This is a continuation of a power rankings article where I don’t tell you the status of all 32 teams, only one.
In last week’s power rankings, I guesstimated that the Seattle Seahawks must be like the 20th best team in the NFL, or so. That doesn’t put them near the upper echelon of teams, but then again, what is the upper echelon of pro football right now?
You’ve got the LA Rams, the New Orleans Saints, and the Kansas City Chiefs on top. Even then, the Saints and Chiefs have had atrocious defensive performances this season. Next you have the Chicago Bears, who were terrible on offense up until an opportunity came knocking in the form of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Cincinnati Bengals, who are still led by Andy Dalton last time I checked.
Can you really bank on teams with Mitchell Trubisky, Dalton, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Joe Flacco, or Ryan Tannehill? Additionally, I’m just not going to get aboard the Cam train and the Carolina Panthers only squeezed by the New York Giants in the form of a 63-yard field goal.
Somehow I’ve started to convince myself that the Seahawks should move up the rankings, but to what end?
Putting Seattle in the top half of the league sort of undercuts the fact that only a week ago they looked like the league’s worst offense against the then-winless Arizona Cardinals. While we can’t overrate their near-win over the Rams, we also can’t underrate their near-loss to the Cardinals. The best solution for Seattle: just win all four quarters against the Oakland Raiders this week.
The Seahawks don’t need a bad win or a good loss, they need a good win. They need to play the way they played on Sunday, just against a much, much, significantly worse team. Win by 20. Then they can move up from 20, which is about where I guess they still are.
The rest of the league has left the door wide open.