403 Forbidden


nginx
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx
Follow us:
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx

Take 2

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

November 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM

NFL power rankings: Seahawks continue uphill climb in top 10 by national media

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, congratulates his running back Marshawn Lynch on scoring one of his four touchowns.  John Lok / Seattle Times file

Quarterback Russell Wilson, right, congratulates running back Marshawn Lynch on scoring one of his four touchdowns.
John Lok / Seattle Times file

As the Seahawks’ season shifts into the most difficult uphill portion of the season this week, NFL power rankings around the country have Seattle in the top 10 and poised to make a move.

Seattle is moving up in most rankings from national media and major newspapers after pulling away in the second half to beat the New York Giants 38-17.

The Seahawks’ highest ranking was No. 5, and the lowest was No. 10.

Next up: The Kansas City Chiefs, who also are ranked in most top 10s. After that, Seattle plays Arizona, the media’s consensus No. 2 choice behind New England.

SI.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 8 (up 1).

Seahawks comment: As Samuel L. Jackson’s Jurassic Park character so coolly uttered (as if there’s another way for Samuel L. Jackson): “Hold on to your butts.”

The Seahawks have steadied themselves to reach a 6-3 record. Four of their next six games are on the road; four of their next six games are against either San Francisco or Arizona. If the defending champs want to protect their crown into January, they will have to earn it.

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

NFL.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 7 (up 1)

Seahawks comment:  Tweeted this on Sunday, and I’ll say it again: Marshawn Lynch is the most entertaining power back to watch since Earl Campbell. When his touchdown plunge put Seattle up 24-17 in the fourth quarter, you could just feel the crowd get energized. Not sure there is another running back like him in the game today. His lateral moves are awesome for a guy who runs with such brute force.

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

ESPN.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 9 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Seattle’s 350 rushing yards were more than the Giants’ total yards (324) Sunday. The Seahawks rushed for more yards than any team since the 2012 Chiefs in Week 16.

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

USA TODAY

Seahawks ranking: No. 7, three-way tie (up 1)

Seahawks comment: They better think long and hard about cutting Marshawn Lynch if that really is their plan heading into 2015.

Top 10: 1, Patriots; 2, Broncos; 3, Cardinals; 4, Colts; 5, Packers; 6, Eagles; 7 (tied), Cowboys, Seahawks and Lions; 10, 49ers.

CBSSPORTS.COM (PAT KIRWAN)

Seahawks ranking: No. 8 (dropped 3)

Seahawks comment: The Seattle running game is downright scary right now and it will have to carry the team until the defense gets healthy. A trip to Kansas City this week will be a real test.

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

CBSSPORTS.COM (PETE PRISCO)

Seahawks ranking: No. 8 (no change)

Seahawks comment:They got that running game cranked up against the Giants, which is the identity of this team. The quarterback still runs too much. 

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

FOXSPORTS.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 10

Seahawks comment: With top two offensive linemen Russell Okung and Max Unger back, the Seahawks’ ground game was reborn. Going forward, this rushing attack can lead anchor the offense.

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

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Seahawks ranking: No. 7 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Loss of nose tackle Brandon Mebane to a torn hamstring is major setback for defense.

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

NEW YORK POST

Seahawks ranking: No. 9 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: So much for that report about Seattle being fed up with Marshawn Lynch.

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

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Seahawks ranking: No. 6 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Look ready to take off, even with all the injuries.

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

NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE/NOLA.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 5 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: What was that about trading Marshawn Lynch?

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

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks ranking: No. 7 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: In victory over Giants, theSeahawks became first team since 1978 to rush for at least 350 yards and 5 TDs in a game.

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks ranking: No. 8 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: They haven’t always looked like defending Super Bowl champs this season. But no one said it would be easy. And the Seahawks have regrouped with three straight wins. Their biggest games of the season remain in front of them, with two games each against the Cardinals and 49ers in the next six weeks. First comes a difficult road game Sunday at Kansas City.

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

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks ranking: No. 7 (up 1)

Seahawks comment:  In the second half, they pulled away from the Giants for a 38-17 win. Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch lived up to his nickname, battering through the defense. Left for dead, the Seahawks are making a strong statement now.

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

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/AZCENTRAL.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 9

Seahawks comment: I picked the Giants to beat the Seahawks in Seattle, and for a while, I thought it was going to happen. I was wrong. The Seahawks literally ran over the Giants.

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

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE

Seahawks ranking: No. 7

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

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks ranking: No. 8 (up 1)

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

XN SPORTS

Seahawks ranking: No. 9 (down 2)

Seahawks comment: Like the Cowboys, the Seahawks had more to lose than gain in their Week 10 matchup. Losing, at home, to the Giants would have been a massive setback for the defending Super Bowl Champions fighting hard to keep pace with the Arizona Cardinals. Instead, Seattle pounded the Giants to the tune of five rushing touchdowns and secured a win they could not have afforded to let slip away. Now, the team famous for an unmatched home-field advantage travels to the one place that might be their equal — Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

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

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks ranking: No. 9 (up 3)

Seahawks comment: The Seattle Seahawks won in Week 10 to keep their playoff hopes alive, but are they back to being competitors in the NFC?

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

SBNATION.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 10 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Don’t look now, but the defending champion Seahawks have rattled off three wins in a row and seem to have rediscovered the identity they rode to a Super Bowl win in 2013. The run game has taken back off, the defense has regained its swagger, and if Russell Wilson can get back to throwing the football like he was earlier in the season, Seattle could find itself back in the conversation as one of the favorites out of the NFC.

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

Want to be a reader contributor to The Seattle Times’ Take 2 blog? Email your original, previously unpublished work or proposal to Sports Editor Don Shelton at dshelton@seattletimes.com or sports@seattletimes.com. Not all submissions can be published. Opinions expressed are those of authors, and The Times reserves the right to edit and publish any submissions online and/or in print

Comments | More in seahawks

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx