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.
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.