Power Rankings: No. 4 Seattle Seahawks

October, 15, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Seahawks' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 1 | Last Week: 5 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Sunday won’t go down as the prettiest victory the Seahawks will post this season, but the 20-13 win over the Tennessee Titans was good enough to move Seattle up one spot in the weekly Power Rankings.

The Seahawks had another game where they did just enough right to overcome all the things they did wrong -- five fumbles (two lost), a botched field goal returned for a touchdown and penalties that hurt drives in Tennessee territory.

Despite the miscues, Seattle’s defense got back on track after two games where it gave up too many big plays. The Seahawks kept the Titans offense out of the end zone.

And the offense had big games from running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson. Lynch had two rushing touchdowns and 155 total yards (78 receiving, 77 rushing). Lynch and Wilson teamed up for the big play of the fourth quarter on a 55-yard catch-and-run by Lynch.

Wilson finished 23 of 31 for 257 yards, and he rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries.

One interesting stat seems to show playing the Seahawks takes a toll on the opponent. All five lost the following week, and four of the five lost by double digits the week after playing the Seahawks.

Two of those teams are 4-2 -- San Francisco and Indianapolis. The Colts are only team to defeat Seattle, but they lost 19-9 Monday night at San Diego.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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