1988 Seattle Seahawks season
OwnerKen Behring
General managerMike McCormack
Head coachChuck Knox
Home fieldKingdome
Results
Record9–7
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (at Bengals) 13–21
Pro BowlersQB Dave Krieg
LB Rufus Porter
AP All-ProsNone

The 1988 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 13th season with the National Football League. The Seahawks won their first division title in the AFC West. They won the division with only a 9–7 record and finished with only a +10-point differential.

The team never went under .500 during the season and clinched the AFC West in Week 16 with a 43–37 shootout win over the Los Angeles Raiders. The Seahawks were the #3 seed in the AFC playoffs; they lost 21–13 on the road in the Divisional round to the top-seeded Cincinnati Bengals on December 31.[1][2][3]

In late August, Ken Behring and partner Ken Hofmann purchased the team from the Nordstrom family for $80 million.[4][5][6]

1988 NFL Draft

1988 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
2/49 Brian Blades Wide receiver Miami (FL)
3/75 Tommy Kane Wide Receiver Syracuse
4/101 Kevin Harmon Running back Iowa
6/158 Roy Hart Nose tackle South Carolina
7/185 Ray Jackson Defensive back Ohio State
8/215 Robert Tyler Tight end South Carolina State
9/242 Deatrich Wise Nose Tackle Jackson State
10/269 Derwin Jones Defensive end Miami (FL)
11/284 Rick McLeod Offensive tackle Washington
11/299 Dwayne Harper Defensive Back South Carolina State
12/326 Dave DesRochers Offensive Tackle San Diego State

Personnel

Staff

1988 Seattle Seahawks staff
Front office
  • Owner – Ken Behring
  • President/general manager – Mike McCormack
  • Vice president/assistant general manager – Chuck Allen
  • Player personnel director – Mike Allman
  • Assistant player personnel director – Rick Thompson
  • Pro personnel assistant – Randy Mueller
  • Head athletic trainer - Jim Whitesel
  • Assistant athletic trainer - John Kasik

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator/receivers – Steve Moore
  • Quarterbacks – Ken Meyer
  • Offensive backs – Chick Harris
  • Tight ends – Russ Purnell
  • Offensive line – Kent Stephenson
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator/linebackers – Tom Catlin
  • Defensive line – George Dyer
  • Assistant linebackers – Rusty Tillman
  • Defensive backs – Ralph Hawkins
  • Special assignments – Joe Vitt

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams – Rusty Tillman
  • Assistant special teams – Russ Purnell


Final roster

1988 Seattle Seahawks final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
50 active, 6 inactive, 0 practice squad

[7]

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Recap
1 August 4 Phoenix Cardinals W 21–7 1–0 Kingdome Recap
2 August 11 at Detroit Lions W 16–13 (OT) 2–0 Pontiac Silverdome Recap
3 August 19 Buffalo Bills W 30–13 3–0 Kingdome Recap
4 August 26 at San Francisco 49ers L 21–27 3–1 Candlestick Park Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides[8][9]

Regular season

Divisional matchups have the AFC West playing the NFC West.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Recap
1 September 4 at Denver Broncos W 21–14 1–0 Mile High Stadium Recap
2 September 11 Kansas City Chiefs W 31–10 2–0 Kingdome Recap
3 September 18 at San Diego Chargers L 6–17 2–1 Jack Murphy Stadium Recap
4 September 25 San Francisco 49ers L 7–38 2–2 Kingdome Recap
5 October 2 at Atlanta Falcons W 31–20 3–2 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium Recap
6 October 9 at Cleveland Browns W 16–10 4–2 Cleveland Stadium Recap
7 October 16 New Orleans Saints L 19–20 4–3 Kingdome Recap
8 October 23 at Los Angeles Rams L 10–31 4–4 Anaheim Stadium Recap
9 October 30 San Diego Chargers W 17–14 5–4 Kingdome Recap
10 November 6 Buffalo Bills L 3–13 5–5 Kingdome Recap
11 November 13 Houston Oilers W 27–24 6–5 Kingdome Recap
12 November 20 at Kansas City Chiefs L 24–27 6–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 November 28 Los Angeles Raiders W 35–27 7–6 Kingdome Recap
14 December 4 at New England Patriots L 7–13 7–7 Sullivan Stadium Recap
15 December 11 Denver Broncos W 42–14 8–7 Kingdome Recap
16 December 18 at Los Angeles Raiders W 43–37 9–7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1988 NFL season results[10]

