Seahawks set franchise record with 5-0 start after Week 5 win
The 2020 Seahawks are a lot of things: Explosive on offense, frustrating on defense, sound on special teams. But they’re also historic, as they are the first Seahawks team to ever start a regular season 5-0.
You read that right. This team is off to a better start than any Seattle team since the franchise’s inaugural season in 1976 after a heart-pounding 27-26 Week 5 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.
The 2005 team, which went to the franchise’s first Super Bowl, lost the season opener and was 2-2 through Week 4. The 2014 Seahawks, which lost Super Bowl 49 to the Patriots, was 3-2 through the first five games of the year and would even lose their sixth contest to drop to 3-3 before losing only one game the rest of the season.
The only Seahawks team that comes close to the 2020 team in terms of the hot start to a regular season is, unsurprisingly, the 2013 team.
That year, which culminated in the franchise’s only Super Bowl title, Seattle started 4-0 before losing their fifth game of the year. That was the first and, until this season, only Seahawks team that started a season with a 4-0 record.
In 2013 and 2005, the Seahawks would go 13-3 en route to the NFC’s top playoff seed and home-field advantage for the playoffs. Seattle got home-field advantage in 2014 as well, but that team went 12-4 in the regular season.
At 5-0, the 2020 Seahawks are setting themselves up not only to take the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the fourth time in franchise history, but those two 13-3 records, which are the best regular season finishes in franchise history, may also have a chance to be broken.
That’s especially possible as the Seahawks have only five games left against opponents who have a winning percentage of over .500 as of Sunday. The Seahawks play the Cardinals (3-2) and Rams (4-1) twice each, plus the Bills (who are 4-0 and playing their Week 5 game this Tuesday).
The toughest stretch of the Seahawks’ season is coming up as, after the Week 6 bye, Seattle faces the Cardinals, the 2-3 49ers, the Bills, and then the Rams.