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The 1997 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 38th in the NFL and for the first time since 1990, the team would suffer a losing season and miss the playoffs.


1997 Dallas Cowboys season
Head Coach Barry Switzer
Home Field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Place 4th NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1996 1998

Regular seasonEdit

Though the season began well with an impressive win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cowboys would soon see a sharp decline that included five consecutive loses to closeout 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.

ScheduleEdit

Opponent Result Attendance
at Pittsburgh Steelers 37 7 W
60,397
at Arizona Cardinals 22 25 L
71,578
Philadelphia Eagles 21 20 W
63,942
Chicago Bears 27 3 W
64,082
at New York Giants 17 20 L
77,137
at Washington Redskins 16 21 L
76,159
Jacksonville Jaguars 26 22 W
64,464
at Philadelphia Eagles 12 13 L
67,106
at San Francisco 49ers 10 17 L
68,657
Arizona Cardinals 24 6 W
64,302
Washington Redskins 17 14 W
64,559
at Green Bay Packers 17 45 L
60,111
Tennessee Oilers 14 27 L
63,421
Carolina Panthers 13 23 L
63,251
at Cincinnati Bengals 24 31 L
60,043
New York Giants 7 20 L
63,746

StandingsEdit

NFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
New York Giants 10 5 1 .656 307 265
Washington Redskins 8 7 1 .531 327 289
Philadelphia Eagles 6 9 1 .406 317 372
Dallas Cowboys 6 10 0 .375 304 314
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 283 379

RosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 1997 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 0 Inactive

Awards and recordsEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Baltimore Denver Arizona Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cincinnati Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Jacksonville Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Tennessee Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
1997 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXII

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