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Seahawks Disrespected by ESPN's Early 2022 NFL Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Seattle Seahawks are being disrespected by ESPN's early 2022 NFL power rankings.
The Seattle Seahawks are being disrespected by ESPN's early 2022 NFL power rankings. / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

The Seattle Seahawks missed the playoffs this past season for just the second time in the last decade. Injuries and a tough NFC West division ultimately did them in, but the core pieces on this roster are ready to compete. Seattle is being disrespected by ESPN's early 2022 power rankings.

Seahawks Power Rankings

The Seahawks check in at No. 23, which would place them last in the NFC West. Having a team led by Russell Wilson ranked that low seems like an overreaction. After all, Seattle finished No. 16 in offensive scoring (23.2 points per game) and tied for No. 11 in defensive scoring (21.5 PPG) in a down year.

Wilson has now made five straight Pro Bowls and has a full offseason to get back to full health. Of course, he has no shortage of weapons in front of him. The receiving duo of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett combined for 2,142 yards on 148 receptions and scored 20 touchdowns in 2021.

On the defensive side of the ball, new defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt has to find a way to get more from his defensive line next season. The Seahawks finished with the 10th-fewest sacks in the NFL (34.0). They could benefit from bringing in some talent with their $36 million in projected cap space.

Playing in the NFC West is going to make earning a playoff berth that much harder, but keep in mind the Seahawks have posted a 17-13 divisional record over the last five seasons. Seattle could fly under the radar next year and have odds set at +3300 (T-17th) to win it all, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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