Postseason

Further information: 1988–89 NFL playoffs

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site Recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional December 31 at Cincinnati Bengals (1) L 13–21 0–1 Riverfront Stadium Recap

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Seattle Seahawks(3) 9 7 0 .563 6–2 8–4 339 329 W2
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–5 5–7 327 352 W1
Los Angeles Raiders 7 9 0 .438 6–2 6–6 325 369 L2
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 3–5 4–8 231 332 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 4 11 1 .281 2–6 4–9–1 254 320 L2

Game Summaries

Preseason

Week P1: vs. Phoenix Cardinals

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Phoenix Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 7 007
Seahawks 14 0 7021

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: August 4
  • Game time: 7:34 pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 54,778
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • Gamebook

Week P2: at Detroit Lions

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Seahawks 0 0 310316
Lions 7 6 00013

at Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan

Week P3: vs. Buffalo Bills

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 0 10 3013
Seahawks 3 0 141330

at Kingdome, Seattle

Week P4: at San Francisco 49ers

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 7 14021
49ers 0 0 20727

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

  • Date: August 26
  • Game time: 6:05 pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 72 °F (22 °C), wind variable 18 miles per hour (29 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 53,357
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • Gamebook

Regular season

Week 1: at Denver Broncos

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 7 14021
Broncos 0 7 0714

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 0 0710
Seahawks 3 28 0031

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 3: at San Diego Chargers

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 3 036
Chargers 7 3 0717

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 4: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 7 10 14738
Seahawks 0 0 707

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 5: at Atlanta Falcons

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 10 7731
Falcons 3 0 10720

at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 1:00 pm local
  • Game weather: rain, 73 °F (23 °C), 65% humidity, wind SE 10 miles per hour (16 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 28,619
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers (NBC): Kevin Slaten & Jerry Kramer
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 6: at Cleveland Browns

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 6 0316
Browns 7 0 0310

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

Week 7: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 10 7320
Seahawks 3 3 6719

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 8: at Los Angeles Rams

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 3 0710
Rams 10 14 7031

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

Game information

Week 9: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 0 01414
Seahawks 3 7 0717

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 1:03 pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 59,641
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jim Donovan and Larry Csonka
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 10: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks vs. Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 7 0313
Seahawks 0 3 003

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 11: vs. Houston Oilers

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Oilers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Oilers 7 3 7724
Seahawks 7 3 71027

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 7 71024
Chiefs 7 7 31027

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 12:00 pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 34 °F (1 °C), 61% humidity, wind NW 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 33,152
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers (NBC): Gary Gerould & Jimmy Cefalo
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. Los Angeles Raiders

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 14 6 7027
Seahawks 7 14 01435

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 14: at New England Patriots

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 707
Patriots 0 6 7013

at Sullivan Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 31 °F (−1 °C), 44% humidity, wind W 25 miles per hour (40 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 59,086
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers (NBC): Don Criqui & Bob Trumpy
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: vs. Denver Broncos

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 7 0714
Seahawks 7 21 14042

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 16: at Los Angeles Raiders

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 14 9 14643
Raiders 7 10 101037

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Game information

Postseason

Main article: 1988–89 NFL playoffs

Seattle entered the postseason as the #3 seed in the AFC.

AFC Divisional Playoff: at #1 Cincinnati Bengals

AFC Divisional Playoff: #3 Seattle Seahawks at #1 Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 01313
Bengals 7 14 0021

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

References

  1. ^ Pierson, Don (January 1, 1989). "Seahawks rushed out early". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Chicago Tribune). p. C1.
  2. ^ Wojciechowski, Gene (January 1, 1989). "It's no act – Seahawks fall to Bengals". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). p. 6E.
  3. ^ "Bengals' defense cages Seahawks". Idahonian. (Moscow). Associated Press. January 2, 1989. p. 1B.
  4. ^ "'Hawks sale still pending; Young returns to practice". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). wire reports. August 29, 1988. p. C1.
  5. ^ "Seahawks owner has a Super goal". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. August 30, 1988. p. B1.
  6. ^ Cour, Jim (August 31, 1988). "New owner has partner". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. D5.
  7. ^ "Pro Football Statistics and History". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  8. ^ 1988 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  9. ^ 1989 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  10. ^ 1988 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.