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TNT NFL power rankings – Week 13

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm with 33 Comments »
December 3, 2011 3:38 pm

Even though Seattle lost to Washington last week, with Thursday’s win over Philadelphia I moved the Seahawks up from 19 to 18 in this week’s The News Tribune NFL power rankings.

Here’s a quick spin around other national web sites to see where they have Seattle.

ESPN’s group of experts has the Seahawks at No. 24 overall.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at No. 22 overall.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks the Seahawks at No. 24 overall.

Brian Billick of Fox Sports holds Seattle at No. 22.

1. Green Bay (1) (11-0): Dating back to last season, the Packers have won 17 straight – four shy of the league record including the playoffs set by the Patriots from 2003-04.

2. Baltimore (2) (8-3): Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco is 6-0 vs. Sunday’s opponent Cleveland, witth 8 TDs, 3 INTs and a 101.9 passer rating.

3. Pittsburgh (3) (8-3): Steelers are winners of six of their last seven, but RB Rashard Mendenhall would like more touches in the run game.

4. San Francisco (4) (9-2): Niners clinch first NFC West title since 2002 with a win over visiting St. Louis.

5. New Orleans (6) (8-3): Saints are 5-0 at home this season; Drew Brees has thrown for 17 TDs and only 3 INTs in Big Easy.

6. New England (7) (8-3): Patriots a ridiculous 20-point favorite at home against winless Indianapolis.

7. Houston (5) (8-3): Texans the only team with two runners with at least 700 yards (Arian Foster has 805 yards, and Ben Tate has 712).

8. Dallas (9) (7-4): Cowboys looking to win five straight for the first time in nearly four years with a win over Arizona in the desert.

9. Detroit (11) (7-4): Detroit will have to figure out how to get a pass rush vs. Drew Brees without DT Ndamukong Suh, who’s been suspended two games.

10. Cincinnati (12) (7-4): Hard to argue Andy Dalton is not deserving of Rookie of the Year honors.

11. Atlanta (13) (7-4): Falcons need a win at Houston to stay in NFC Wild Card hunt.

12. Oakland (14) (7-4): Raiders looking to win fourth straight for the first time since 2002 with a win at Miami.

13. Chicago (8) (7-4): The Bears need backup QB Caleb Hanie to play better if they want to remain in postseason contention.

14. N.Y. Giants (10) (6-5): Giants heading the wrong direction, having lost three straight.

15. Denver (15) (6-5): Broncos’ read-option offense leads league in rushing, averaging 159.7 yards a contest.

16. N.Y. Jets (16) (6-5): Jets could stub their toe against Redskins at Washington.

17. Tennessee (17) (6-5): WR Damien Williams has 3 TD catches in the past four games for the Titans.

18. Seattle (18) (5-7): CB Brandon Browner and S Kam Chancellor are tied for fifth in the league in interceptions with 4 apiece.

19. Buffalo (18) (5-6): Bills trying to avoid a 12th consecutive year without a trip to the postseason.

20. Washington (26) (4-7): Fred Davis is sixth among tight ends in receptions with 53 for 697 yards and 3 TDs.

21. Kansas City (21) (4-7): Kyle Orton ready in the bullpen if Tyler Palko falters.

22. San Diego (22) (4-7): Chargers’ six-game losing streak is worst since 2001.

23. Arizona (28) (4-7): Cardinals have quietly won three of their past four.

24. Tampa Bay (23) (4-7): Bucs giving up 140 yards per game on the ground, third-worst in the league.

25. Cleveland (24) (4-7): Browns QB Colt McCoy only has one 300-yard passing game this season.

26. Philadelphia (20) (4-8): Eagles TE Brent Celek says the world is laughing at them – hard to argue against that.

27. Miami (27) (3-8): Dolphins finished 3-1 in November, losing at Dallas on Thanksgiving by a point.

28. Carolina (29) (3-8): Cam Newton needs 647 passing yards to break Peyton Manning’s rookie record of 3,739 set in 1998.

29. Jacksonville (25) (3-8): Jack Del Rio is out and the Mel Tucker era begins.

30. Minnesota (30) (2-9): Christian Ponder not exactly the savior – Vikings 1-4 since he took over as he starter.

31. St. Louis (31) (2-9): Rams have fumbled a league-high 23 times.

32. Indianapolis (32) (0-11): Colts starting Dan Orlovsky at quarterback – enough said.

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  1. bird_spit says:

    mocarob – thanks for the “video”.. That looks violent. That dude needs justice..on the field justice. God I hope hawks play a glee-gles next year.

  2. yeah cheap/late hits happen all the time but this is just flagrant.
    Okung is slowing up. He grabs his arm, positions his leg for the body slam and rips.

