Saturday, November 14, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 10 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: 6.2 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 6th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

There have been three instances this season where a defense has allowed at least nine completions of 20-plus yards. Two have been against the Seahawks, and one was Sunday against the Bills. Pete Carroll said afterwards that the Seahawks expected the Bills to run the ball a lot, but Buffalo had been one of the league's most pass-heavy offenses through the first eight weeks. The Seahawks have fallen all the way down to 27th in overall defense.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

The defense is terrible right now. That puts way too much pressure on Russell Wilson and the offense.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

"I don't even recognize us," Pete Carroll said of a defense on pace to allow a league-record 7,292 yards. The 44 points Seattle surrendered Sunday were the most by a Carroll team since he was at USC.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Recalibrated expectation: Win the NFC West

It's hard to expect much more than that given how bad their defense has been, particularly in their 44-34 loss to the Bills on Sunday. But an NFC West title is still a realistic expectation given that the Seahawks have a one-game lead, not to mention the division's best quarterback and the NFL's highest-scoring offense. It also helps that their second-half schedule includes games against the Eagles, Giants, Jets and Washington Football Team, who are a combined 7-26-1. A 12-4 record is well within reach, and there's a strong chance that would be good enough to win the NFC West. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 8

Russell Wilson has to be perfect to cover for the sins of the Seahawks' defense. When he isn't, Seattle loses. Wilson threw two interceptions and lost a pair of fumbles on Sunday, and the defense was carved up by Josh Allen in a 44-34 loss to the Bills at Orchard Park. Seattle repeatedly sent extra rushers at Allen, and despite landing seven sacks (a season high for both the Seahawks and Allen), Buffalo piled up chunk plays when the pressure didn't get home. Quinton Dunbar was picked on all afternoon before mercifully being benched in favor of Linden Stephens in the fourth quarter. After an encouraging performance against the Niners, it's back to the drawing board for Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Ken Norton.

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