1997 NFL ATS Standings
Here are the final NFL standings for the 1997 professional football season. Included are the straight up records, ats records, points scored, points allowed, yards per play, and yards per play allowed for the teams.
REGULAR SEASON & PLAYOFFS
|Team||SU||ATS||Avg. Points||Avg. Points Allowed||YPPL||DYPPL|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||15-4-0||6-10-3||25.8||17.4||5.7||4.8|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||13-4-0||11-4-2||22.6||14.5||5.0||5.3|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||11-7-0||9-9-0||21.8||16.6||5.2||4.7|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||6-10-0||6-9-1||14.8||20.4||4.6||4.6|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||10-6-1||9-7-1||19.4||16.9||4.5||4.9|
|NEW YORK JETS||9-7-0||9-7-0||21.8||17.9||4.8||5.2|
|SAN DIEGO CHARGERS||4-12-0||6-10-0||16.6||26.6||4.6||5.0|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||14-4-0||11-7-0||23.5||17.2||5.3||4.7|
|ST LOUIS RAMS||5-11-0||6-9-1||18.7||22.4||4.9||5.2|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||11-7-0||10-7-1||18.1||16.3||4.9||4.9|
View ATS and straight up records for the previous NFL seasons below.
Recap of the 1997 NFL Football Season
The 1997 NFL season was underway in April when the NFL Draft took place. The St. Louis Rams had the number 1 pick overall in the draft and they chose Orlando Pace from Ohio State. There were also two other pro-bowl linemen selected in the first round. Walter Jones was selected 6th by the Seattle Seahawks and Tarik Glenn was taken 19th by Indianapolis. Other notables in the first round included: Shawn Springs (3), James Farrior (8), Warrick Dunn (12), and Tony Gonzalez (13). Many other players that were selected in later rounds went on to have pro-bowl seasons including: Tiki Barber (36), Jake Plummer (42), Corey Dillon (43) and Jason Taylor (73). Notable undrafted pro-bowlers included Priest Holmes and Jake Delhomme.
1997 was the year that the Houston Oilers officially moved the franchise to Tennessee. There was also a rule passed by the league stating that players could only take their helmets off on the field between quarters and during timeouts.
Once again Kansas City sat atop the AFC with a 13-3 record with the always favored Pittsburgh Steelers taking the #2 seed. The defending AFC champions, New England Patriots, sat third in the field. Denver, Jacksonville and Miami rounded out the postseason for the AFC. In the NFC things were quite different as two games during the regular season ended in ties. The San Francisco 49ers again was the #1 seed going 13-3 in the regular season. Defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers matched the 49ers record and jumped into the playoffs. The Giants, Vikings, Buccaneers and Lions rounded out the postseason for the NFC.
Jeff George stepped up his game in 1997 by passing for nearly 4,000 yards for the Raiders. Brett Favre and Dan Marino were not far behind in terms of passing. However, Favre did lead the league in touchdown passes with 35. Steve Young led all quarterbacks with a passer rating of 104.7. Barry Sanders was unstoppable for the Lions in 1997. He ran for 2,053 yards in that season leading all rushers and gaining over 2,000 yards for the first time since O.J. Simpson. Terrell Davis and Jerome Bettis were not far behind and out up respectable numbers in ’97. Karim Abdul-Jabbar of Miami and Terrell Davis both ran for 15 touchdowns in the regular season. Tim Brown and Herman Moore both caught 104 passes in 1997, and Rob Moore of Arizona led receivers in yards gained with 1,584.
The Kansas City Chiefs were deemed the best defense in the league in 1997 by giving up only 232 points in the regular season.
Brett Favre and Barry Sanders split MVP honors in 1997 and Sanders also gained Offensive Player of the Year. Dana Stubblefield of the 49ers garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors. Tampa Bay rookie running back Warrick Dunn rushed his way into Offensive Rookie of the Year status and Peter Boulware of the Ravens was honored with Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers met in Super XXXII with the Broncos defeating the Packers 31-24. The win marked the second time that a wild card team won the super bowl. Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards to earn the Super Bowl MVP and John Elway despite losing four Super Bowls in the late 80’s finally got his.