Friday, December 4, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 13 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: 5.8 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Exceeding expectations: Pete Carroll is a tough one to evaluate. It seemed for most of the season like he'd embraced the idea of putting the team on Russell Wilson's shoulders. But now he's back to saying things like this.

Carroll has built a great culture, and his teams play with great effort and energy. The Seahawks are 8-3 and in first place in the NFC West. Given their remaining schedule, they have a great shot at earning the top seed in the NFC and competing for a Super Bowl. But Carroll still has issues with game management, and the Seahawks' defense ranks 26th in DVOA. It sounds crazy to say this late in the season, but it still feels like the Seahawks are finding their identity.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

The defense has come alive the past two weeks. That makes Seattle a Super Bowl contender again.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Perhaps more impressive than Pittsburgh's quest for a perfect season is fact Seattle's roster has pitched a coronavirus shutout so far.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Most important game remaining: Week 16 vs. L.A. Rams

In all likelihood, it's a three-team race for the NFC West crown between Seattle, the Rams and Arizona. Since the Seahawks have a two-game lead over Arizona and a split in the season series, the Rams look like their biggest challenger. They're one game behind the Seahawks, but beat Seattle at SoFi Stadium. The Seahawks should be heavily favored in their next three games (Giants, Jets, at Washington), while the Rams have three winnable games of their own over that stretch. That means they could still be within one game of each other when they meet at Lumen Field in the rematch. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 5

The Seahawks' defense was historically bad over the season's first half, but we're seeing significant strides now. That starts with the pass rush: Seattle sacked Carson Wentz six times in Monday night's 23-17 win and has piled up 22 sacks since Week 8. This is the same defense that managed just nine sacks total in the first six games of the season. October trade acquisition Carlos Dunlap has four sacks in four games (a foot injury suffered against Philly registers concern), and Jamal Adams has provided a huge lift at the line of scrimmage with his expert blitzing ability. You can fairly argue whether any safety is worth two first-round picks -- the cost to acquire Adams from the Jets over the summer -- but he's a jack-of-all-trades playmaker whose unique skill set is invaluable to Ken Norton Jr.'s unit.

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