 5.4 155 420 1617 10 3.9 96
Lg Rank Offense 23 29 11 9 29 30 30 12 9 18 8 11 9 13
Lg Rank Defense 2 3 19 13 3 14 10 3 21 8 7 6 6 13

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 San Francisco 49ers 13 6 15 271 156 115 2 12 191 91 100 1
2 Sun September 7 boxscore W 2-0 @ Detroit Lions 24 17 20 272 99 173 13 346 322 24 1
3 Sun September 14 boxscore W 3-0 @ Minnesota Vikings 28 14 17 376 185 191 20 382 310 72 2
4 Sun September 21 boxscore W 4-0 Miami Dolphins 31 21 24 357 248 109 1 21 283 235 48
5 Sun September 28 boxscore W 5-0 Arizona Cardinals 19 18 6 167 113 54 1 23 364 294 70 3
6 Sun October 5 boxscore L 5-1 @ Green Bay Packers 16 21 23 372 155 217 2 13 234 170 64 1
7 Sun October 12 boxscore L 5-2 Detroit Lions 9 27 13 289 217 72 2 17 447 188 259 1
8 Bye Week
9 Sun October 26 boxscore L 5-3 Minnesota Vikings 6 10 11 229 177 52 16 308 214 94
10 Sun November 2 boxscore W 6-3 @ Indianapolis Colts 31 28 18 234 150 84 1 23 359 212 147 3
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 7-3 @ Atlanta Falcons 31 10 20 349 150 199 18 275 173 102 2
12 Sun November 16 boxscore W 8-3 New England Patriots 27 7 21 348 202 146 2 10 168 93 75 3
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 8-4 @ Chicago Bears 7 13 14 272 237 35 3 17 279 110 169
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W 9-4 @ New York Giants 20 8 21 299 152 147 3 13 202 103 99 2
15 Sun December 7 boxscore L 9-5 Green Bay Packers 6 17 8 161 94 67 2 20 362 280 82 3
16 Sun December 14 boxscore L 9-6 @ New York Jets 0 31 6 111 21 90 3 14 234 112 122 1
17 Sun December 21 boxscore W 10-6 Chicago Bears 31 15 12 269 86 183 1 15 194 104 90 3
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 28 boxscore W 11-6 Detroit Lions 20 10 15 316 175 141 2 18 307 198 109 1
Division Sun January 4 boxscore L 11-7 @ Green Bay Packers 7 21 15 263 173 90 2 16 289 171 118 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
12 Trent Dilfer* 25 QB 16 16 10-6-0 217 386 56.2% 2555 21 5.4 11 2.8 59 6.6 6.4 11.8 159.7 82.8 32 196 5.64 5.46 7.7 3 3
4 Steve Walsh 31 12 0 6 17 35.3% 58 0 0.0 1 5.9 38 3.4 0.8 9.7 4.8 21.2 0 0 3.41 0.76 0.0
6 Tommy Barnhardt 34 p 6 0 1 1 100.0% 25 0 0.0 0 0.0 25 25.0 25.0 25.0 4.2 118.7 0 0 25.00 25.00 0.0
Team Total 26.1 16 10-6-0 224 404 55.4% 2638 21 5.2 12 3.0 59 6.5 6.2 11.8 164.9 80.4 32 196 5.60 5.33 7.3 3 3
Opp Total 16 325 518 62.7% 3342 13 2.5 13 2.5 6.5 5.82 10.3 208.9 79.2 44 331 5.4 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
28 Warrick Dunn* 22 RB 16 10 224 978 4 76 4.4 61.1 14.0 39 462 11.8 3 59 2.4 28.9 1440 7 4
40 Mike Alstott*+ 24 FB 15 15 176 665 7 47 3.8 44.3 11.7 23 178 7.7 3 26 1.5 11.9 843 10 5
12 Trent Dilfer* 25 QB 16 16 33 99 1 17 3.0 6.2 2.1 99 1 9
32 Errict Rhett 27 11 0 31 96 3 21 3.1 8.7 2.8 96 3 0
4 Steve Walsh 31 12 0 6 -4 0 0 -0.7 -0.3 0.5 -4 0 1
85 Reidel Anthony 21 KR/WR 16 13 5 84 0 26 16.8 5.3 0.3 35 448 12.8 4 38 2.2 28.0 532 4 0
37 Jerry Ellison 26 16 0 2 10 0 5 5.0 0.6 0.1 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.5 18 0 0
86 Karl Williams 26 PR/wr 16 7 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.3 0.1 33 486 14.7 4 55 2.1 30.4 491 4 5
82 Patrick Hape 23 te 14 3 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 4 22 5.5 1 13 0.3 1.6 23 1 1
88 Horace Copeland 26 WR 13 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 431 13.1 1 49 2.5 33.2 431 1 3
80 Jackie Harris 29 TE 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 197 10.4 1 39 1.6 16.4 197 1 0
83 Dave Moore 28 te 16 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 217 11.4 4 28 1.2 13.6 217 4 0
84 Robb Thomas 31 wr 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 129 9.9 0 21 0.8 8.1 129 0 0
