1997 Detroit Lions schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
9-7-0 0-1 6105 3532 2573 29 322 5263 3289 1974 27 283
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The Detroit Lions' sixty-eighth season was in 1997, playing their home games at Pontiac Silverdome. During the offseason they hired Bobby Ross to lead the team. During his time in the NFL he was head coach for five years. They finished the year 9-7-0 in the regular season but they lost their first playoff game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-10. At the end of the season, Barry Sanders was awarded with the AP Offensive Player of the Year award.


Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 Atlanta Falcons 28-17
Week 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-24
Week 3 @ Chicago Bears 32-7
Week 4 @ New Orleans Saints 17-35
Week 5 Green Bay Packers 26-15
Week 6 @ Buffalo Bills 13-22
Week 7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-9
Week 8 New York Giants 20-26
Week 10 @ Green Bay Packers 10-20
Week 11 @ Washington Redskins 7-30
Week 12 Minnesota Vikings 38-15
Week 13 Indianapolis Colts 32-10
Week 14 Chicago Bears 55-20
Week 15 @ Miami Dolphins 30-33
Week 16 @ Minnesota Vikings 14-13
Week 17 New York Jets 13-10


Week Opponent Score Notes
Wild Card Round @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-20

1997 Detroit Lions Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Bobby Ross Offensive Coordinator: Sylvester Croom Defensive Coordinator: Larry Peccatiello Quarterbacks Coach: Marc Trestman Wide Receivers Coach: Jerry Sullivan Offensive Line Coach: Jack Henry Tight Ends Coach: Bob Palcic, Frank Falks Offensive Assistant Coach: Stan Kwan Offensive Quality Control Coach: John Misciagna Defensive Line Coach: Brian Baker Linebackers Coach: Gary Moeller Defensive Secondary Coach: Dick Selcer Defensive Assistant Coach: Don Clemons Defensive Quality Control Coach: Dennis Murphy Special Teams Coach: Chuck Priefer Assistant Special Teams Coach: Stan Kwan Strength and Conditioning Coach: Bert Hill, Don Clemons General Manager: Chuck Schmidt Director of Pro Scouting: Kevin Colbert College Scout: Thomas Dimitroff Area Scout: Russ Bolinger, Dirk Dierking, Thomas Dimitroff, Scott McEwen, Jim Owens Part-Time Scout: Allen Hughes, John Williams Administrative Assistant: John Misciagna, Barbara Mouthaan, Beth Gay, Terri Kimble, Helen Misener