After finishing training camp with no major setbacks, the defending Super Bowl champions predictably stayed in first place in the latest power rankings from the Associated Press. Denver, which was second, had one vote from the 12-person panel in the Pro32 poll released Tuesday.
''There's not much doubt anywhere on this roster. Plus, Russell Wilson will keep growing with this offense, which means the best team in the league last season may be even better,'' said Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated.
The Seahawks will be tested right away, hosting the NFL regular-season opener Thursday against Green Bay. The Packers were fourth, one spot behind the New England Patriots.
''Aaron Rodgers looks ready for an MVP season. Now if Dom Capers' defense can show some improvement, there could be another Lombardi Trophy in Green Bay,'' said Newsday's Bob Glauber.
The Broncos host Peyton Manning's old team, Indianapolis, on Sunday in another standout matchup on the schedule for the first week. The Colts were ranked eighth.
''If you're looking for an alternative to the Denver/New England Super Bowl chatter, Andrew Luck offers a strong case for his team going to the big show,'' Glauber said.