The Seahawks, led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, went undefeated during the preseason and received a lot of hype heading into their season opener. ESPN ranked the Seahawks as the league's 20th-best team prior to Week 1, but dropped them to No. 26 this week after starting the year 0-1.
The Seahawks' drop of six spots was the biggest among all NFL teams in ESPN's power rankings.
Seattle took a similar drop in Sports Illustrated's power rankings, falling from No. 12 to No. 18.
"Alas, my early faith in the Seahawks did not go rewarded last week," Sports Illustrated's Don Banks wrote. "Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson wasn't Brandon Weeden-Ryan Tannehill bad by any stretch of the imagination, but he didn't spark the offense like he did in the preseason either. This week's home opener against Dallas offers a vital do-over opportunity for Seattle. A win and Pete Carroll's team will be right back in the discussion in the NFC West. An ugly loss and get ready for the Matt Flynn-to-the-rescue chatter."
The Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Sept. 16 in a Week 2 matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET/1:05 p.m. PT.
2012 NFL Power Rankings Week Two: Ravens Triumph, Panthers Tumble (via sbnation)