Saturday, December 26, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 16 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: 7.6 (T-6th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Wish: To rediscover their offensive efficiency. The overall season numbers are strong, and history tells us we should look at larger samples instead of shorter stretches. Having said that, something still feels a bit off with the Seahawks' offense. Since Week 9 (a seven-game stretch), the Seahawks rank 17th in EPA per play and 16th in passing. They delivered an uneven performance against Washington with Russell Wilson throwing for 121 yards and averaging 4.5 YPA. The Seahawks had zero completions of 20-plus yards, and they needed a defensive stop to secure a 20-15 victory. The Seahawks jumped the Rams for first place in the NFC West and are 10-4, but it doesn't feel like they're peaking going into the final two weeks.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

They now control their fate in winning the division. Two more victories and it's theirs.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Not sure what Russ has been cooking for the last seven weeks -- 11 TD passes, 11 turnovers -- but recipe has proven playoff-worthy all the same.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Most underrated star: LT Duane Brown

The 35-year-old Brown is having a season worthy of his fifth Pro Bowl nod. He's tied for third among tackles in ESPN's pass block win rate, at 94.0%, and has not missed a game. Brown regularly gets days off as part of a scaled-down practice regimen that seems to be working. "It's amazing," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. "I would say he's the heartbeat of the offensive line. He's one of the leaders. For a guy to miss as much practice time as he does, it's amazing that you play at that level." -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 7

The defense continued its rise on Sunday, shutting out the Washington Football Team for most of the first half, then coming up with three sacks on Washington's final possession of the game to ensure a 20-15 win. It's pretty amazing to look at the game flow of this one compared to the incessant shootouts that marked the first half of Seattle's season. On Sunday, Russell Wilson didn't cross 100 yards through the air until early in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks leaned on a quick-strike approach to negate Washington's pass rush. The strategy made sense, given the opponent, but it's hard not to get nostalgic thinking about the excitement of the Let Russ Cook era. Is it already over?

+ Previous update: Seattle Seahawks Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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