Saturday, November 4, 2023

Seattle Seahawks Week 9 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 9 roundup for the Seattle Seahawks in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Geno Smith began the season exhibiting the accuracy and efficiency that typified the first half of his Pro Bowl season in 2022, but he has since hit a rough patch. After turning the ball over only once in the first four games, he has thrown five interceptions over the past three weeks, which is one more than the number of touchdowns he has thrown in that span. He might not have been the guilty party on one of the interceptions, as DK Metcalf stopped on his route. Another was a tough-luck pick that got tipped high into the air. But two of them came in the red zone on forced throws. Smith still has his trademark accuracy and makes a few "wow" throws each game, but he can play cleaner. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 10

The win over Cleveland was Seattle's fifth in six games, and the defense has played a big role of late. After allowing 88 points over their first three games of the season, the Seahawks have held opponents to 50 points in four games since, and now that unit is adding big Leonard Williams inside. The 'Hawks sit atop the NFC West and are clearly going for it. Still, they were lucky Browns QB PJ Walker committed several unforced errors in the second half on Sunday -- including an interception off Jamal Adams' helmet -- even if Seattle's pressure had something to do with it. The Browns controlled the ball for just under 37 minutes, racking up 385 yards and softening the run defense. I've said that this offense can endure cold streaks, but going seven straight third downs without a conversion is taking it too far. Geno Smith and the passing game must tighten up prior to some upcoming defensive battles on the road.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

At 5-2, they keep finding ways to win games - even when it doesn't look good. The defense is showing real signs of improvement. Getting Leonard Williams from the Giants helps.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

Look who's atop the NFC West with a 5-2 ledger. The 'Hawks next head to Baltimore to face QB Lamar Jackson and his 17-1 record against NFC teams. However Seattle has freshly obtained DL Leonard Williams and possesses its own weird factoid: Since 2020, the Seahawks' 10-6 record against the AFC is the best among NFC clubs.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Something scary (for others): Boye Mafe's ascent

The second-year outside linebacker is starting to look like an old-school Seattle defender. He has at least one sack in five consecutive games, the second-longest streak in team history. On Sunday, he had eight tackles, four quarterback hits and a fumble recovery. Seattle offensive tackle Charles Cross apparently said he's more of a challenge to block than Myles Garrett.

FOX -- Rank: 9

What a complementary win that was. The Seahawks offense roared to life out of the gates, then it relied on its defense to keep the game tight during the most frustrating two hours of football imaginable — just in time for the offense to steal the win after a late takeaway. This was a gritty win against a solid team. And as good as Geno Smith can look at times, he's got to do something about the turnovers.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 11

Rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba is coming on. He has scored touchdowns in two straight games, including the game-winner on Sunday. He's not a huge part of the Seahawks' offense yet because Seattle has many options, but he doesn't need to be as a rookie. If he's a secondary threat for Geno Smith to throw to, that opens up Seattle's offense. Not many teams have a third receiver better than JSN.

PFT -- Rank: 9

We'll find out who they are starting on Thanksgiving, when the 49ers come to town.

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