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Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

September 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Seahawks vs. Broncos: Denver No. 1, Seattle drops in most NFL power rankings

Some of the major NFL power rankings are out, and the Seahawks dropped out of the top spot after their loss to the Chargers on Sunday. In all but one poll I found, the Denver Broncos are No. 1, and the Seahawks are No. 2 in many of the rankings.

That’s fitting entering Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch between Seattle and Denver at CenturyLink Field.

One ranking, by NFL.com, dropped the Seahawks all the way to No. 7. SI.com was the only one to rank anyone besides Denver No. 1, rating the Cincinnati Bengals first and the Broncos second.

Here’s a quick look at seven NFL power rankings. We’ll update late in the week after ours and others are posted.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks: No. 2

Broncos: No. 1

Top five: 1, Broncos; 2, Seahawks; 3, Bengals; 4, Eagles; 5, Patriots.

Seahawks comment: The nine-point loss was Seattle’s largest margin of defeat since Week 9 of 2011. Russell Wilson is 16-1 at home, but fell to 9-8 on the road in his career.

Broncos comment: Thanks, Peyton! Julius Thomas is the first player in Broncos history with four receiving touchdowns in the first two games of the season.

SI.COM

Seahawks: No. 4

Broncos: No. 2

Top five: 1, Bengals; 2, Broncos; 3, Panthers; 4, Seahawks; 5. Eagles.

Seahawks comment:Here’s the thing about teams throwing at Richard Sherman: Richard Sherman wants quarterbacks to throw at Richard Sherman, and the Seahawks should, too. Last season, Sherman picked off eight of the 57 passes fired in his direction. He’ll allow some catches, but the Seahawks can bank on him delivering more than a few game-changing plays.

Broncos comment: Sure, this week’s trip to Seattle provides Denver a shot at redemption. It also might leave Broncos fans praying with all their might that the Seahawks get bounced before the Super Bowl in order to avoid another rematch. Denver has been good, but not great, in getting to 2-0 at home. It’ll need more Sunday .

USA TODAY

Seahawks: No. 2

Broncos: No. 1

Top five: 1, Broncos; 2, Seahawks; 3, Bengals; 4, Panthers; 5. Eagles.

Seahawks comment: If they’re going to lay an egg, it might as well be against an AFC team.

Broncos comment:  Less-than-impressive win vs. decimated Chiefs, mostly because high-dollar defense has yet to prove its worth.

NFL.COM

Seahawks: No. 7

Broncos: No. 1

Top five: 1, Broncos; 2, Bengals; 3, Eagles; 4, Panthers; 5, Cardinals.

Seahawks comment: Guessing the “perfect season” stuff can come to a merciful end. Seattle looked fatigued in the San Diego heat and in those dark blues. Give the Chargers credit for a) making the Seahawks wear those insulated heat packs and b) outplaying them in all three phases of the game. Percy Harvin‘s fumble on a second-quarter kick return was a huge play in a quality early-season matchup.

Broncos comment: Raise your hand if you live in Denver and expected Sunday’s matchup to become a one-score game in its final moments, with the ailing Chiefs threatening. Anyone? No?

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Seahawks: No. 2

Broncos: No. 1.

Top five: 1, Broncos; 2, Seahawks; 3, Eagles; 4, Bengals; 5, Panthers.

Seahawks comment: Time to see if they have closed the gap in rematch of 43-8 beating at hands of Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII

Broncos comment: Even the league’s best team won’t be at that level every week as loss to Chargers proved.

NEWSDAY

Seahawks: No. 2

Broncos: No. 1.

Top five: 1, Broncos; 2, Seahawks; 3, Eagles; 4, Bengals; 5, Panthers.

Seahawks comment: The wakeup call comes early for the defending champs. After a transcendent performance against the Packers in the opener, Seahawks are outclassed in San Diego.

Broncos comment: Peyton Manning not quite the machine we’re used to seeing, but he’s good enough to beat a better-than-expected Chiefs team at home. Up next: another crack at the Seahawks, who dominated Manning in the Super Bowl.

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks: No. 2

Broncos: No. 1

Top five: 1, Broncos; 2, Seahawks; 3, Bengals; 4, Packers; 5. Eagles.

Seahawks comment: Lost in Week 2, but few people were expecting this team to go undefeated. They are still among the league’s elite with the ability to shut down an opponent while pounding the ball offensively. Returning home for a rematch of the Super Bowl should help prove to everyone why this team is still a favorite to repeat for a title.

Broncos comment: Although the Broncos are not blowing teams out like they did for much of last season, Peyton Manning is still doing a great job of spreading the ball around to keep the offense nearly impossible to defend. With Wes Welker returning to the field, Denver will be even better. A Week 3 battle against the Seahawks will be difficult, but this is still the best team in the AFC until proved otherwise.

SB NATION

Seahawks: No. 3

Broncos: No. 1

Top five: 1, Broncos; 2, Bengals; 3, Seahawks; 4, Panthers; 5, Eagles.

Seahawks comment: The king is already dead (sort of). After two weeks in the 2014 NFL season, the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks have dropped from the top spot in the power rankings after losing on the road to the San Diego Chargers. Was it the heat? Was it Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates? Or maybe it was just a bad day for the champs. Whatever the answer was, we’ll know more next week when the Seahawks play host to the Denver Broncos, the new weekly power rankings leader.

Broncos comment: The Broncos survived a close game against the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s the second game in a row where Peyton Manning and Co. had to hold off a late comeback attempt from their opponents, something that has to be a concern considering next week’s game. Either way, it’s still early, and both the Seahawks and Broncos have plenty of time to look under the hood.

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