2023 NFL Power Rankings: Seattle Seahawks

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Seattle Seahawks in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Biggest offseason contract to watch: QB Geno Smith

The Seahawks gave Smith a three-year, $75 million deal last March, but the guarantee structure was such that they could move on after this season with a nonprohibitive $17.4 million in dead money if the quarterback didn't maintain his 2023 Pro Bowl form. Smith's numbers during his up-and-down 2024 season have declined across the board, which brings that possibility into play. The date to know is Feb. 16. That's when Smith's $12.7 million base salary for next season would become fully guaranteed if he's still on the roster, which makes that a likely deadline to determine his immediate future. -- Brady Henderson

NFL.com -- Rank: 19

The Seahawks entered Week 17 controlling their own destiny, needing wins in their final two games to guarantee a playoff berth. Uh, yeah, about that ... Perhaps allowing 178 rush yards after contact to a Steelers team that was averaging fewer than 90 rush yards in the previous three games wasn't a winning formula. It also didn't help that Kenneth Walker III, who made some noise early in the game, was injured in the third quarter and missed most of the second half. After Walker recovered his own fumble on a direct snap midway through the third quarter, the Seahawks handed off one more time on their final 20 plays of the game. Walker's one appearance in the fourth quarter came on the strip-sack of Geno Smith, and the RB's chip left a bit to be desired. The Seahawks' surest path to the playoffs now? Beating a highly competitive Cardinals team in Week 18 and having the Bears defeat the Packers. That's not completely improbable, but it's hard to assume it'll happen.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

Losing to the Steelers at home really puts a damper on their playoff hopes. They will need to win and get help this week to get into the postseason.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

How best to explain how they've transformed from possible contender to likely pretender? HC Pete Carroll's defense has surrendered more than 1,000 yards on the ground over the past six weeks, four of those games losses.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

The lesson: Pete Carroll can really coach

Seattle still has a 23.8 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to The Athletic's projections, despite Sunday's loss. If the Seahawks can get there, it will be Carroll's 10th trip in his last 13 seasons as head coach. There's a lot of angst in Seattle right now because the Seahawks gave up 468 yards to Mason Rudolph and the Steelers on Sunday, but Seattle could do a lot worse than being in the mix every year under Carroll.

FOX -- Rank: 15

I thought Geno Smith and the Seattle offense played pretty damn well against Pittsburgh, all things considered. But we also saw a tough day from the Seahawks defense. Can they rebound in Arizona and give themselves a shot at a wild-card spot?

Yahoo! -- Rank: 18

Seattle's defense had a huge letdown in a big spot. The Steelers ran all over the Seahawks. That was the biggest reason they lost and now have a much tougher path to the playoffs. Defense has to be a top priority in the offseason. Again.

PFT -- Rank: 16

Seattle at Dallas would be a great wild-card game.

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