It’s been exactly fifteen seasons since the Seattle Seahawks moved to what was then known as Seahawks Stadium, later Qwest Field, and now CenturyLink Field. Last season’s Seahawks team had another outstanding home record, going 7-1 in the regular season and 1-0 in the postseason. The pesky Arizona Cardinals were the only road team to exit Seattle as winners, which I suppose is fitting, as they’ve won six times at CenturyLink, the most of any Seahawks opponent. They even ruined Seattle’s first ever game at the stadium, scoring 14 points in the final quarter to win 24-13 in week 2 of the 2002 season.
The occasional struggle with the Cardinals aside, the Seahawks have been absolutely brilliant at the CLink, sporting a regular season record of 85-35 (.708), with a postseason mark of 10-1 (.909), making for an overall tally of 95-36 (.725). Not only has Seattle beaten the other 31 teams* at least once since 2002, there are still ten teams who’ve yet to win at CenturyLink Field. Okay, nearly all of them are from the AFC, but I’m still going to list them all!
* The Seahawks have beaten Washington twice in the playoffs, but they’re the only team Seattle has not defeated at CenturyLink in regular season play. Seattle will host the Redskins in 2017. If you’re into small sample-size superstition, the last six times Washington was scheduled to play at Seattle in the regular season (KingDome or CLink), the Seahawks eventually missed the playoffs. Coincidence? Yeah, definitely a coincidence.
Detroit Lions (0-4, earliest next scheduled visit: 2021)
Was there ever a doubt they would be the only NFC team on this list? Their first visit in 2003 was a 35-14 blowout at halftime, with neither team scoring in the second half. Bobby Engram caught a touchdown and ran back a punt for another score. Joey Harrington threw two interceptions that killed any feint hope of a Lions comeback. Detroit wouldn’t make another trip to Seattle until 2009, when they squandered an early 17-0 lead, rookie QB Matthew Stafford tossed five interceptions, including a game-sealing pick-six to Josh Wilson for the 32-20 final score. They returned in 2015 for a Monday night matchup. Kam Chancellor’s heroic forced fumble on Calvin Johnson at the goal line denied them the go-ahead score they absolutely didn’t deserve on balance of play. KJ Wright illegally batting the ball out of the end zone should’ve been called as a penalty, but I’m not one to care too much about that stupid rule. The Lions had a chance to get revenge literally last month, but were blown out 26-6 in the wild card round.
Oakland Raiders (0-2, next scheduled visit: 2022)
The maddeningly injury-riddled, inconsistent 2006 Seahawks hosted a terrible Raiders team on Monday Night Football on a rainy, windy night in an end-of-year stretch filled with the worst weather to ever hit the Seattle area. Seneca Wallace threw an opening drive touchdown to Deion Branch, and the Seahawks defense spent the entire night harassing the helpless Andrew Walter, sacking him nine times, including a back-to-back-to-back stretch on 1st-3rd down. Before the Seahawks capped off a 16-0 win, Tyler Brayton kneed catch-averse tight end Jerramy Stevens in the balls and earned himself an ejection. In 2014, rookie QB Derek Carr threw a pick-six to Bruce Irvin, then another interception to Richard Sherman, and despite a valiant comeback attempt against a banged up Seahawks defense, Seattle hung on for a 30-24 win. This was one of several fairly ugly performances from the Seahawks passing game during the season.
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2, next scheduled visit: 2023)
The 2003 Seahawks went 8-0 at home for the first time in franchise history, and late touchdowns by Darrell Jackson (who had struggled with drops throughout the day) and Shaun Alexander gave Seattle a 23-16 win over Pittsburgh. In 2015, Russell Wilson threw five touchdowns, three of them to Doug Baldwin, and Seattle triumphed 39-30 in a classic shootout that stands to date as one of the best wins of the Wilson era. Hopefully Seattle can actually score a point when they play at Pittsburgh in 2019, because the Seahawks have been outscored 45-0 in their last two trips to Heinz Field.
