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1997 Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 4th place National Football Conference Central Division 9-7-0 .563
Head Coach: Dennis Green
Strength and ConditioningMark Asanovich
Tight EndsDave Atkins
Offensive CoordinatorBrian Billick
Defensive CoordinatorFoge Fazio
Assistant Strength and ConditioningJeff Friday
Running BacksCarl Hargrave
Coaching AssistantWade Harman
Defensive LineJohn Levra
Wide ReceiversChip Myers
Inside LinebackersTom Olivadotti
QuarterbacksRay Sherman
Defensive BacksRichard Solomon
Offensive LineMike Tice
Outside LinebackersTrent Walters
Strength and ConditioningSteve Wetzel
Special TeamsGary Zauner
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat7/26/1997NSeattle Seahawks28-26WCanton, OHFawcett Stadium23846
Sat8/2/1997HSt. Louis Rams24-6WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome36971
Fri8/8/1997ABuffalo Bills3-19LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium32559
Sat8/16/1997ACincinnati Bengals13-37LCincinnati, OHCinergy Field44316
Fri8/22/1997HSan Diego Chargers28-22WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome44300
Sun8/31/1997ABuffalo Bills34-13WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium79139
Sun9/7/1997AChicago Bears27-24WChicago, ILSoldier Field59263
Sun9/14/1997HTampa Bay Buccaneers14-28LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome63697
Sun9/21/1997AGreen Bay Packers32-38LGreen Bay, WILambeau Field60115
Sun9/28/1997HPhiladelphia Eagles28-19WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome55149
Sun10/5/1997AArizona Cardinals20-19WTempe, AZSun Devil Stadium45550
Sun10/12/1997HCarolina Panthers21-14WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome62625
Sun10/26/1997ATampa Bay Buccaneers10-6WTampa, FLHoulihan's Stadium66815
Sun11/2/1997HNew England Patriots23-18WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome62917
Sun11/9/1997HChicago Bears29-22WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome63443
Sun11/16/1997ADetroit Lions15-38LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome68910
Sun11/23/1997ANew York Jets21-23LEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium70131
Mon12/1/1997HGreen Bay Packers11-27LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome64001
Sun12/7/1997ASan Francisco 49ers17-28LSan Francisco, CA3Com Park55761
Sun12/14/1997HDetroit Lions13-14LMinneapolis, MNMetrodome60982
Sun12/21/1997HIndianapolis Colts39-28WMinneapolis, MNMetrodome54107
Sat12/27/1997ANew York Giants23-22WEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium77497NFC Wild Card Playoff
Sat1/3/1998ASan Francisco 49ers22-38LSan Francisco, CA3Com Park65018NFC Divisional Playoff
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
90Derrick AlexanderRDE6'428124Florida State1414
96Jerry BallDT6'131233Southern Methodist126
56Pete BercichLB6'124226Notre Dame160
17Mitch BergerP6'422425Tyler JC; Colorado140
84Tony BlandWR6'321325Florida A&M20
74Orlando BoboOG6'330623East Mississippi CC; Louisiana-Monroe50
50Jeff BradyMLB6'124129Kentucky1514
54Gregg BriggsLB6'321229Copiah-Lincoln CC; Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Texas Southern140
31Duane ButlerS6'120324Eastern Michigan; Illinois State30
80Cris CarterWR6'320932Ohio State1616
62Jeff ChristyC6'328428Pittsburgh1212
92Duane ClemonsDE6'527523California133
99Stalin ColinetDE6'628723Boston College102
7Randall CunninghamQB-P6'421134Nevada-Las Vegas63
69Leshun DanielsOG6'130423Ohio State10
5Greg DavisK6'020232The Citadel40
85Greg DeLongTE6'425224North Carolina163
76Scott DillOT-OG6'528431Memphis135
71David DixonROG6'535028Ricks JC; Arizona State1313
59Dixon EdwardsRLB6'123229Michigan State1616
29Chuck EvansFB6'124330Clark Atlanta1613
72Jason FiskLDT6'329625Stanford1610
27Corey FullerLCB5'1020926Florida State1616
55Ron GeorgeLB6'224527Air Force; Stanford160
82Andrew GloverTE6'625030Grambling State1311
87Hunter GoodwinTE6'527025Texas A&M-Kingsville; Texas A&M165
23Torrian GrayS6'020023Virginia Tech163
32Robert GreenRB5'821227William & Mary31
24Robert GriffithSS5'1119827San Diego State1616
19Matt HatchetteWR6'219723Mercyhurst; Langston160
44Leroy HoardRB5'1122529Michigan121
14Brad JohnsonQB6'522529Florida State1313
89Andrew JordanTE6'626325North Greenville JC; Western Carolina20
61Everett LindsayC-OG6'430327Mississippi163
58Ed McDanielLLB5'1123128Clemson1616
64Randall McDanielLOG6'327933Arizona State1616
58Mike MorrisC6'527536Truman State160
33Harold MorrowFB5'1122624Auburn160
3Eddie MurrayK5'1118841Tulane120
22David PalmerRB5'817225Alabama160
40Anthony PriorCB5'1119427Washington State120
92John RandleRDT6'128730Trinity Valley CC; Texas A&M-Kingsville1616
86Jake ReedWR6'321630Grambling State1616
57Dwayne RuddLB6'223721Alabama162
78Bob SappOG6'430324Washington10
95Fernando SmithLDE6'628326Jackson State1211
26Robert SmithHB6'221025Ohio State1414
