NFL Power Rankings: Seattle Seahawks 'found a way' in Week 1
The first week of the NFL season has come and gone! The Seattle Seahawks walked into Week 1 as 9.5-point favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals, but their season opener didn't go exactly as planned.
The Bengals racked up 429 yard on offense, keeping the Seahawks to just 12 first downs and 233 total yards of offense. Seattle's franchise quarterback was sacked four times, and the NFL's best run team in 2018 was held to just 72 yards rushing.
But in the end, it was the Seahawks who figured out a way to come out on top, defeating the Bengals 21-20 at CenturyLink Field. There's still a lot of work to do, as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll noted.
''There is a lot of stuff for us to get better at,'' Carroll said Monday. ''We were fortunate to get the win....Thrilled to get off to that start with so much to gain and improve in all areas really.''
Despite a narrow victory over the Bengals on Sunday, the Seahawks managed to climb in a majority of power rankings following Week 1.
Let's take a look at what they're saying about the Seahawks heading into Week 2:
Seattle came in at No. 11 in ESPN’s latest power rankings, up four spots from their preseason ranking of 15.
ESPN highlighted rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf’s play in his NFL debut.
“Metcalf caught four passes for a team-high 89 yards to break Largent's 43-year-old club record for most yards by a rookie receiver in his debut. His catches of 42 and 25 yards set up a pair of touchdowns. The 25-yarder came on a scramble throw that Pete Carroll called a "great illustration" of Metcalf's understanding that the play is never over with Russell Wilson.”
“That was not the resounding victory people expected with the Bengals coming to town for Week 1, but the Seahawks showed once again that having a guy like Russell Wilson behind center tends to make the difference in a close game.”
Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk has Seattle at No. 6 heading into Week 2. This was their same ranking one week earlier.
“We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now, but a one-point win over the Bengals at home in September doesn’t suggest that they’ll be heading to Miami in February.”