Cleveland Browns (0-2, next scheduled visit: 2023)
In 2003, Koren Robinson and Darrell Jackson each recorded over 100 yards receiving, with Jackson snagging two TDs from Matt Hasselbeck. Shaun Alexander rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown, as Seattle raced out to a 34-0 lead and would’ve had a shutout if not for a late blocked punt return. The 2015 Seahawks fell behind early 7-0 to Johnny Manziel’s Browns, but a dialed-in Russell Wilson fired three touchdowns to lead the Seahawks to a comfortable 30-13 win and a clinched wild card berth.
Baltimore Ravens (0-2, next scheduled visit: 2019)
The 2007 Seahawks routed the Ravens 27-6, with Baltimore getting a late TD on a Troy Smith deep ball to Derrick Mason, who burned Kelly Jennings. Leroy Hill’s only career touchdown came in this game, as he recovered a Mike Anderson fumble and ran about 20 yards for the score. In 2011, the 2-6 Seahawks began their late-season turnaround with a 22-17 upset of the playoff bound Ravens. Baltimore’s David Reed twice lost fumbles on kick returns, while Marshawn Lynch wrecked Ray Lewis’ ankles for life.
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2, next scheduled visit: 2021)
The 41-0 beatdown delivered by Jim Mora’s 2009 Seahawks was best noted for that time Justin Forsett trucked Brian Russell. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Nate Burleson each hauled in two touchdowns, while Aaron Curry actually didn’t embarrass himself on the field for a change. In 2013, Gus Bradley’s Jags actually scored 17 points, but gave up 45, and the game was similarly over by halftime. Sidney Rice and Zach Miller mirrored Housh and Burleson by also grabbing a pair of touchdowns.
New York Jets (0-2, next scheduled visit: 2020)
Not only have the Jets never won at CLink, they haven’t scored an offensive touchdown yet. The 2008 season was a disastrous swan song for Coach Mike Holmgren, but the home finale (played in a snowstorm) ended in an emotional 13-3 triumph. Seneca Wallace’s pass to John Carlson produced the game’s only touchdown, while the much-maligned defense put the clamps down on Brett Favre. Josh Wilson recorded both interceptions, and the Jets would ultimately miss the playoffs after an 8-3 start. In 2012, Russell Wilson threw touchdowns to Golden Tate and Sidney Rice, Golden Tate threw a touchdown to Sidney Rice, and Richard Sherman threw Mark Sanchez in the trash can. A Muhammad Wilkerson fumble return produced the only points of the day for the Jets, who lost 28-7.
Miami Dolphins (0-2, next scheduled visit: 2024)
In 2004, a late Michael Boulware pick-six gave Seattle a dramatic win over a Dolphins team that would eventually finish 2-14. That game also saw Jerry Rice catch his first touchdown pass as a Seahawk. This past season, a late Russell Wilson touchdown to Doug Baldwin gave Seattle a dramatic win over a Dolphins team that would eventually finish 11-5.
Houston Texans (0-1, next scheduled visit: 2017)
The only night game for the 2005 Seahawks was on the ESPN version of Sunday Night Football. Shaun Alexander and Maurice Morris each rushed for more than 100 yards, with Alexander scoring four TDs, Morris getting one, and the Seahawks trouncing a woeful Texans team 42-10.
Indianapolis Colts (0-1, next scheduled visit: 2017)
I almost feel like the 2005 game shouldn’t really count. The Colts were gunning for a 16-0 season, but the San Diego Chargers spoiled that in week 15, winning 26-17 at the old RCA Dome. Two days before Indy’s Christmas Eve game in Seattle, James Dungy, son of Tony Dungy, committed suicide in a Tampa-area apartment. Indianapolis had already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, whereas Seattle still needed a win to clinch the #1 seed in the NFC. With Jim Caldwell serving as the head coach in place of Dungy for the game, he opted to play Peyton Manning for just the first quarter, and Edgerrin James for the whole of the first half. The Seahawks pulled away in the second half and won 28-13. Shaun Alexander tied the single-season record for most TDs (27, at the time) with two rushing scores and one receiving.
Let’s keep the good times rolling at CenturyLink Field in 2017 and beyond!