NFL Power Rankings: Where the Seahawks stand in Week 15
After falling to the Los Angeles Rams 28-12 in Week 14, the Seattle Seahawks expectedly took a tumble in the NFL power rankings.
Seattle, however, still has a chance to secure a spot in the playoffs this Sunday with a win over the Carolina Panthers and a loss by one of three teams: Packers, Rams or Vikings. The Seahawks could also clinch a playoff berth with a tie this week at Carolina and a Rams loss.
Before we preview what's at stake in this week's matchup, let's take a look at where the Seahawks sit in the power rankings.
Seattle slipped one spot in ESPN’s Week 15 power rankings to No. 6.
Take a look at what Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson had to say Seattle's loss to the Rams in prime-time.
“The No. 14 FPI ranking for the Seahawks' defense aligns with what your eyes have told you this season: It is a middle-of-the-pack group. The Seahawks' 29 takeaways are third most in the NFL and include a league-high 13 over the past four games. But the Seahawks are 29th in sacks (23) and 30th in generating pressure on opposing QBs (23.6%). Their loss to the Rams on Sunday night looked familiar in that regard, as Seattle got a pair of interceptions from Quandre Diggs but didn't sack Jared Goff -- while hitting him only four times.”
“The Seahawks lost Sunday's game -- and an opportunity to inhabit the No. 1 seed in the NFC -- because the Rams were able to push Seattle out of its comfort zone. This is a Brian Schottenheimer offense through and through; everything flows through the running game. But the Seahawks' defense struggled, allowing four long touchdown drives that forced the Seattle attack into pass-heavy mode. Russell Wilson is a great ally at any juncture, but he doesn't have the type of playmakers around him right now to mount a substantial comeback. We saw what happens when Wilson tries to do too much: He was sacked five times and took 11 hits as he scanned the field for open receivers. Painful drops from the likes of Malik Turner and Jacob Hollister didn't help matters. It was an ugly night, but the 'Hawks remain in solid position, with a massive Week 17 grudge match against the 49ers looming over everything.”
The Seahawks fell three spots to No. 6 in USA Today’s power rankings.
Nate Davis mentioned the loss of Rashaad Penny, who suffered an ACL injury against the Rams. He will miss the remainder of the season.
“Perhaps worse than loss to Rams was season-ending loss of RB Rashaad Penny, who'd finally emerged lately to give this offense a nice jolt.”
The Seahawks plunged to No. 5 this week after falling to the Rams.
Here’s what Pete Prisco had to say about Seattle’s rough loss in LA.
“That wasn't a good showing in Los Angeles with a chance to take over as the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They would be a wild-card team if the playoffs started today.”