Thursday, September 21, 2023

Seattle Seahawks Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Seattle Seahawks in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Player: ILB Jordyn Brooks
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

The Seahawks declined to pick up Brooks' fifth-year option in May, making this a contract year for the 2020 first-round pick. Exercising the option would have meant a fully guaranteed $12.7 million salary for 2024 and established that as the per-year baseline in negotiations on a long-term deal. The Seahawks didn't want to do that with Brooks coming off a torn ACL in his right knee. He has made a quick recovery from that injury and is back to tackling, ranking seventh in the NFL through two weeks with 23. A big payday awaits -- likely from Seattle -- if he keeps that up. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 15

Not only did the Seahawks avoid an 0-2 start, but they also turned in a pretty impressive game on the road against a Lions team coming off its biggest win in forever. This was a giant victory for Seattle. I was prepared to write that critical penalties were the Seahawks' undoing had they lost, but Geno Smith -- outside of that wild sack he took -- and the defense both came up big when they had to. They deserve kudos for defeating that offense without Riq Woolen. Devon Witherspoon had a few big plays (and a few tough moments) in his NFL debut. Tre Brown came out of nowhere to log a career day. Week 1 isn't forgotten, but it's forgiven.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

They impressed in winning at Detroit against the Lions in overtime. Geno Smith responded with a good day after a tough opener, which is a good sign.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

Keep an eye on an O-line missing its starting tackles. Seattle did a good job protecting QB Geno Smith in Sunday's overtime win at Detroit but struggled to run the ball (3.3 yards per carry).

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

Welcome back, Tyler Lockett. One week after Lockett had two catches for 10 yards in a loss, the veteran wide receiver had eight catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns (including the game-winner) in a victory. In other news, Seattle had 393 yards of offense a week after opening the season with 180, and that was with both starting tackles out.

FOX -- Rank: 8

Starting right here, I have no idea what to do with the league's middle class. I don't feel great about jumping Seattle so high after their Week 1 loss, but it was awfully impressive to score 37 points without their starting offensive tackles in Detroit. The Week 2 version of this team looked like the group I thought was a contender.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 13

There were real reasons for concern after how bad the Seahawks looked in Week 1. Sunday's win was a great rebound, particularly for Geno Smith. If you told the Seahawks before the season they'd be 1-1, they probably would have figured on a season-opening win against the Rams and a loss at the Lions, but either way it's not a terrible start.

PFT -- Rank: 10

They made an impressive recovery from a horrible Week 1 outing.

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