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The 2018 season was the Seattle Seahawks' 43rd in the National Football League and their ninth under head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks improved on their 9–7 record from the 2017 season, finishing 10–6, which is their sixth time in seven years that they recorded at least 10 wins in a season. They also played in London for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Oakland Raiders 27–3 in Week 6. With a win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16, the Seahawks returned to the playoffs. It is their seventh playoff appearance in the last nine seasons under Carroll. However, the Seahawks suffered their first one-and-done postseason campaign since 2004 as they fell to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round 22–24.

2018 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coachPete Carroll
General managerJohn Schneider
OwnerPaul Allen (until death)
Estate of Paul Allen (after October 15, 2018)
Home fieldCenturyLink Field
Results
Record10–6
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at Cowboys) 22–24
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

This was the first season since 2011 that the team did not feature the original Legion of Boom defensive unit and did not have Richard Sherman on the roster, as he was released on March 9, 2018 and signed with division rival San Francisco 49ers. Michael Bennett, another longtime Seahawk, was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on March 7, 2018. His fellow defensive lineman Cliff Avril was released by the team on May 4, 2018. It was also the first season since 2009 that Kam Chancellor was not on the roster; he announced his retirement on July 1, 2018, due to the neck injury he sustained in week 10 of the previous season.

Tight ends Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson, wide receiver Paul Richardson, and running back Thomas Rawls all departed in free agency as well.

On August 20, 2018, longtime Seahawks punter Jon Ryan was released from the team. He was the last remaining player from the team before coach Pete Carroll took over in 2010. With his release, the Seahawks shifted the punting duties to their fifth-round rookie Michael Dickson, who went on to make the Pro Bowl and was named First-team All-Pro.

This season is notable for featuring the NFL’s first player with only one hand, as the Seahawks drafted Shaquem Griffin in the fifth-round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of the University of Central Florida. He is the twin brother of Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin.

Paul Allen, who had owned the team since 1997, died of cancer on October 15, 2018, at the age of 65. In tribute, the team wore patches labeled “PGA” for the rest of the season beginning at the game against the Detroit Lions.

DraftEdit

2018 Seattle Seahawks Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 27 Rashaad Penny RB San Diego State From Green Bay
3 79 Rasheem Green DE USC From Green Bay
4 120 Will Dissly TE Washington
5 141 Shaquem Griffin LB UCF From Houston
146 Tre Flowers DB Oklahoma State From Oakland
149 Michael Dickson P Texas From Denver
168 Jamarco Jones OT Ohio State From New England
6 186 Jacob Martin DE Temple From Green Bay
7 220 Alex McGough QB FIU From Pittsburgh

Draft trades

  • The Seahawks traded their second- and seventh-round selections (49th and 235th overall) and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse to the New York Jets for the Jets' seventh-round selection (226th overall) and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.
  • The Seahawks traded their third-round selection (80th overall) and their second-round selection in 2019 to Houston for Houston's fifth-round selection (141st overall) and offensive tackle Duane Brown.
  • The Seahawks traded their sixth-round selection (192nd overall) and running back Marshawn Lynch to Oakland for Oakland's fifth-round selection (146th overall).
  • The Seahawks traded their fifth-round selection (156th overall) to Philadelphia for Philadelphia's seventh-round selection (250th overall) and offensive tackle Matt Tobin.
  • The Seahawks traded defensive end Cassius Marsh to New England for New England's fifth- and seventh-round selections (168th and 250th overall).
  • The Seahawks traded cornerback Tramaine Brock to Minnesota for Minnesota's seventh-round selection (248th overall).
  • The Seahawks traded their seventh-round selection (256th overall) to New England for cornerback Justin Coleman.

StaffEdit

2018 Seattle Seahawks staff
Front office
  • Owner – Estate of Paul Allen
  • Chairman – None
  • President – Chuck Arnold
  • Executive vice president/general manager – John Schneider
  • Vice president of football administration – Matt Thomas
  • Co-director of player personnel – Scott Fitterer
  • Co-director of player personnel – Trent Kirchner
  • Director of college scouting – Matt Berry
  • Director of pro personnel – Nolan Teasley

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Ken Norton Jr.
  • Passing game coordinator – Andre Curtis
  • Assistant defensive line – Jethro Franklin
  • Linebackers – John Glenn
  • Secondary – Nick Sorensen
  • Quality control/defense – Tom Donatell

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator – Brian Schneider
  • Assistant special teams – Larry Izzo

Strength and conditioning

  • Head strength and conditioning – Chris Carlisle
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Mondray Gee
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Jamie Yancher

Final rosterEdit

2018 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
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Notable departuresEdit

Notable Departures
CB Richard Sherman Released
CB DeShawn Shead Released
CB Byron Maxwell Released
CB Jeremy Lane Released
SS Kam Chancellor Retired
DE Michael Bennett Traded
DE Cliff Avril Released
DT Sheldon Richardson Free agent
TE Jimmy Graham Free agent
TE Luke Willson Free agent
WR Paul Richardson Free agent
OT Rees Odhiambo Released
RB Thomas Rawls Free agent
P Jon Ryan Released

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 Indianapolis Colts L 17–19 0–1 CenturyLink Field Recap
2 August 18 at Los Angeles Chargers L 14–24 0–2 StubHub Center Recap
3 August 24 at Minnesota Vikings L 20–21 0–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
4 August 30 Oakland Raiders L 19–30 0–4 CenturyLink Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

