Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Seattle Seahawks Week 7 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 7 roundup for the Seattle Seahawks in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Lesson learned: You can get by with backup O-linemen for only so long.

The story of the Seahawks' first four games might have been how well their offensive line performed despite several injuries, including the losses of both tackles in the opener. They ranked ninth in pass block win rate (60.4%) during their 3-1 start as left tackle Stone Forsythe and right tackle Jake Curhan capably filled in for Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas, respectively. In Week 6 against the Bengals, Cross returned, but Lucas remained out, and Curhan struggled mightily in his absence while playing on a turned ankle. Rookie Anthony Bradford, who had played well in fill-in duty, also had some forgettable reps at right guard. Bradford and Curhan were both beat on the game's decisive play. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 11

Geno Smith fell on the sword after throwing a pair of picks in a narrow, frustrating loss at Cincinnati, but the tape revealed only one interception was truly, unquestionably his fault: the red-zone grab by Mike Hilton in the third quarter. The other can be blamed on DK Metcalf stopping his route. Bottom line: The Seahawks lost the game by scoring 10 points in five red-zone trips, and blame for that can be shared offense-wide. If there was a silver lining, it was that the defense put on a show from the second quarter on, stopping Joe Burrow and the Bengals cold after they mounted consecutive touchdown drives with their first two possessions. I'm not at all giving up on this Seattle team, but this L will stick in their craw for a minute.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

They blew too many scoring chances against the Bengals. You can't win that way in this league. The defense did play well.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

Despite Sunday's pair of unfortunate INTs, QB Geno Smith's mistakes are essentially on par with 2022's level. It's his touchdown production that's down by nearly half.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

That win against Detroit in Week 2 is starting to get pretty far back in the rearview mirror. The wins since then aren't that impressive. Neither was Seattle's 10 points on five red zone trips against the Bengals. Running back Kenneth Walker (15th in the league with 345 rushing yards) is having a nice season, but Geno Smith is 32nd in the NFL in passer rating (81.5) in the last month.

FOX -- Rank: 10

Wins are not a quarterback stat, but I get why Geno Smith took responsibility for the loss in Cincinnati. The Seahawks' signal-caller was intercepted at the Bengals 3-yard line and turned the ball over on downs twice inside the 10. If we see even slightly better execution in the red zone, Seattle's sitting on a 4-1 record.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 11

Seattle outplayed the Bengals. It had 381 yards to 214 for Cincinnati. But Geno Smith couldn't make the play he needed to get Seattle over the hump, and his two interceptions were the biggest difference in the Seahawks' loss. Seattle was very close to being 4-1, with road wins in Detroit and Cincinnati, and being one of the NFL's buzzy teams this week. The Seahawks are still a good team, just one that's not on the radar yet.

PFT -- Rank: 10

Don't be surprised if Drew Lock eventually gets a chance to take this offense farther than Geno Smith currently is.

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