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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Seattle Seahawks

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Seattle Seahawks rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

That huge confidence swing is the kind of thing that happens when a team drops four of five games and loses its starting quarterback to an injury. The way the Seahawks played Sunday in rallying from a 14-0 deficit to take the Steelers to overtime shows they can at least be competitive while Geno Smith starts for Russell Wilson. But they're hanging by a thread at 2-4, which puts them four games back in the tough NFC West. They need Wilson to come back as soon as he is eligible, in Week 10, and they need to win the next two games -- both at home -- to have any chance at climbing out of this hole. -- Brady Henderson

NFL.com -- Rank: 22

The Seahawks needed Geno Smith to do something special in a virtual must-win scenario in Week 6. Everything about that sentence is absurd, and perhaps it shouldn't surprise you to learn that Geno wasn't the guy to save a season. Smith's overtime fumble on a T.J. Watt strip-sack -- the second Smith turnover in as many weeks with the game hanging in the balance -- was the difference in a crushing 23-20 loss to the Steelers at Heinz Field. Geno's game-ending INT against the Rams in Week 5 could be explained away by a receiver who slipped, but Sunday's fumble was the product of a backup quarterback failing to feel the best player on the field closing hard to his right. Calamity ensues.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

They battled at Pittsburgh with Geno Smith at quarterback, but they just have a different feel without Russell Wilson. At 2-4, with Wilson likely out another month or so, they have major problems.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Backup QB Geno Smith has been adequate during Russell Wilson's absence but also hasn't produced any wins. Enter Cam Newton? "So I talked to him a couple times," coach Pete Carroll said Monday, "just trying to see what was going on his world and all that." Serious goings-on indeed.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Rookie Heat Check: Coming off injured reserve and making his season debut Sunday night against the Steelers, cornerback Tre Brown shined brighter than all of the lights at Heinz Field. The fourth-round pick made a critical tackle of Ray-Ray McCloud coming out of the flat on third down, and in overtime, to give the Seahawks offense a chance to win the game. He did so even though his assignment was Chase Claypool, after he quickly identified what the Steelers were trying to do. Knowing the rookie was green, Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger took an early deep shot to Diontae Johnson that Brown played perfectly to deny the connection.

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