Seahawks.NET Power Rankings - Week Twelve

The Seattle Seahawks now stand with the best record in the NFC and could become the first team in the NFL to clinch a Playoff spot with a win this weekend coupled with a Rams loss. The NFL's number one offense is spearheaded by MVP candidate Shaun Alexander - who is having a career year - and their new-look defense leads the NFL with 34 team sacks. 

Which means, of course, that the national media has been running stories on Michael Vick, Brett Farve and the Manning brothers all week.  Guess what, Seahawk Nation? 

That’s all about to change. 

With a win this weekend, the media spotlight will be glaring down on the Emerald City, and all of you who have been clamoring for a bit more media coverage may suddenly find that the attention you thought you wanted isn’t so great after all.  We’ll be dealing with endless articles about Alexander being a free-agent at the end of the year (with no mention of the ongoing negotiations between Shaun’s agents and the Front Office), puff-pieces on the best left side in pro football (with no mention of how well Strong, Tobeck and right side ha
ve played), “inside information” about the WRs' drop problems (which was last year’s issue) and an entire Peter King article about Seattle’s coffee with nary a mention of the team. 

Of course, it will be nice to watch the talking heads on television pull 180s and convieniently forget about their “Hasselbeck will be the first QB benched” and “The Seahawks are soft” pre-season comments.  And I’m hoping against hope to read at least a few mea culpas from the morons who predicted the Cardinals would win the division (but we all know how often that happens).

Anyway, our Power Rankings for week 12 features quite a bit of movement, led by the Chicago Bears' six-spot climb into the top ten and the team they beat, the Carolina Panthers, losing seven spots and tumbling out of the top ten.

This Week
Team
Commentary
Last Week
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After beating New England and Cincinnati on the road, the Colts are clearly the class of the NFL.
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2
The Broncos cruised past the Jets last weekend. They'll have their hands full with Dallas on Thanksgiving.
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3
Overlooked this week was a team who won a divisional game on the road to lock up the best record in the NFC. Next up, a possible playoff preview as the 7-3 Giants come to town.
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4
When was the last time Tommy Maddox won a game? Really, does anyone remember?
2
5
The Giants drove the final nail in the Eagles coffin last week. Now comes the daunting task of winning on the road in Seattle, a feat no team has managed to pull of this season.
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6
A short week and a home game against the white-hot Denver Broncos will show us a lot about the Cowboys post-season hopes for this season.
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7
Who'd have thought that it would take until late November for the reigning champs to put together back-to-back wins?
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8
Stellar defense + (mostly) mistake-free offense = playoffs.
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9
Cincinnati played in a fantastic game against the undefeated Colts and looked every bit of a team that can make some noise in the post-season.
13
10
Jacksonville needed to come from behind against the lowly Titans. Nevertheless, they won a close game on the road and that's something a team headed to playoffs must do.
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11
After watching the Chargers play last weekend, I'm wondering how they lost four games to begin with.
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12
How does Steve Smith have 14 catches and nearly 170 yards yet your team only manages a lousy three points? That's not gonna cut it in a division with three teams still contending for the lead.
5
13
I thought the Bucs were the NFL's paper tiger, but evidently I was wrong. The paper tiger sits one spot below.
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14
Two straight losses at home have sportswriters all across the nation getting ready to leap off the bandwagon before it heads over the cliff. They have to be able to beat Detroit on Thanksgiving, right?
12
15
The Redskins fall to .500 and now enter the desperation phase of the season.
10
16
Kansas City had no trouble beating up on the hapless Texans. Now if they could just play like that against a Varsity team.
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17
McNabb and Sheppard are gone for the season, the T.O. saga just won't die and Eagles remarkable run of four straight NFC Championship Games is over.
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18
The Raiders toughed out a road win against a good team to keep their heads above water … barely. They'll need to win out to have a chance.
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19
The Bills' season ended with a whimper last week in San Diego.
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20
The Vikings have a small glimmer of hope after winning two straight with Brad Johnson under center. This begs the question, what the heck was wrong with Daunte all year?
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21
The Browns shut out an opponent at home and yet, somehow, the coaches manage to create controversy in the locker room. That's not good.
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22
Baltimore ground out the longest game of the year against the division leaders and won it. Now if they can keep that intensity and focus for more than one game…
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23
With the stable of running backs Miami has, a shutout is inexcusable.
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24
When you let Arizona beat you by ten in your own house, your season is over.
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25
The Lions are hoping for an upset over the reeling Falcons on Thanksgiving.
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26
Warner appears to have found a rhythm with Fitzgerald and Boldin, and that should scare the bejezzus out opponent's secondaries.
30
27
San Fran gave the NFC's best team all they could handle last Sunday but still left the stadium without a win.
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28
Farve will be getting the starts, but the Pack absolutely must get some snaps for Aaron Rogers this year.
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29
Perhaps in retrospect, leaving your rookie corners in man coverage all day wasn't such a hot idea.
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30
The Saints have talent all over the field, but none on the sidelines. Haslett's seat is on fire.
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31
The offense has committed eleven turnovers in their last eighteen possesions. Isn't that some sort of record?
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32
Houston should avoid Sunday Night games like the plague. They've given up 90 points in their last two contests on ESPN.
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