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The Seahawks Have Back-to-Back Blowouts: Should Teams Run Up the Score?

Sports 2012/12/23 15:00:00
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The Seattle Seahawks may or may not make the NFL Playoffs, but they have recently been on a tear, putting together a three game winning streak. Two of those back-to-back victories saw the Seahawks score 58 and 50 points respectively. That's right: the Seahawks have scored 108 points in two games. As impressive as that feat is, not everyone has respected the Seahawks' way of going about things.

In the Seahawks' 58-point game, they completely shut out the lowly Arizona Cardinals, to the point of embarrassment. The Seahawks then outscored the Buffalo Bills 50-17 the following week, and added insult to injury by running a fake punt play when the game was long decided, drawing the ire of a few analysts, players and officials around the league.

There is the argument to be made that if teams don't want the score "run up" on them when a game is practically over, then they should step it up on defense and make a stop or even get more physical with the opponent. The more the Seahawks do this though, the more risk they put their quarterback, Russell Wilson, in for any defensive players who might decide to target him more when tempers flare. For now, it looks like the Seahawks will keep scoring and winning — unless someone stops them, of course. What do you think: Should teams run up the score?

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  • K-ZOOMI-----0 2012/12/23 21:39:53
    Yes
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    +11
    Why isn't anyone raising a *itch fest about the Green Bay Packers blowing out the Titans 55-7???
    HUH?
    HUH?
    HUH?
    Oh that's right. It's okay for the Packers to do it, but when a rookie QB of an outsider team does it, its awful!
    HYPOCRITES!

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  • Bob 2013/01/07 13:33:21
    Yes
    Bob
    +1
    Its not that bad, they are professional teams not high school.
  • wilsonmja 2012/12/30 10:54:11
    No
    wilsonmja
    +1
    In general, I don't think teams should run up the score. Let's be clear on what "running up the score" though. In the game against Arizona, Seattle threw very few passes in the 2nd half and took Wilson out early. A lot of those scores were on the defense. You can't, as a respectable coach, tell your defense to go out there and take it easy since the game is already in the bag. When the opposing QB is throwing passes to yourr defenders, you can't expect them to drop the ball on purpose and you can't expect them to go to a knee. They are competitors and human beings.

    Running up the score is intentionally going for more points when blowing out a team and playing as if it were a close game (i.e. passing plays on 1st and 2nd down, fake punts and/or field goals, trick plays, onside kicks...etc.) Playing like that is classless and that fake punt against Buffalo was classless, but I have to give Pete Carrol a pass because he did acknowledge that it was a douchy thing to do and apologized for it.
  • westernslope~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/29 05:48:30
    Yes
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Pro sports no mercy
  • Lizard King 2012/12/28 15:23:00
  • Phil123 2012/12/27 21:10:30
    Yes
    Phil123
    +1
    sometimes it gets boring but thers very little to do to stop it and it can also be funny
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2012/12/26 14:50:04
    Yes
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
    +1
    It doesn't make it fun to watch but it is part of the game.
  • Junior the Outer Space Musi... 2012/12/25 23:29:03 (edited)
    Yes
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    +2
    Why do people think it's like bad sportsmanship to do this? Don't blame the team that's scoring, it's the other that isn't performing the way they should to stop the scoring. If Seattle makes it(which is an almost definite), I would wonder if Atlanta is shaking in their boots, actually hoping someone knocks off Seattle.
  • K-ZOOMI... Junior ... 2012/12/27 00:06:19
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    Seattle clinched with win over San Francisco Sunday night.
  • QueenTycie 2012/12/25 10:25:21
    No
    QueenTycie
    +1
    Teams shouldn't intentionally "run up" the score but they should play the game until its over and if that means scoring more points then yes because they are paid good money to play hard. Follow me on twitter for more of my opinions @QueenTycie Queen Tycie
  • C-ZAR™,... QueenTycie 2012/12/25 17:43:13
    C-ZAR™, Emperor of the PHÆT
    +1
    http://www.sodahead.com/enter...
    Id value your opinion here!
  • clasact 2012/12/24 20:09:51
    Yes
    clasact
    +1
    If the other team cant stop them so be it,but no team should ever lay down
  • hiram 2012/12/24 18:16:56
  • seattleman 2012/12/24 18:03:48
    No
    seattleman
    +1
    There is a big difference between a blowout and "running up the score".

