NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks on the rise heading into pivotal Week 5
After a commanding victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4, the Seattle Seahawks will quickly turn the page to Thursday Night Football and the Los Angeles Rams.
The division foes will face off at CenturyLink Field for some primetime football in Week 5. The Seahawks are coming off a 27-10 win over the Cardinals in the desert, while the Rams dropped their first game of the NFL season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a high-scoring 55-40 loss.
Here’s a look at where the Seahawks sit in the NFL Power Rankings headed into this week’s matchup.
Here’s a look at what they had to say on the acquisition of Jadeveon Clowney and Chris Carson’s fumble-free game.
“The Seahawks' August trade for Jadeveon Clowney was motivated by the need to import a defensive playmaker. On Sunday against the Cardinals, Clowney snagged a floating Kyler Murray pass with his left hand and looked more like Travis Kelce than a linebacker as he glided into the end zone for a pick-six -- the first interception of his NFL career. Clowney's big play set the tone for an easy, drama-free 27-10 win over the rebuilding Cardinals in the desert. It's exactly the type of game the Seahawks hoped for, with the divisional rival Rams up next on "Thursday Night Football." Clowney's re-emergence after a couple of quiet weeks was nice; also nice was running back Chris Carson finishing with 145 combined yards on 26 touches and, perhaps most importantly, no fumbles. Carson had put the ball on the ground three times entering Sunday.”
The Seahawks leaped two spots in Week 5 from No. 9 to No. 7, according to ESPN’s latest power rankings. ESPN has Seattle listed with a 31.7 percent chance to make the playoffs, as of now.
Here’s what Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson said could increase their chances.
“Beat the Rams on Thursday, for starters. With the 49ers at 3-0 and the Rams at 3-1, a win over L.A. could have the Seahawks in first place in the NFC West with a game in hand over the team that still seems like their biggest threat. They'll have to stay out of their own way like they did at Arizona on Sunday, when they went through the first half without a penalty, got a fumble-free performance from Chris Carson and had no breakdowns on the back end of their defense. Those were issues that plagued the Seahawks over their first three games and things they have to put behind them.”
USA Today did not think Seattle’s win over Arizona bolstered its positioning in the power rankings.
The Seahawks stood pat in USA Today’s power rankings at No. 17 this week.
“Held serve against lowly Cardinals but now must do same against visiting Rams, who have won six of last eight contests against Seattle.”
The Seahawks landed at No. 6 in CBS Sports' latest power rankings, up two spots from their ranking of No. 8 in Week 4.
Pete Prisco noted Seattle’s monster matchup this Thursday.
“At 3-1, they face a tough division task at home Thursday against the Rams. The defense played well against the Cardinals, which is a good sign.”