Seahawks slip to No. 2 in ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings


Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) returns a punt during overtime against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Despite coming from behind to beat the Houston Texans and remain undefeated on the year, the Seattle Seahawks slipped to No. 2 on ESPN’s weekly Power Rankings.

The new No. 1 team is the undefeated Denver Broncos, who are averaging 44.8 points per game through their first four games this season. said this of the Seahawks slipping from the top spot:

"A bad Matt Schaub interception helped the Seahawks leave Houston with a two-game cushion on the 49ers. It doesn’t get easier, though, with a trip to Indianapolis up next."

Three of the next four games on the Seahawks schedule feature teams that have records of .500 or better. said that the the Seahawks dominance on Sunday was not comparable to the Broncos 52-20 thumping of the Philadelphia Eagles:

"Denver’s dominance calls for the Seahawks to drop, despite the Seattle win. Close call in Houston, but once again, there was Richard Sherman. Did Matt Schaub provide a gift? You bet. But you have to make plays when they present themselves. Next up: at Indy. Should be a good one."

The Colts (3-1) have surprised much of the football nation with a great start to their season, led by their run production on offense and secondary on defense. ESPN has them ranked No. 6 in Week 5, moving them up three spots from No. 9 last week. has the Colts at No. 6 as well.

The Broncos, meanwhile, will play the Cowboys (2-2) and the Jaguars (0-4) before taking on the Colts themselves in Week 7.

Only five teams are undefeated heading into the fifth week of the season –the Broncos, Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

Only the Saints are on the Seahawks schedule this season, a Monday Night Football matchup in Week 13.