NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks can't peek past Bucs in Week 9
We’re halfway through the NFL season and the Seattle Seahawks are standing tall at 6-2 heading into their Week 9 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Week 8, however, didn’t come without its losses. Starting center Justin Britt fell victim to the injury bug, suffering a season-ending torn ACL. It’s another tough blow for Seattle, who is already down a starter in Will Dissly.
With the San Francisco 49ers and Monday Night Football quickly approaching on Nov. 11, Seattle has yet another must-win ahead this week.
Let’s take a look at where the Seahawks sit in the power rankings in Week 9.
The Seahawks jumped one spot in the latest power rankings from NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.
Mike Florio looks ahead to a pivotal matchup in Week 10 against the powerhouse 49ers, but says the Seahawks need to keep their focus on Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first.
“Even with a Week 10 Monday night showdown against the 49ers looming, they can’t afford to peek past a Week Nine return engagement with Bruce Arians.”
Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson noted the injury to starting center Justin Britt, and chose Joey Hunt as his player “who needs to step up.”
“Barring a trade for another team's starter, the Seahawks will turn to Hunt at center now that Justin Britt is out with a knee injury. Hunt is a bit undersized but is known for his intelligence, which should serve him well -- though he takes over with only three starts in his first 3½ NFL seasons. Hunt will be a restricted free agent after this season. Britt, meanwhile, is scheduled to have the third-highest cap number among centers -- $11.67 million -- in the final year of his contract next season as he comes off a serious injury. This is very much an audition for Hunt.”
“The Seahawks authored a classic Jekyll and Hyde performance against the Falcons on Sunday, following a dominant first half with an unsightly second half in an eventual 27-20 win. This was not supposed to be a close game, with Atlanta QB Matt Ryan sidelined by an ankle injury, but a Matt Schaub-led Falcons offense still managed to pile up more than 500 total yards against the Seahawks. Strange.
Russell Wilson threw only five passes in the game's final two quarters, feeding into the feeling that Pete Carroll was content to coast to a victory rather than attempt to bury the one-win Falcons. One big loss on Sunday: Center Justin Britt suffered a torn ACL and will undergo season-ending surgery. Center is not a position of depth for the Seahawks, who might be active at the trade deadline in search of a replacement.”
The MMQB staff at Sports Illustrated saw a rise from the Seahawks in Week 9. Seattle leaped one spot to No. 7 this week.
“The 24-0 halftime cushion held up despite some leaky defense in the second half, and Russell Wilson kept the lead safe despite a modest final line (albeit with a 131.7 rating). He maintains the highest quarterback rating in the league at 115.5.”
The Seahawks are back in the top 10 of USA Today’s Week 9 power rankings.
But as Nate Davis notes, Seattle has lost a significant part of its offensive line with Justin Britt out for the year.
“Season-ending knee injury to C Justin Britt could be major blow to offensive line that has struggled quite a bit through the years.”