On January 11, 2018, the NFL announced that the Seahawks will play the Oakland Raiders in a London Game in London, England, with the Raiders serving as the home team. The game site, originally slated for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was later moved to Wembley Stadium. The game, which was the Seahawks' first appearance in the International Series, occurred during Week 6 on October 14. The network time was announced in conjunction with the release of the 2018 regular season schedule.[1]

The remainder of the Seahawks' 2018 schedule, with exact dates and times, was announced on April 19.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 at Denver Broncos L 24–27 0–1 Broncos Stadium at Mile High Recap
2 September 17 at Chicago Bears L 17–24 0–2 Soldier Field Recap
3 September 23 Dallas Cowboys W 24–13 1–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
4 September 30 at Arizona Cardinals W 20–17 2–2 State Farm Stadium Recap
5 October 7 Los Angeles Rams L 31–33 2–3 CenturyLink Field Recap
6 October 14 at Oakland Raiders W 27–3 3–3   Wembley Stadium (London) Recap
7 Bye
8 October 28 at Detroit Lions W 28–14 4–3 Ford Field Recap
9 November 4 Los Angeles Chargers L 17–25 4–4 CenturyLink Field Recap
10 November 11 at Los Angeles Rams L 31–36 4–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
11 November 15 Green Bay Packers W 27–24 5–5 CenturyLink Field Recap
12 November 25 at Carolina Panthers W 30–27 6–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
13 December 2 San Francisco 49ers W 43–16 7–5 CenturyLink Field Recap
14 December 10 Minnesota Vikings W 21–7 8–5 CenturyLink Field Recap
15 December 16 at San Francisco 49ers L 23–26 (OT) 8–6 Levi's Stadium Recap
16 December 23 Kansas City Chiefs W 38–31 9–6 CenturyLink Field Recap
17 December 30 Arizona Cardinals W 27–24 10–6 CenturyLink Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 3 7724
Broncos 7 10 3727

at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 2: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 3 01417
Bears 7 3 01424

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

Week 3: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Three: Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 3 3713
Seahawks 0 17 0724

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 4: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 0 10320
Cardinals 0 10 0717

at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. MST & PDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 61,845
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 5: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Five: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 10 7933
Seahawks 7 10 14031

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 6: at Oakland RaidersEdit

NFL London Games

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 10 3727
Raiders 0 0 033

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

Game information

Week 8: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 21 0728
Lions 7 0 0714

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

Week 9: vs. Los Angeles ChargersEdit

Week Nine: Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 6 13 0625
Seahawks 7 3 0717

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Week 10: at Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 14 0 71031
Rams 7 10 31636

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

Week 11: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Eleven: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 14 7 0324
Seahawks 3 14 01027

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: November 15
  • Game time: 5:20 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,007
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox/NFLN): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 12: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 10 71330
Panthers 3 10 7727

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 13: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 3 7616
Seahawks 6 14 71643

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,009
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 14: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Fourteen: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 0 077
Seahawks 0 3 01821

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 10
  • Game time: 5:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,007
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Seahawks 6 7 010023
49ers 7 10 33326

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,836
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

This was the first time since 2013 that the Seahawks have lost to the 49ers, snapping a ten-game winning streak against the 49ers which dates back to 2013 NFC Championship game.

Week 16: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Sixteen: Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 7 71431
Seahawks 7 7 101438

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

With the win, the Seahawks clinched a Wild-Card Berth, which is their first time making the playoffs since 2016. This win also secured their 7th straight winning season dating back to 2012.

Week 17: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Seventeen: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 3 10 8324
Seahawks 7 7 7627

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,990
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn and Lisa Byington
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the win, the Seahawks finished the regular season at 10–6, improving on their 9–7 record from last year and securing the No. 5 seed heading into the postseason. They also swept the Cardinals for the first time since 2014.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Los Angeles Rams 13 3 0 .813 6–0 9–3 527 384 W2
(5) Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 428 347 W2
San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 342 435 L2
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 225 425 L4

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] New Orleans Saints South 13 3 0 .813 4–2 9–3 .482 .488 L1
2[a] Los Angeles Rams West 13 3 0 .813 6–0 9–3 .480 .428 W2
3 Chicago Bears North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .430 .419 W4
4 Dallas Cowboys East 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 .488 .444 W2
Wild cards
5 Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .484 .400 W2
6 Philadelphia Eagles East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 .518 .486 W3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Minnesota Vikings North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 .504 .355 L1
8[b] Atlanta Falcons South 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 .482 .348 W3
9[b] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .486 .371 L2
10[b] Carolina Panthers South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .508 .518 W1
11 Green Bay Packers North 6 9 1 .406 1–4–1 3–8–1 .488 .417 L1
12 Detroit Lions North 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .504 .427 W1
13[c] New York Giants East 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .527 .487 L3
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .523 .506 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 .504 .406 L2
16 Arizona Cardinals West 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .527 .302 L4
Tiebreakers[d]
  1. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of LA Rams based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c Atlanta finished ahead of Washington based on head-to-head victory. Atlanta finished ahead of Carolina based on head-to-head sweep. Washington finished ahead of Carolina based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b NY Giants finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

PostseasonEdit

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 5, 2019 at Dallas Cowboys (4) L 22–24 0–1 AT&T Stadium Recap

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: at (#4) Dallas CowboysEdit

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: (#5) Seattle Seahawks at (#4) Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 6 8822
Cowboys 3 7 01424

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 NFL LONDON SCHEDULE KICKS OFF AT NEW TOTTENHAM STADIUM; THREE TEAMS TO MAKE UK DEBUTS". NFL Communications. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.

External linksEdit