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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 1 Seattle Seahawks

By Terry Blount

A weekly examination of the Seahawks' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 1 | Last Week: 1 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

A few doubts may be creeping in for some people, but our ESPN.com voters are keeping the faith.

The Seattle Seahawks have lost twice in the last three games. And both times they retained the No. 1 spot in the ESPN.com Power Rankings.

Despite their disappointing 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the first home loss for the Seahawks in two years and Seattle’s worst offensive performance of the season, Seattle remains No. 1 in our rankings.

The Seahawks received four of six first-place votes, with the Denver Broncos claiming the other two top votes. Seattle and Denver are tied for the NFL’s best record at 12-3.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll had a message for some of his players after the Arizona loss.

"I’m calling on leadership," Carroll said. "I’m calling for guys to step up that have been the leaders of this team and not be too full of yourself. You’ve got to get focused and get right. So I wanted to make sure that the guys had the right thought in mind and that they would carry the right message and they would understand. With so much frustration coming off the field, it’s a lot to ask, but we did.”

Carroll didn’t specify who he was talking about, but the players he probably wants to set as an example now are the ones who have led the team all season: free safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Red Bryant on defense, along with quarterback Russell Wilson and receiver Doug Baldwin on offense.

Despite the loss to Arizona, the Seahawks can reach their regular-season goals of clinching the NFC West title and home-field advantage in the playoffs with a victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.