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1997 Minnesota Vikings season


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Updated: 2017-04-03T07:28Z
1997 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachDennis Green
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record9–7
Division place4th NFC Central
Playoff finishWon NFC Wild Card Playoff (at Giants) 23–22
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (at 49ers) 22–38

The 1997 Minnesota Vikings season 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.

The season is notable for John Randle leading the league in sacks (15.5).

Before the season, the Vikings acquired Randall Cunningham after being out of football last season. This move reunited Cunningham with former Philadelphia teammate Cris Carter.

Offseason

1997 Draft

1997 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
RoundChoiceOverall
12020Dwayne RuddLinebackerAlabama
21949Torrian GraySafetyVirginia Tech
31878Stalin ColinetDefensive EndBoston College
417113Antonio BanksDefensive BackVirginia Tech
521151Tony WilliamsDefensive TackleMemphis
620183Robert TateWide ReceiverCincinnati
719220Artie UlmerLinebackerValdosta State
34235Matthew HatchetteWide ReceiverLangstonCompensatory pick

Regular season

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
1August 31, 1997at Buffalo BillsW 34–13Rich Stadium
79,139
2September 7, 1997at Chicago BearsW 27–24Soldier Field
59,263
3September 14, 1997Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 28–14Metrodome
63,697
4September 21, 1997at Green Bay PackersL 38–32Lambeau Field
60,115
5September 28, 1997Philadelphia EaglesW 28–19Metrodome
55,149
6October 5, 1997at Arizona CardinalsW 20–19Sun Devil Stadium
45,550
7October 12, 1997Carolina PanthersW 21–14Metrodome
62,625
8Bye
9October 26, 1997at Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 10–6Houlihan's Stadium
66,815
10November 2, 1997New England PatriotsW 23–18Metrodome
62,917
11November 9, 1997Chicago BearsW 29–22Metrodome
63,443
12November 16, 1997at Detroit LionsL 38–15Silverdome
68,910
13November 23, 1997at New York JetsL 23–21Giants Stadium
70,131
14December 1, 1997Green Bay PackersL 27–11Metrodome
64,001
15December 7, 1997at San Francisco 49ersL 28–173com Park
55,761
16December 14, 1997Detroit LionsL 14–13Metrodome
60,982
17December 21, 1997Indianapolis ColtsW 39–28Metrodome
54,107

Standings

NFC Central
WLTPCTPFPASTK
(2) Green Bay Packers1330.813422282W5
(4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers1060.625299263W1
(5) Detroit Lions970.563379306W2
(6) Minnesota Vikings970.563354359W1
Chicago Bears4120.250263421L1

Postseason

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
WildcardDecember 27, 1997at New York GiantsW 23–22Giants Stadium
77,497
DivisionJanuary 3, 1998at San Francisco 49ersL 38–223com Park
65,018

Statistics

Team leaders

CategoryPlayer(s)Value
Passing YardsBrad Johnson3,036
Passing TouchdownsBrad Johnson20
Rushing YardsRobert Smith1,266
Rushing TouchdownsRobert Smith6
Receiving YardsJake Reed1,138
Receiving TouchdownsCris Carter13
PointsCris Carter84
Kickoff Return YardsDavid Palmer711
Punt Return YardsDavid Palmer444
TacklesRobert Griffith114
SacksJohn Randle15.5
InterceptionsDewayne Washington4
Forced FumblesDerrick Alexander3

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 30)
Passing Offense3,313 Yards207.1 YPG14th
Rushing Offense2,041 Yards127.6 YPG6th
Total Offense5,354 Yards334.6 YPG8th
Passing Defense3,704 Yards231.5 YPG29th
Rushing Defense1,983 Yards123.9 YPG23rd
Total Defense5,687 Yards355.4 YPG29th

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

1997 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
52 Active, 9 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Awards and records

  • David Palmer, NFL Kickoff Return Leader

References

  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
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