COMMENTARY | The Seattle Seahawks may have had a bye week, but that didn't stop them from moving up in the power rankings.
Last week, the Denver Broncos were the only team standing between Seattle and the top spot in most rankings. The Broncos lost an instant classic to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, allowing the Seahawks to take over the top spot, despite the troubling news that cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond have been suspended.
Here's what rankers around the league had to say about the Seahawks.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 13 power rankings: Shutdown Corner
Frank Schwab puts it simply: "This is your clear No. 1 team." Still, he raises some concern over the suspensions.
The Seahawks were absolutely loaded at the cornerback spot, and have two very capable backups coming in with Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell, plus the newly signed Parrish Cox and possibly Antoine Winfield. Expect the quality of play to remain about the same, but the loss of depth could certainly make an impact.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 13 power rankings: FOX
A similar argument is made from Brian Billick, who says the Seahawks have separated themselves in recent weeks, as both the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos have suffered losses.
But, he also makes the point that player suspensions cannot continue if Seattle is to be the class of the NFL. Head coach Pete Carroll needs to ensure that happens.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 13 power rankings: ESPN
Nothing from ESPN differs much from the previous rankings, as its "tough to dispute this one." However, No. 1 teams in the ESPN power rankings have lost two weeks in a row.
With the second-ranked New Orleans Saints coming to town on Monday, the top position will be heavily contested this week as well.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 13 power rankings: CBS
The Seahawks don't move from first, where Pete Prisco had them ranked last week. He makes an important point about the offensive line being finally back together, and that more passes downfield should happen as a result, particularly too Percy Harvin.
The offense has looked more explosive over the past two games. As Harvin gets more involved, the unit is only going to get better.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 13 power rankings: ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio jokingly wonders whether Harvin can play cornerback or not, although he keeps the Seahawks at No. 1. In the blurb about the second-ranked Saints, he writes that next week's matchup will likely determine the NFC berth in the Super Bowl.
Based on the way the two teams have played at home, it's hard to disagree
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 13 power rankings: NFL
The Seahawks are moved up to first, although Elliot Harrison doesn't have much positive to say. He also brings up the two suspensions.
A matchup with the Saints isn't exactly an ideal one to have major changes in the secondary. Lane and Maxwell will have to step up in a big way, but they have both shown flashes of ability in their careers.
The Seahawks will either lock down the one spot or give it up to the Saints next week. Either way, it should be one of the best games of the year.
Nathaniel Reeves is a lifelong Seattle sports follower who is currently studying journalism at the University of Washington. He currently covers sports for The UW Daily and Sports Out West.
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