1987 Seattle Seahawks Season
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1987 Seattle Seahawks Season
1987 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coachChuck Knox
General managerMike McCormack
Home fieldKingdome
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at Oilers) 20-23 (OT)
Pro BowlersRB Curt Warner
WR Steve Largent
DE Jacob Green
LB Fredd Young
SS Kenny Easley
AP All-ProsRB Curt Warner (2nd team)
WR Steve Largent (2nd team)
LB Fredd Young (1st team)

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

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.[1][2] Brian Bosworth Linebacker Oklahoma



NFL replacement players

After the league decided to use replacement players during the NFLPA strike, the following team was assembled:

Final roster




Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 13 at Los Angeles Rams L 14-23 0-1 Anaheim Stadium Recap
2 August 22 at St. Louis Cardinals L 21-28 0-2 Busch Stadium Recap
3 August 28 Detroit Lions W 38-10 1-2 Kingdome Recap
4 September 4 San Francisco 49ers W 34-10 2-2 Kingdome Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [4][5]

Regular season

Divisional matchups this season 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.[6] Fans tagged the replacement player teams with mock names like "Seattle Sea-scabs."[7]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 13 at Denver Broncos L 17-40 0-1 Mile High Stadium Recap
2 September 20 Kansas City Chiefs W 43-14 1-1 Kingdome Recap
3 N/A at San Diego Chargers Cancelled due to players' strike
4 October 4 Miami Dolphins W 24-20 2-1 Kingdome Recap
5 October 11 Cincinnati Bengals L 10-17 2-2 Kingdome Recap
6 October 18 at Detroit Lions W 37-14 3-2 Silverdome Recap
7 October 25 at Los Angeles Raiders W 35-13 4-2 Memorial Coliseum Recap
8 November 1 Minnesota Vikings W 28-17 5-2 Kingdome Recap
9 November 9 at New York Jets L 14-30 5-3 Giants Stadium Recap
10 November 15 Green Bay Packers W 24-13 6-3 Kingdome Recap
11 November 22 San Diego Chargers W 34-3 7-3 Kingdome Recap
12 November 30 Los Angeles Raiders L 14-37 7-4 Kingdome Recap
13 December 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 9-13 7-5 Three Rivers Stadium Recap
14 December 13 Denver Broncos W 28-21 8-5 Kingdome Recap
15 December 20 at Chicago Bears W 34-21 9-5 Soldier Field Recap
16 December 27 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20-41 9-6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap


Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
Wild Card January 3 at Houston Oilers (4) L 20-23 OT 0-1 Astrodome Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1987 NFL season results [8]


AFC West
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


Week P1: at Los Angeles Rams

Week P2: at St. Louis Cardinals

Week P3: vs. Detroit Lions

Week P4: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Regular season

Week 1: at Denver Broncos

Week 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 5: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 6: at Detroit Lions

Week 7: at Los Angeles Raiders

Week 8: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 9: at New York Jets

Week 10: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 11: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 12: vs. Los Angeles Raiders

Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 15: at Chicago Bears

Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs


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

AFC Wild Card Playoff: at #4 Houston Oilers


  1. ^ "Bosworth threatens to skip season after being drafted by Seahawks". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. June 13, 1987. p. 14.
  2. ^ Richmond, Peter (June 13, 1987). "Maybe he'll swap for missiles". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Knight-Ridder. p. B2.
  3. ^ "Pro Football Statistics and History - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  4. ^ 1987 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  5. ^ 1988 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Official NFLPA History". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved .
  7. ^ NFL crossed the line on Replacement Sunday, By Clare Farnsworth, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter
  8. ^ 1987 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

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