NFL Power Rankings: A litmus test ahead for Seahawks in Week 10
The Seattle Seahawks are 7-2 through nine weeks, but a tough test against the San Francisco 49ers will answer a lot of questions about the team’s ceiling.
San Francisco is six-point favorites over Seattle for the first time since 2014 and the rivalry between the two teams is very much alive.
“The way there firing, they’re a very, very difficult team because they’re complete,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “They look like they’re really a complete football team.”
Ahead of the Monday Night Football matchup, let’s take a look at where the Seahawks sit in the NFL Power Rankings:
The Seahawks leaped one spot in the latest power rankings from NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.
Mike Florio says Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will have another chance to make his case for MVP.
Seattle jumped one spot (No. 6) in ESPN’s power rankings in Week 10.
Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson says there’s a scary trend fans should keep an eye on: The Seahawks defense only has 15 sacks through nine games.
“That's easily the fewest among teams that have played nine games. The Seahawks are 27th in generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks, as no one other than Jadeveon Clowney has consistently given them much in that department. The Seahawks' remaining schedule includes two games against the division-leading 49ers and one against the Rams. The results that the Seahawks have gotten from their pass rush won't cut it against teams like that, what with good quarterbacks and great offensive minds calling plays.”
The Seahawks move up one spot spot to No. 9 in USA Today’s latest power rankings.
Nate Davis shared his thoughts on Seattle’s newest acquisition, Josh Gordon, whom the Seahawks claimed off waivers last week. Gordon is expected to make his debut vs. the 49ers.
“Right team to support troubled WR Josh Gordon. Yet maybe not right offense for him after Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf shared 27 targets Sunday.”
Around the NFL Writer Dan Hanzus highlighted the offense’s performance vs. Tampa Bay.
"All hail Russell Wilson, who looks determined this season to capture his first MVP award. He tied a career high with five touchdowns, including the game-winner to Jacob Hollister in OT, to lift the Seahawks past the Buccaneers and keep Seattle within striking distance of the undefeated 49ers in the NFC West. With the Seattle defense struggling to get stops, Wilson and the offense carried the day with 492 yards and their highest point total of the season (40). Wilson's job is made easier by freshly minted receiving star Tyler Lockett (13 catches Sunday) and a rookie with star potential, D.K. Metcalf. Metcalf might be new to the league, but the Ole Miss product plays like he's been making plays with Wilson for eight years. It explains why FOX color man Ronde Barber at one point Sunday described Metcalf as "reliable as ever." This is a great offense."