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September 12, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Seahawks riding high atop national media’s NFL power rankings

NFL power rankings by the national media and major newspapers and websites are out for Week 2. The Seahawks are, not surprisingly, riding high. I found only one list – CBSSports.com – that had Seahawks anywhere but No. 1. That website had Denver No. 1, and Seattle No. 2.

Here’s a quick look at some of the top rankings.

ESPN.COM

This week: No. 1.

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Bengals.

Seahawks comment: The dreaded Super Bowl hangover skipped Seattle. That defense looked as fearsome as ever, holding Aaron Rodgers to 189 passing yards and a 47.9 QBR after unveiling the team’s Super Bowl banner.

CBSSPORTS.COM

This week: No. 2

Last week: No. 2

High five: 1, Broncos; 2, Seahawks; 3, Bengals; 4, 49ers; 5, Falcons.

Seahawks comment: They showed last week against the Packers that they won’t go down without a fight in their quest to repeat. That defense is special — again.

NFL.COM

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Bengals.

Seahawks comment: 1) The Seahawks have the best chance to repeat since the Patriots following the 2003 and ’04 seasons.
2) The gulf between reality and fantasy — where all those pre-draft rankers were worried about Christine Michael and Bob Turbin eating into Marshawn Lynch‘s production — remains large.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Bengals; 5, Eagles.

FOX SPORTS

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Bengals.

Seahawks comment:All three units opened the season playing like it was an extension of the fourth quarter at the Super Bowl. The defense is starting to get thin at cornerback, but the offense looks poised to take a step forward as offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell reunites with Percy Harvin (the two spent time together in Minnesota).

WASHINGTON POST

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 2

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Bengals; 5, Eagles

Seahawks comment: They picked up right where they’d left off in the Super Bowl and dominated a very good team, Green Bay, in Thursday night’s NFL season opener.

NEWSDAY

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Packers; 5, Saints.

Seahawks comment: No complacency for the defending champs, who pick up right where they left off with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball against the Packers.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1. Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Patriots.

Seahawks comment: If you needed a statement on their resolve to repeat as champions, it was delivered at the Packers’ expense.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Bengals; 5, Eagles.

Seahawks comment: If the Seahawks are anywhere near as dominant on the road as they have been at home, they’ll run away with home-field advantage in the NFC.

DETROIT NEWS

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, 49ers; 3, Broncos; 4, Falcons; 5, Lions.

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks notched the best win of the opening week, stifling the Packers’ offense, 26-16, and cemented their spot as the team to beat.

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Saints; 5, Bentals.

Seahawks comment: With the league’s premier defense augmented by an efficient offense, the Seahawks are a strong choice to earn the Vince Lombardi Trophy again.

SB NATION

This week: No. 1

Last week: No. 1

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Packers.

Seahawks comment: Seattle shrugged off concerns about a Super Bowl hangover and put together a convincing win against a Green Bay team that’s been talked about as a potential contender to emerge from the NFC this year. The Seahawks mixed a strong rushing attack with an efficient pass game and a suffocating pass defense to handle their business. They stuck to their winning formula, and stick here at the top of the rankings.

 

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