On this date in 1979, the Seahawks were reeling from a dismal offensive performance, in which the team didn't net a single positive yard in a 24-0 thrashing in Los Angeles against the Rams.
Think the Seahawks’ offense is struggling now? Well, things could be worse — a lot worse.
On this date in 1979, the Seahawks were reeling from a dismal offensive performance, in which the team didn’t net a single positive yard in a 24-0 thrashing in Seattle against the Rams the night before. You read that right. In fact, the Seahawks actually went backwards on that Sunday afternoon at the Kingdome, finishing the day with minus-7 yards of offense on the day.
Let’s dig into the numbers, shall we?
After not making a single first down in the first half, Jim Zorn began the second half with an 11-yard pass to Steve Largent. That was the lone bright spot for the Seahawks’ offense, as Seattle would not gain another first down for the remainder of the game. It was also only one of two completed passes by Zorn, who finished the day 2-of-17 for 25 yards. At one point, the Seahawks had their total yardage up to a sterling 23 yards, but that total came tumbling back down as the Rams’ defense continued to take down Zorn in the backfield in the fourth quarter.
The Seahawks entered the game fresh off consecutive wins — one against the Falcons in Seattle’s first Monday Night Football appearance, and the other against the Houston Oilers, a team that went on to the AFC title game that season. Oddly enough, the Seahawks and Rams would finish the season with identical 9-7 records.
Even still, the minus-7 total yards of offense remains an NFL record for worst offensive performance in league history. At the time, none of the 62,038 fans at the Kingdome was likely laughing at the performance, but today, the game stands out as one you can’t help but chuckle at.
So next time you find yourself complaining about the Seahawks’ offense, just remember — it could be worse.