Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 11 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: 11.2 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 8th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

We know their defense is going to have issues, but the Seahawks gave up just 23 points in their loss to the Rams. Most weeks, that should be good enough. But Russell Wilson had a bad game and threw a terrible interception in the second quarter after Seattle's defense had produced a takeaway.

Meanwhile, Pete Carroll got conservative, punting on fourth-and-inches from the Seattle 42 in the third quarter. The Rams proceeded to go on an 88-yard touchdown drive. The Seahawks are in a funk and have lost three of four. Big one coming up Thursday night against the Cardinals.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They have lost two straight games and have looked ordinary in doing so. Even when the defense wasn't as bad, they couldn't win a game against the Rams. It's not good now with Arizona on tap Thursday.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

Want another sad defensive metric? S Jamal Adams has a team-best 5 1/2 sacks in his five 2020 appearances ... while his teammates average 1.8 per game collectively.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

What would they take back: Paying Greg Olsen $7 million

It was a perfectly logical move to add a Pro Bowl tight end to an offense that was going to be leaning more on Russell Wilson and its passing game. And it's not as though Olsen has been a complete bust. But the Seahawks haven't gotten enough bang (21 catches, 204 yards, one touchdown) for the $7 million they're paying Olsen on his one-year deal. Now that we know their defense has been setting or threatening records for futility, that money would have been better spent on someone who could bolster a pass rush that was a big question mark heading into the season. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 13

The Seahawks don't look like a team playing with a lot of confidence right now. That starts at the top of the food chain with Russell Wilson, who's piled up seven turnovers in the past two weeks, a major reason why Seattle now sits in a three-way tie atop the NFC West. On Sunday in Los Angeles, Wilson threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on a low shotgun snap. He also made a costly and uncharacteristic clock-management error late in the game when he failed to get out of bounds on a scramble. Pete Carroll's beleaguered defense finally delivered a performance that didn't demand the quarterback be perfect to ensure a win. Wilson simply wasn't good enough.

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