1997 Minnesota Vikings season

1997 Minnesota Vikings season

1997 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Dennis Green
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 4th NFC Central
Playoff finish Won NFC Wild Card Playoff
Lost Divisional Round
Timeline
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1997 was the 37th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 78th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. Their record was good enough to qualify for a wild card berth. In the wild card round against the New York Giants, the Vikings came back from a 22-13 deficit with 90 seconds to play to defeat the Giants 23-22. It was their first playoff victory since 1988 and their first under head coach Dennis Green. In the Divisional round, the Vikings were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers, 38-22.

Offseason

1997 Draft

Main article: 1997 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 20 20 Dwayne Rudd Linebacker Alabama
2 19 49 Torrian Gray Safety Virginia Tech
3 18 78 Stalin Colinet Defensive End Boston College
4 17 113 Antonio Banks Defensive Back Virginia Tech
5 21 151 Tony Williams Defensive Tackle Memphis
6 20 183 Robert Tate Wide Receiver Cincinnati
7 19 220 Artie Ulmer Linebacker Valdosta State
34 235 Matt Harchette Wide Receiver Langston Compensatory pick

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 31, 1997 at Buffalo Bills W 34-13
79,139
2 September 7, 1997 at Chicago Bears W 27-24
59,263
3 September 14, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 28-14
63,697
4 September 21, 1997 at Green Bay Packers L 38-32
60,115
5 September 28, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles W 28-19
55,149
6 October 5, 1997 at Arizona Cardinals W 20-19
45,550
7 October 12, 1997 Carolina Panthers W 21-14
62,625
8 Bye
9 October 26, 1997 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 10-6
66,815
10 November 2, 1997 New England Patriots W 23-18
62,917
11 November 9, 1997 Chicago Bears W 29-22
63,443
12 November 16, 1997 at Detroit Lions L 38-15
68,910
13 November 23, 1997 at New York Jets L 23-21
70,131
14 December 1, 1997 Green Bay Packers L 27-11
64,001
15 December 7, 1997 at San Francisco 49ers L 28-17
55,761
16 December 14, 1997 Detroit Lions L 14-13
60,982
17 December 21, 1997 Indianapolis Colts W 39-28
54,107

Standings

NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Green Bay Packers 13 3 0 .813 422 282
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 0 .625 299 263
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 379 306
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 354 359
Chicago Bears 4 12 0 .250 263 421

Postseason

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 27, 1997 at New York Giants W 23-22
77,497
Division January 3, 1998 at San Francisco 49ers L 38-22
65,018

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Brad Johnson 3,036
Passing Touchdowns Brad Johnson 20
Rushing Yards Robert Smith 1,266
Rushing Touchdowns Robert Smith 6
Receiving Yards Jake Reed 1,138
Receiving Touchdowns Cris Carter 13
Points Cris Carter 84
Kickoff Return Yards David Palmer 711
Punt Return Yards David Palmer 444
Tackles Robert Griffith 114
Sacks John Randle 15.5
Interceptions Dewayne Washington 4
Forced Fumbles Derrick Alexander 3

League rankings

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 3,313 Yards 207.1 YPG 14th
Rushing Offense 2,041 Yards 127.6 YPG 6th
Total Offense 5,354 Yards 334.6 YPG 8th
Passing Defense 3,704 Yards 231.5 YPG 29th
Rushing Defense 1,983 Yards 123.9 YPG 23rd
Total Defense 5,687 Yards 355.4 YPG 29th

Personnel

Staff

1997 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office
  • Chairman of the Board – John Skoglund
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Roger Headrick

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Foge Fazio
  • Defensive Line – John Levra
  • Inside Linebackers – Tom Olivadotti
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jeff Friday

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Final roster

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Awards and records

  • David Palmer, NFL Kickoff Return Leader

References

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