NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks look NSYNC heading into Week 7
The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 heading into Week 7 with the NFC North leading Baltimore Ravens at hand.
Russell Wilson is playing on another level, but Earl Thomas will be back in his former stomping grounds and let’s just say he didn’t leave Seattle under the best terms.
Here’s a look at where the Seahawks stand in the power rankings coming off a hard-fought victory over the Browns in Week 6:
The Seahawks leaped one spot to No. 4 in ESPN’s latest power rankings.
ESPN's Brady Henderson says Seattle’s biggest weakness is its pass rush.
“The Seahawks have gotten impact plays out of Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah, but those two have combined for only two sacks and the Seahawks have just 10 sacks in six games after getting blanked the past two weeks. They've pressured opposing quarterbacks on 23.3% of their dropbacks, which ranks 25th in the NFL. It's a good thing for the Seahawks that Jarran Reed -- he of 10.5 sacks last season -- is back this week from a six-game suspension. They need him.”
Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk had the Seahawks at No. 4 this week.
Florio discussed the return of Earl Thomas, who’s final act as a Seahawk was an unpleasant exchange with Coach Pete Carroll.
“When Earl Thomas returns this weekend, maybe Pete Carroll will give him the finger.”
Here’s what Around the NFL Writer Dan Hanzus had to say about Russell Wilson and Co.
“The Seahawks are one of the few teams that can fall behind by double-digits on the road and still be in the game without much concern. That's how it goes when your quarterback is Russell Wilson, who might be playing the best football of his life in his eighth NFL season. Wilson was a menace against a Browns team that badly needed a win, leading Seattle down the field time and time again while Baker Mayfield made the type of mistakes you simply never see from Wilson.
Our favorite Wilson play on Sunday was the 17-yard dime to Jaron Brown, a pass that would be difficult to pull off for most quarterbacks in a clean pocket. Wilson dropped it in the bucket while getting driven into the turf. The man is unstoppable right now, and a truly great quarterback can carry a whole team on his back without breaking a sweat. That's what we're seeing in Seattle.”
The Seahawks were also listed in the Top 5 in Sports Illustrated’s power rankings poll conducted by the MMQB staff.
One voter listed the Seahawks as high as No.3, while another voter had Seattle as low as No. 12.
“Russell Wilson continued a strong MVP campaign with two crucial late-game drives to help Seattle erase a 20-6 deficit. He leads the league in quarterback rating (124.7), is tied for second in TD passes (14) and still has not thrown an interception.”