    I hope every game we play is a blowout victory, but I don't want to run up the score.
  • Andrew ... seattleman 2012/12/24 19:24:46
    Andrew Rapp
    +2
    1993 playoffs: Bills vs. Oilers
    1:41 of the 3rd quarter, Bills 3 : Oilers 35
    The Oilers didnt run up the score enough and lost!
  • seattleman Andrew ... 2012/12/25 15:27:33
    seattleman
    +1
    I watched that game.

    The outcome of that game wasn't decided yet, so I wouldn't call it "running up the score". I think running up the score is when you go to unusual lengths to score unnecessary points just so you can embarrass your already defeated opponent. Obviously that was not the case in that game.

    Merry Christmas.
  • Maize and blue 2012/12/24 17:25:55
    Yes
    Maize and blue
    +1
    god forbid the seahawks do it but the packers have been doing it since the 60's yeah
  • ..::localeye::.. 2012/12/24 16:58:37
    Yes
    ..::localeye::..
    +1
    Score until the games ends.
  • OneLastWord 2012/12/24 15:44:04 (edited)
    Yes
    OneLastWord
    +1
    Run up the score on the forty-whinners? Yes, every time, absolutely every time.

    Ha, don't like these left-coast football snobs and their fans, nor that arrogant Head Coach and most of these niner fans that think THEY should ALWAYS go to the Super Bowl.



    Joe Montana is gone and old, and that Tattooed Trailer Trash QB they have now is not going to cut it.



    Seahawks proved that. LMAO.
  • James 2012/12/24 15:41:27
    Yes
    James
    +2
    55-7. :) Merry Christmas Packer nation!!! Next gift? no.2 seed and first round bye? I think so!!! GO PACKERS GO
  • 4Given 2012/12/24 15:16:48
    No
    4Given
    +1
    I could honestly go either way on this. To me, it all depends on how they do it. Should they be running fake punts with a large lead? I think that is throwing salt on an open wound. But, in the NFL so often what goes around comes around. If I were a coach - I would not be inclined to heap embarrassment upon my opponent, since coaches and players have long memories when it comes to this sort of thing.
  • CWOO10 - PWCM 2012/12/24 15:02:35
    Yes
    CWOO10 - PWCM
    +4
    This is Professional football. The losing team should get better at stopping the other teams offense,
  • Cognito22 2012/12/24 14:14:50
    Yes
    Cognito22
    +2
    It's more exciting.

    Who wants to watch two teams banging helmets and getting no where?
  • Bud 2012/12/24 14:06:28
    Yes
    Bud
    +3
    It's not a question of running up the score. Football is (was) a 60 minute game; a team plays to the best of its ability for that time, to do less diminishes the game.

    Bud
  • carlton999 2012/12/24 13:19:40
    Yes
    carlton999
    +4
    if you dont want other teams running up the score on you maybe you should do something to stop them.
  • wildcat 2012/12/24 12:55:26
    Yes
    wildcat
    +3
    Texas A&M; did it all season and it earned Johnny Football his Heisman.
  • ☆Hitler was a community org... 2012/12/24 11:23:31
    Yes
    ☆Hitler was a community organiz☆
    +2
    you are either playing to win...or you are playing to lose

  • Kuldaboli (oYo) 2012/12/24 10:16:51
    Yes
    Kuldaboli (oYo)
    +3
    I believe the term is "Give the people what they want." Football fans come to the games to see action, points on the board and to have a good time. Holding back and allowing the opponent to catch up, isn't sportsmanship; it's cruel and unusual punishment. It's like giving them a little hope before crushing them.

