After several weeks off, the power poll rankings have returned. I’ve been keeping track of them, just not posting as regularly as I would like. That being said, there has been a lot of movement. Especially after last week where every single game was between a over-.500 and sub-.500 team. That meant that there was a lot of opportunity for upsets. And of course room for one of the greatest shellackings ever in the NFL. That has been talked about enough though. Here are the rankings after week 14 brought to you by the writers at 12thmanrising.com.
Everyone had the Seahawks in the top 10 (high: 6, low: 9) for an average rank of seventh. Seattle moved up one spot to tie its highest ranking of the year which was also reached after week six. Consequently, Arizona dropped three places and has reached it lowest ranking of the year (30th). St. Louis started the season at 32nd but quickly moved into the mid-20s where it was for most of the season but is now sitting at 18th.
The biggest mover of the week were the New York Football Giants who gained five spots and are now 8th. The Browns moved up four spots t0 21st. Sliding down the rankings were the Bills, Falcons, and Bengals (all -3), while the Texans, Bears, Ravens, Buccaneers, and Dolphins all feel two spots from their week 13 rankings.
Seattle’s week 15 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, are only ranked 25th but should not be taken lightly. Much as Miami proved to be a challenge, the Bills could do so as well. Especially with Seattle facing mounting injury concerns. Hopefully, Marshawn Lynch comes out hungry for extra Skittles and looking for an opportunity to over-perform against his former team. This week’s game will be played inside a dome in Toronto, so weather won’t be a concern, which is also good for the Seahawks.
If Seattle beats Buffalo and San Francisco loses to New England, it puts increased importance on the week 15 match-up between the NFC West rivals, likely for the division title. Luckily for Seattle, the 49ers play at New England against a team that is finally playing up to form. New England does have injury issues at tight end, however, and will likely be without Rob Gronkowski.