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September 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM

National media’s NFL power rankings: Seahawks enter bye week No. 1

The Seahawks are back on top of nearly every NFL power ranking I could find early Friday morning.  Five from major newspaper websites all had Seattle ranked first entering their bye week after the 26-20 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos.

I posted a roundup earlier in the week, and four of six of those power rankings put the Seahawks first. That post can be found here.

USA TODAY

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson now combined 7-0 against Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Fair to call Wilson elite, too.

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

BALTIMORE SUN

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks  comment: The Seahawks didn’t have it nearly as easy as they did in February, but that was a statement drive to end the game in overtime vs. Denver. Running back Marshawn Lynch lived up to his Beast Mode moniker with 88 yards and a score, and the defense held for most of the game. This team is still legit.

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

CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: It took overtime to dismiss the improved Broncos this past weekend, but Seattle showed its still tougher, faster and more physical than the best team in the AFC.

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

ARIZONA REPUBLIC

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: They move up three spots after beating my top-ranked team, the Broncos, and I get the sense the Seahawks will be sitting in this spot for a while, don’t you? Enjoy the bye week, Seattle.

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

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson’s not bad, either.

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

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