With the Seahawks defeating a talented team on the road with only one prior road victory, it might seem that Seattle would have made a slightly larger leap in the rankings, though people can’t put too much stock in this system.
Seattle is close to being back in the top 10, which they haven’t been in since week seven, when they reached their highest ranking of nine this season.
With the Seahawks’ next game against the Arizona Cardinals, who have struggled after their 4-0 start, they have a chance to break into the top 10 with a divisional win that puts them in greater position to take the NFC West.
Seattle’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, has played at a phenomenal level over the last five weeks and if this kind of performance continues, the Seahawks could find themselves atop the NFC West and in a great position to make a run in the playoffs.
With only the San Francisco 49ers in their way, Seattle has a must win at home against the Niners in order to avoid the wild card game and get a division title, something they haven’t had since 2010 when they became the first team to clinch a division with a losing record of 7-9.
If the Seahawks are to make the playoffs, they will have to perform in all of their remaining four games, especially Wilson, who is continuing to make a case for rookie of the year.