Seahawks Record against East Coast Teams Doesn’t tell the Whole Story
This weekend the Seattle Seahawks travel to Miami to play in the East Coast, a place where they have a well-publicized issue playing; a problem that the team has had since before Mike Holmgren retired.
Since the 2008 season, the Seahawks are 1-6 when playing in the East Coast. Records can sometimes be misleading when trying to decide how a team actually performed—this is not one of those times.
Over those seven games, the Seahawks have not only been massively outplayed, but also massively outscored. The team has been outscored by a combined 206-96.
Luckily for Seahawks fans, the only coach who has been able to win a game out east since 2008 is none other than Pete Carroll, who took the Seahawks to New York last year, where they knocked off the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants 36-25.
That being said, I have never been too concerned about the “East Coast Curse.” The Seahawks are well known for their strength at home in front of the 12thman, but road games are what have plagued the team ever since the Super Bowl appearance in the 2005 season. This includes the West Coast, East Coast, Midwest and any other area of the country that isn’t the Pacific Northwest.
Another thing to keep in mind when talking about their recent record against teams in the East is who these teams were. Out of those six losses, all teams but one—the Buffalo Bills—went on to post a winning record.
The 7-9 Bills were one of the hottest team in the NFL at the beginning of that season, as they jumped out to a 5-1 record before falling back down to earth.
It can also be argued that the issue of playing on the East Coast has more to do with the time the game is played opposed to the location of the game. Four of the six losses have come at 1:00 p.m. ET, which would feel like 10:00 a.m. to Seattle.
This will be the third time this season that Seattle will play during that time slot, and so far, they are 0-2 with losses in Detroit and St.Louis.
All of these game notes and stats are just meaningless statistics and cop-out reasons to explain losses to teams that the Seahawks should be able to beat. At 4-6, the Dolphins are much better than their record indicates, but the Seahawks match up with them very well on paper.
The Seahawks have one of the most elite secondaries going up against a struggling rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. They will also be sending Marshawn Lynch, one of the best running backs in the NFL, up against one of the league’s top running defenses.
At 6-4 the Seahawks find themselves controlling their own playoff destiny. With a tight NFC race, 9-7 likely won’t be good enough to make the postseason.
The Seahawks will need all the wins they can get down the stretch, and not even the “East Coast Curse” will be a good enough reason to explain a loss to the Dolphins.