Here's my power rankings for this week. I've got Seattle at 17th overall heading into Sunday's game against New Orleans. I moved them up from 23rd overall last week.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has the Seahawks at No. 19 overall.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has Seattle at No. 19 overall.
And USA Today puts Seattle at 25th overall, with 3-6 Niners (23rd) and the 4-5 Rams (24th) ranked higher.
1. Atlanta (2) (7-2): Underrated defense, and QB Matt Ryan and WR Roddy White give this team some punch on offense.
2. N.Y. Jets (3) (7-2): Mark Sanchez putting up decent numbers – 12 TDs and only 6 interceptions.
3. New England (4) (7-2): After impressive win at Pittsburgh, Pats’ reward is home date with Indy. 4. Pittsburgh (1) (6-3): Steelers 3-1 without QB Ben Roethlisberger, and 3-2 with him.
5. Green Bay (5) (6-3): Packers looking to sweep the Favre-led Vikings after getting swept last season.
6. Baltimore (7) (6-3): There should be a running clock in Ravens’ game at Carolina today.
7. Indianapolis (8) (6-3): Peyton Manning has won five of the last games against the Patriots.
8. New Orleans (10) (6-3): Coach Sean Peyton believes this is the best his defense has played during his tenure with the Saints. 9. Philadelphia (11) (6-3): Can Vick put on another stunning performance against a better N.Y. Giants defense?
10. N.Y. Giants (6) (6-3): Giants go from being anointed best team in the NFC to losing to the flat-lining Cowboys. 11. Chicago (12) (7-3): Doing it with smoke and mirrors, but hard to argue with their record.
12. Oakland (13) (5-4): Raiders RB Darren McFadden leads the league, averaging108.1 rushing yards a contest.
13. Tennessee (9) (5-4): Moss says he’s comfortable with the Titans – but we’ve heard this before.14. Tampa Bay (17) (6-3): WR Mike Williams will play despite DUI charge.15. Jacksonville (18) (5-4): The Jags are a surprising 6-for-6 in home sellouts this season.
16. San Diego (19) (4-5): Phillip Rivers having an impressive season with, other than Antonio Gates, receivers no one has heard of. 17. Seattle (23) (5-4): Lack of depth could be an issue down the stretch. 18. Kansas City (15) (5-4): The Chiefs have lost two straight.
19. Miami (14) (5-5): Need to rely more on the legs of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, and less on the arm of third stringer Tyler Thigpen. 20. St. Louis (16) (4-5): Rams looking to extend home winning streak to five against Falcons. 21. Houston (20) (4-5): Defense keeps finding ways to lose games. 22. Minnesota (21) (3-6): Could this be the last game for Brad Childress?
23. Cleveland (22) (3-6): Rookie QB Colt McCoy has a solid 85.2 passer rating. 24. Washington (24) (4-5): Redskins giving up a league-worst 415.3 yards a game.
25. San Francisco (29) (3-6): Niners still within shouting distance of division lead.
26. Denver (27) (3-6): Broncos looking to build on convincing win over Kansas City.
27. Arizona (25) (3-6): The wheels are coming off in the desert. 28. Dallas (30) (2-7): Impressive debut for interim coach Jason Garrett in road win over Giants. 29. Cincinnati (26) (2-7): Bengals have lost six straight, but get homecoming opponent in Buffalo.
30. Detroit (28) (2-7): It’s the battle of backup quarterbacks, as the Lions’ Shaun Hill faces the Cowboys’ Jon Kitna. 31. Buffalo (32) (1-8): Bills show life with win over Detroit last week.
32. Carolina (31) (1-8): Panthers starting Brian St. Pierre at quarterback – who was a stay-at-home dad in Boston last week.