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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 8 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Prediction we missed: The Seahawks' pass rush would excel.

The widely held belief going into the season was that the Seahawks' pass rush would be the strength of their defense. They had Jamal Adams, Carlos Dunlap II and almost everyone else back from a group that recorded the second-most sacks over the final seven weeks last season. And they had a promising young addition in Darrell Taylor, helping make it the deepest position group on their roster. Taylor has been excellent, but everyone else has underwhelmed. True, the pass rush also started slow last season, but that was partly because Adams missed four games and Dunlap had yet to be acquired. They've both played in every game this season, so there's no obvious answer as to why the Seahawks' pass rush has underperformed. -- Brady Henderson

NFL.com -- Rank: 22

Geno Smith's first completion in a pivotal Monday Night Football matchup against the Saints went for 84 yards and a touchdown to DK Metcalf. Every Smith completion thereafter combined for 83 yards. Yes, the GenoCoaster was fully operational in a damaging 13-10 loss that leaves the Seahawks' season perilously close to careening off the rails. It's a shame, too, as Seattle's maligned defense held up well against New Orleans. Now 0-3 at home for the first time since 1992, the Seahawks will need a serious run to make the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 years. Get well soon, DangeRuss.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

They battled against the Saints, but they don't do enough on offense without Russell Wilson. They can forget about any division title now - and probably the playoffs.

USA Today -- Rank: 22

They're 2-5 for first time in Russell Wilson era, and injured QB will miss at least one more game. Already five games out of NFC West lead, midnight might've already struck in Seattle.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Trick or treat: You'll find nothing scarier this season than Geno Smith running a two-minute drill. He's been a serviceable replacement for Russell Wilson until a game's most critical moments, and then ... it all falls apart.

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