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Take 2

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

December 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Seahawks leap back atop most of the media’s NFL power rankings

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman waves to Seattle fans after his team beat the Cardinals 35-6 on Sunday.  John Lok / Seattle Times staff

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman waves to Seattle fans after his team beat the Cardinals 35-6 on Sunday.
John Lok / Seattle Times staff

The Seahawks are back on top of more than half of the NFL power rankings for the national media and major newspapers.

Seattle’s five-game win streak, culminating with a 35-6 victory over Arizona on Sunday night, has convinced several media sources to vault the Seahawks over the New England Patriots into first place. As of Wednesday noon, 17 of 28 power rankings I found had the Seahawks No. 1, with the Patriots getting the other first places.

Seattle started the season No. 1 in virtually every ranking after beating the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, but the Seahawks struggled early and fell all the way out of the top 10 in some rankings around midseason. They’ve been climbing back ever since.

Probably the most telling is The Associated Press Pro 32 power rankings, which are voted by a media panel that covers the NFL. The Seahawks earned seven of 12 first-place votes and are No. 1 by a hair over the Patriots – 379 points to 376.

Another interesting one: A CBS affiliate in Boston, CBSBoston, elevated the Seahawks over the Patriots in one set of power rankings. The comment: “Yes, I know the Patriots won. Doesn’t matter. The Seahawks, who have allowed seven points or fewer in four of their last five games, are the best team in football. ”

That’s a little like KING-5 ranking the Pats over the Hawks after a Seattle win.

That’s gutsy.

Here is a roundup of NFL polls from around the country. We’ll  update as more becoming available.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Richard Sherman’s interception Sunday night was the 24th of his career, most of any player since he entered the league in 2011. Seattle is heating up at the right time.

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

NFL.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: That was nothing short of championship football we all witnessed Sunday night. Seattle darn near played a perfect second half. Steven Hauschka‘s missed kicks aside, it is becoming increasingly difficult to foresee a team knocking off the defending champs. If we had to nitpick anything, it would be all the penalties — maybe someone could show Michael Bennett the neutral zone. (It’s that area of space between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, as set forth by the Organian Peace Treaty.)

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

USA TODAY

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: The only thing open for debate at Sunday’s end was whether Marshawn Lynch had topped his BeastQuake run from the 2010 playoffs.

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

YAHOO.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks look dominant, but don’t forget that the Rams play them tough and have beaten them once. I don’t think I’d pick the Rams to get the upset, but it’s not a gimme either.

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

SI.COM (Peter King)

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: I hadn’t planned on jumping any team ahead of New England, but then I watched the Seahawks offense rack up 596 yards on a very good Cardinals defense.

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

SI.COM (Chris Burke)

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Sent Marshawn Lynch a note asking if he wanted to write the Seahawks’ blurb. He hasn’t gotten back to me. Journalists are so angry at Lynch for his introverted act. The Seahwaks might care a bit, too, if they weren’t leading the league in rushing behind Lynch’s 1,246 yards.

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

CBSSPORTS.COM (Pete Prisco)

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 3)

Seahawks comment: By beating the Rams this week, the NFC playoffs will go through Seattle. That will be brutal for any visiting team.

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

CBSSPORTS.COM (Pat Kirwan)

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks defense has given up 33 points in the last five games and Russell Wilson seems to always make the right decision. It looks like the playoffs are going through Seattle again this year, barring a loss to the Rams.

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

FOXSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Beast Mode plowing people again and Russell Wilson continuing to make chunk yardage plays with his feet. That’s about all the Seahawks will need from their offense with the way their defense is attacking right now.

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

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Seattle Seahawks are once again playing like the top team in the NFL.

Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle (11-4) received seven of 12 first-place votes Tuesday in the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a media panel that regularly covers the league. …

“Bad news for NFC teams. Seahawks are back,” NBC Sports’ Tony Dungy said.

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

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: In their five-game winning streak, the Seahawks have given up 6.6 points a game. They must beat St. Louis to lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs

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

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks, who started out the year in our top spot, seem to have all their elements back, including that defense. After dismantling the QB-poor Cardinals, they can secure home field advantage for the remainder of the NFC playoffs.

They jumped two spots, past the sputtering Broncos and above the previously-top ranked Patriots, who had their problems holding off the Jets’ defense. It’s virtually 1-A through 1-D though, with the Packers up to third and Denver fourth. We’re going with Seattle because they’re showing the fewest weaknesses right now.

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

NEW YORK POST

Seahawks rank: No. 2

Seahawks comment: The defense is looking even better than it did last season, which is saying something.

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

NEWSDAY

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Michael Bennett says the Legion of Boom defense is the best there ever was in the NFL. But when you consider Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain defense of the ‘70’s and the ’85 Bears, the Seattle defensive end may be a bit premature. The Seahawks, however, do have an historically good defense that is playing its best heading into the playoffs. Looking like this is the best chance for a Super Bowl repeat since the 2003-04 Patriots.

