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October 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seahawks top most NFL power rankings, but look who’s next

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes with Denver's Von Miller in pursuit on Sept. 21.  Photo by Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes with Denver’s Von Miller in pursuit on Sept. 21.
(Photo by Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)

NFL power rankings, as meaningless as they are, can be an interesting measure of how pro football reporters around the nation view the Seahawks. The rankings can swing wildly early in the season, based on a tough loss or a bad performance.

But now the rankings made by national media and major newspapers are sorting themselves out.

The Seahawks are No. 1 in most, but not all, power rankings I found. Of 16 power rankings, Seattle was No. 1 in 12, and no lower than No. 4 anywhere.

The undefeated Cincinnati Bengals were No. 1 in the other four rankings. The Broncos, Chargers and unbeaten Cardinals are the consensus top five. So the Seahawks have beaten one top-five team (Denver) and lost to another (San Diego).

But I’m curious where you think the Seahawks — and the rest of the pack — should be ranked right now. Here’s my top five, for what it’s worth: 1, Seahawks; 2, Bengals; 3, Broncos; 4, Cardinals; 5, Packers.

But, of course, the power rankings don’t really mean a thing, remember?

SEATTLE TIMES

Seahawks rank: No. 1

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

ESPN.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: All four of Kirk Cousins’ interceptions came outside the numbers Thursday. Since the start of 2013, no one has more picks on those throws than the Seahawks.

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

SI.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 2

Seahawks comment: If everyone agrees that a player is “underrated,” does that mean he is no longer underrated? We’ve probably reached that point in the discussion with Seattle LB Bobby Wagner, who lives in the shadows of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas but may be every bit as good as rising stars such as Lavonte David and Luke Kuechly.

Wagner, to the Seattle Times this summer: “I don’t like the term ‘underrated.’ That’s like saying someone is better than you expected. Well, I want the expectation for me to be high.”

Consider it done.

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

NFL.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 3

Seahawks comment: As I mentioned above, many people were frustrated over the Seahawks not being No. 1 after hanging on in Week 3 to beat the Broncos in OT (thanks, in part, to a coin flip). I guess losses mean nothing anymore? For the record, I have Seattle returning to the Super Bowl. That said, in the Power Rankings, we can only call what we see to this point. All told, a top-five slot right now is a testament to how solid Pete Carroll‘s roster really is. The ‘Hawks aren’t playing their best football. What happens when they do?

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

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks rank: No. 3

Seahawks comment: The defending champs return from their bye week needing to demonstrate that they can play at the same level on the road as at home. They will have three such opportunities in their next four games, beginning Monday night against (Washington) at FedEx Field. QB Russell Wilson should be looking forward to facing a Washington secondary that was exploited badly by Eli Manning and the Giants last Thursday night.

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

CBSSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: On a bye last week but the win over the Broncos keeps them in the top spot and, as a matter of fact, my top three teams were all on a bye last week, so nothing has changed.

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

PRO FOOTBALL TALK/NBCSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: Richard Sherman is even better than the bye.

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

YAHOO.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: Not sure I like Kirk Cousins’ chances next week against this defense coming off a bye.

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

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: With a bye week, the Super Bowl champs hold on to the top spot because … who’s better? The statistics might not bear it out, but the eye test tells a story that the Seahawks are still the team to beat.

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

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: After their open date, the Seahawks catch a break, traveling to Washington for a Monday night game that could get ugly early.

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

NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE

Seahawks rank: No. 2

Seahawks comment: In this case, the early bye could hurt momentum.

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

FOX.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 1

Seahawks comment: The early bye week is not ideal for a team looking to build momentum, but it might allow them to install some new packages for an offense that hasn’t looked as efficient over the last two games. The defending champions boast a dominant defensive line with the depth to withstand injuries and arguably the best secondary in the league.

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

USA TODAY

Seahawks ranking: No. 1

Seahawks comment: They can’t be loving the schedule, launched out of their early bye into a short week after an East Coast Monday nighter.

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

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks ranking: No. 1

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

SB NATION

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks-related comment: No comment on Seattle, but here’s one on the 49ers: San Francisco moves back into the top 10, and does so on the back of a dominant defensive beatdown of the previously undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly’s explosive, injury-decimated offense could not get anything done, managing only 213 total yards and 3.8 yards per play. The Niners appear to have gotten their mojo back on defense, and now they just have to get some consistency on offense and special teams to keep moving up. Crazily enough, even with that San Francisco defensive performance, the Eagles were actually in a position to take the lead very late in the game before the Niners put up a goal-line stand, so for now, balance is a big red flag for San Francisco.

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

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: A Week 4 bye may be a bad thing for many teams, but after facing the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos in back-to-back weeks, the Seattle Seahawks are likely happy for the chance to rest up this week.

With no game for Seattle, Denver or the Cincinnati Bengals, our No. 1 team stays the same this week. Come Week 5, though, the Seahawks must travel to Washington for a Monday night game. That’s nearly two weeks off the field and a long trip across the country.

It’s a very winnable game on paper, but it also has all the makings of a trap game for Seattle.

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

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