87 John Davis 24 te 8 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 35 11.7 0 16 0.4 4.4 35 0 0
23 Tony Bouie 25 db 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 25 25.0 0 25 0.1 1.6 25 0 0
48 Andrew Jordan 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.5 0.0 0 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 479 1934 15 76 4.0 120.9 29.9 224 2638 11.8 21 59 14.0 164.9 4572 36 31
Opp Total 16 420 1617 10 3.9 101.1 26.3 325 3011 9.3 13 20.3 188.2 4628 23 21

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
86 Karl Williams 26 PR/wr 16 7 46 597 1 63 13.0 15 277 0 28 18.5 1365
85 Reidel Anthony 21 KR/WR 16 13 25 592 0 51 23.7 1124
28 Warrick Dunn* 22 RB 16 10 5 48 0 25 9.6 6 129 0 30 21.5 1617
37 Jerry Ellison 26 16 0 2 61 0 49 30.5 79
40 Mike Alstott*+ 24 FB 15 15 1 0 0 0 0.0 843
32 Errict Rhett 27 11 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 112
94 Steve White 24 de 15 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 51 645 1 63 12.6 51 1075 0 51 21.1 6292
Opp Total 16 42 388 0 9.2 44 957 1 21.8

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
7 Sean Landeta 35 P 10 0 54 2274 74 1 42.1
5 Michael Husted 27 K 16 0 5 5 3 2 6 5 3 1 17 13 76.5%% 35 32 91.4%%
6 Tommy Barnhardt 34 p 6 0 29 1304 61 0 45.0
Team Total 26.1 16 5 5 3 2 6 5 3 1 17 13 76.5%% 35 32 91.4%% 83 3578 74 1 43.1
Opp Total 16 29 18 62.1%% 25 25 100.0%% 88 3661 41.6

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
56 Hardy Nickerson*+ 32 MLB 16 16 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 105 42
55 Derrick Brooks* 24 RLB 16 16 1.5 2 13 0 13 0 1 1 1 0 0 102 43
47 John Lynch* 26 SS 16 16 2 28 0 28 0 1 0 2 0 0 75 34
27 Anthony Parker 31 RCB 15 14 1.0 1 5 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 57 23
99 Warren Sapp* 25 RDT 15 15 10.5 3 0 1 23 0 47 11
77 Brad Culpepper 28 LDT 16 16 8.5 43 16
21 Donnie Abraham 24 LCB 16 16 5 16 0 16 0 0 0 1 2 0 44 10
72 Chidi Ahanotu 27 LDE 16 15 10.0 0 0 2 0 0 38 10
25 Melvin Johnson 25 fs 16 7 1 19 0 19 0 41 10
22 Charles Mincy 28 FS 16 9 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 34 10
91 Regan Upshaw 22 RDE 15 15 7.5 1 0 1 0 0 23 5
45 Tyrone Legette 27 db 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 27 4
59 Rufus Porter 32 LLB 11 10 0.5 26 6
50 Jeff Gooch 23 llb 14 5 1 0 0 0 0 18 8
31 Floyd Young 22 db 12 1 15 2
97 Tyoka Jackson 26 12 0 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 5 2
26 Reggie Rusk 25 4 0 7 0
94 Steve White 24 de 15 1 6 2
12 Trent Dilfer* 25 QB 16 16 0 9 3 -22 0
23 Tony Bouie 25 db 16 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 0
20 Ronde Barber 22 1 0 4 0
28 Warrick Dunn* 22 RB 16 10 0 4 4 0 0
53 Shelton Quarles 26 16 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3
78 Marcus Jones 24 de 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1
90 Jason Maniecki 25 10 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
86 Karl Williams 26 PR/wr 16 7 0 5 1 0 0
40 Mike Alstott*+ 24 FB 15 15 0 5 0 0 0
88 Horace Copeland 26 WR 13 11 0 3 0 0 0
4 Steve Walsh 31 12 0 0 1 2 0 0
52 Greg Bellisari 22 14 0 1 0
75 Eric Curry 27 de 6 1 1 0
64 Jorge Diaz 24 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
37 Jerry Ellison 26 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Paul Gruber 32 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
82 Patrick Hape 23 te 14 3 0 1 0 0 0
60 Jim Pyne 26 LG 15 14 0 1 0 -5 0
71 Jerry Wunsch 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 44.0 13 95 0 28 0 11 31 30 -2 0 729 242
Opp Total 16 32 21 8 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
5 Michael Husted 27 K 16 0 32 13 71
40 Mike Alstott*+ 24 FB 15 15 7 3 10 60
28 Warrick Dunn* 22 RB 16 10 4 3 7 42
