Seahawks don’t have good history coming off bye week

Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) dives forward for yards after the catch while being tackled by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway (52) and Minnesota Vikings free safety Andrew Sendejo (34) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks are off on Sunday while preparing for their most difficult matchup of the year. Their Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints will be a tough one to win and the Seahawks will need everything to be clicking to beat the Saints and maintain the best record in the NFC.

But playing games after the week off has not been kind to Seahawks teams in the recent past. Seattle has lost five of their last six games coming off the bye, their last win coming in 2010 against the Chicago Bears, and the win before that coming in 2006 against the St. Louis Rams.

Here is a quick look at the score of their last six games coming in the team’s first game following the bye week:

2012

Week 12 — @ Miami Dolphins, L 24-21

2011

Week 7 — @ Cleveland Browns, L 6-3

2010

Week 6 — @ Chicago Bears, W 23-20

2009

Week 8 — @ Dallas Cowboys, L 38-17

2008

Week 5 — @New York Giants, L 44-6

2007

Week 9 — @ Cleveland Browns, L 33-30 OT

2006

Week 6 — @ St. Louis Rams, W 30-28

You may have noticed that all of those games were on the road. The last time the Seahawks played a game at home following a bye week was 2004, when they lost to the Rams 33-27 in overtime.

The last time they won a home game after the bye week was 1995, when they defeated the Denver Broncos, 27-10.

Just how long ago was 1995? The Seahawks were members of the AFC West. Their quarterback was Rick Mirer and their leading rusher was Chris Warren, who made the Pro Bowl team that year.

Needless to say, it’s been awhile.

The Seahawks will be looking to change their fate on Monday Night Football. The team could extend their franchise-record winning streak at home to 14 consecutive games. More importantly, the team could take dominant control of the NFC.

Can the Seahawks beat the Saints? We will find out next week.

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  • JessieAnderson

    They have not faired well after the bye… Then again the stakes, home record, and NFC playoff home field advantage have never been so close.

    • skeletony

      I wonder how many teams have fared well after a bye? I would bet that a few teams like the Patriots have done better than most but it would not surprise me to find out most teams struggle after the bye week and that whether or not the game is a home or away game makes a big difference in the results.

      • JessieAnderson

        I wouldn’t make too much of it. We haven’t actually been at home after a bye in a VERY long time… if ever.

  • wrestle90

    Never home after a bye week. This year we win on road , have a game at home after bye week. We will win.

    • Hawkman54

      Lets hope so !
      GO HAWKS !

  • KloverJane

    Drama. Doom and gloom speculations.

  • FesterFoot43

    We’re better than we’ve ever been, we know how to beat the Saints, we’re at home and we have a great MNF record, historically. Seahawks 34, Saints 27.

    • FesterFoot43

      Please allow me to make this very clear, y’all – we have won more MNF games than anyone else in the history of MNF. Mitch, go play with your Care Bears and leave the mannish things to the men.

  • Arzurama

    It will be a tough game, but only if the Hawks fall back into playing to the level of their opponent, rather than their own rhythm. Sorry, Saints (and Drew Brees, whom I love), but that last outing against ATL didn’t impress me, and you’re coming into a stadium every bit as daunting as your own. Wilson-led Hawks are a 2nd half team…both individual games, and seasonally. We’re gearing up to our peak now. Home field advantage is ours.

  • Ron Grummer

    There are three important things to remember:
    1) “This” team has really only been through last season, and this season. (we play at home, and on MNF – two big bonuses) so talking about our team’s history after a bye is actually a very short discussion.
    2) Even if we found a way to lose on MNF, we are still likely to hold onto 2nd seed (and may still win 1rst seed) in the NFC.
    3) Even if the Saints find a way to win on MNF, their road to 1rst seed and even to division leadership is very far from guaranteed.

  • skeletony

    Just a side note here but the 2011 loss to the Browns was a game we actually won via a kick or punt (can’t remember which) return for a TD by Leon Washington except for another of those ‘Phantom block in the back’ calls (there was no illegal block in the back by anyone on the return as the commentators repeatedly pointed out during the multiple replays) which took away the TD.

    • Hawkman54

      How many times do the BAD ( mysterious) calls happen to Seattle teams – All the Seattle teams !

  • Hawkman54

    Ian Rappaport is saying that Walt Thurmond is up for a FOUR game PED suspension- If True this is enough of this crap _Plus couldn’t happen at a worse time !!!!! The players need to be told next one and they are cut !!!!! PERIOD, NO IF ANDS OR BUTS !!!!!!

    • skeletony

      False. Read the article. NON-PED violation (probably pot).

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  • Blackngold666

    Saints fan here…hope that its the greatest battle ever witnessed on MNF . Looking forward to the challenge that the Hawks present. Having said this…we are great after a bye and on MNF.

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