Friday, September 15, 2023

Seattle Seahawks Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Seattle Seahawks in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Best debut performance: LB Bobby Wagner
Week 1 stats: 19 tackles, tackle for loss

In his first game back with the Seahawks after a season away, Wagner led all players with 19 tackles, tied for second-most in any game in his career. His performance was one of the few silver linings for Seattle in a dispiriting loss to the Rams. "I thought he played a really good ballgame today," coach Pete Carroll said of Wagner, who returned on a one-year, $5.5 million deal in March. "I couldn't tell all of it, but I thought he played really well today, and it meant a lot to him." -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 18

I don't know what it is about the Seahawks over the past few years, but it seems like once they patch one defensive hole, another leak springs. Last year, the run defense was that unit's Achilles' heel. In Week 1 against the Rams, the run defense was fine (except maybe in short yardage). The problem? Stopping the pass. Seattle allowed a Cooper Kupp-less Los Angeles offense to average nearly 9 yards per pass attempt. It looked like the Rams tried to spread the Seahawks out and make it a matchup game. Offensively, Seattle started out fine but completely fizzled after its defense blocked a field goal late in the second quarter. There was a lot to process from this game, but Sean McVay's Rams have traditionally given Pete Carroll's teams trouble, so I am not panicking -- yet.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

Losing at home to the Rams is not the way to open a season. Geno Smith did not play well, which is a concern.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

Underwhelming as their offense was, the defensive lapses against a Rams team breaking in so many unproven players are a real worry.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

The NFL hates feel-good stories. One year after winning comeback player of the year honors and signing a three-year deal that could pay him $75 million, Geno Smith threw for 112 yards against a Rams defense that bears some resemblance to an XFL team (with the very notable exception of Aaron Donald, of course).

FOX -- Rank: 15

The Seahawks might not have turned in the worst performance of the weekend, but getting torched for 238 yards by Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell isn't exactly covering yourself in glory, either. Truly baffling performance in Seattle. And even worse than the defensive lapses was the way this star-studded offense completely no-showed after halftime.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 16

There were a few big disappointments in Week 1, and Seattle put up one of them. That was a miserable performance in a loss to the Rams. Losing both offensive tackles was certainly a factor, as Abraham Lucas and Charles Cross both left the game in the second half. But Seattle was so bad that they're on notice going forward. Maybe last season really was a fluke.

PFT -- Rank: 18

The Drew Lock watch has already begun.

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