Saturday, October 17, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Seattle Seahawks rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 3.2 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 1st (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

EPR has the Packers with a relatively significant edge over the Seahawks. There were times Sunday night where it felt like Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer were trolling Seahawks Twitter. After riding an aggressive, pass-heavy approach to a 4-0 record, Seattle faced a third-and-22 from the Minnesota 42 on its first drive. They took the ball out of Russell Wilson's hands and handed it to Travis Homer for a 5-yard gain before punting. The Seahawks began the third quarter with three straight runs before punting on fourth-and-1. But with 1:57 left, Wilson and DK Metcalf took over, going 94 yards and converting a pair of fourth downs, including the game-winning 6-yard touchdown. Metcalf is third in the NFL with 496 yards. He's averaging a league-best 22.5 yards per reception and is 10th in yards per route run (2.79). It wasn't always pretty. The Seahawks' defense gave up 449 yards and 31 first downs. But they improved to 5-0.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

With the game on the line, Russell Wilson is magic in the fourth quarter. His drive to beat the Vikings was classic. But the defense has major issues.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" crew gave me this earworm, but I can't unhear it -- is DK Metcalf currently the league's best receiver? At 22.5 yards per catch (best in the NFL) along with 496 yards, five TDs and a huge clutch factor? Gotta say, pretty compelling case.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Biggest weakness: The defense

The Seahawks are 5-0 despite a historically leaky defense. They allowed a combined 1,292 passing yards over their first three games, easily the most to begin a season in NFL history. They had been fine against the run until Sunday night versus Minnesota when they were gashed for 201 yards on the ground. The 2,356 yards Seattle has given up are the most by any team through five games since the 1950 Colts, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The Seahawks' saving grace has been forcing turnovers -- they're tied for second in the NFL with 10 -- and getting stops in critical moments, like the stuff on fourth-and-1 against the Vikings on Sunday. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 6

Pete Carroll is the perfect coach for this Seahawks team. At halftime, with Seattle facing a 13-0 deficit, Carroll told NBC's Michele Tafoya the scoreboard was irrelevant midway through the game. "We haven't even started yet," he said. The Seahawks proceeded to score three touchdowns in a 1:53 span of the third quarter, got a game-saving fourth-and-1 stop deep in their own end, then Let Russ Cook on a 13-play, 94-yard drive in the final two minutes to steal a win from the desperate Vikings. Minnesota held the ball for nearly 40 minutes and outplayed Seattle for about 55 minutes of game time. And yet, it was Carroll and the Seahawks celebrating in the end. This is a team that believes.

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