The Seattle Seahawks slow descent into irrelevance ended this past Sunday with a win over the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. After opening the season with two difficult losses -- the second of which was a shutout at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- Seattle finally tallied a win, downing a division rival in the process. And in this week's NFL power rankings, the Seahawks free-fall came to an end, at least for now.
Over at SB Nation, the Seahawks are still in the lower-third of the latest NFL power rankings, but aren't manning the bottom of the poll this time around. Instead, Seattle is at No. 26, below the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, but above the St. Louis Cardinals.
26. Seattle Seahawks (1-2, LW: 29): Last week some were saying this was the worst team in the NFL. Maybe they're right but, in the NFC West, you can't rule them out -- yet.
We'll see the same reasoning a lot this year. It is the NFC West and anything can happen. No team has separated itself yet, with the 49ers at 2-1 on the season and everyone else hanging around -- Seattle at 1-2, Arizona at 1-2 and St. Louis at 0-3. With a weak division schedule, anything can happen, and it looks to be another year in which the NFC West winning comes out of the wreckage with a losing record to make the playoffs.