NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks tumble after lackluster home loss
Russell Wilson made some uncharacteristic mistakes, Lamar Jackson put the Seahawks defense on skates, and Seattle's wide receivers not named Tyler Lockett disappeared in the Seahawks 30-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Week 7 is behind us now, and while the Seahawks are likely trying to shake off some of the erroneous decisions of last week, the NFL power rankings aren't quite as forgiving.
Let's take a look at where Seattle sits heading into Week 8, when they face the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Seattle fell four spots to No. 7 in ESPN’s power rankings. Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson recalibrated his expectations for Seattle heading into Week 8.
"Contending for the playoffs should always be the Seahawks' baseline as long as they have Russell Wilson. With a 5-2 record and enough pieces around him, winning the division is still a realistic goal even with Seattle sitting two games behind the undefeated 49ers in the loss column. How much the Seahawks can do beyond that is hard to gauge given they have only a plus-five point differential, with four of their victories coming by a combined eight points. The 30-16 loss to Baltimore on Sunday was a troubling sign for their ability to win when Wilson isn't playing at an MVP level."
The Seahawks took a big fall in Pete Prisco’s latest power rankings for CBS Sports. Seattle dropped from No. 4 to No. 8.
“Just when it seems like they are cruising to a playoff berth and Russell Wilson is on his way to an MVP, the Seahawks laid an egg at home against the Ravens. The good news is Wilson faces the Atlanta defense this week.”
Seattle slid three spots to No. 8 in Sports Illustrated’s latest poll conducted by the MMQB Staff.
“A bit of a stinker for Russell Wilson was lowlighted by Marcus Peters zipping down the sideline with Russ’ first interception of the season for a pick-six before halftime. Seattle never led again, but the fountain of youth for offenses–the Falcons defense–is up next.”