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Take 2

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

September 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Seahawks back atop most NFL power rankings, but who put them No. 6?

Marshawn Lynch's touchdown in overtime beat the Broncos 26-20 and helped vault the Seahawks into the top spot in most NFL power rankings entering their bye week.  Mike Siegel / Seattle Times staff

Marshawn Lynch’s touchdown in overtime beat the Broncos 26-20 and helped vault the Seahawks into the top spot in most NFL power rankings entering their bye week.
Mike Siegel / Seattle Times staff

The Seahawks have a bye week, but are back atop most of the NFL power rankings from national media after beating the Denver Broncos 26-20 Sunday in overtime. There are a couple of notable exceptions: The Washington Post ranks Seattle No. 6, and NFL.com puts the Seahawks No. 5. The Cindinnati Bengals are No. 1 in both of those rankings.

Here are NFL power rankings posted early in the week. We’ll update with more, as well as The Seattle Times’ rankings by Jayson Jenks, later in the week.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson’s career record against Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady is 7-0. After Sunday’s overtime win, the Seahawks are still clearly the team to beat.

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

CBSSPORTS.COM

Seahawks: No. 1

Seahawks comment: The world champions played like champs in an OT win over Denver. After a bye this week, they hit the road for a game against (Washington). Russell Wilson is 9-8 away from Seattle.

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

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks: No. 6

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks won the Super Bowl rematch but it was far more difficult against the Broncos this time. The blown fourth-quarter lead should be somewhat concerning to the defending champs. But QB Russell Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch made the big plays in OT. Wilson is now 7-0 against Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.

Top five: 1, Bengals; 2, Eagles; 3, Cardinals; 4, Chargers; 5, Patriots.

NFL.COM

Seahawks: No. 5

Seahawks comment: Nice, resilient showing for the Seahawks, who prevailed even after sloppy play and the refs’ failure to call offensive pass interference allowed the Broncos to even things up in Seattle on Sunday. Personally, I think Julius Thomas should’ve been allowed to put a Seahawks corner in a sleeper hold so that Wes Welker could run unabated and uncovered, but I digress …

The five-spot might seem too low for this team, but considering San Diego soundly defeated Seattle and Arizona took care of San Diego, the Seahawks deserve to be behind both. And I’m not ready to vault those Cards over Philadelphia or Cincinnati.

Top five: 1, Bengals; 2, Eagles; 3, Cardinals; 4, Chargers; 5, Seahawks.

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks: No. 1

Seahawks comment:  Bouncing back from a surprising loss to San Diego, the Super Bowl champs dispatched the Broncos, 26-20, in OT. QB Russell Wilson has been solid, minimizing mistakes late in games.

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

SB NATION

Seahawks: No. 1

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks leap back into the top spot and move in front of the team they beat this week, the Broncos, last week’s No. 1 team. Peyton Manning led a ballsy game-tying touchdown drive (capped with a two-point conversion) in the final minute of regulation, but Russell Wilson had the last laugh, helping carry Seattle 80 yards downfield in overtime to defeat Denver. Both teams looked strong on defense throughout the game, and both offenses refused to fold. There are certainly other teams nipping at the heels of the two squads in these power rankings, but for now, they remain the top dogs.

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

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