Saturday, January 1, 2022

Seattle Seahawks Week 17 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 25.6 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 25 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 26 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Non-QB MVP: FS Quandre Diggs

For the first time in years, Russell Wilson wouldn't win team MVP even if quarterbacks were eligible. There's a case for wide receivers Tyler Lockett (1,052 yards) and DK Metcalf (nine touchdown receptions), but you can't give an MVP award to an offense that has so badly underperformed. Linebacker Bobby Wagner could easily be the choice with his team-record 170 tackles, which also is tops in the NFL this season. But Diggs, selected as the NFC's starting free safety in what will be his second straight Pro Bowl, gets the nod because of the big plays he has made and prevented. He leads the Seahawks with five interceptions, and the job he has done patrolling the back end of their defense is perhaps the biggest reason they've allowed the third-fewest completions (15) on throws of at least 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 25

The Seahawks collapsed in the final two minutes against the Bears, surrendering an 80-yard touchdown drive and 2-point conversion, then failing to move the ball past midfield before turning it over on downs. The 25-24 defeat clinched the first double-digit-loss season in the Pete Carroll era. After the game, the coach was forced to deliver another grim postmortem. "That was about as disappointing a loss as we've had," Carroll said. "We were in control in so many ways to win it and put it away, and we just never did and let them stay alive, and they found a way to make their plays."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

So much for the playoffs. Now comes the tough part: Are they able to keep Russell Wilson next season? Do they want to keep him?

USA Today -- Rank: 26

They will finish in last place for the first time since they returned to the NFC in 2002. Prior to that, they finished last in the AFC West six times over 25 years.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Is he The Guy? Yes -- but it's complicated. It's difficult to imagine the Seahawks could find a better quarterback than Russell Wilson, but both sides might need a fresh start. If Seattle can trade Wilson for multiple first-round picks, it might be time to move on.

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