Mid-week is the time when most people check in to see where their favorite team ranks in the (speculative and subjective) pecking order, but a blowout win over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars took all the suspense out of the Power Rankings for Seahawks fans; as with last week, Seattle was listed at either one or two in most Week 4 Power Rankings, alongside the Denver Broncos.
ESPN and NFL.com both listed the Seahawks at No. 1 in their weekly rankings. ESPN pointed out that the “Seahawks' pass defense leads the league with a minus-4 TD-Int differential” while NFL.com sarcastically notes “at one point in the second half Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars got within 21 points.”
Meanwhile, the Seahawks stayed put at No. 2 on The AP Pro32 list, where a “national panel of 11 voters” awarded them 344 points out of a possible 352, five points back of the Broncos, who received 349. SI.com, CBS Sports and Fox Sports’ Brian Billick also had the Seahawks ranked second to the Broncos.
Whatever the order, the Seahawks and Broncos are unquestionably the league’s two best teams after three games, and while both teams are getting strong play out of their offensive and defensive units, they’re dominant on opposite sides of the ball. Seattle’s defense has been stifling, as they're now ranked No. 1 in points allowed per game (9.0), total yards per game (241.7) and passing yards per game (146.7). Meanwhile, the Broncos already have four players with at least 190 receiving yards and are on pace to score an NFL-record 677 points.
It’s obviously still early but a Super Bowl showdown between two becomes easier to imagine with each passing week.