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Take 2

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

December 10, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seahawks challenge Packers, Patriots atop media’s NFL power rankings

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman signals an unnecessary-roughness call against the Eagles on Sunday.  John Lok / Seattle Times staff

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman signals an unnecessary-roughness call against the Eagles on Sunday.
John Lok / Seattle Times staff

The Seahawks are moving up fast.

A few weeks ago, Seattle was in danger of dropping out of the top 10 in most NFL power rankings by national media and major newspapers. But a recent surge of three consecutive victories topped by a convincing 24-14 road win over the Philadelphia Eagles, has pushed the Seahawks back into the top five and as high as No. 2 this week.

Most power rankings have the Seahawks third or fourth, behind the top-ranked Green Bay Packers, No. 2 New England Patriots, and for some, the Denver Broncos. Behind Seattle are the Indianapolis Colts or the Arizona Cardinals in most rankings. Almost every writer was impressed with the Seahawks’ defense in recent games, although a few mentioned quarterback Russell Wilson.

While the Seahawks moved up, by about two spots in most polls, their opponent this Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers, are dropping fast. The Niners appear to be falling apart after the loss to the woeful Oakland Raiders and most rankings reflect that.

Here is a roundup of NFL power rankings by national media and major newspapers on Friday.

THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: There’s no better defense in the league right now than Seattle’s.

Top 5: 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Colts.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 4 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: The NFC’s on notice — Seattle’s defense is officially back. For the third straight game, the Seahawks held their opponent to season lows in points and yards.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3,  Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Cardinals.

NFL.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 4 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Some 24-14 games are actually close deals, but the Seahawks’ win in Philadelphia was not. Although it was interesting listening to Eagles fans boo when Seattle cornerback Tharold Simon‘s injury stopped the game in the fourth quarter, thereby slowing Philly’s fast-paced offense. You see, they really wanted to watch Mark Sanchez hurry up and throw another 3-yard pass. …

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Colts.

CBSSPORTS.COM (PETE PRISCO)

Seahawks rank: No. 5 (up 3)

Seahawks comment: That defense is back to being dominant again, showing up the Philadelphia offense Sunday. Russell Wilson also played well against the Eagles.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Cardinals; 5, Seahawks.

CBSSPORTS.COM (PAT KIRWAN)

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks defense is back to championship form and Russell Wilson is playing well enough to beat any team in the NFL. They are set up to win the division if they can beat the Cardinals in two weeks.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

FOXSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 4 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: The defense is flying to the ball on underneath patterns and doing the best job in the NFL of limiting yards after the catch. There are still question marks on the offensive line in pass protection, but Russell Wilson’s ability to extend plays with his feet and take designed runs for big gains has been clutch.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Lions.

YAHOO.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Very, very close to being ahead of Green Bay. That’s how impressive the win at Philadelphia was. Let’s not forget that Seattle dominated Green Bay to open the season. A rematch would be fantastic

Top 5: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Colts.

USA TODAY

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Defense is really revving now, holding seven of its last eight opponents to less than 300 yards with 15 takeaways in that span.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Colts.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks rank: No. 4 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Seahawks have 3-game win streak in which they beat Arizona, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Rematch with 49ers is Sunday.

Top 5: No. 1, Packes; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Cardinals.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/AZCENTRAL.COM

Seahawks rank:
No. 5 (up 1)

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Broncos; 3, Patriots; 4,  Colts; 5, Seahawks.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Question now is whether they can get home-field advantage in playoffs or at least a first-round bye.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE

Seahawks rank:
No. 3

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Eagles.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Cardinals.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Believe it or not, Russell Wilson (727) has a chance at 1,000 rushing yards this season

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos;  5,

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks rank: No. 5 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: After a convincing 24-14 victory over the Eagles, they’re back in the playoff race and only a game behind the Cardinals for the division lead. Quarterback Russell Wilson is back on track and the defense is stifling.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Cardinals; 5, Seahawks.

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks rank: No. 4 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: The Legion of Boom is back, allowing just 82 passing yards to the Eagles in Seahawks’ ninth win of the season.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Colts.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Seahawks rank: No. 4 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Swagger’s back … In a year when anything can happen in the NFL, four teams have finally separated themselves and it’s reflected in the Daily News week 14 power rankings. Clearly, the Packers, Patriots, Broncos and Seahawks are playing the best football as December begins. Even the CFP Selection Committee would be able to see that – and not screw it up.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Eagles.

NEW YORK POST

Seahawks rank: No. 5 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Held a Chip Kelly offense to the fewest yards (139) of any game of his six-year NFL and NCAA head coaching career.

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

NEWSDAY

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Not sure anyone can beat the Seahawks the way they’re playing, especially on defense. Eagles gave the defending champs a good run early on, but the Legion of Boom prevailed in the end. .

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE/NOLA.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 4 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Legion of Boom grounds Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Lions.

XNSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 4 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: They may not end up repeating as Super Bowl Champions — in fact, they may not even make the playoffs, but the Seahawks are the perfect example of a great team getting hot at the right time. They have given up a total of 20 points in their last three games — all wins — but the bigger story is the weight of each victory. The Seahawks have knocked off the Cardinals — they now are separated by a single game — the 49ers — Seattle virtually eliminated San Francisco from contention of the division — and Philadelphia — to gain a critical tiebreaker in the NFC playoff picture. The Seahawks’ final three games are all within their division but, at this rate, they are the favorite to emerge from the deep NFC West.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (up 2)

Seahawks comment:  Seattle’s defense is playing even better than it did last year right now. It’s the most dominant unit in the league.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Seahawks; 3, Patriots; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

RANTSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Don’t look now, but the defense of the Seattle Seahawks is playing as good as last year when they made their Super Bowl run. Sunday’s win against the Eagles was huge and don’t be surprised if the Seahawks end up NFC West champions once again.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 2)

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

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 5)

Seahawks comment: A decisive win over the Philadelphia Eagles—a team ranked No. 4 overall last week—moves the Seattle Seahawks way up in this week’s rankings.

Just how good is this team? Is it the best in the NFC?

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4,  Broncos; 5, Colts.

MLIVE.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 6)

Seahawks comment: The champs are back. The Seahawks are playing suffocating defense, holding the high-octane Eagles to a mere 139 yards.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Eagles.

SB NATION

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Don’t look now, but the Seahawks‘ defense is back. Pete Carroll’s crew continues to stymie opposing quarterbacks, holding the explosive Eagles to just 139 yards of offense on their way to a convincing road win. Teams are scoring an average of 6.7 points per game against the Seahawks over the last three games, and Seattle’s offense is starting to execute at just the right time. The defending champs have their swagger back, are playing loose and confident, and once again look like the team that dismantled Peyton Manning’s Broncos in the Super Bowl last February.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Seahawks; 4, Broncos; 5, Eagles.

SPORTSBLOG.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 4

Seahawks comment: Legion of Boom is back and my gosh that defense looks amazing in the way it did when they won the Superbowl, again this team is looking like it could repeat as a champion this year and Russell Wilson is playing pretty good, and they could just maybe get home field advantage in the playoffs again.

Top 5: No. 1, Packers; 2, Patriots; 3, Broncos; 4, Seahawks; 5, Colts.

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