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Take 2

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

November 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM

NFL power rankings: Media shuffle top spots, but Seahawks creep up

The Patriots and Cardinals are in a virtual dead heat at the top of the NFL power rankings from the national media and major newspapers. The shift took place after Tom Brady and New England slapped a 43-21 loss on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Where does that leave the Seahawks? Although Seattle struggled to hold off the winless Oakland Raiders 30-24 Sunday, it still is in the top 10 of most of the rankings. The Seahawks’ average rank is No. 9 and they’ve held steady or moved up a spot or two in most ratings. Their highest ranking was No. 5 (CBSSports.com’s Pat Kirwan) and the lowest was No. 12 (SB Nation).

Here’s a roundup of NFL power rankings entering this week’s games.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 10 (no change).

Seahawks comment: A six-point home win over the Raiders won’t exactly calm the nerves. Russell Wilson had a career-high 12 off-target passes Sunday, but Seattle escaped and hosts the Giants next.

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

NFL.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 8 (last week No. 6)

Seahawks comment: Between another Seahawks win that proved to be harder-fought than people anticipated and the play of both Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, a small drop was necessary. Then again, we must remind ourselves that this club played plenty of surprisingly close games last year — including tight victories over the Titans, Rams and Bucs — and still went on to win the Super Bowl by 35 points. So should we continue to believe in these ‘Hawks, Seattle fans? (@HarrisonNFL) The ultimate litmus test might be when the Cardinals visit Nov. 23.

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

CBSSPORTS.COM (PETE PRISCO)

Seahawks ranking: No. 8

Seahawks comment: The Raiders proved to be a nice tonic in the win-loss column, but they still didn’t look right. The offense isn’t clicking at all.

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

CBSSPORTS.COM (PAT KIRWAN)

Seahawks ranking: No. 5 (last week No. 6)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks are really beat up but still find ways to win, even if the most recent victory was the No. 32 Raiders. It’s going to be hard for Seattle to stay in the top ten if it doesn’t start getting healthy along the offensive line.

Top 10: 1, Cardinals; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Lions; 5, Seahawks; 6, Steelers; 7, Colts; 8, Eagles; 9, Bengals; 10, Chiefs.

FOXSPORTS.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 10 (last week No. 7)

Seahawks comment: Led by a strong run defense, the Seahawks defense looked a lot closer to the one we saw in 2013. Issues in pass protection aren’t going away, however, and it showed.

Top 10: No. 1,  Patriots; 2, Cardinals; 3, Broncos; 4, Lions; 5, Eagles; 6, Colts; 7, Cowboys; 8, Dolphins; 9, Chiefs; 10, Seahawks.

USA TODAY

Seahawks ranking: No. 8 (last week No. 9)

Seahawks comment: They had to hang on to beat the Raiders in Seattlle, and I don’t know about you, but that scares me just enough to wonder about these guys. … I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants go to Seattle and escape with a win.

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

SI.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 9 (no change)

Top 10: 1, Patriots; 2, Cardinals; 3, Broncos; 4, Eagles; 5, Lions; 6, Chiefs; 7, Packers; 8, Steelers; 9, Seahawks; 10, Colts.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Seahawks ranking: No. 8 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The return of Marshawn Lynch.

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

NEWSDAY

Seahawks ranking: No. 11 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Even beating the Raiders at home isn’t a layup for the defending Super Bowl champs, as Legion of Boom defense gives up two second-half TDs to make it close.

Top 10: 1, Patriots; 2, Cardinals; 3, Broncos; 4, Lions; 5, Eagles; 6, Cowboys; 7, Chiefs; 8, Steelers; 9, Colts; 10, Packers.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks ranking: No. 9 (last week No. 10)

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson is the only quarterback in history with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of his first two seasons.

Top 10: 1, Patriots; 2, Cardinals; 3, Broncos; 4, Eagles; 5, Lions; 6, Cowboys; 7, Steelers; 8, Bengals; 9, Seahawks; 10, Chiefs.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Seahawks ranking: No. 7 (last week No. 9)

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson is lacking play-making targets and victory over hapless Raiders was too close for comfort.

Top 10: 1, Patriots; 2, Cardinals; 3, Broncos; 4, Eagles; 5, Lions; 6, Colts; 7, Seahawks; 8, Bengals; 9, Steelers; 10, Packers.

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks ranking: No. 10 (last week No.11)

Seahawks comment: Maybe this is all that the Seahawks will be this season, a good but far-from-great team that struggles to get by even against poor competition — like the Raiders in Week 9. The expectation has been they will, at some point, return to the level they reached during the most recent postseason, and seemed to be sustaining when this season began. Perhaps that’s simply more than this season’s team can manage.

Top 10: 1, Cardinals; 2, Patriots; 3, Lions; 4, Broncos; 5, Steelers; 6, Bills; 7, Colts; 8, Eagles; 9, Chiefs; 8, Seahawks.

NEW YORK POST

Seahawks ranking: No. 11 (last week No. 14)

Top 10: 1, Cardinals; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Lions; 5, Eagles; 6, Cowboys; 7, Steelers; 8, Colts; 9, Bills; 10, Packers.

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks ranking: No. 7 (last week No. 10)

Seahawks comment: After rushing out to a 24-3 lead in the first half, they got a scare from the Raiders in a 30-24 win. Russell Wilson still isn’t himself, but they’re doing just enough to win games and stay close to the Cardinals in the division.

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

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks: No.  9 (last week No. 10)

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

SB NATION

Seahawks ranking: No. 12 (no change).

Seahawks comment: As we go down the list, we find teams like the Eagles, Packers, Colts, Bengals, Chiefs, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Dolphins, Bills and Browns, a gaggle of very strong teams either leading their divisions or contending in that race.

Top 10: 1, Patriots; 2, Cardinals; 3, Broncos; 4, Lions; 5, Steelers; 6, Eagles; 7, Packers; 8, Colts; 9, Bengals; 10, Chiefs.

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