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

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Seahawks: No. 1 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Any questions?

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

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: After question marks early at midseason, they’ve turned things around, winning eight of the last nine. With a critical win over the Cardinals, they took control of the NFC playoff race and can get the top seed by beating the Rams.

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

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/AZCENTRAL.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 3 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Doling Christmas cheer … To Marshawn Lynch, a new act. To quote Dr. Evil, your blase way of not “talking” to the media has become boring and tiresome. Grow up or shut up. Otherwise, I’ll fine you “One million dollars.”

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

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: The Arizona offense that the defense of the Seahawks shut down Sunday night clearly had some issues at QB. Even so, Seattle is back to being every bit as imposing as it was entering last season’s playoff run to the Super Bowl title. Home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs is within the Seahawks’ grasp. Is there any reason to believe that anyone in the NFC can go to Seattle and win during this postseason, given the Seahawks’ current level of play?

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

TAMPA TRIBUNE/TBO.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1

Seahawks comment: Everyone wants to interview Marshawn Lynch — nobody wants to tackle him.

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

CSNWASHINGTON.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Seattle leapfrogs New England because they flat-out dominated the team with the NFC’s best record and a defense to match. The Seahawks offense ripped off huge chunks of yardage (596 in all), including Marshawn Lynch’s 79-yard touchdown run. “Desert storm,” as it’s being called, is the only feat that could legitimately compete with Odell Beckham, Jr.’s one-handed marvel for best play of the year.

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

MLIVE.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: The champs are in line for the top seed in the NFC with a defense that’s playing better than any unit in the NFL.

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

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The Seattle Seahawks started the year with a bang, and a win over the Green Bay Packers had everyone talking about their chances of repeating. But then the season got underway and the Seahawks lost four games while falling behind the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West. For a bit, it looked like they were beatable.

Well, they aren’t anymore.

The Seahawks have won five straight games heading into Week 17, and with a decisive win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16, they’ve clinched the NFC West and are a favorite to take the No. 1 seed in the NFC. That means home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, and we all know how hard it is to beat them at home.

Seahawks vs. Patriots in the Super Bowl? That’s a strong favorite right now.

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

SB NATION

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The road to Super Bowl XLIX in the AFC goes through New England, and the Seahawks now look to have the inside track to guarantee the road in the NFC goes through Seattle. Pete Carroll’s crew extended their win streak to five by knocking off the previously No. 4-ranked Cardinals in their place, and a win over the Rams next week (without a Detroit-Green Bay tie) means the Hawks will be the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Seattle didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter in this one, thanks to three missed field goals by kicker Steven Hauschka, but dominated in nearly every statistical category. The Seahawks exploded for a franchise record 596 yards of offense and did what they should do: hold Ryan Lindley’s Cardinals to just 216 yards of offense in a 35-6 thrashing. Russell Wilson accounted for 427 yards and three total touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch added a highlight-reel 79-yard touchdown run for good measure. Seattle’s offense has started firing on all cylinders to help that side of the ball keep pace with its dominant defense, which has only given up 33 points in their last five games combined.

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

BUSINESS INSIDER

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (no change)

Seahawks comment: With the way their defense has played in the last two months, they’re unbeatable if they are able to get the type of offensive production we saw in Week 16.

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

FANSIDED.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: The Seattle Seahawks are reminding the rest of the NFL why they are the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Seahawks have put together five straight wins, Russell Wilson is playing at a high level and the Seahawks defense is exactly what we expected it to be. If things go their way in the final week of the regular season, the Seahawks could find themselves with home-field advantage throughout the postseason. That is trouble for the rest of the NFC.

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

XM SPORTS

Seahawks rank: No. 2 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Good teams beat bad teams. Great teams beat good times. Special teams win games that matter more than others. When the Seattle Seahawks entered Week 12 at 6-4, three full games behind the Cardinals for the division lead, they began a run of destiny that would ultimately feature two wins against Arizona along the way. The second, and most critical of the two due to the implications, have now pushed the Cardinals out of the way so that Seattle could regain its deserving position atop the NFC West. Everything Seattle has accomplished since its pedestrian 3-3 proves that they are one of the toughest, most dangerous teams in the league.

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

SPORTS CENTRAL

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (no change)

Seahawks comment: “I hope people didn’t go to bed early tonight, because we have seen a show here in the second half … They are the team to beat, Al.”

In dealing Arizona its only home loss of the season, the Seahawks gained 596 yards and won, 35-6.

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

CBS BOSTON

Seahawks rank: No. 1 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Yes, I know the Patriots won. Doesn’t matter. The Seahawks, who have allowed seven points or fewer in four of their last five games, are the best team in football.

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

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