  3. i found this story while cruising around too.

    I like what Browner is doing this year in spite of some of the penalties.

  4. rgbuckl says:

    Thanks for the link mocarob.

    I’ve had my eye on Browner since they signed him to that futures contract. I tried researching the hell out of him in the of season, though there wasn’t much on him. He seemed to be the best corner of the CFL, & had that unique size, but really wondered how he’d work out.

    I also watched, & DVR’d, the Senior Bowl when Sherman picked off the QB–though it was negated by a lineman holding. I liked his size for Carroll’s system.

    How exciting is it to watch these guys doing so much so soon? Hope they stay healthy and continue to grow. The same goes for Chancellor & Thomas. It’s like watching us grow another great defense like we had in the 80s with Easley. (I played the position at the time, so I idolized him)

    The future’s bright…

  5. This may be the most schizoid Hawks team ever.

  6. Tebow!?!? WTF?!?!

    Always nice to see the Vikings lose (especially when they are terrible and still have no chance for Luck).

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Nice to see Chicago and Atlanta lose too! Now let’s hope the Giants and Lions fall!

  8. I know an ignorant fool (not aiming this at anyone at all… just people too dumb to look beyond numbers) can look at Christian Ponder’s numbers today and see that he had two stupid picks. However, he’s a rookie, yet looks like the real deal. In the end, those fools who said the Vikings “took him too early” are going to be the ones who like dumber than a box of rocks (yet those “experts” aren’t held accountable for their reactions/remarks, as an NFL GM would be; which would make them fired in the real world). That kid is legit. He’s a rookie and stupid misakes happen. Hell, even Aaron Rodgers wasn’t even Aaron Rodgers after sitting behind Favre on the bench for those years. Just as Matt Flynn won’t be Matt Flynn for the Seahawks until 2013 when he leads us to our first Super Bowl WIN!!!

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    Yes BobbyK, I might have been the first on the Ponder Train on this blog but who knows, maybe not. (I’m guilty of not being on that Dalton train however)…I still think Ponder is going to be a very fine WCO QB…..

  10. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I’m so glad we passed on Kolb. I’d much rather have Tarvaris (and the lower financial investment). And when we draft Barkley next April, we’ll be set at QB.

  11. jboard1 says:

    Bobby, what is your obsession with Flynn? You truly think he is abetter pick up than a young kid coming out of college? i’m Not trying to be rude, I’m just curious what you have seen from him that makes you want him so badly?

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Giants Fall! The pipe dream continues!

  13. seahawk44 says:

    I wanted to share in case some didn’t see it from a few days ago. I found it a very fine perspective of future direction of the Seahawks.

  14. seahawk44 says:

    Sorry, you may have to click on the first link from the one I provided, titled: Having faith ” Seahawks Draft Blog

  15. Flynn = no draft pick investment. = been groomed by great coach/qb. = people “in the know” like his potential. = already has NFL, mostly mental, experience. = has the tools (if people could redraft in his draft year, he’d be a 1st round pick, 2nd round at worst).

  16. For the record, I’d be perfectly happy with Flynn AND a QB in the 1st round. That position is too important to not be screwing around with.

  17. SeahawkFan12 says:

    For the record, the BCS sucks.

  18. something to chew on: a missed field goal vs ATL, a botched offensive performance @CLE, falling asleep at the wheel vs WAS… erase those, and this team is 8-4.

    Get rid of tarvaris’s absurd 3 picks @DAL, and this team is on it’s way to a division crown and 2nd seed.

  19. jboard1 says:

    Gotcha bobby. I wouldn’t mind getting Flynn I guess, but I find it important to get a rookie out of the draft too. Agreed, the position is too important to dismiss and this FO knows that. I just hope they don’t look at TJ as the future (as implied by some of PC’s comments on THF). TJ is playing better than expected, however, as you warned, he still shows signs of someone who just doesn’t “get it”. This will definitely be an interesting off season.

  20. Yeah. The BCS is a bunch of crap. I don’t doubt that Alabama is the second best team in the country (there are good arguments for Alabama, Oklahoma State, and others), but it’s still a horribly “stoopid” system.

    RADEoN – The one play that you could really point to was that horrible call on the Leon Washington punt return in the Cleveland game. That one hurt.

    The 49ers had better enjoy this division championship because it’s not going to happen again any time soon. As much as I want a QB, they have Alex Smith, so it’s not like we have to comPete against a team with an Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.

  21. RADEoN,

    Let’s just get rid of the 7 losses while we’re at it. You remove those, and this team is 12-0. We’re basically the Packers.

