Seahawks up to 4th in consensus power rankings


NFL Power Rankings have definitely become a thing. All season I’ve been providing a weekly update of the top national lists and showing where the Seattle Seahawks stand in each one. But I want something better. Something that helps mitigate some of the extremes you see from one poll to the next, and something that provides a balanced look at the overall national viewpoint on where the Seahawks stand relative to the rest of the league.

Enter….. the Consensus NFL Power Rankings!

Thanks to all the polls out there (with a huge helping hand from Microsoft Excel) there is enough information to compile a comprehensive look at the overall rankings. Most of these polls are subjective, driven by sheer opinion, while a few are created using statistical metrics (such as strength of schedule, offensive and defensive ratings etc.).

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Overall I will use 9 different rankings, from the following sources (the first three rankings are statistics based, objective, numbers plugged into a spreadsheet and spit out for our enjoyment. The rest are opinion polls)

  1. Keith Myers*
  2. ESPN Power Poll: John Clayton*
  3. Pro Football Focus: Nathan Jahnke*
  4. Fox Sports: Dan Schneier
  5. CBS Sports: Pete Prisco
  6. Sports Illustrated: Chris Burke
  7. Elliott Harrison
  8. USA Today: Staff
  9. Yahoo Sports: Frank Schwab

The Seahawks made a big move this week after their victory in Baltimore, returned to the Top 5 for the first time since their 0-2 start sent them tumbling out of it.

The Panthers still sit solidly on top (and will remain there as long as they stay undefeated), and the Cardinals have now become the unquestioned #2.

Here’s how the full consensus NFL power rankings look heading into Week #15:

  1. Carolina Panthers
  2. Arizona Cardinals
  3. New England Patriots
  4. Seattle Seahawks
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers
  6. Cincinnati Bengals
  7. Denver Broncos
  8. Green Bay Packers
  9. Kansas City Chiefs
  10. NY Jets
  11. Minnesota Vikings
  12. Oakland Raiders
  13. Buffalo Bills
  14. Washington Redskins
  15. Philadelphia Eagles
  16. Houston Texans
  17. NY Giants
  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  19. Indianapolis Colts
  20. Chicago Bears
  21. New Orleans Saints
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars
  23. Atlanta Falcons
  24. Miami Dophins
  25. St. Louis Rams
  26. Dallas Cowboys
  27. Detroit Lions
  28. Cincinnati Bengals
  29. Cleveland Browns
  30. Baltimore Ravens
  31. San Francisco 49ers
  32. San Diego Chargers

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  • The 5 teams the Seahawks have an average ranking of 4.4; Carolina (1), Arizona (2), Pittsburgh (5), Cincinnati (6) and Green Bay (8).
  • Seattle’s next two opponents? Cleveland (29) and St. Louis (25).
  • The biggest faller of the week is Atlanta, dropping 5 spots to 23rd, and continuing their free fall after starting the season 5-0.
  • The biggest riser? The Philadelphia Eagles climb 6 places to 15th.
  • The highest rated game this weekend has #10 Denver travelling to #8 Pittsburgh. The game could have major implications for the Steelers as they try to solidify their playoff status.