Saturday, January 2, 2021

Seattle Seahawks Week 17 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: 6.4 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Shaquill Griffin, CB: He's missed four games due to injury, but Griffin has been the Seahawks' most reliable corner. Given his size, speed and age -- Griffin will be just 26 at the start of next season -- Griffin's best football might still be ahead of him. He's a player who could make himself some money in the playoffs if he performs well and the Seahawks make a run in the NFC. Regardless, Griffin will be one of the top options for teams in need of cornerback help this offseason.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

The defense is rounding into form, which is a good thing for the playoffs. That's their identity.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

You wonder what S Jamal Adams, a half-sack from becoming the first DB ever to hit double digits, could have done over full 16 games.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

New Year's resolution: Bottle up whatever has gotten into the defense

After holding the Rams to only three field goals in their NFC West-clinching win Sunday, the Seahawks' defense has allowed a league-best 13.7 points per game over the past six weeks. That's less than half of its 28.8 average over the first 10 weeks, which was third most in the league. The Seahawks would be looking at the NFC's No. 1 seed had they played that kind of defense from the get-go. They'll need their turnaround to continue in order to get past Aaron Rodgers' Packers or Drew Brees' Saints in the playoffs. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 6

The Seahawks are NFC West champions because their defense figured it out. Seattle allowed 29.6 points per game through Week 10 and was surrendering yardage at a historic rate. Those days are long gone now; the Seahawks have allowed a league-low 13.7 points per game in the weeks since. What was once a crippling team weakness has become an unlikely strength. After Sunday's 20-9 win over the Rams, Jamal Adams -- victory cigar in hand -- said the Seahawks have the best defense in football. That's not true, but you can forgive Jamal for his excitement -- the narrative around this 'Hawks team has totally shifted. Seattle will enter the playoffs as a balanced, dangerous outfit.

+ Previous update: Seattle Seahawks Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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