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NFL Power Rankings, Week 9: Seahawks at 7? Don’t mind if I do

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When I started doing these power rankings, the Seattle Seahawks were somewhere in the 20s. Now they are not. Funny how much perception can change for a team that mostly does not. Yes, the Seahawks have lost a couple players and gotten a few back, but that doesn’t really make up the majority of the team that is virtually the same as it was in Week 1. It’s still a team with Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, Duane Brown, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, Tyler Lockett, Doug Baldwin, Bobby Wagner, Frank Clark, Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Bradley McDougald, Barkevious Mingo ... all players who were there against the Denver Broncos.

They’ve some players advance, others they’ve figured out how to better utilize, they’ve seen Earl Thomas go away, but K.J. Wright and Ed Dickson came back. But the most important things are the same — Wilson, Wagner, Pete Carroll — and so is most of the rest. And yet, “we” think that Seattle is a bottom-third team one month and a top-10 team the next.

It’s the same Seahawks. They’re just playing a bit better recently so the justification for putting them in the top-10 is simpler than if you had done it two weeks ago. Same team, but suddenly it goes from “your* an idiot” to “oh okay, that’s fair.” Funny how that works, it’s almost as if power rankings are meaningless. But in my very meaningful power rankings, the Seattle Seahawks are seventh!

Woo! Seventh!

That means that I have six unnamed teams ahead of them and 25 in the rearview. This week, Seattle hosts the LA Chargers, a team that was third in DVOA going into their Week 7 bye. A win over the Chargers would surely bump the Seahawks up for many writers, while a loss would drop them down. Barring injury, it’s the same team either way, by the way.

But for today they are the seventh-best NFL team.


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