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Take 2

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

October 15, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Seahawks’ drop in NFL power rankings not as far as you might think

The Seahawks took a tumble in the national media’s NFL power rankings after the loss to the Dallas Cowboys. No surprise there after a dismal performance at home.

What might surprise is exactly how far Seattle dropped.  Some rankings dropped the Seahawks out of the top five, and one (The Washington Post) out of the top 10. Others, put them at No. 2.

Here’s an overview where the Seahawks landed in rankings by national media and major newspapers.

SI.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 3

Seahawks comment: Since opening night, mortality.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2, Cowboys; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Eagles; 6, Cardinals; 7, 49ers; 8, Patriots; 9, Packers; 10, Colts.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 5

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson lost for only the second time at home and had his second career game completing no more than half his passes without a touchdown. Back-to-back road games are next.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2, Chargers; 3, Cowboys; 4, Eagles; 5, Seahawks; 6, Cardinals; 7, 49ers; 8, Colts; 9, Packers; 10, Patriots.

NFL.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 5

Seahawks comment: Forget that Seattle’s front seven got pushed around by that Cowboys offensive line this past Sunday. Think more about the three Percy Harvin touchdowns that were called back in D.C., or the fatigue that set in at San Diego. Essentially, when (or if) the Seahawks put it all together, they should ascend rapidly — perhaps to the very top. But the point is, at this juncture, Pete Carroll‘s team is underachieving. If I am seeing this wrong, let me know (@HarrisonNFL). I think even the most ardent Seahawks fans recognize this group has not put its best foot forward.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2, Chargers; 3, Eagles; 4, Cowboys; 5, Seahawks; 6, Packers; 7, Colts; 8, Cardinals; 9, 49ers; 10, Ravens.

USA TODAY

Seahawks rank: No. 3

Seahawks comment: Vulnerable? Or complacent? If you believe ‘Angry’ Doug Baldwin, it’s the latter and time for Seattle to flip the ‘on’ switch.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2,  Cowboys; 3, Seahawks; 4, Eagles; 5, Chargers; 6, Colts; 7, Cardinals; 8, Bengals; 9, 49ers; 10, Patriots.

CBSSPORTS.COM (PAT KIRWIN)

Seahawks rank: No. 5

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks are still a top team but a few recent injuries have become an issue. The Seahawks figure to rebound, but may be looking at a season in which they win 10 games and still manage a playoff berth.

Top 10: 1, Chargers; 2, Broncos; 3, Cowboys; 4, Eagles; 5, Seahawks; 6, Colts; 7, Patriots; 8, Cardinals; 9, Ravens; 10, 49ers.

CBSSPORTS.COM (PETE PRISCO)

Seahawks rank: No. 6

Seahawks comment: They’ve shown some vulnerability this season. They can’t win with 200 yards of offense like they had against Dallas.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2, Chargers; 3, Cardinals; 4, Cowboys; 5, Eagles; 6, Seahawks; 7, 49ers; 8, Bengals; 9, Colts; 10, Packers.

FOX SPORTS

Seahawks rank: No. 5

Seahawks comment: Without the big play on special teams and fortunate fumble recovery luck, the Seahawks might have been blown out after being dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. That statement hasn’t been true about any home game this team has played in quite some time.

Top 10: 1, Chargers; 2, Broncos; 3, Eagles; 4, Cowboys; 5, Seahawks; 6, Colts; 7, Cardinals; 8, Lions; 9, 49ers; 10, Ravens.

YAHOO.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 5

Seahawks comment: Here’s where it’s tricky. I think the Seahawks are better than Dallas, and if I had to pick the better bet to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, it’s Seattle. But the Cowboys earned that win; they clearly beat Seattle. And they deserve the higher spot.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2, Chargers; 3, Eagles; 4, Cowboys; 5, Seahawks; 6, Bengals; 7, Colts; 8, Cardinals; 9, Packers; 10, 49ers.

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks rank: No. 11

Seahawks comment: Were those really the Seahawks out there Sunday? The same Seahawks who were practically unbeatable at home the previous two seasons and who looked like they had a defense for the ages in claiming the Super Bowl? That defense was pushed around by the Cowboys’ offensive line. The offense couldn’t get much going against the Dallas defense except when the Cowboys handed the Seahawks points with special-teams gaffes. Perhaps this was the Seahawks’ wake-up call. But the other possibility is that they’re simply not the same team they were last season. Their play has been uneven on the road and now the rest of the league knows they can be beaten at home, too.

