1987 Seattle Seahawks season

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1987 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Chuck Knox
General manager Mike McCormack
Home field Kingdome
Results
Record 9–6
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Oilers) 20–23 (OT)

The 1987 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 12th season with the National Football League. After two seasons of missing the post season, the Seahawks returned to the playoffs.

The 1987 season would be Kenny Easley's last due to a kidney failure caused from an aspirin overdose, which forced him into retirement. The Seahawks selected Brian Bosworth from the University of Oklahoma, who signed the biggest rookie contract in NFL history.

1987 NFL Draft[edit]

1987 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1/18 Tony Woods Defensive End Pittsburgh
2/45 Dave Wyman Linebacker Stanford
4/104 Mark Moore Defensive Back Oklahoma State
5/119 Tommie Agee Running Back Auburn
5/131 Ruben Rodriguez Punter Arizona
7/184 Roland Barbay Nose Tackle LSU
7/185 Derek Tennell Tight End UCLA
8/216 Sammy Garza Quarterback UTEP
9/243 M. L. Johnson Linebacker Hawaii
10/270 Louis Clark Wide Receiver Mississippi State
11/297 Darryl Oliver Running Back Miami (FL)
12/312 Wes Dove Defensive End Syracuse
12/324 Tony Burse Running Back Middle Tennessee State
Supp. Brian Bosworth Linebacker Oklahoma

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1987 Seattle Seahawks staff
Front office
  • 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 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[edit]

1987 Seattle Seahawks final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

  • 84 Chris Corley
  • 85 Mark Keel
  • 84 John O'Callaghan
  • 89 Ken Sager
  • 87 Wilbur Strozier
  • 86 Mike Tice
Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
110 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

[1]

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 13 7:30pm PDT at Los Angeles Rams L 14-23 0–1 Anaheim Stadium 57,772 -- Recap
2 August 22 5:00pm PDT at St. Louis Cardinals L 21-28 0–2 Busch Stadium 25,309 -- Recap
3 August 28 7:30pm PDT Detroit Lions W 38-10 1–2 Kingdome 59,695 -- Recap
4 September 4 5:00pm PDT San Francisco 49ers W 34-10 2–2 Kingdome 59,653 -- Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [2][3]

Regular season[edit]

Divisional matchups have= the AFC West playing the NFC Central.

A 24-day players' strike reduced the 16-game season to 15. The games that were scheduled for the third week of the season were canceled, but the games for weeks 4–6 were played with replacement players. 85% of the veteran players did not cross picket lines during the strike, putting in question the integrity of the 1987 season results.

The teams fielded by NFL clubs bore little resemblance to those the fans had come to recognize through previous seasons.[4] Fans tagged the replacement player teams with mock names like "Seattle Sea-scabs."[5]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 13 1:00pm PDT at Denver Broncos L 17–40 0–1 Mile High Stadium 75,999 NBC Recap
2 September 20 1:00pm PDT Kansas City Chiefs W 43–14 1–1 Kingdome 61,667 NBC Recap
3 September 27 1:00pm PDT at San Diego Chargers Cancelled due to players’ strike
4 October 4 1:00pm PDT Miami Dolphins W 24–20 2–1 Kingdome 19,448 NBC Recap
5 October 11 1:00pm PDT Cincinnati Bengals L 10–17 2–2 Kingdome 31,739 NBC Recap
6 October 18 10:00am PDT at Detroit Lions W 37–14 3–2 Silverdome 8,310 NBC Recap
7 October 25 1:00pm PST at Los Angeles Raiders W 35–13 4–2 Memorial Coliseum 52,735 NBC Recap
8 November 1 1:00pm PST Minnesota Vikings W 28–17 5–2 Kingdome 61,134 CBS Recap
9 November 9 1:00pm PST at New York Jets L 14–30 5–3 Giants Stadium 60,452 ABC Recap
10 November 15 1:00pm PST Green Bay Packers W 24–13 6–3 Kingdome 60,963 CBS Recap
11 November 22 1:00pm PST San Diego Chargers W 34–3 7–3 Kingdome 62,144 NBC Recap
12 November 30 6:00pm PST Los Angeles Raiders L 14–37 7–4 Kingdome 62,802 ABC Recap
13 December 6 10:00am PST at Pittsburgh Steelers L 9–13 7–5 Three Rivers Stadium 48,881 NBC Recap
14 December 13 5:00pm PST Denver Broncos W 28–21 8–5 Kingdome 61,759 ESPN Recap
15 December 20 10:00am PST at Chicago Bears W 34–21 9–5 Soldier Field 62,518 NBC Recap
16 December 27 10:00am PST at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–41 9–6 Arrowhead Stadium 20,370 NBC Recap

