Saturday, September 18, 2021

Seattle Seahawks Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Top rookie: WR Dee Eskridge

With OT Stone Forsythe inactive, the Seahawks had three rookies on their game-day roster, and two of them -- LB Jon Rhattigan and OT Jake Curhan -- only played special teams. So Eskridge is the choice by default. But his NFL debut did produce some promising moments, with a 6-yard catch and 22 rushing yards on two end-around carries, which is one way the Seahawks will get the ball in the hands of their explosive second-round pick. Eskridge, however, suffered a head injury on his second carry and didn't return, which puts his status for Week 2 in question. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 4

Russell Wilson didn't get to throw the ball much on Sunday, but he still left a huge imprint on the 28-16 win over the Colts. His best moment came late in the first half: Following a sack, Seattle faced second-and-20 with less than a minute to play. Wilson dropped back and unfurled a beautiful deep ball right into the waiting arms of Tyler Lockett, who'd toasted the Colts secondary. The 69-yard score put the Seahawks in command, and Indy never seriously threatened after that. The game was a fever dream come to life for Pete Carroll, whose team was able to run more than pass while his defense smothered the enemy. It was like 2013 all over again.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

That was a nice showing on the road to open the season.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

Glass half empty -- QB Russell Wilson was sacked three more times (for shame, O-line). Glass half full -- the defense shone in Indianapolis and notched three sacks of its own. Given what just happened to their next opponent, Tennessee, expect D to take sack lead after Week 2.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Overreaction: Shane Waldron, a former McVay assistant, was the right offensive coordinator hire to rejuvenate the Seahawks' offense. In his play-calling debut, Waldron dialed up the right mix of short passes and deep shots and moved the Seahawks' receivers, including Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, all over the offensive formation. It was fun to watch, and makes me excited to see what more they can do. -- Jones

Reality check: No, this was impressive. Seattle went 5-3 on the road last year, so to come out convincingly like this at Indianapolis has me looking forward to Seahawks-Rams on a Thursday night in Week 5. -- Auman

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