Top 10: 1, Chargers; 2, Broncos; 3, Colts; 4, Cowboys; 5, Packers; 6, 49ers; 7, Eagles; 8, Cardinals; 9, Patriots; 10, Ravens.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC 

Seahawks rank: No. 6

Seahawks comment: Got stunned at home by a surging Cowboys team that has won five in a row and has pulled into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East. The Seahawks are 3-2 and aren’t the world beaters we thought they were. They’ll be there in the end somewhere, but they get the five-spot slap this week and will have to work their way back.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2, Chargers; 3, Cowboys; 4, Eagles; 5, Colts; 6, Seahawks; 7, Cardinals; 8, 49ers; 9, Packers; 10, Patriots.

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks rank: No. 5

Seahawks comment: Losing to the Cowboys isn’t necessarily a surprise — losing at home to the Cowboys is. Blowing an early lead is unusual for the Legion of Boom, and quarterback Russell Wilson was ineffective against the Dallas defense.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2, Cowboys; 3, Chargers; 4, Eagles; 5, Seahawks; 6, 49ers; 7, Colts; 8, Packers; 9, Cardinals, 10.Lions.

BALTIMORE SUN

Seahawks rank: No. 6

Top 10: 1, Chargers; 2, Broncos; 3, Cowboys; 4, Eagles; 5, Colts; 6, Seahawks; 7, Cardinals; 8, Patriots; 9, Lions 10, Ravens.

DENVER POST

Seahawks rank: No. 1 in NFC

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson was only 14-of-28, 126 yards in home loss to Cowboys. Biggest difference has been defense. After ranking No. 1 in yards, No. 1 in points allowed last year, D ranks ninth and 14th this year. Still, the team to beat.

Top 10: NFC – 1, Seahawks; 2, Eagles; 3, 49ers; 4, Packers 5, Cowboys. AFC – 1, Broncos; 2,  Chargers; 3,Ravens; 4, Colts; 5, Patriots.

NEWSDAY

Seahawks rank: No. 4

Seahawks comment: Seahawks learning the hard way that everyone gives you their best shot when you’re coming off a Super Bowl win.

Top 10: 1, Chargers; 2, Broncos; 3, Cowboys; 4, Seahawks; 5, Cardinals; 6, Eagles; 7, Packers; 8, Colts; 9, 49ers; 10, Bengals.

NEW YORK POST

Seahawks rank: No. 6

Seahawks comment: They’re finding out why it’s so tough to win back-to-back Super Bowls in the salary-cap era.

Top 10: 1, Chargers; 2, Broncos; 3, Eagles; 4, Cowboys; 5, Cardinals; 6, Seahawks; 7, 49ers; 8, Colts; 9, Packers; 10, Patriots.

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks rank: No. 3

Seahawks comment: The Seattle Seahawks’ aura of invincibility is truly gone, but this is still a great football team. They are still the odds-on favorites to win the NFC West. Russell Wilson is as smooth an operator as they come, but he has a bit of trouble when his most reliable skill players aren’t having good games. Big-play specialist Percy Harvin was held to zero yards on three receptions, and Marshawn Lynch only carried the ball 10 times.

Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse are solid wideouts, but they hardly strike fear in opposing defenses. When the Seahawks’ own defense has a bad day at the office, it could be very tough for this team to keep up.

Top 10: 1, Cowboys; 2, Chargers; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Colts; 6, Eagles; 7, Patriots; 8, Bengals; 9, Ravens; 10, Lions.

SB NATION

Seahawks rank: No. 7.

Seahawks comment: The Cowboys’ big win in Seattle — their fifth in a row — propels them to the No. 2 spot in the rankings, and it’s clear that no team in the NFL is hotter right now. DeMarco Murray continues his record-setting tear and Tony Romo proved he’s still a deadly quarterback, while the Dallas defense has been performing better than anyone thought it could. Conversely, Seattle’s loss at home knocks the Seahawks down a few pegs, and they land at No. 7 after a game marked by a lack of identity on offense while surrendering 30 points at home. Really, it’s Seattle’s second straight shaky game in a row, after a close win over Washington on Monday Night Football last week.

Top 10: 1, Broncos; 2, Cowboys; 3, Chargers; 4, Eagles; 5, Cardinals; 6, 49ers; 7, Seahawks; 8, Packers; 9, Packers; 10, Colts.

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