Friday, October 6, 2023

Seattle Seahawks Week 5 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 5 roundup for the Seattle Seahawks in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Biggest issue on defense: Third down

Stopping the run has been the only thing Seattle's defense has done consistently well. Everything else has been either up-and-down or downright poor, with the Seahawks' third-down defense standing out as the most glaring of several issues so far. Heading into Monday night's game, the Seahawks ranked second-to-last in third-down percentage, allowing opponents to convert more than 57% of the time. However, the defense did better Monday night, allowing the Giants to convert on only 6 of 16 third-down tries. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 9

This probably wasn't how Geno Smith and Jamal Adams envisioned their New York homecomings. Adams, the former Jet, was making his presence felt early but left with a concussion after nine snaps. Smith, the former Jet and Giant, left with a knee injury in the second quarter but returned after halftime to help finish off the win, albeit in an uneven second half. Drew Lock made a few plays in relief, leading the offense on a TD drive. It's not often a team can win on the road using four different battery combinations (two QBs and two centers), but that's what happened. It's easier when your defense can rack up 11 sacks, a 97-yard pick-six, another INT and a fumble recovery taken inside the opponent's 10-yard line. It wasn't pretty, but it was a gutsy win.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They've won three straight games to put the opening-day loss way behind them. They beat up the Giants on Monday night.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

They're now 29-12 all-time on Monday nights, best ever. It helps when you get 11 sacks in a building (MetLife Stadium) where you've never lost.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

The only scare of the night for the Seahawks came when quarterback Geno Smith suffered a knee injury while being tackled after catching his own batted pass. Smith missed a series, in which backup Drew Lock led a Seattle touchdown drive, but returned to get a taunting flag because he was still mad at the Giants' Isaiah Simmons for the tackle. The Seahawks defense racked up a franchise-record 11 sacks, one short of the most ever recorded in an NFL game.

FOX -- Rank: 8

Monday featured a largely forgettable night on offense against the Giants, but who cares when the defense looked like that? The Seahawks rolled up 11 sacks and three takeaways and allowed just a field goal. Devon Witherspoon officially had his coming-out party and looked like one of the most exciting rookies in this draft class. An easy win against an overmatched opponent.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 9

Pete Carroll must love having rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon. He can scheme up a lot of things with his versatile corner. Witherspoon turned out the Giants' lights on Monday night with a huge 97-yard interception return for a touchdown. Before that, Witherspoon became the first rookie to have multiple sacks in a game this season, ESPN said. Witherspoon was all over the place making plays. A game like Monday night will put him on the map for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

PFT -- Rank: 7

The Legion of Boom is back.

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