2019 NFL Power Rankings:
No. 10 Seattle Seahawks
Prepare for whenever Seattle blows up the makeshift group upfront and holds open tryouts for every spot on the offensive line (sans Duane Brown and Mike Iupati). I mean gotdamn, Billy Bob from Varsity Blues did a better job keeping his quarterback upright than the beefy behemoths Pete Carroll assembled. Luckily for Carroll and the Seahawks' medical staff, Russell Wilson stands under center. Might be going out on a limb here, but as long as Wilson's the guy in The Emerald City, the Seahawks have a fighting chance at the Lombardi. Never mind the resemblance to Thriller Mike Jack or his perfectly manufactured role as football's Carlton Banks. The man known as "DangeRuss" is a winner. He slides around the pocket like a dancer -- probably the reason R&B's Princess of Dance, Ciara, chose the boy. He has a golden arm, which he uses to make throws from uncanny angles. And he's led the franchise to its only Super Bowl. Sorry, Cam, the crown for the league's best dual-threat quarterback belongs to Russell, and he's worn it for a while.
In 2018, Seattle boasted the league's top rushing attack. Though the team drafted Rashaad Penny to be its top option, Chris Carson had other plans, emerging as the go-to ball carrier. Oddly enough, the offensive line has no problems bullying defenses off the line of scrimmage. Add a bruiser like Carson to the mix, and the result is a bunch of worn-out defenses gasping for air late in ball games. That's a recipe for success. Just ask Pete Carroll.
One would think it may take a while for Russell Wilson to adjust without his favorite safety blanket in wideout Doug Baldwin. Through the first three weeks, Wilson proved otherwise. He torched the Bengals for two touchdowns in the team's season-opening win. Obliterated the Steelers' secondary to the tune of 300 yards and three tugs while leading the Seahawks to a 2-0 record. Then accounted for 457 yards and four total touchdowns against the Saints in Week 3. With Tyler Lockett flourishing as the team's No. 1 receiver, and Hercules -- aka DK Metcalf -- proving to be more than his measurable, this new-look Seattle offense looks to blow past a ceiling that once stopped at the roof.
Now the defense is the team's calling card and always has been. Though the "Legion of Boom" no longer roams the secondary in Seattle, the team remains stout defensively. There's a reason Bobby Wagner is the highest-paid linebacker in football. He and K.J. Wright consistently stick shit and are an instinctive duo that makes life miserable for opposing offenses. I don't necessarily understand the point of trading Frank Clark and then acquiring Jadeveon Clowney, but I do know this: If you can find a better defensive end against the run than Clowney, please let me know. Men lie, women lie, Pro Football Focus does not. Don't worry about the youth in the secondary. The pups will be fine as long as the beasts upfront keep forcing foes into third-and-longs.
Offensive Players to Watch: The whole fuckin offensive line, DK Metcalf and Rashaad Penny
Defensive Players to Watch: Tre Flowers, Shaquill Griffin, Tedric Thompson
Fantasy Players to Watch: Chris Carson, Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett, Will Dissly
Verdict: You know what you’re getting from the Seahawks every year. They’ll heat up at some point in the season, rattle off a string of close victories and then enter the playoffs as one of the league’s hottest teams. It never fails. 10-6