Saturday, December 12, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 14 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: 8.0 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 6th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Best-case scenario: They clean things up offensively. In terms of EPA per snap, the Seahawks' three worst offensive performances of the season have all taken place in the last month. They are 3-4 in their last seven since starting the season 5-0. The Giants' defense mixed up its looks up front and played coverage, forcing Russell Wilson to hold on to the ball and producing five sacks and 10 QB hits. The Seahawks' best chance was always going to be to lean on a prolific offense and a mediocre defense. But the offense has been way too sloppy recently.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

That was a bad loss to the Giants at home. They just couldn't get the offense going, which could cost them the division title.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

Since a 5-0 start, QB Russell Wilson has 12 turnovers in the last seven games ... so maybe come out of the kitchen for a minute, Russ?

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Person with most at stake: RB Chris Carson

Carson is playing for a new contract as he finishes the final year of his rookie deal. His quest for a nice payday was going well until he sprained his foot in Week 7, sidelining him for four games. He has been back for the past two contests but still isn't 100 percent, according to coach Pete Carroll. Carson can do it all: run over defenders, make them miss and catch the ball out of the backfield. But he has missed 19 of a possible 60 regular-season games. A strong finish won't eliminate the durability concerns, but it would remind prospective suitors that he is an elite running back when healthy. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 7

The Seahawks suffered a serious glitch in the matrix on Sunday. The undermanned Giants came to town as heavy underdogs and flew out of Seattle with a stunning 17-12 win. The loss dropped the Seahawks back into a first-place tie with the Rams (who currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker) in the NFC West and welcomed questions about what exactly happened to the once-unstoppable "Let Russ Cook" offense. Russell Wilson didn't get much help from his offensive line, but he also bore some responsibility for five Giants sacks. The defense, so improved in recent weeks, allowed nearly 200 rushing yards to a New York offense that hasn't had Saquon Barkley for months. Did we mention Colt McCoy started this game for the Giants? Or that Alfred Morris scored (twice)? Simply put, it was one of the ugliest days of the Pete Carroll era.

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