The Seattle Seahawks, with a healthy Russell Wilson, a suddenly present offensive line, and that impressive defense that saw the return of Kam Chancellor, are climbing up the NFL power rankings this week. Most of them have Seattle just a step behind the team they may face for the NFC title -- the Dallas Cowboys.
But a few have them ranked lower. And check out what Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com had to say as you run through these rankings.
Last week: 4; This week: 2
What they said: The Seahawks are 4-1-1 in their past six games, and most impressive about that stretch is the fact they've committed only one turnover. They had none against the Patriots in Week 10 and will look to keep that trend rolling against the Eagles in Week 11.
Last week: 4; This week: 2
What they said: Russell Wilson (the one we know) has returned, and Kam Chancellor is back, too. You saw the results. Just wait until Michael Bennett is ready.
Last week 6; This week: 2
What they said: While many were breathlessly marveling over the improved play of a healthier Russell Wilson in Sunday's win at New England, I couldn't help but think about what an elite player Kam Chancellor is. During a time where we debate whether this quarterback or that quarterback is "elite," a guy like Chancellor deserves way more attention. Forget the non-call (the right call) on the fourth-and-goal throw to Gronk -- the hustle play Chancellor made down the line to grab LeGarrette Blount's feet as the Pats RB tried to dive over the pile won the game. Seriously: It won the damn game. It reminded me of the effort play Chancellor made against the Lions last year on "Monday Night Football," peeling off his man to belt Calvin Johnson at the goal line, force a fumble and essentially win that game. Chancellor is talented, football smart and, most emphatically, all heart. - Elliot Harrison
Last week: 5; This week: 2
What they said: Kam Chancellor is back in action and Thomas Rawls expects to be in the lineup again soon, and the Seahawks suddenly look like a legitimate threat to go on a serious run. - Adam Stites
Last Week: 5: This week 3
What they said: Thomas Rawls is coming back soon. C.J. Prosise looked like an interesting weapon in his expanded role. Russell Wilson looked like himself. The Seahawks played great in the second half last season and they’re about to do the same this season. - Frank Schwab
Last week: 6; This week: 2
What they said: Traveling across the country on a short week of preparation and winning at New England was as impressive as it gets. That shows what the Seahawks are capable of at their best; they are capable of being the league’s best and most complete team. But they haven’t been at their best on a consistent basis. Don’t forget the tie at Arizona and the loss at New Orleans only a few weeks ago. Seattle still must prove that it can maintain an elite level of play. - Mark Maske
Last week: 6; This week: 4
What they said: A healthy Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a 31-24 victory on the road against the New England Patriots. Seattle’s offense scored on seven of their nine possessions, three of which were passing touchdowns from Wilson to Doug Baldwin. Rookie C.J. Prosise out of Notre Dame is starting to claim the starting running back job, and proved himself as a weapon in both the running and receiving game. Prosise led Seattle in both rushing and receiving en route to the team’s sixth win of the season. The defense held Tom Brady to zero passing touchdowns, although LeGarrette Blount had himself a day with three scores on the ground on 21 carries.
Last week: 6; This week: 5
What they said: Think of all the hurdles Seattle’s defense had to leap over before Sunday Night Football. It was on a short week. Its best pass-rusher, Michael Bennett, had to sit out. Its leader, Kam Chancellor, was banged up. It had to travel as far as any road trip in football (Seattle to Boston). And, oh yeah! It had to face off against Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. The Seahawks passed every test with flying colors. Throw in some phenomenal offense—Russell Wilson is starting to regain his ability to buy time in or out of the pocket—and a new fresh face in C.J. Prosise (153 total yards), and you have a team capable of anything. Seriously, anything. -- Chris Simms
Last week: 7; This week: 6
What they said: Russell Wilson was sensational against the Patriots. If he continues to play like that, I just might admit that he is great. - Pete Prisco (We're not sure if he's being sarcastic).