Saturday, October 2, 2021

Seattle Seahawks Week 4 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: 17.8 (T-17th)
  • Best ranking: 17th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 19th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

It has depended on the half. The Seahawks have scored a league-high 62 points over the first two quarters and a league-low 13 after halftime. By no means is that all on Russell Wilson, but his play has been a factor. He has looked like an MVP candidate while throwing five of his seven touchdowns in the first half but less so in the second. He missed a third-down throw in the fourth quarter on Sunday as Seattle was shut out for the final 41 minutes by the Vikings. Wilson has yet to turn the ball over, so he has avoided the most costly mistakes. And his play figures to even out as the Seattle offense settles into its new scheme. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 17

Hang an "Out Of Order" sign on the Seahawks' defense, because it is currently broken. A week after surrendering 532 yards in an overtime loss to the Titans, Seattle coughed up 453 yards to a Kirk Cousins-led Vikings offense that did pretty much whatever it wanted in a 30-17 win at U.S. Bank Stadium. It was a particularly distressing effort considering the Vikings played the game without Dalvin Cook, their superstar running back, who sat out with an ankle injury. Alexander Mattison stepped in and matched a career high with 112 yards running behind a line that bullied the Seahawks up front. "We got to get this s--- together," Seattle CB D.J. Reed said. "It's just what it is."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

The defense is a disaster right now, which is shocking for this team. They can't stop anybody with a brutal road test against division-rival San Francisco this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

The LOB clocked out a minute ago, but there's still too much invested in this defense for it to rank last overall in the entire league.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

Surprise! The record alone is surprising, given the expectations for both this team and the entire division. But maybe it shouldn't be. Seattle started 1-2 in 2017 and 2018, and while starting 2-1 in 2019, found itself in very close games early in the year. So maybe we shouldn't be overly alarmed. But there are red flags, like the repeated second-half meltdowns noted by Seahawks beat writer Michael-Shawn Dugar, and the fact that they've already fallen two games behind the Rams and Cardinals in the NFL's most competitive division.

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