1997 Dallas Cowboys Season
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1997 Dallas Cowboys Season
1997 Dallas Cowboys season
OwnerJerry Jones
Head coachBarry Switzer
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record6-10
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersNone

The 1997 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League and was the fourth year under head coach Barry Switzer. The team failed to improve on their 10-6 record from 1996, suffered a losing season, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990. A series of countless off-the-field incidents, lack of discipline, and rumors of infighting between quarterback Troy Aikman and head coach Barry Switzer plagued the team throughout the year.

Offseason

NFL draft

1997 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 22 David LaFleur  Tight end LSU
3 65 Dexter Coakley *  Linebacker Appalachian State
3 83 Steve Scifres  Guard Wyoming
3 94 Kenny Wheaton  Cornerback Oregon
4 101 Antonio Anderson  Defensive tackle Syracuse
4 127 Macey Brooks  Wide Receiver James Madison
4 129 Nicky Sualua  Running back Ohio State
6 187 Lee Vaughn  Cornerback Boston College
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster

Regular season

Though the season began well with an impressive win against the Pittsburgh Steelers and a 3-1 start, the Cowboys would soon see a sharp decline that included five consecutive losses to close out the year. A series of countless off-the-field incidents, lack of discipline, and rumors of infighting between quarterback Troy Aikman and head coach Barry Switzer plagued the team throughout the year. In a season filled with injuries and controversy, which also saw a tearful Michael Irvin promising change following a tough loss to the New York Giants in the final regular season game, Switzer would later resign after the season. Notable additions to the team were linebacker Dexter Coakley.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 31 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 37-7 1-0 Three Rivers Stadium Recap
2 September 7 at Arizona Cardinals L 22-25 (OT) 1-1 Sun Devil Stadium Recap
3 September 15 Philadelphia Eagles W 21-20 2-1 Texas Stadium Recap
4 Bye
5 September 28 Chicago Bears W 27-3 3-1 Texas Stadium Recap
6 October 5 at New York Giants L 17-20 3-2 Giants Stadium Recap
7 October 13 at Washington Redskins L 16-21 3-3 Jack Kent Cooke Stadium Recap
8 October 19 Jacksonville Jaguars W 26-22 4-3 Texas Stadium Recap
9 October 26 at Philadelphia Eagles L 12-13 4-4 Veterans Stadium Recap
10 November 2 at San Francisco 49ers L 10-17 4-5 Candlestick Park Recap
11 November 9 Arizona Cardinals W 24-6 5-5 Texas Stadium Recap
12 November 16 Washington Redskins W 17-14 6-5 Texas Stadium Recap
13 November 23 at Green Bay Packers L 17-45 6-6 Lambeau Field Recap
14 November 27 Tennessee Oilers L 14-27 6-7 Texas Stadium Recap
15 December 8 Carolina Panthers L 13-23 6-8 Texas Stadium Recap
16 December 14 at Cincinnati Bengals L 24-31 6-9 Cinergy Field Recap
17 December 21 New York Giants L 7-20 6-10 Texas Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Cowboys 0 17173 37
Steelers 0 007 7

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Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3)New York Giants 10 5 1 .656 307 265 W3
Washington Redskins 8 7 1 .531 327 289 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 9 1 .406 317 372 L3
Dallas Cowboys 6 10 0 .375 304 314 L5
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 283 379 W1

Awards and records

Publications

The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-20.

External links


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