NFL Power Rankings: Seattle Seahawks soar to the top of NFC West
The Seattle Seahawks pushed back to the top of the NFC this week and reclaimed the NFC West, but that could all change in the final two games of the season.
If the Seahawks can win out their final two games vs. the Cardinals and 49ers, they are guaranteed not only the NFC West title, but a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.
“To come out of it where we are right now and be one of the highest NFC seeds, after all that’s happened so far, that’s a good accomplishment for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “We’ve got to do something about it, but it’s still a good accomplishment this time. It’s nice to be the best. We’re getting close to it.”
Let’s take a look at where the playoff-bound Seahawks sit in the NFL Power Rankings in Week 16.
Around the NFL Writer Dan Hanzus took note of Seattle’s thin defense. The Seahawks were without edge rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah, outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and cornerback Shaquill Griffin.
“That Week 17 matchup with the 49ers continues to loom over everything, but for now, the Seahawks can enjoy where they stand: 11-3 and sitting atop the NFC with the No. 1 seed. On Sunday, they took care of business in a depleted state, beating the Panthers in Charlotte without Jadeveon Clowney, Ezekiel Ansah, Shaquill Griffin or Mychal Kendricks. By the time the game was over, Bobby Wagner and Quandre Diggs joined the walking wounded. Luckily, Seattle still has the ever-indestructible Russell Wilson behind center.“
Seattle landed at No. 4 in Pete Prisco’s power rankings for CBS Sports.
Prisco applauded the Seahawks for bouncing back in Week 15 after a tough loss to the Rams the week prior.
“They are now the top seed in the NFC, which would make for a tough trip for any NFC playoff team. They bounced back nicely against the Panthers after losing to the Rams last week.”
In Sports Illustrated’s NFL Power Rankings poll, Seattle remained at No. 5 this week.
Three voters had the Seahawks as high as No. 3 in the poll, while one voter had Seattle as low as ninth.
“Seattle was probably a tad uncomfortable late as the Panthers slashed a 30-10 fourth quarter lead down to 30-24 with three minutes to go, but some hard running from Chris Carson kept it that way. Russell Wilson was fantastic (20-of-26, 286 yards, 2 TDs, 137.7 rating), Carson picked up 133 yards and two TDs on the ground and Tyler Lockett appears fully healthy in time for the postseason (eight catches, 120 yards).”
The Seahawks leaped one spot to No. 3 in Mike Florio’s power rankings for NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.
Florio noted the loss of Josh Gordon, who was suspended indefinitely for violations of substance abuse and PED policies.
Seattle returned to the Top 5 in USA Today’s Week 16 power rankings after coming away with a 30-24 victory over the Panthers in Carolina.
Here’s what Nate Davis had to say about Seattle’s success on the road and why the Seahawks are No. 3 this week.
“Possible they've played final road game of season ... though worth noting they've got better record there (7-1) than at CenturyLink Field (4-2).”