Friday, September 25, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 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: 4.0 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

What we learned: They look like legit Super Bowl contenders. What we're seeing is a quarterback in Russell Wilson at the peak of his powers and a coaching staff that is allowing him to be the best version of himself. The defense is flawed, but it's reasonable to expect this group to improve as the season goes on, given the new personnel. Wilson shredded the Patriots' secondary in the Seahawks' 35-30 win. Great stat from the NBC broadcast: The Patriots allowed four touchdown passes to wide receivers last season. That's as many as Wilson had Sunday night. Wilson averaged 10.3 YPA -- the best mark for any quarterback against the Patriots since the start of the 2019 season. One sidenote: The football hipsters might need to retire #LetRussCook and come up with a new catch phrase now that it went mainstream. With all due respect to Cris Collinsworth, hearing him mention it over and over again Sunday night felt like your dad quoting a line from your favorite rapper. I look forward to the internet helping me out here.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

Russell Wilson is cooking for sure. He has nine touchdown passes in two games. It's nice to see him throwing it as much as he has.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

Looks like they might just wind up with league's offensive (QB Russell Wilson) and defensive (S Jamal Adams) players of the year ... though it must be noted a defense ranked dead last has much to fix.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Chris Carson

The surprise isn't that Carson has put up strong fantasy numbers. It's that he has done so more as a receiver than a runner. Over the previous two seasons, he ranked 36th among NFL running backs with 69 targets, an average of 2.4 per game. He has nine targets through two games (tied for eighth) as the Seahawks have started showing more of a willingness to throw to their running backs. Carson has made his chances count, catching all nine of those throws for 81 yards and three touchdowns. He has yet to score a rushing TD, but his PPR value has grown. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 5

We should just let the Patriots and Seahawks play every week. That's it. That's the whole league. Seattle finished on the winning end of an SNF insta-classic, and it was a huge goal-line stop of Cam Newton in the final seconds that salvaged an otherwise difficult day for the defense. Luckily, the Seahawks have their own superstar quarterback in Russell Wilson, and it's clear to us that the 31-year-old is playing at the highest level of his career right now. Wilson threw five touchdown passes, using impeccable touch and his patented rainbow arc to pick on everyone in the New England secondary -- Stephon Gilmore included. Speaking of Gilmore, DK Metcalf's performance against the reigning Defensive Player of the Year puts the rest of the league on notice. A star is born.

+ Previous update: Seattle Seahawks Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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