73Todd SteussieLOT6'631127California1616
77Korey StringerROT6'434223Ohio State1515
83Robert TateWR5'1019124Cincinnati40
42Orlando ThomasFS6'121725Louisiana-Lafayette1513
81Chris WalshWR6'119829Stanford140
20DeWayne WashingtonRCB5'1119225North Carolina State1616
37Leonard WheelerCB6'019528Lees-McRae JC; Northwest Mississippi CC; Mississippi; Troy150
21Moe WilliamsRB6'120423Kentucky140
94Tony WilliamsDT6'129222Memphis62
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Dwayne Rudd120LBAlabama
Torrian Gray249DBVirginia Tech
Stalin Colinet378DEBoston College
Antonio Banks4113DBVirginia Tech
Tony Williams5151DTMemphis
Robert Tate6183WRCincinnati
Artie Ulmer7220LBValdosta State
Matt Hatchette7235WRLangston
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals659661132
Opponents Totals541467881
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals29:4629396177208822339.551145.597800
Opponents Totals30:14325104195268821241.591850.081668
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTX2X2AFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Cris Carter13003300084
Eddie Murray0232495.800121770.6059
Robert Smith7000100042
Jake Reed6000000036
Greg Davis01010100.00071070.0031
Leroy Hoard4000000024
Andrew Glover3000000018
Chuck Evans2001100014
David Palmer2000000012
Brad Johnson1002200010
Jeff Brady100000006
Orlando Thomas100000006
Chris Walsh100000006
Moe Williams100000006
Randall Cunningham000010000
Team Totals42333497.168192770.40354
Opponents Totals42363797.315233076.70359
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Greg Davis71070.00/04/52/21/30/0
Eddie Murray121770.60/07/71/34/60/1
Team Totals192770.40/011/123/55/90/1
Opponents Totals233076.71/114/144/83/41/3
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTDFDG20+G40+FUM
Robert Smith23212665.578t6451340
Leroy Hoard802352.920416100
Chuck Evans431573.71329000
Brad Johnson351394.028013101
Randall Cunningham191276.72805301
Moe Williams22592.7815000
David Palmer11363.31013001
Robert Green6223.7800003
Mitch Berger100.0000001
Team Totals44920414.578t14961844
Opponents Totals44219834.5601310416412
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPFDG20+G40+RTG
Brad Johnson45227560.816530366.711.056204.4122.726164287215036784.5
Randall Cunningham884450.0405015.711.43466.844.5760441276071.3
Team Totals54031959.120535376.611.156264.8163.033224331317742782.3
Opponents Totals54233662.019439577.311.876285.2122.244253370419551692.2
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTDFDG20+G40+FUM
Cris Carter89106912.04313541613
Jake Reed68113816.7566581650
Robert Smith371975.32019100
Andrew Glover3237811.843315510
David Palmer261937.42319101
Chuck Evans211527.217010000
Chris Walsh1111410.41919000
Leroy Hoard11847.63001100
Greg DeLong8759.42304101
Hunter Goodwin7618.71404000
Moe Williams4143.5700000
Matt Hatchette35418.03803100
Robert Green155.0500000
Brad Johnson133.03t11000
Team Totals319353711.156261774275
Opponents Totals336395711.876281955166
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
DeWayne Washington47117.8270
Robert Griffith22613.0210
Corey Fuller22412.0220
Orlando Thomas210.510
Ed McDaniel11818.0180
Jason Fisk111.010
Team Totals1214111.8270
Opponents Totals1616610.4660
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20OOBDNRYDSNYDSNET
Mitch Berger73313342.965052286545248834.1
Randall Cunningham827434.365003212125331.6
Team Totals81340742.1650525107566274133.8
Opponents Totals70293241.9570425444240834.4
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PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTDG20+G40+FUM
David Palmer341944413.1570710
Team Totals341944413.1570710
Opponents Totals491056611.666t1
KICKOFFSNOYDSAVGOBTBRETRETYTDOSAOSR
Mitch Berger32207464.80427616010
Greg Davis23144963.01120382010
Eddie Murray21125960.00120400000
Team Totals76478262.916671398020
Opponents Totals6514140
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTDG20+G40+FUM
David Palmer32071122.26201740
Moe Williams16038824.3740910
Robert Tate10019619.6360500
Harold Morrow509919.8420210
Ron George101010.0100000
Chris Walsh101010.0100000
Team Totals650141421.87403360
Opponents Totals670139820.9610
SACKSNOYDS
John Randle15.5
Duane Clemons7.0
Dwayne Rudd5.0
Derrick Alexander4.5
Fernando Smith4.0
Jason Fisk3.0
Leonard Wheeler2.0
Dixon Edwards1.5
Ed McDaniel1.5
Team Totals44.0253.0
Opponents Totals33.0224.0
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Derrick Alexander0010100
Jerry Ball0002200
Mitch Berger1000-90
Jeff Brady00033301
Gregg Briggs0001100
Cris Carter300000
Duane Clemons0001100
Randall Cunningham420200
Greg DeLong100000
Dixon Edwards0001100
Chuck Evans0010100
Jason Fisk0001100
Robert Green0010100
Brad Johnson430300
David Palmer200000
John Randle0002250
Fernando Smith0001160
Robert Smith0010100
Orlando Thomas1022261
Leonard Wheeler0001100
Team Totals16791524582
Opponents Totals3115136190
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