PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on September 18, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Seahawks continue to sit near the bottom of the league in pretty much everyone's power rankings. Surprise? Nope. From the major outlets I chose, the highest ranking Seattle received was from Joel Thorman at SBNation, and he had the Seahawks at 29.
If you're looking for statistical based rankings, FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS have the Seahawks at 32nd in the DAVE metric. (DAVE is a formula which combines FO's preseason projection with current VOA to get a more accurate forecast of how a team will play the rest of the season. Right now, the preseason projection makes up 75 percent of DAVE.) In total VOA, the Seahawks rank 24th in the NFL; offensive VOA - 30th, defensive - 18th.
Here's what some other outlets had to say, with this week's rankings (last week's in parentheses):
ESPN: 32 (31) Mike Sando: The Seahawks have been shut out in six of eight quarters this season.
National Football Post: 32. (32) Pete Carroll has a problem on his hands with this team—and the offense is embarrassing.
SBNation.com: 29 (23) Joel Thorman: They're blowing a great opportunity to return to the playoffs.
FOX Sports on MSN: 30 (21) Billick: This team desperately needs something to hang its hat on to give it hope, and I can't find it. This week, at home against Arizona, will make or break the season. My guess, break.
WalterFootball.com: 32. (32) Walter: The score may not show it, but the Seahawks were oh, so close to pulling the upset over the Steelers. They would have done so if Tarvaris Jackson didn't suck, and if the offensive line could actually block, and if Marshawn Lynch had running lanes, and if the defensive line could pressure the quarterback, and if the secondary could stop Mike Wallace. Seattle was THIS close.
I'd probably put us in the 27-30 range... but that's just because I'm generously biased. The Seahawks haven't really shown us anything to make us believe they aren't the worst team in the NFL. I don't THINK they are, but they have yet to show any of their potential. This week's game is a great opportunity to do just that.