Seahawks #2 in Latest Sports Illustrated Power Rankings


Nov 13, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh (right) and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talk before the game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Sports Illustrated released their latest power rankings earlier today. Seems like every single day there are dozens of these things and without fail, the Seahawks are comfortably nestled into the top five. What’s a bit surprising about this ranking in particular would be the team that is above the Seahawks. Yes, I said team. As in singular. has the Seahawks #2 on their latest rankings and it’s not the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers or the Atlanta Falcons that claim the peak position.

The Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens are actually starting out the season as the King of the Hill.

Well, they are the champions after all. The last game they played happened to be the championship. And they didn’t lose. But, do any of us think that if the Seahawks and Ravens played today, the Ravens would win? Take out CenturyLink and play the game on a neutral site. The Seahawks defeated quarterbacks with more talent than Joe Flacco (Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers). The Ravens lost one of the key pieces to their offense in Anquan Boldin.

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Ray Rice is a threat but the Seahawks defense is the stingiest in the NFL. Any offensive output that the Ravens could muster would be negated by offensive captain Russell Wilson and bruiser Marshawn Lynch. But this isn’t a post on how the Seahawks matchup by position to the Ravens.

The point I’m getting at is that I don’t take too kindly to the Seahawks not being the “top dog”, the “man of the house”, the ones who “wear the pants in the family”. It’s a good problem to have because it enforces that with all the attention the Seahawks are getting in the national and local NFL power rankings, they’re going to be a damn fine team. And neither them, nor us will be satisfied finishing the season #2.

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