1980 Seattle Seahawks Season
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1980 Seattle Seahawks Season
1980 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coachJack Patera
Home fieldKingdome
Results
Record4-12
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlersnone
AP All-Prosnone

The 1980 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's fifth season in the National Football League.

The 1980 season was a strange season for the Seattle Seahawks. The team started off 4-3, then lost the remaining nine games of the season. They accumulated four road wins, but lost all eight regular season home games. The offense struggled, especially after losing Sherman Smith to a knee injury for the season. With the running game struggling, the team gave up 52 sacks, up from 23 in 1979. The offense went from 7th to 21st. Even though the defense improved from 27th to 13th, the Seahawks still gave up 405 points.

Memorable moments included a 26-7 win in Houston, intercepting Kenny Stabler five times; a 17-16 win in Kansas City (their last at Arrowhead Stadium until 1990); and a 14-0 win in Washington, with the offense rushing for over 220 yards.

More indicative of the season were the home losses: a week 1 34-13 rout at home inflicted by the Chargers, a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots, featuring several lead changes, as the Seattle defense could not hold on; losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 31-30, after going into the 4th quarter with a 23-10 lead, and the Chiefs intercepting Jim Zorn a season-high five times, leading to 17 KC points. The low point of the season was a 27-21 loss to a struggling New York Giants team, one which finished 4-12 (although one was over the Cowboys). On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Seahawks 51-7, in Dallas, but many people believe the Giants loss was worse.

The successes of the 1978 and '79 seasons were long forgotten by season's end.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1980 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1 / 10 Jacob Green Defensive End Texas A&M
2 / 44 Andre Hines Offensive Tackle Stanford
4 / 97 Terry Dion Defensive End Oregon
5 / 127 Joe Steele Running Back Washington
5 / 132 Daniel Jacobs Defensive End Winston-Salem State
6 / 153 Mark McNeal Defensive End Idaho
8 / 204 Vic Minor Defensive Back Northeast Louisiana
8 / 207 Jack Cosgrove Center Pacific
9 / 238 Jim Swift Offensive Tackle Iowa
10 / 265 Ron Essink Offensive Tackle Grand Valley State
10 / 274 Billy Reaves Wide Receiver Morris Brown
11 / 292 Tali Ena Running Back Washington State
12 / 319 Presnell Gilbert Defensive Back U.S. International

Undrafted free agents

1980 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Dave Krieg Quarterback Milton College

Personnel

Staff

Final roster

[1]

  • Starters in bold.

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 7 Atlanta Falcons W 14-10 1-0 Kingdome Recap[permanent dead link]
2 August 18 Miami Dolphins L 7-24 1-1 Kingdome Recap
3 August 23 at San Francisco 49ers W 10-7 2-1 Candlestick Park Recap
4 August 29 at New England Patriots W 30-23 3-1 Kingdome Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [2][3]

Regular season

Divisional matchups have the AFC West playing the NFC East.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 San Diego Chargers L 13-34 0-1 Kingdome Recap
2 September 14 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17-16 1-1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 21 New England Patriots L 31-37 1-2 Kingdome Recap
4 September 28 at Washington Redskins W 14-0 2-2 RFK Stadium Recap
5 October 5 at Houston Oilers W 26-7 3-2 Houston Astrodome Recap
6 October 12 Cleveland Browns L 3-27 3-3 Kingdome Recap
7 October 19 at New York Jets W 27-17 4-3 Shea Stadium Recap
8 October 26 at Oakland Raiders L 14-33 4-4 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Recap
9 November 2 Philadelphia Eagles L 20-27 4-5 Kingdome Recap
10 November 9 Kansas City Chiefs L 30-31 4-6 Kingdome Recap
11 November 17 Oakland Raiders L 17-19 4-7 Kingdome Recap
12 November 23 at Denver Broncos L 20-36 4-8 Mile High Stadium Recap
13 November 27 at Dallas Cowboys L 7-51 4-9 Texas Stadium Recap
14 December 7 New York Giants L 21-27 4-10 Kingdome Recap
15 December 13 at San Diego Chargers L 14-21 4-11 Jack Murphy Stadium Recap
16 December 21 Denver Broncos L 17-25 4-12 Kingdome Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1980 NFL season results [4]

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers(1) 11 5 0 .688 6-2 9-3 418 327 W2
Oakland Raiders(4) 11 5 0 .688 6-2 9-3 364 306 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 4-4 6-8 319 336 W1
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3-5 5-7 310 323 W1
Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 .250 1-7 3-9 291 408 L9

Game Summaries

Preseason

Week P1: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week P2: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week P3: at San Francisco 49ers

Week P4: vs. New England Patriots

Regular Season

Week 1: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 3: vs. New England Patriots

Week 4: at Washington Redskins

Week 5: at Houston Oilers

Week 6: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 7: at New York Jets

Week 8: at Oakland Raiders

Week 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 11: vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 12: at Denver Broncos

Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 14: vs. New York Giants

Week 15: at San Diego Chargers

Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos

References

  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1980 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1981 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 1980 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

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