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November 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

NFL power rankings: Seahawks still lingering in national media’s top 10

The Seahawks’ road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday had an impact in NFL power rankings for Week 12, but Seattle is still hanging around in many of the national media and major newspapers’ top 10.

Six of the 15 rankings I checked showed Seattle at least 10th. Frank Schwab of Yahoo.com rated the Seahawks highest at No. 9, and Mark Maske of the Washington Post placed them the lowest at No. 15.

Generally, the media ranked the Seahawks 10th or 11th.

The New England Patriots or Arizona Cardinals were No. 1 in virtually rankings, with the Packers the consensus No. 3, and the Broncos generally No.5.

New England was at the top of 11 rankings. Arizona, which the Seahawks host Sunday, were No. 1 in four.

We’ll update these rankings over the weekend, including The Seattle Times power rankings by Jayson Jenks.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 11 (down 2)

Seahawks comment: Jamaal Charles exploited the hole left by Brandon Mebane’s injury. The Chiefs had 6.3 yards per rush and 5.0 yards before contact per rush, most against Seattle since 2013.

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

SI.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 10 (down 2)

Seahawks comment: Tough losses or not, the Seahawks’ record has drifted into a dangerous spot. And unlike the rival 49ers, Seattle seemingly does not have any gimmes left on the schedule — two with Arizona, two with San Francisco, at Philadelphia and home against a St. Louis team that already beat the Seahawks this season.

Reinforcements could arrive Sunday in LB Bobby Wagner and OT James Carpenter. Good thing, because it’s getting late early for the defending champs.

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

NFL.COM

Seahawks rankings:  No. 10 (down 3)

Seahawks comment: Say what you want about Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, but we just saw how relevant defensive tackle Brandon Mebanelost for the season in Week 10 — is in terms of team MVP conversation. Well, that is if you consider keeping opponents from racking up nearly two bills on the ground to be valuable.

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

USA TODAY

Seahawks rankings: No. 11 (down 4)

Seahawks comment: Could Marshawn Lynch’s decision to remain on bench during Sunday’s halftime eventually earns him a permanent seat there?

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

CBSSPORTS.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 10 (down 2)

Seahawks comment:  If they want to have any chance to win the division, they have to beat Arizona this week. I worry about their two lines.

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

YAHOO.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 9 (down 1)

Seahawks comment:  A lot is being made of Marshawn Lynch, like he’s a reason for the Seahawks’ issues. Let’s think this through. Do we think Lynch debuted a new personality this year? No. And how were the Seahawks with all of Lynch’s “distractions” or whatever you’d like to call them the past few years?

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

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Seahawks ranking: No. 13  (down 7)

Seahawks comment: Defending champs face loaded schedule to close out: Cardinals, at 49ers, at Eagles, 49ers, at Cardinals, Rams. Good luck.

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

NEW ORLEANS TIMES PICAYUNE/NOLA.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 9 (down 4)

Seahawks comment: Marshawn Lynch is half in and half out.

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

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/AZ.COM

Seahawks ranking: No. 12 (down 3)

Seahawks comment: Dropping them three spots after that loss to the Chiefs in which Marshawn Lynch decided not to accompany his teammates in the locker room at halftime. His excuse was he could barely walk. Yeah, and I can barely type. Grow up, Skittles. This team is suffering from a classic case of Super Bowl hangover and its fingerprints are everywhere, no matter what coach Pete Carroll spews to the media. So why do I think they’re going to beat the Cardinals this week?

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

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks ranking: No. 11 (down 4)

Seahawks comment: In a 24-20 loss to the Chiefs, they stayed close but couldn’t get answer with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Marshawn Lynch went for 124 yards but the defense couldn’t stop Jamaal Charles.

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

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks ranking: No. 10 (down 3)

Seahawks comment: After beginning the season with an impressive victory over Green Bay, the defending Super Bowl-champion Seahawks started 3-1, but they’re 3-3 over their last six.

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

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks ranking: No. 15 (down 8)

Seahawks comment: The defending champs currently are on the outside of the NFC playoff picture looking in, and it is totally on merit. The Seahawks just haven’t played consistently well. Their previously solid run defense fell apart against the Chiefs. The absence of DT Brandon Mebane shouldn’t make that much difference. And what is one to think of RB Marshawn Lynch remaining on the sideline during the halftime break and then conducting a postgame telephone interview from the team bus with the league-owned media outlet after failing to speak to other reporters? It’s certainly unusual but probably meaningless when it comes to affecting whether or not games are won.

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

SB NATION

Seahawks ranking: No. 13

Seahawks comment: The Chiefs took down the Seahawks in a Sunday slugfest, showing incredible toughness late in the game to stuff two Seattle fourth-down attempts, including Seattle’s last-ditch effort for a game-winning 96-yard drive. Kansas City ran the ball well and wore out the Seahawks’ defense with Jamaal Charles and the run game. Alex Smith only needed to complete 11 of 16 passes for 108 yards to move the Chiefs into a 7-3 tie with the Broncos in the AFC West.

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

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks rankings: No. 11

Seahawks comment: Maybe the Super Bowl hangover is real.

In all fairness, going into Kansas City and coming away with a win is incredibly difficult in any season, let alone in this one where the Chiefs are actually good for the second consecutive year. Still, the Seattle Seahawks just don’t look as dominant as they were a year ago.

The pieces are still in place for a deep run, but the Seahawks need to figure it out sooner rather than later in a deep NFC.

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

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks ranking: No. 11 (down 3)

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

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