Seattle Seahawks End 1st Season As Winning Organization In All Regular Season Games

January 4, 2016

NFC, NFL, Seattle Seahawks

It took all of the 40 seasons in their history but the Seattle Seahawks are now a winning franchise. When you divide their 315 wins by the 628 games played since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an expansion team for the 1976 season you get a .502 winning percentage. The 2013 Seahawk Super Bowl divided the league down the middle as 16 of 32 teams now have a Lombardi Trophy and both the ’76 expansion clubs are on the winning side but the Bucs only have 241 wins and a .385 winning percentage.

Seattle’s longest stretch of .500 or better is the six seasons from 1983-’88 and the longest period of .500 or worse is the eight seasons from 1991-’98. The club seems to run in alternate streaks of 4 or 5 years as of late and was really inconsistent in its years as an AFC team from 1977 to 2001.

Only fourteen clubs out of 32 can say they have a .500 or better winning percentage in the regular season since the AFL/NFL merger. A 13-3 record last year or a fast start this year would have gotten them there sooner but the Seahawks have come on strong and seem to be able to put up a fight to defend the NFC crown held since the Jan. 2014 win in NY/NJ.

The season ending win over the Arizona Cardinals was impressive and the team earned its 6th wildcard spot to go with 9 division titles since ’76. By finishing 10-6 they completed their 9th year as a winner of 10 games or more and matched the 9 seasons Seahawk fans have had to sit through 10 losses or more. The Seahawks only need to finish 6-10 next year in order to beat out the 2003-’07 stretch as the best 5 year period in regular season wins.

So as the only team to play in both the AFC & NFC championship games ramps up efforts to earn a 4th NFC title the Seahawks now have the label of a winning organization as they head to face the Minnesota Vikings in the Playoffs.

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