Friday, October 13, 2023

Seattle Seahawks Week 6 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 6 roundup for the Seattle Seahawks in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Fantasy surprise: WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba

As a rookie receiver playing behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf in a run-heavy offense, Smith-Njigba wasn't expected to be a fantasy stud right away. But anyone who watched the 20th overall pick shine in practice over the offseason would have anticipated more than 12 catches for 62 yards over his first four games. He's been targeted 20 times -- only three fewer than Metcalf -- so it hasn't been as simple as the ball just not going his way. Part of the issue has been the trickle-down effect of the Seahawks' O-line injuries. It has forced them to rely on formations with multiple tight ends in order to help out their backup tackles in pass protection, which has taken Smith-Njigba off the field. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 9

The Seahawks floated into their Week 5 bye week with a rousing defensive performance against the Giants. If there was only one negative to racking up 11 sacks, it was that it overshadowed the improvements Seattle has made in run defense through four games. The Seahawks are allowing 1.7 yards per carry less than they did last season, when they were pushed around by opponents up front. If there's a concern in the 3-1 start, it's that they're not good enough on third downs -- on either side of the ball. But assuming Geno Smith is fine and the downfield passing game gets cooking again, the Seahawks should be in decent shape. And they don't face the vaunted 49ers until Weeks 12 and 14, so there's time to get things in order.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They come off their bye with a tough road game against the Bengals, who looked good at Arizona last week. The Seattle defense will be tested.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

Coming off their bye, they're currently not scheduled to face a team with a winning record until November. Time to make serious hay toward a playoff berth.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Cornerback Devon Witherspoon was a surprise at No. 5 in the draft. Guess we should have given Pete Carroll the benefit of the doubt about drafting defensive backs. Witherspoon was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 4, has one interception, two sacks and a nasty attitude the Seahawks love. Wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, 20th, is off to a slow start due in part — but only in part — to a wrist injury. He has 12 catches for 62 yards.

FOX -- Rank: 6

On the plus side, Seattle sat back, got healthier and rose in the power rankings during the week off. On the downside, the Seahawks' next opponent (the Bengals) showed signs of life, and their biggest division rivals (the 49ers) look like the best team in the league.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 8

Seattle's next game is at Cincinnati, which is a fun NFC vs. AFC game. There will be elite receivers all over the place. If the Seahawks win that road test, they should start to get more respect. They're probably not winning the NFC West because that's going to the 49ers, but they'd be 4-1 with road wins over the Lions and Bengals. That would be a great start.

PFT -- Rank: 6

The bye came at a good time, but now they've got 13 straight weeks with more than a few big games.

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