NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks ascend as high as No. 2 in Week 14
NFL fans were treated to another primetime classic on Monday night as the Seahawks beat the Vikings under the lights and in front of the roaring 12s at CenturyLink Field.
It was a game to be remembered, not only for its notable performances, but for the enormous playoff stakes the matchup presented. The "what-ifs," however, are now in the past with Seattle taking control of their destiny in the NFC. They are now first place in the West and second seed overall in the NFC.
Seattle climbed to as high as No. 2 in this week's power rankings, but they also dropped a spot in one poll (yes, we're talking about you ESPN).
Let's take a look at the NFL Power Rankings in Week 14:
Around the NFL Writer Dan Hanzus highlighted Seattle’s stellar play in primetime and the growth of rookie receiver Rashaad Penny.
"Was there ever really a doubt? We have nearly a decade of evidence telling us Russell Wilson will never lose a game like that at CenturyLink Field. With the stakes sky-high, the home crowd roaring and millions of fans watching on TV ... the Seahawks and their star quarterback always find a way. A 37-30 win over the Vikings shifted the complexion of the NFC: The Seahawks, on the strength of their 10-2 record and head-to-head win over the Niners, jump into the No. 2 seed in the NFC and move into first place in the NFC West with a Week 17 rematch vs. San Francisco looming. The combination of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny was brilliant against Minnesota, the two backs combining to go over 200 scrimmage yards with three touchdowns. Penny finally seems to have found his role and it makes the Seattle offense that much more difficult to stop."
The Seahawks are No. 2 in the NFC after five-straight wins, but they are still behind the 49ers in Sport Illustrated’s Week 14 power rankings.
The MMQB staff has Seattle at No. 3, up one spot from last week.
"The Seahawks churned out their fifth straight win—all of which were by fewer than 10 points—in a roller-coaster ride Monday night against the Vikings, and took over the No. 2 spot in the NFC. Could this team go all the way? It’s as good a bet as ever in a conference where you could argue for or against the 49ers, Saints, Packers or, yes, Vikings."
Despite moving to 10-2 on the season, the Seahawks fell a spot to No. 5 in ESPN’s power rankings this week.
Here’s who Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson says is “under fire.”
"More specifically, Carson's ball security. That has been his only shortcoming this season. Carson is headed toward a second consecutive 1,000-yard season and is on pace to double his reception total from 2018. But he's fumbled seven times, most among non-quarterbacks. It hasn't cost Carson his starting job -- "Chris is our guy," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said last week after Carson's latest fumble and Rashaad Penny's breakout game -- but the 2018 first-round pick seems to be closing the gap at least a little."
Seattle moved up two spots to No. 3 in Nate Davis’ NFL power rankings for USA Today.
Here’s what he had to say about the Seahawks track record in the playoffs.
"They've worked their way into position for at least a first-round bye, a potentially deadly development for the rest of the NFC given Seattle's playoff track record of success at CenturyLink Field — 10 wins in a row going back to 2005."