Friday, October 30, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 8 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: 5.0 (T-4th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Normally the Seahawks are on the other side of games like the one they lost Sunday night to the Cardinals. But that was not a panic-worthy loss. They produced 572 yards -- second most for a team in a game this season. Russell Wilson is not going to throw three interceptions on most weeks, and they're still 5-1. Now, here's that DK Metcalf play again since it will never get old.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

The defense just isn't good enough. They can't rush the passer, which is a major problem. That unit faces a tough challenge this week against the 49ers.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

They lost at Arizona, but WR DK Metcalf served a fresh reminder that Seattle never quits -- stamping himself onto all-time hustle team.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Who needs to step up: S Jamal Adams

It's not that Adams has underperformed when he has been on the field. It's that he hasn't been on the field enough, missing the past three games while the Seahawks' defense has been gashed at a historic rate. Adams was arguably their most impactful defender before he hurt his groin in Week 3. Part of his impact was as a pass-rusher: His two sacks remain tied for the team lead as Seattle has only nine sacks total. All the draft capital the Seahawks gave up for Adams will make it difficult to trade for another impact defender before next week's deadline. They need their All-Pro safety to get back on the field and start making plays. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 6

The Seahawks have relied on their offense to bail them out on a weekly basis, a formula that worked across five straight wins because Russell Wilson played like a demigod. But Sunday night was a reminder Seattle needs to be more well-rounded to make this season special. Wilson and the offense sputtered out in the final quarter and overtime against the Cardinals, and the defense -- unable to rely on the safety net it had enjoyed all year -- failed to rise to the occasion in a 37-34 loss. This one was every bit as painful as the Week 5 prime-time comeback against the Vikings was exhilarating. Kyler Murray wasn't sacked once as the Cardinals rolled up over 500 yards of offense and wiped out a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation. Seattle's defense needs serious help.

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