The Seahawks are 2-2 heading into week five versus the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle is sliding down NFL power ranking. The Rams are not.
The NFL power rankings have little faith in the Seahawks. Even after two straight wins, most observers seem to think Seattle is on the brink of being bad for some time. While 12s hope this is not going to happen, the team isn’t very good in 2018. Or so say the rankings after week four.
ESPN’s power rankings
ESPN this week chose to focus on impact rookies along with their ranking. Seattle dipped one spot to number 22. Clearly ESPN thinks the Seahawks are easily a bottom half of the league team. Strangely, though, Seattle switched places in the poll with the Dallas Cowboys, who Seattle defeated one week before. So, as always, take these rankings as you will.
ESPN did highlighted Tre Flowers as having a fairly solid season, however. There is hope for the future.
NFL.com does move the Seahawks up two spots
One national ranking does move Seattle up a couple of spots. But the write-up for why is a bit odd. NFL.com says, “…the effectiveness of Pete Carroll’s running back-by-committee will determine a handful of wins and losses.” Because as 12s all know, Seattle doesn’t want a “running back-by-committee;” The Seahawks want Chris Carson to be the workhorse.
But Carson wasn’t available for Sunday’s Cardinals game. There really is only one running back in Seattle when he is healthy: Carson.
Sports Illustrated thinks the Seahawks are worse after a win
SI points out correctly that the Earl Thomas news overshadowed talk about Seattle’s win. That was certainly the case. Thomas makes Seattle a better football team but he will no longer be available to them.
Still SI saying that the “walls are closing in” on the Seahawks is pure hyperbole. Seattle isn’t a great football team, but they aren’t getting worse either.
As far as the Los Angeles Rams are concerned, they rank first in every power ranking. Seattle will host the Rams this Sunday. Sadly, everyone remembers the last time Los Angeles visited and the beat down they administered to the Seahawks. Hopefully this will not happen this week, but hardly anyone would be surprised if it does.