This season’s first NFL power rankings are out today. I put the Seattle Seahawks at lucky number 13 to begin the 2012 season.
A look around the national sites shows a wide range of where national pundits believe Seattle will finish this year.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks Seattle at No. 12 overall.
Elliott Harrison of NFL.com places the Seahawks at No. 15 overall.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at No. 20.
Brian Billick of Fox Sports ranks the Seahawks at No. 24.
Check out the rankings below.
1. Baltimore (0-0): Ravens are the only team in the league to make the playoffs in each of the past four seasons.
2. New England (0-0): Patriots have won the AFC East division in eight of the past nine seasons.
3. Green Bay (0-0): Packers led the league in scoring at 35 points a game last year. But porous defense gave up 4,924 passing yards in 2011 – the most in NFL history.
4. San Francisco (0-0): Niners should find out quickly if Randy Moss can still play.
5. N.Y. Giants (0-1): The defending Super Bowl champs took one on the chin in the league opener against the Cowboys.
6. Philadelphia (0-0): Eagles’ playoffs hopes still hinge on Mike Vick staying healthy.
7. Houston (0-0): Texans could have best defense in the league this year.
8. New Orleans (0-0): Saints believe the fall out from the bounty gate scandal this offseason will not affect their play on the field – Drew Brees better ball out.
9. Atlanta (0-0): Falcons still looking for first playoff win under head coach Mike Smith.
10. Pittsburgh (6) (0-0): Don’t count out this aging team. Big Ben and a talented defense means Steelers have a fighting chance.
11 Detroit (0-0): Lions’ offense can score points in bunches, but secondary gives them up just as quickly.
12. Dallas (1-0): Tony Romo has gotten to the point where the league-wide criticism seems to fuel him. – playing at a high level right now.
13. Seattle (0-0): Marshawn Lynch is right – offense needs to let the defense lead them and don’t do anything stupid.
14. Denver (0-0): Expect Peyton Manning to return to his old form – if he can stay healthy.
15. Cincinnati (0-0): Young Bengals squad out to prove last year’s playoff appearance was no fluke.
16. San Diego (0-0): Philip Rivers looking to bounce back from 2011 season in which he threw a career-high 20 interceptions.
17. Chicago (0-0): Jay Cutler finally has some legitimate weapons on offense, but the protection up front still is suspect.
18. Carolina (0-0): Panthers might have a defense to go with the explosive Cam Newton.
19. Buffalo (0-0): Time for DE Mario Williams to start earning that six-year, $100 million deal.
20. Tennessee (0-0): The Titans are Jake Locker’s team now; the ex-UW product faces a tough test in his first start against the Patriots.
21. N.Y. Jets (0-0): Overrated. Rex Ryan’s team could implode by midseason.
22. Oakland (0-0): Raiders looking to end a 10-season playoff drought.
23. Arizona (0-0): I don’t know how they will score, but Cardinals’ defense is legit.
24. Kansas City (0-0): Interested to see how Jamaal Charles bounces back from an ACL knee injury that ended his 2011 season.
25. Tampa Bay (0-0): Can first-year head coach Greg Schiano instill some discipline in this team that lost 10 straight to finish the 2011 season?
26. Minnesota (0-0): Adrian Peterson proved an amazing healer, returning to the field in nine months after ACL knee surgery – Vikings would be wise to lean on backup Toby Gerhart.
27. Jacksonville (0-0): RB Maurice Jones-Drews expected to be active today after only a week of practice because of contract holdout.
28. Washington (0-0): RG III needs to lean on his security blanket – tight end Fred Davis.
29. Miami (0-0): This year’s featured team on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” is about to take some hard knocks on the field.
30. Indianapolis (0-0): Andrew Luck can’t get caught up trying to fill the immense shoes of the departed Peyton Manning.
31. St. Louis (0-0): New Rams coach Jeff Fisher is going young, which means they will take some licks in 2012.
32. Cleveland (0-0): Browns need running back Trent Richardson to be the real deal.