1997 Cincinnati Bengals season

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1997 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Bruce Coslet
Home field Cinergy Field
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 4th AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1996 1998 >

The 1997 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 30th year in professional football and its 28th with the National Football League. After winning the first game of the season, the Bengals go into a tailspin losing their next seven games, to effectively end their playoff hopes. The struggles would cost Jeff Blake his starting Quarterback job, as former Bengal starting QB Boomer Esiason who was reacquired in the off-season comes back in to lead the Bengals. With Esiason back under center the Bengals started to win as the old pro proved he had something left by connecting on 13 Touchdown passes, while only giving up two interceptions. Under Boomer the Bengals would win six of their final eight games, to finish with a 7–9 record. Just as the Bengals were ready to give Boomer Esiason the job full-time, he get a lucrative offer from ABC-TV to do games on Monday Night Football. Since he would earn more money on ABC he decided to retire.[1] RB Corey Dillon set a rookie rushing record (since broken) for most yards in a game. On December 4, 1997, Dillon rushed for 246 yards in a game versus the Tennessee Oilers.[2]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1997 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Reinard Wilson  Linebacker Florida State
2 43 Corey Dillon *  Running back Washington
3 76 Rod Payne  Center Michigan
4 111 Tremain Mack *  Defensive back Miami (FL)
5 144 Andre Purvis  Defensive tackle North Carolina
6 176 Canute Curtis  Linebacker West Virginia
7 217 William Carr  Defensive tackle Michigan
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1997 Cincinnati Bengals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Ken Anderson
  • Running Backs – Jim Anderson
  • Tight Ends – Bob Wylie
  • Offensive Line – Paul Alexander
  • Offensive Staff Assistant – John Garrett
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Kim Wood

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 31, 1997 Arizona Cardinals W 24–21
53,644
2 September 7, 1997 at Baltimore Ravens L 23–10
52,968
3 Bye
4 September 21, 1997 at Denver Broncos L 38–20
73,871
5 September 28, 1997 New York Jets L 31–14
57,209
6 October 5, 1997 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 21–13
67,128
7 October 12, 1997 at Tennessee Oilers L 30–7
17,071
8 October 19, 1997 Pittsburgh Steelers L 26–10
60,020
9 October 26, 1997 at New York Giants L 29–27
72,584
10 November 2, 1997 San Diego Chargers W 38–31
53,754
11 November 9, 1997 at Indianapolis Colts W 28–13
58,473
12 November 16, 1997 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–3
55,226
13 November 23, 1997 Jacksonville Jaguars W 31–26
55,158
14 November 30, 1997 at Philadelphia Eagles L 44–42
66,623
15 December 4, 1997 Tennessee Oilers W 41–14
49,086
16 December 14, 1997 Dallas Cowboys W 31–24
60,043
17 December 21, 1997 Baltimore Ravens W 16–14
50,917

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 372 307
Jacksonville Jaguars 11 5 0 .688 394 318
Tennessee Oilers 8 8 0 .500 333 310
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 355 405
Baltimore Ravens 6 9 1 .406 326 345

Team Leaders[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Jeff Blake 184 317 2125 8 7 77.6
Boomer Esiason 118 186 1478 13 2 106.9

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yds YPC Long TD
Corey Dillon 233 1129 4.8 66 10

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yds Avg Long TD
Darnay Scott 54 797 14.8 77 5
Tony McGee 34 414 12.2 37 6

Defensive[edit]

Player Tackles Sacks INTs FF FR
Sam Shade 96 4.0 1 1 1
Gerald Dixon 50 8.5 0 1 0
Corey Sawyer 31 0.0 4 0 0

Kicking/Punting[edit]

Player FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Points
Doug Pelfrey 16 12 75.0% 43 41 95.3% 77
Player Punts Yards Long Blkd Avg.
Lee Johnson 81 3471 66 0 42.9

Special Teams[edit]

Player KR KRYards KRAvg KRLong KRTD PR PRYards PRAvg PRLong PRTD
Eric Bieniemy 34 789 23.2 102 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Greg Myers 0 0 0.0 0 0 26 201 7.7 18 0

Awards and records[edit]

  • Corey Dillon, Franchise Record (since broken), Most Rushing Yards in One Game, 246 yards vs. Tennessee Oilers (achieved on December 4, 1997) [2]
  • Corey Dillon, Rookie Record (since broken), Most Rushing Yards in One Game, 246 yards vs. Tennessee Oilers (achieved on December 4, 1997)
  • Corey Dillon, Franchise Record (tied), Most Points in One Game, 24 Points vs. Tennessee Oilers (achieved on December 4, 1997) [4]
  • Corey Dillon, Franchise Record (tied), Most Touchdowns in One Game, 4 TD’s vs. Tennessee Oilers (achieved on December 4, 1997) [4]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Season summary and statistics at Sports E Cylclopedia
  2. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 438
  3. ^ "1997 Cincinnati Bengals Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 37
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 436