86 Karl Williams 26 PR/wr 16 7 4 1 5 30
85 Reidel Anthony 21 KR/WR 16 13 4 4 24
83 Dave Moore 28 te 16 7 4 4 24
32 Errict Rhett 27 11 0 3 3 18
88 Horace Copeland 26 WR 13 11 1 1 6
12 Trent Dilfer* 25 QB 16 16 1 1 6
82 Patrick Hape 23 te 14 3 1 1 6
80 Jackie Harris 29 TE 12 11 1 1 6
51 Alshermond Singleton 22 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.1 16 15 21 1 1 38 32 13 299
Opp Total 16 10 13 1 1 4 4 25 18 1 263

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 SFO W, 13-6 4 1 pass Dave Moore 1 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
2 1997-09-07 @ DET W, 24-17 1 1 pass Patrick Hape 1 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
3 1997-09-07 @ DET W, 24-17 2 6 rush Warrick Dunn 6 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
4 1997-09-07 @ DET W, 24-17 4 1 rush Mike Alstott 1 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
5 1997-09-14 @ MIN W, 28-14 2 5 pass Jackie Harris 5 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
6 1997-09-14 @ MIN W, 28-14 2 1 rush Mike Alstott 1 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
7 1997-09-14 @ MIN W, 28-14 3 27 pass Horace Copeland 27 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
8 1997-09-14 @ MIN W, 28-14 4 52 rush Warrick Dunn 52 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
9 1997-09-21 MIA W, 31-21 1 3 pass Mike Alstott 3 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
10 1997-09-21 MIA W, 31-21 2 1 pass Mike Alstott 1 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
11 1997-09-21 MIA W, 31-21 3 38 pass Reidel Anthony 38 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
12 1997-09-21 MIA W, 31-21 4 58 pass Warrick Dunn 58 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
13 1997-09-28 ARI W, 19-18 1 28 blocked punt Alshermond Singleton 28 yard blocked punt return
14 1997-09-28 ARI W, 19-18 2 8 pass Reidel Anthony 8 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (run failed)
15 1997-09-28 ARI W, 19-18 4 31 pass Karl Williams 31 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
16 1997-10-05 @ GNB L, 16-21 3 1 rush Mike Alstott 1 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
17 1997-10-05 @ GNB L, 16-21 4 2 rush Warrick Dunn 2 yard rush (pass failed)
18 1997-10-12 DET L, 9-27 1 59 pass Warrick Dunn 59 yard pass from Trent Dilfer
19 1997-10-26 MIN L, 6-10 4 2 pass Reidel Anthony 2 yard pass from Trent Dilfer
20 1997-11-02 @ IND W, 31-28 1 1 rush Mike Alstott 1 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
21 1997-11-02 @ IND W, 31-28 2 3 pass Dave Moore 3 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
22 1997-11-02 @ IND W, 31-28 2 6 pass Karl Williams 6 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
23 1997-11-02 @ IND W, 31-28 4 24 pass Karl Williams 24 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
24 1997-11-09 @ ATL W, 31-10 1 47 rush Mike Alstott 47 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
25 1997-11-09 @ ATL W, 31-10 2 24 pass Warrick Dunn 24 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
26 1997-11-09 @ ATL W, 31-10 3 14 pass Dave Moore 14 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
27 1997-11-09 @ ATL W, 31-10 4 30 rush Warrick Dunn 30 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
28 1997-11-16 NWE W, 27-7 1 1 rush Errict Rhett 1 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
29 1997-11-16 NWE W, 27-7 3 7 pass Dave Moore 7 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
30 1997-11-16 NWE W, 27-7 4 1 rush Mike Alstott 1 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
31 1997-11-23 @ CHI L, 7-13 3 12 pass Reidel Anthony 12 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
