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Take 2

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

October 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

NFL power rankings: Unpredictable Seahawks all over the place

Conflicted over the Seahawks’ recent performances? You’re not the only one.

The national media and major newspapers are, too, according to this week’s NFL power rankings. While the  Broncos, Cardinals and Patriots dominate most of those ratings, and are 1-2-3 in most sites – the Seahawks are ranked all over the place. They’re as high as fifth and as low as 14. Nine of the 14 rankings I found rank Seattle in the top 10.

Here’s a roundup of where the Seahawks rank in the NFL power rankings from national media and major newspapers.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 10

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson went 4-of-4 for 53 yards and a touchdown on the Seahawks’ game-winning drive after completing 57.1 percent of his passes on the Seahawks’ first seven drives.

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Cowboys; 5, Eagles.

NFL.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 6

Seahawks comment: Whoever said, or thinks, Russell Wilson isn’t “black enough” needs to decide what the heck that means. And then, when they figure it out, ask themselves if judging people that way does their own life and circumstance any good. Put another way, if the guys who allegedly spent time circulating such absurd thoughts instead spent time becoming better players, perhaps the Seahawks wouldn’t have needed a sweet comeback from their undeniably clutch human being to win.

Top 5: 1,Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Eagles; 5, Cowboys.

USA TODAY

Seahawks rank: No. 9

Seahawks comment: Wounded champs could heal with three of their next four at CenturyLink Field, capped by showdown with first-place Cardinals.

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Eagles; 5, Cowboys.

SI.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 9

Seahawks comment: This ranking is still based more on what we all know the Seahawks are capable of than what they’ve shown in recent weeks. And yet, the rest of the league could not have been thrilled that Carolina let the defending champs off the hook Sunday. With upcoming home games versus Oakland and the Giants, Seattle should be at 6-3 before its tricky stretch run begins.

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Patriots; 3, Cardinals; 4, Eagles; 5, Lions.

FOXSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 7

Seahawks comment: The offensive line is struggling to create running lanes and in turn we have seen a pass-first offense in recent weeks that is struggling to consistently move the ball. Russell Wilson engineered what could be a season-saving drive to beat Carolina.

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Eagles; 4, Patriots; 5, Cowboys.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks rank: No. 10

Seahawks comment:

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Eagles; 5, Cowboys.

CBSSPORTS.COM (Pete Prisco)

Seahawks rank: No. 8

Seahawks comment: That might have been a season-saving drive late against Carolina. Now they can start getting it right this week against the Raiders.

Top 5: 1, Broncso; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Cowboys; 5, Eagles.

CBSSPORTS.COM (Pat Kirwin)

Seahawks rank: No. 6

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks defense looked like the 2013 version against the Panthers on the road last week. With five home games still on the schedule, they are still on track to return to the playoffs.

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Cowboys; 4, Patriots; 5, Chargers.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Seahawks rank: No. 5

Seahawks comments: There are issues to iron out and it hasn’t been smooth but Raiders should not provide too much trouble.

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

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks rank: No. 11

Seahawks comment: The drama continues with widespread speculation over the weekend that RB Marshawn Lynch will not be back with the team beyond this season because the organization has grown weary of dealing with him. No one ever said trying to defend the Super Bowl title would be easy. The offense continued to struggle Sunday at Carolina but QB Russell Wilson delivered the go-ahead TD pass late and the defense finished off the victory. No one in the league should be intimidated by the Seahawks at the moment but they do get to play at home against the winless Raiders this weekend.

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Lions; 5, Steelers.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Seahawks rank: No. 13

Seahawks comment: Kind of an ugly win against Carolina. But the good news is they get the Raiders and Giants at home next.

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Eagles; 5, Colts.

NEW  YORK POST

Seahawks rank: No. 14

Top 5: 1,  Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Lions; 5, Cowboys.

SB NATION

Seahawks rank: No. 13

Seahawks comment: The NFC West and AFC North remain wide open. The Seahawks got a much-needed win in Carolina to pull even with the Niners at 4-3, and while both teams trail the Cardinals through eight weeks, the division-heavy part of the schedule is about to kick in for all three teams. The

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Cardinals; 3, Patriots; 4, Lions; 5, Cowboys.

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks rank: No. 13

Seahawks comment: Seahawks won a road game in Carolina, but they move down this week. Why and how?

First off, the Seahawks offense looked terrible in scoring just 13 points on a Carolina defense that was allowing 28 points per game and gave up at least 30 points in four of its five previous games. Without a consistent run game and with the wide receiver corps suddenly thinned out, the Seahawks are without a true identity on offense. That shows up, and thankfully Russell Wilson is good enough to compensate for the lack of talent around him.

The defending champions are currently No. 3 in the NFC West and look disconnected on both sides of the ball. Their Week 8 win may be the galvanizing force needed to pull them back together, but right now, the Seahawks aren’t scaring anyone.

Top 5: 1, Broncos; 2, Patriots; 3, Cardinals; 4, Cowboys; 5, Lions.

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