Seahawks remain at No. 4 in ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings
Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the huddle with teammates against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Seahawks are still ranked as one of the best teams in the NFL, coming in at No. 4 in ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings for Week 8.
Seattle’s 34-22 victory over the Arizona Cardinals helped the Seahawks keep the No. 4 spot for the second consecutive week.
Seattle is 6-1 for the first time in franchise history and has the opportunity to get even better, according to ESPN.com:
"Percy Harvin’s return is looming, which is a scary thought as the team is already averaging the fourth-most yards per pass attempt."
NFL.com‘s Power Rankings also has Seattle at No. 4:
"Seriously, when is the last time a team had two corners as good as Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner? Maybe two years ago, when the Jets had a healthy Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie…And no other elite corner tandem has Browner and Sherman’s size. One thing about Browner: Dude has to quit tackling himself."
Both power rankings put the Kansas City Chiefs at the top of their respective lists. At 7-0, the Chiefs are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL.
ESPN.com lists the Seahawks as the highest-ranked team in the NFC, just in front of the New Orleans Saints (5-1) at No. 5.
NFL.com, however, has the Saints at No. 3 instead.
In Week 8, the Seahawks will take on the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football.
Despite the Ram’s 3-4 record, ESPN.com ranked St. Louis as one of the worst teams in the NFL. They are ranked No. 27, dropping eight spots from last week:
"Sam Bradford wasn’t performing at a high level, but his injury puts the Rams in an even worse place. Kellen Clemens has the worst Total QBR since 2006."
The Seahawks dominant defense could have a field day with Clemens. In 31 career games, Clemens has thrown 13 interceptions.
NFL.com has the Rams at No. 22, citing:
"A lot of ugliness in Carolina on Sunday…The defense is still inconsistent (although St. Louis played the run great Sunday), while the offense hasn’t been scaring anyone — opposing defenders haven’t had to change their schemes much when playing the Rams, which has allowed them to get comfortable. And that was before Sam Bradford ended his season with a torn ACL. No one on that roster is a true offensive threat…"
Again, it will be interesting to see how well the Seahawks defense plays on Monday night. Keep in mind, however, the Rams went 4-1-1 last season against NFC West opponents. Their only loss came to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in the last game of the season.
The Seahawks are a game ahead of the San Francisco 49ers (5-2) in the NFC West and could use another big inter-division win to stay alone atop the standings.
The 49ers play the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7) on Sunday in London. The Jaguars are on of only two winless teams in the NFL.