Postseason[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1987–88 NFL playoffs.
Week Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
WC January 3 1:00pm PST at Houston Oilers (4) L 20–23 OT 0–1 Astrodome 49,622 NBC Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1987 NFL season results [6]

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Denver Broncos(1) 10 4 1 .700 7–1 8–3 379 288 W2
Seattle Seahawks(5) 9 6 0 .600 4–3 5–6 371 314 L1
San Diego Chargers 8 7 0 .533 3–4 6–7 253 317 L6
Los Angeles Raiders 5 10 0 .333 2–6 3–8 301 289 L3
Kansas City Chiefs 4 11 0 .267 3–5 3–9 273 388 W1

Game Summaries[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: at Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 0 7 0 14
Rams 0 20 0 3 23

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

  • Date: August 13
  • Game time: 7:34pm local
  • Game weather: hazy, 70 °F (21 °C), wind SW 9 miles per hour (14 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 57,772
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • Gamebook

Week P2: at St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 7 0 7 21
Cardinals 14 7 0 7 28

at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: August 22
  • Game time: 7:00pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 83 °F (28 °C), wind N 10 miles per hour (16 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 60,014
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • Gamebook

Week P3: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 10 0 0 10
Seahawks 3 14 14 7 38

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: August 28
  • Game time: 7:34pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 57,751
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • Gamebook

Week P4: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 0 0 10
Seahawks 21 13 0 0 34

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: September 4
  • Game time: 5:05pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 60,403
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • Gamebook

Regular Season[edit]

Week 1: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 14 3 0 0 17
Broncos 7 13 14 6 40

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 0 7 14
Seahawks 3 14 20 6 43

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 0 6 7 20
Seahawks 7 3 0 14 24

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: October 4
  • Game time: 1:03pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 19,448
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 5: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 17 0 0 17
Seahawks 0 0 3 7 10

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 6: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 21 9 7 0 37
Lions 0 7 0 7 14

at Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan

Game information

Week 7: at Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 21 0 7 35
Raiders 0 0 7 6 13

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 1:02pm local
  • Game weather: high clouds, 79 °F (26 °C), 76% humidity, wind calm
  • Game attendance: 52,735
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 8: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 3 0 7 17
Seahawks 7 7 7 7 28

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 9: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 14 0 14
Jets 0 10 10 10 30

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 9
  • Game time: 9:07pm local
  • Game weather: drizzle, 55 °F (13 °C), 55% humidity, wind SSW 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 60,452
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV: ABC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 10: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 10 0 0 13
Seahawks 0 21 0 3 24

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 11: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 3 0 0 3
Seahawks 3 14 10 7 34

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 12: vs. Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 20 10 0 37
Seahawks 7 0 7 0 14

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 6 0 0 9
Steelers 3 3 0 7 13

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 35 °F (2 °C), 80% humidity, wind W 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 48,881
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 14 7 21
Seahawks 0 14 7 7 28

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 15: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 20 7 34
Bears 0 7 7 7 21

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 13 0 0 20
Chiefs 17 10 7 7 41

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 12:00pm local
  • Game weather: drizzle, 35 °F (2 °C), 95% humidity, wind S 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 20,370
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Postseason[edit]

Main article: NFL playoffs, 1987-88

Seattle entered the postseason as the #5 seed in the AFC.

AFC Wild Card Playoff: at #4 Houston Oilers[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff: #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 Houston Oilers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Seahawks 7 3 3 7 0 20
Oilers 3 10 7 0 3 23

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game information

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1987 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1988 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Official NFLPA History
  5. ^ NFL crossed the line on Replacement Sunday, By Clare Farnsworth, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter
  6. ^ 1987 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

External links[edit]