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Take 2

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

October 22, 2014 at 1:59 AM

NFL power rankings: Seahawks continue their stumble

The Seahawks’ 3-1 record feels like a long time ago, especially when one looks at the NFL power rankings put out by various sites this week. And that lopsided win against Green Bay in Week 1 on national TV? It might as well have been against the Lombardi Packers based on how down certain pundits are on the Seahawks now.

For the most part, the NFL power rankings we saw still had the Seahawks hanging around the 10-11 range, with outliers putting them as high as 8 and as low as 15. Below is a sampling of what we found:

ESPN.com

Seahawks rank: 11

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks pressured opposing quarterbacks on an NFL-high 33 percent of dropbacks in 2013. They rank last at 17 percent in 2014.

USA Today

Seahawks rank: 10

Seahawks comment: The focus will remain on Percy Harvin trade for a while, but unforeseen defensive (and special teams) shortcomings may prove bigger worries.

CBS Sports (Pat Kirwan)

Seahawks rank: 10

Seahawks comment: In August I picked the Seahawks to win their division with a 10-6 record. Right now they look like a team on that course if they can get healthy and get past the Percy Harvin trade.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco)

Seahawks rank: 11

Seahawks comment: They just aren’t playing with the same nastiness they did a year ago. Do they find it this week at Carolina?

NFL.com

Seahawks rank: 9

Seahawks comment: Seattle’s special teams unit was a huge part of the victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. It was the only thing that kept the Seahawks from getting blown out by Dallas in Week 6. And yet, on Sunday, it was responsible for the loss in St. Louis. Oh, and at this point, anyone who thinks Russell Wilson is a glorified “game manager” — or clearly inferior to Andrew Luck — is crazy. Wilson threw for 313 yards and ran for 106 against the Rams — without committing a single turnover.

Fox Sports

Seahawks rank: 10

Seahawks comment: The offense didn’t respond as hoped following the Percy Harvin trade, but watch rookie Paul Richardson going forward — he’s a DeSean Jackson clone. Overall, this is not the same team that won the Super Bowl — the offensive line has really struggled and the pass rush is no longer a dominant force.

Yahoo Sports

Seahawks rank: 8

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson was amazing at St. Louis, becoming the first player in NFL history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in a game. And Seattle still lost. That’s not good. Yet, nobody should be writing them off, so don’t complain they’re not further down in the rankings. They’ll be fine.

Washington Post

Seahawks rank: 15

Seahawks comment: There are some real problems here, and trading Percy Harvin didn’t mean they were automatically solved. The defense remains considerably less imposing than it was during the Super Bowl run. Rams QB Austin Davis looked far from intimidated Sunday. The offense must prove that it has enough play-makers around QB Russell Wilson, and getting RB Marshawn Lynch going should be the top priority. The special teams were fooled twice by the Rams on plays that proved decisive. These are across-the-board issues, and the Seahawks no longer get the benefit of the doubt that goes with being the defending champs. At this point, they’re merely a .500 team searching for answers.

Arizona Republic

Seahawks rank: 12

Seahawks comment: Two weeks ago, these guys were No. 1 in the Bobby Mac Power Rankings, but consecutive losses to Dallas and St. Louis have dropped them 11 big spots. The Percy Harvin trade was a shocker and apparently, not met with open arms in the locker room. Pete Carroll needs to find a way to unite his players, but it might be too late. There is a chasm forming, and from here, it doesn’t look good.

Bleacher Report

Seahawks rank: 11

Seahawks comment: During their Super Bowl season in 2013, the Seattle Seahawks lost three times in 20 games, including the playoffs. So far in 2014, through six games, they’ve already matched that number. A 3-3 record heading into Week 8 is not what anyone would have predicted for Seattle before the season—and definitely not after the Seahawks dominated the Green Bay Packers in the opener. But the Seattle team we saw in Week 1 wasn’t the same club taking the field against the St. Louis Rams in Week 7. Percy Harvin is gone, the defense has lost some of its punch and the offense is out of sorts with defenses forcing Russell Wilson to beat them. The Seahawks still have the talent, experience and coaching to turn this around and make a Super Bowl run, but first they have to qualify. Falling behind the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers in the division will make that tough.

SB Nation

Seahawks rank: 12

Seahawks comment: Meanwhile, the Seahawks continue to struggle and lost a wild, trick-play-laden game to the Rams in St. Louis. The defending champs have now lost as many games this season as they did in all of 2013, and need to figure out a way to get their swagger back before it’s too late. One positive for the Seahawks is that despite giving away Percy Harvin to the Jets this week, the offense showed signs of life. Russell Wilson had his best game this season, becoming the first NFL quarterback to throw for 300+ yards and rush for 100 or more in a game.

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