NFC West Power Rankings: Week Three

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3 – Seattle Seahawks, 1-2 (last week: 4)

Sep 27, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after catching a touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Chicago, 26-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks finally got off the schneid, but it came against a lowly Chicago Bears’ team led by their backup quarterback, Jimmy Clausen. Even still, they pitched a shutout to let the world know that they won’t just roll over after an 0-2 start.

Seattle didn’t look great in the first half. They entered the break leading by just six, but on the second-half kickoff, Tyler Lockett provided some excitement as he continues to look like he can become one of the best return men the game has seen. Russell Wilson was his usual, accurate self, hitting 67 percent of his passes and hooking up with Jimmy Graham for his first score as a Seahawk.

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Marshawn Lynch, though active despite a calf injury, spent most of the first quarter in the locker room, and totaled just five carries and 14 yards before being shut down for the second half with a hamstring issue. His replacement, rookie Thomas Rawls, picked up his slack, gaining 104 yards on 16 carries.

The defense did its thing, holding Chicago to just 146 yards and 3.2 yards per offensive play. That’s, like, really good. Kam Chancellor made his return, and though he didn’t have a huge impact, his presence alone is a boost to the defense.

Overall, the Seahawks don’t look like themselves, and are not a very scary team just yet. The offense is out of rhythm, and the defense has been inconsistent. They have a lot of time to put it together and get back to looking like a team in the upper echelon, but they have to do it quick, because team number one on this list is starting to look like the best team in the NFC.

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