4. Seattle Seahawks (+2)
Seattle continues to be impressive, but maybe this win wasn’t as good as it looked on paper.
Don’t get me wrong, this game was never in doubt and that is a big part of why the Seahawks are back inside the top-5 of these power rankings. The problem is, they seem to lack that killer instinct and week in and week out teams find ways to get hot on their trail in the 4th quarter.
I don’t know if that is a function of the defense or if the offense just loses their momentum, but if this team is going to go to the Super Bowl then they have to find ways to get on top and stay on top.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+0)
Tampa Bay really deserves to fall a few spots because of their pitiful effort against the New York Giants with the world watching. However, this was a game where Tom Brady managed to make the offense work whe everything else was failing around him.
If there has been one complaint with putting this team so high in these power rankings, it has been that they seem to need great effory from the defense to win most games. On Monday, they didn’t get that from their defense and they still managed to win because Tom Brady just kept making clutch plays.
Against a better team, the preformance of the offensive line and the wide receivers would have gotten them beaten, but instead it was just enough to win the game. Now, did they show other teams the secret to beating them? Or was this just a fluke?