    We don't want a repeat of the 2012 Olympics, do we? Man, talk about a BORE!

    What is it that football players, analysts, fans and sportscasters always say about football? Oh yeah... "It's a war out there." Well, it's not much of a war if you let the enemy have a "fair shot", now is it?

    All I can say is GO SEAHAWKS!!
  • Haole 2012/12/24 09:58:37
    Yes
    Haole
    +1
    It's the pros. They want to not only win games but send messages. They should score every cahnce they get. Why wouldn't they? hurt feelings? These are adults for Christs sake . What would anyone else suggest? Should they not play as hard because they are ahead? I think we have good evidence this year and previous years that no lead is safe. Football is all about momentum and i have seen it change just like that. It's a lot better to win a game because your team kept it's intensity whistle to whistle than it is to lose one because you became complacent and let the other team back into the game. No question about it.
  • Wohuz 2012/12/24 09:41:20
    Yes
    Wohuz
    +2
    Only if their using their second and third string players. No sense in risking an injury of a star back for a blowout score.
  • C-ZAR™, Emperor of the PHÆT 2012/12/24 08:04:13 (edited)
    Yes
    C-ZAR™, Emperor of the PHÆT
    +2
    Teams get some new uniforms and think they are all that, lol
    new seahawk uniforms
  • carlton999 C-ZAR™,... 2012/12/24 13:20:36
    carlton999
    +5
    Looks like it worked....lol.
  • Cognito22 C-ZAR™,... 2012/12/24 14:15:58
    Cognito22
    +3
    They ARE all that.
  • K-ZOOMI... C-ZAR™,... 2012/12/25 00:38:27
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    +1
    You dissing my Seahawks buddy??? >_<

    seahawks game start
  • C-ZAR™,... K-ZOOMI... 2012/12/25 01:11:16
    C-ZAR™, Emperor of the PHÆT
    +1
    Nope, lol
    Are they ready for my Rams??

    new rams uniforms
  • K-ZOOMI... C-ZAR™,... 2012/12/25 04:12:15 (edited)
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    +1
    Seattle has started playing strong right at the right time. Wilson will demolish the Rams defense. hehehe!

    seattle playing strong wilson demolish rams defense hehehe
  • C-ZAR™,... K-ZOOMI... 2012/12/25 05:41:05
    C-ZAR™, Emperor of the PHÆT
    +1
    We shall see, lol
  • K-ZOOMI... C-ZAR™,... 2012/12/25 16:56:46
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
  • C-ZAR™,... K-ZOOMI... 2012/12/25 17:41:50
  • bg 2012/12/24 07:38:37 (edited)
    Yes
    bg
    +10
    They are professional entertainers getting paid good money by us the fans. So yeah they should display their talents and do what they get paid to do. If you get your ass beat you get you ass beat. I'm sure when they get in their 250k sports car after the game they're not even thinking about the loss anymore. This isn't college where you wear your heart and pride on your sleeve.
  • chaoskitty123 2012/12/24 07:32:36
    Yes
    chaoskitty123
    +1
    As a Chicago Bears fan, I still hate Mike Ditka for his conservative gameplay in post season play where he did not want to run up the scores which allowed the teams he was playing against the ability to come back to defeat them. While the Bears had better teams than the teams they played and should have been in several Super Bowls in the 80's, you simply cannot hold your offense back against a team like the 80's San Francisco 49ers who had one of the best offenses of that era... you simply cannot rely on your defense against teams like that and you have to overwhelm them which is in your power to do.

    How many games might the Seahawks have won if they played the way they did in those two games where their opponents won by just a few points where the Seahawks had the better team... or at least a more capable team?

    When they shifted over to the NFC, I thought this was a brilliant move which should benefit the team but they still seem to be like the old Seahawks. Maybe playing all out and running up scores could change the teams fortunes and make them worthy of respect.

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