Seahawks.NET Power Rankings - Week Seven

Two teams went from worst to first last week: Chicago's big win over the pathetic Vikings and Buffalo's hang-in-there victory over the Jets propelled both teams from the basement to the lead of their respective divisions. It has also become evident that parity has caught up the AFC, where only 6 teams have winning records, as opposed to 8 in the NFC (including the entire NFC East). 

Injuries also have begun to alter the NFL landscape... the Cowboys lost Patrick Crayton for the season, Randy Moss is questionable with strained groin and bruised ribs, the Jets lost All-Pro Kevin Mawae for the year and the Rams and Bucs lost starting QBs for at least a few weeks. 

Even refs weren’t immune from the injury bug as umpire Butch Hannah sprained a knee ligament and will be sidelined 3 – 4 weeks.  Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, but every team suffers injury every year, and the champions are the teams that have players that step up when injury strikes.  In Tampa Bay, Michael Pittman had a huge game for the injured Cadillac Williams and Joe Jurevicious and the rest of the Seattle WR corps has stepped up made plays for Matt Hasselbeck, earning two straight victories for the Seahawks without both starting WR’s.  In the Power Rankings this week, the Dallas Cowboys shot up the charts 9 spots to Number 3 after back-to-back wins against quality opponents, while the New England Patriots tumbled out of the Top Ten for the first time in almost two years after falling to .500 on the year.

This Week
Team
Commentary
Last Week
1
Indy went down 17 in the first quarter and didn't panic. They stuck with their game plan and wound up spanking the Rams by 17 and staying on top of the rankings for another week.
1
2
If Indianapolis wasn't undefeated, the Broncos would be number one. They've played, and beaten, much tougher opponents than the Colts have.
3
3
Dallas reigns as King of the East after knocking off the Eagles and Giants in consecutive weeks. Now they have to win on the road in Seattle against a team aching for revenge for last year's Monday Night loss.
12
4
Tommy Maddox let this one slip away. Big Ben will get the start this week against Cincinnati.
2
5
The Eagles held their ground on the bye, but there are several teams nipping at their heels.
5
6
The Seahawks crushed a lousy team. Now let's see if they can beat a quality team at Qwest Field. Hopefully this year's game won't be decided by a bad call at the end of the game.
7
7
Another week, another win. We'll see what the Bengals are made of this week as they square off against Pittsburgh.
8
8
The Jaguars just refused to quit and were rewarded with an overtime victory.
11
9
The Falcons were extremely lucky to win last week. If Vick keeps refusing to slide, he's going to wind up with another broken leg.
9
10
The Chargers are a hard team to figure this year. They look great one week and lousy the next. They can prove themselves to the world by knocking off the reigning NFC Champs in Philly this weekend.
10
11
Could the dream finally be over in New England? The Pats have a bye week to heal up see if they can keep from slipping under .500.
4
12
How in the world do you only score 6 points off of 4 turnovers? Dallas tried to give the game away in the first half but the Giants refused to take charge and lost.
6
13
Already missing Cadillac Williams, the Bucs lose Brian Griese for the season. Chris Simms should do fine, but he's going to struggle for a few weeks while he gets reaquainted with the first team offense.
13
14
Carolina squeaked one out against the Lions.
15
15
Kansas City beat a quality Redskins team last week.
16
16
The Redskins appear to have tightened up the ship and despite last week's loss, are staking their claim as a contender.
14
17
The Bills are hoping that slow and steady wins the race. They're currently tied with the Pats for the division lead.
17
18
The return of Ricky didn't help the Fish much.
18
19
Chicago has the #3 Defense in the NFL. Unfortunately they also have the 4th worst offense, which goes to show how dreadful the Vikings defense is this year.
23
20
The Ravens played a solid game on both sides of the ball and came away with a win.
24
21
The Rams found out what it's like to be on the wrong end of a blown lead last Monday Night. With Marc Bulger expected to miss two weeks with a sprained shoulder and head coach Mike Martz out indefinitely, wins will be hard to come by.
19
22
Pehaps the loss of Braylon Edwards hurts more than I expected. The Browns have to be able to beat Detroit at home if they want to be taken seriously
20
23
The second tough loss in the closing seconds of a game for the Lions keeps Detroit from pulling away from the rest of the pack in the NFC North.
21
24
3 turnovers and costly penalties including back-to-back pass interference calls on Pacman Jones conspired to keep the Titans under .500.
22
25
The Packers are 1-4, just like last year. Now it remains to be seen if Green Bay can finish 9-2 and make the Playoffs like last year.
26
26
If Dennis Green sits McCown again, he'll be the front-runner for this year's "Tinfoil Hat Award".
27
27
Curtis Martin played his heart out but the Jets defense appears to have been vastly overrated this year.
29
28
Once again, the Saints manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I don't want to hear about the refs, either. There was a hold on the missed FG and the guy got caught. Period.
30
29
Randy Moss is injured. Now teams can stack the box against Lamont Jordan.
28
30
Wanted: Head Coach for NFL Team. Must be able to manage team full of underperforming malcontents with major public image problems. Lousy pay but benefits include tickets to Super Bowl (Note: NOT for resale!). Experience preferred but not necessary.
25
31
The Niners almost jumped up a spot on the bye, but they'll need to win a game with Alex Smith under center before I can justify any upward movement.
31
32
The Texans gave up over 100 yards in the fourth quarter to Seattle's second string RB, Maurice Morris.
32

 

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