32 1997-11-30 @ NYG W, 20-8 2 1 pass Mike Alstott 1 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
33 1997-11-30 @ NYG W, 20-8 3 9 rush Mike Alstott 9 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
34 1997-11-30 @ NYG W, 20-8 4 1 rush Errict Rhett 1 yard rush (pass failed)
35 1997-12-21 CHI W, 31-15 1 7 rush Trent Dilfer 7 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
36 1997-12-21 CHI W, 31-15 1 61 punt Karl Williams 61 yard punt return (Michael Husted kick)
37 1997-12-21 CHI W, 31-15 2 7 pass Karl Williams 7 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
38 1997-12-21 CHI W, 31-15 3 5 rush Errict Rhett 5 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-09-07 @ DET L, 17-24 3 73 pass Johnnie Morton 73 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
2 1997-09-07 @ DET L, 17-24 4 66 pass Barry Sanders 66 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
3 1997-09-14 @ MIN L, 14-28 4 30 pass Cris Carter 30 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Brad Johnson run)
4 1997-09-21 MIA L, 21-31 2 10 pass O.J. McDuffie 10 yard pass from Dan Marino (Olindo Mare kick)
5 1997-09-21 MIA L, 21-31 4 1 rush Karim Abdul-Jabbar 1 yard rush (Olindo Mare kick)
6 1997-09-21 MIA L, 21-31 4 1 pass Fred Barnett 1 yard pass from Dan Marino (Olindo Mare kick)
7 1997-09-28 ARI L, 18-19 2 21 pass Rob Moore 21 yard pass from Kent Graham (Kevin Butler kick)
8 1997-09-28 ARI L, 18-19 3 42 interception Aeneas Williams 42 yard interception return (Frank Sanders pass from Kent Graham)
9 1997-10-05 @ GNB W, 21-16 2 31 pass Antonio Freeman 31 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
10 1997-10-05 @ GNB W, 21-16 2 77 interception Gabe Wilkins 77 yard interception return (Ryan Longwell kick)
11 1997-10-05 @ GNB W, 21-16 2 6 pass Antonio Freeman 6 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
12 1997-10-12 DET W, 27-9 1 80 rush Barry Sanders 80 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
13 1997-10-12 DET W, 27-9 3 82 rush Barry Sanders 82 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
14 1997-10-12 DET W, 27-9 4 7 pass Barry Sanders 7 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
15 1997-10-26 MIN W, 10-6 3 1 rush Charles Evans 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
16 1997-11-02 @ IND L, 28-31 2 4 rush Marshall Faulk 4 yard rush (Cary Blanchard kick)
17 1997-11-02 @ IND L, 28-31 3 1 rush Lamont Warren 1 yard rush (Marcus Pollard pass from Kelly Holcomb)
18 1997-11-02 @ IND L, 28-31 4 18 fumble Robert Blackmon 18 yard fumble return (Cary Blanchard kick)
19 1997-11-09 @ ATL L, 10-31 2 30 pass Bert Emanuel 30 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Morten Andersen kick)
20 1997-11-16 NWE L, 7-27 4 6 pass Lovett Purnell 6 yard pass from Scott Zolak (Adam Vinatieri kick)
21 1997-11-23 @ CHI W, 13-7 1 2 rush Raymont Harris 2 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
22 1997-12-07 GNB W, 17-6 1 43 pass Robert Brooks 43 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
23 1997-12-07 GNB W, 17-6 3 8 pass Dorsey Levens 8 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
24 1997-12-14 @ NYJ W, 31-0 2 45 interception Otis Smith 45 yard interception return (John Hall kick)
25 1997-12-14 @ NYJ W, 31-0 2 51 interception Otis Smith 51 yard interception return (John Hall kick)
26 1997-12-14 @ NYJ W, 31-0 3 101 kickoff Leon Johnson 101 yard kickoff return (John Hall kick)
27 1997-12-14 @ NYJ W, 31-0 3 7 rush Adrian Murrell 7 yard rush (John Hall kick)
28 1997-12-21 CHI L, 15-31 2 3 rush Darnell Autry 3 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
29 1997-12-21 CHI L, 15-31 4 1 rush Rick Mirer 1 yard rush (Rick Mirer run)