Dallas Cowboys Schedule and Scores 1997 Season

Record: 6-10
Fourth Place in NFC East

Dallas Cowboys Story:

One word describes the Dallas Cowboys 1997 Season “UGLY”  The year has began as no other in recent memory as Dallas was attempting to get its house in order.  Unfortunately for Jerry Jones and company, this proved to be a task that he could not accomplish.   That year there were no extra pre-season games, no trips abroad only training camp with everyone saying that they were focused on the trip back to the Super Bowl.   The only distraction was the coach Barry Switzer getting caught with a loaded gun at the airport while boarding a plane.   While innocent, this episode highlighted that Dallas has a long way to go. It also showed to the keen Dallas Cowboy fans that there was a lot of hate amongst “America’s Team”
Personal changes continued for Dallas in the years of free agency.   Dallas lost its kicking game and linebacking corp as K Chris Boniol, P John Jett, LB Godfrey Myles, LB Jim Schwantz, and LB Darrin Smith all left to other teams.   Additionally and more importantly, Dallas lost DE Charles Haley and TE Jay Novacek to retirement.   To a lot of the fans this meant that the Cowboys were done for a long time and they were proved right.  For only the second time in the history of the Cowboys, all draft picks (9) made the team as the Cowboys strive towards a more youthful team.
Dallas was having an below average season to reach the 6-5 mark, but then things really headed south andl fast.   The 1996 “Year of Distraction” turned into the 1997 “Year of Disappointment”.   After playing close in the first half of the Green Bay game, the Cowboys were routed in the second half and they never recovered.   Dallas didn’t win again, and finished with a 6-10 record.   The offense, which has been inconsistent early, has gotten worse as injuries to key players are now ending any hope the Cowboys had.

Dallas Cowboys Highlights:

  • Kicker Richie Cunningham sets NFL record of 19 field goals in first six games (25 in his first 8).
  • Kicker Richie Cunningham sets Cowboy record of 34 field goals in a season.
  • Dallas tied a team record low of 6 rushing touchdowns.
  • Punter Toby Gowin tied club record of 86 punts in a season.
  • Troy Aikman becomes the Cowboys All-Time Leading Passer.
  • Michael Irvin becomes the Cowboys All-Time Leading Receiver.
  • Head Coach Barry Switzer was “allowed to resign” under pressure.
Preseason
Week Date Opponent W/L Score
Aug 3 Oakland L 27-34
Aug 9 at New England L 10-16
Aug 15 St. Louis W 34-31
Aug 23 Tennessee W 34-10
Regular Season
Week Date Opponent W/L Score
1 Aug 31 at Pittsburgh W 37-07
2 Sept 7 at Arizona L 22-25 (OT)
3 Sept 15 (Mon) Philadelphia W 21-20
4 Sept 21 -bye-
5 Sept 28 Chicago W 27-03
6 Oct 5 at NY Giants L 17-20
7 Oct 13 (Mon) at Washington L 16-21
8 Oct 19 Jacksonville W 26-22
9 Oct 26 at Philadelphia L 12-13
10 Nov 2 at San Francisco L 10-17
11 Nov 9 Arizona W 24-06
12 Nov 16 Washington W 17-14
13 Nov 23 at Green Bay L 17-45
14 Nov 27 (Thurs) Tennessee L 14-27
15 Dec 8 (Mon) Carolina L 13-23
16 Dec 14 at Cincinnati L 24-31
17 Dec 21 NY Giants L 07-20
Playoffs
Week Date Opponent W/L Score

The 1997 NFL Standings

 

National Football Conference
East Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
NY Giants 10 5 1 .656
Washington 8 7 1 .531
Philadelphia 6 9 1 .406
Dallas 6 10 0 .375
Arizona 4 12 0 .250
Central Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
Green Bay 13 3 0 .813
Tampa Bay* 10 6 0 .625
Detroit* 9 7 0 .563
Minnesota* 9 7 0 .563
Chicago 4 12 0 .250
Central Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
San Francisco 13 3 0 .813
Atlanta 7 9 0 .438
Carolina 7 9 0 .438
New Orleans 6 10 0 .375
St. Louis 5 11 0 .313
American Football Conference
East Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
New England 10 6 0 .625
Miami* 9 7 0 .563
NY Jets 9 7 0 .563
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375
Indianapolis 3 13 0 .188
Central Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
Pittsburgh 11 5 0 .688
Jacksonville* 11 5 0 .688
Tennessee 8 8 0 .500
Cincinnati 7 9 0 .438
Baltimore 6 9 1 .406
West Division
Team Win Loss Tie Pct.
Kansas City 13 3 0 .813
Denver* 12 4 0 .750
Seattle 8 8 0 .500
Oakland 4 12 0 .250
San Diego 4 12 0 .250

NFC Wild-Card:   Minnesota 23, N.Y. GIANTS 22
NFC Wild-Card:   TAMPA BAY 20, Detroit 10
AFC Wild-Card:   NEW ENGLAND 17, Miami 3
AFC Wild-Card:   DENVER 42, Jacksonville 17

NFC Divisional:   SAN FRANCISCO 38, Minnesota 22
NFC Divisional:   GREEN BAY 21, Tampa Bay 7
AFC Divisional:   Denver 14, KANSAS CITY 10
AFC Divisional:   PITTSBURGH 7, New England 6

NFC Championship: Green Bay 23, SAN FRANCISCO 10
AFC Championship: Denver 24, PITTSBURGH 21

Super Bowl XXXII: Denver 31, Green Bay 24

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