The Seattle Seahawks have scored 393 points this season and just need 60 more to set a new franchise record for most regular season points scored.
What makes the 2020 feat particularly impressive is that not one touchdown has come as a result of a defensive or special teams score. We’ve seen three safeties scored but nothing more than that.
Seattle has proudly managed at least one D/ST touchdown every year of its existence, but it’s in serious jeopardy this year. Penny Hart came the closest to keeping the streak alive when he almost recovered the blocked punt against the New York Giants, but his left arm was out of bounds and thus no touchdown was awarded. Deejay Dallas also had a shot at recovering that ball but he couldn’t and that sent the ball towards the back of the end zone.
On the defensive side of the ball, we saw at least one potential pick-six dropped by Seattle’s secondary against the New York Jets. I’m pretty sure had he caught the ball, Jamal Adams would’ve returned this to the house, especially if Ugo Amadi had blocked out Jamison Crowder.
The closest we’ve come to a fumble return TD is Jarran Reed strip-sacking Dak Prescott in the Cowboys game. Benson Mayowa returned the ball all the way to the Dallas 5 but couldn’t get points on his former team.
If you want more trivia, the first D/ST touchdown in Seahawks history? A blocked punt return by Steve Raible against the Green Bay Packers. EVEN MORE TRIVIA?! All four of Raible’s touchdowns were scored on the road. No word on whether or not he yelled “HOLY CATFISH!” after each touchdown.
Okay back to the main story. Time is running out for Seattle to get into the end zone through defense or special teams. This streak was most recently under threat was in 1990, but Eugene Robinson scored on a fumble return on the final day of the regular season. Now if there’s a serious side to this, it’s that Seattle does play two very tough defenses over the next two weeks and even the undermanned 49ers defense is still 10th in DVOA. Seattle may need to generate points through other means to win games that will presumably all be close.
So if there ever was a time for Jamal Adams not to drop a gift interception, or for one of those strip sacks to turn into a scoop and score, or for DJ Reed to house a kick or punt return like he’s been threatening to virtually every time he’s touched the ball, it’s now. The streak is at stake but more importantly the NFC West is at stake.