    Does anyone know how today’s games affected our draft position? I wonder what our SOS will look like at the end of the season. I’m pretty sure we play a weak schedule the rest of the way. Unfortunately I think Washington does too. I’m not nearly as scared of Miami as I am of Washington. Miami is actually rolling right now. They could easily outplay the Hawks the rest of the way, especially with Okung out for us.

    I’m not overly concerned about our draft positioning. I think we just need to play ball and let the chips fall. I have full confidence in the front office to make something happen. They’ll do what it takes to get the premier talent at the position.

  22. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I’m not overly concerned about our draft positioning. I think we just need to play ball and let the chips fall. I have full confidence in the front office to make something happen. They’ll do what it takes to get the premier talent at the position.”…I absolutely agree Carson. This si the best way (IMO) to approach this season. Whether it means making aggressive moves in free agency, rolling the dice and moving up in the draft or any combo of the two, all we as fans can do is root like hell for our ‘Hawks and keep the faith. It’ll all work out in the end. The proverbial ship is on course…

  23. I dont think Matt Flynn is the answer. He doesnt compare favorably to the other QB’s the Hawks have targeted. He’s not real mobile, he has an average arm, and average accuracy. He’d probably grade to a 3rd round pick but cost much more.

  24. Wow Carson you’re pretty smart. I bet the packers would want at least a dozen 1st round picks in exchange for their backup quarterback who is a free agent and is able to sign with anyone at the end of this league year.

  25. Also, “Get rid of those 7 losses while you’re at it”… are you a complete tool? Those 3 games were so within reach that it makes me sick that they’re counted as losses, and the other losses were what was expected.

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Not to mention our 4th quarter special teams meltdown in the 49er game!
    I think we could be around 7-5 if not for some let downs, however we did beat the Ravens and Giants so perhaps that just evens things out?

    Now with the games ahead- Rams, Bears, 49ers, and Cardinals. Of course the Rams game should be the easiest, Bears next imo, even though it’s a road game. their qb situation is a mess and now Forte is injured.
    The 49ers game will be tough but I think we can hang with them. Depends too how much they are motivated after wrapping up the NFC West? There is still motivation for them to get the 2nd seed however!
    Arizona (Imo) will be the toughest opponent moving forward. They also have the same record as us.

    With the way the other teams (in the playoff hunt)seem to be imploding, I think we have little more than a pipe dreams chance to sneek in!
    Not expecting, Just hoping, and that is alot more fun then being 2-10 and totally out of it!

  27. Flynn is actually mobile. I watched the Patriots game last year. He’s not Vick, but he’s certainly no statue either and his arm is definitely above average. I’m not sure where your scouting report came from?

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Chicago at Denver

    Atlanta at Carolina

    Giants at Dallas

    Minnesota at Detroit

    If we win on monday, I can see us just being one game back from a playoff tie! With 3 more games to play!

    I really enjoyed this week and I think next week will be good for us too!

  29. HawkyHann says:

    Listening to RGIII on Dan Patrick show. It would be so refreshing to have this guy lead us on the field and as the face of the franchise. Very well spoken. Son of 2 reired US Army Sergeants. Will be receiving his masters degree in the spring. Insane atheltic ability. Huge arm.

    Do whatever it takes Pete. Get this guy. Just watch him toy with the Huskies in their bowl game. He’s going to destroy your boy Nick Holt.

  30. GeorgiaHawk, I actually think that if the Seahawks win out, they will probably get a playoff spot. But considering that they lost to the Browns and the Redskins, I’ll be very surprised (and excited) if they win the last four games. As you say, the Rams game is a gimme, but anything can happen in the last three. Even if they win two out of three and finish the season at 8-8, that would be an accomplishment. The last game in Arizona is going to be very tough, especially if the Cardinals are still alive for the playoffs. And don’t forget: no Okung for these games. He’s going to be tough to replace.

  31. RADEon,

    What are you talking about? “Free agent” doesn’t mean a player is actually free.


    Can you find me a scouting report that differs from what I said? Be sure to check out Seahawks Draft Blog’s coverage of Matt Flynn. Here is the insider report from ESPN on him:

    Grade – 59

    Flynn has good size with average arm strength and athleticism. He doesn’t have a powerful arm but can be accurate on his short and intermediate throws. He isn’t a run threat but can slide in the pocket and make a play downfield when under duress. He is an intelligent, instinctive quarterback who performed well when he was given an opportunity.

  32. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I actually agree with Carson on the Flynn stuff. He looks like Kolb version 2.0 to me, but what do I know. I’d love to see us make an aggressive play for Barkley, because he fits the offense better than RG3. RG3 is not going to start as a rookie, where as Barkley could if needed.

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