COMMENTARY | The Seattle Seahawks picked up another road win against the St. Louis Rams to improve to 7-1 on the season, but that didn't stop them from dropping in some editions of this week's NFL power rankings.
With 135 yards of offense and 7 first downs, the Seahawks didn't exactly look like an elite team against a team they were heavily favored to beat. Some power rankers understandably felt that this was justification enough to move Seattle down a bit, while others took the "a win is a win" mentality and kept the Seahawks in the same spot.
It should be noted that all of these were written before it was known that Sidney Rice would be out for the season.
Seattle remains no lower than 4th in any power rankings. Here is where they stand in Week 9:
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 9 NFL power rankings: Shutdown Corner
Seattle is knocked out of the top spot to number 3, as Frank Schawb cites concern about the offensive line. That concern is completely justified, as the offensive line continues to struggle tremendously. Russell Wilson was sacked a career-high 7 times against the Rams, including 3 times each by Chris Long and Robert Quinn.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 9 NFL power rankings: ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio keeps the Seahawks in the 2nd position, saying a road win is still a road win no matter how ugly. With the Seahawks' road win total of 4 already eclipsing that of last year's team, many Seattle fans will agree despite the terrible offensive performance in St. Louis.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 9 NFL power rankings: ESPN
ESPN also didn't move the Seahawks from 4, although they are a bit lower there than in most other rankings. The Seahawks, at + 9 only trail the Kansas City Chiefs in turnover margin, which ultimately made the difference Monday night. Without those two Kellen Clemens interceptions, Seattle would have almost certainly came away with a loss.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 9 NFL power rankings: CBS
Although Pat Kirwan drops Seattle a spot to 3rd, he says that they look like the best team in the NFL at times. With five home games remaining, they should be able to move up to the number one spot. Again, the concern about the offensive line is noted.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 9 NFL power rankings: NFL
Again the Seahawks remain stationary in another power ranking, as they check in at 4th for Elliot Harrison. Rather than blasting the offense, he applauds the clutch defense effort that won the game in St Louis. Harrison joins everyone in Seattle in wondering where the touches were for Marshawn Lynch on Monday night.
Where the Seattle Seahawks are in the Week 9 NFL power rankings: FOX
The top six remain the same for Brian Billick, including the Seahawks at number 2 behind Kansas City. He notes that Seattle could use a quick boost on offense. Where might that come from? The return of Percy Harvin.
The Seahawks will need to be a little more convincing to avoid dropping more next week as they host the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even a solid win might not be enough to move Seattle up much.
Nathaniel Reeves is a lifelong Seattle sports follower who is studying journalism at the University of Washington. He currently covers sports for The UW Daily.
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