Packers vs. Seahawks: Hawks Have Opportunity to Move Up NFL Power Rankings

Todd PheiferAnalyst IIISeptember 23, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during a game at CenturyLink Field on September 16, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 27-7.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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I believe the Seattle Seahawks will beat the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. 

If the Hawks are able to take down Aaron Rodgers and company, I have a feeling they will find themselves being heavily discussed by the usual NFL pundits.

There is value in being under the radar, but at some point a team needs to emerge and start to assert themselves. For Seattle, the time is now. 

Fans know how this team has been regarded over the years. Although it was difficult to ignore the Seahawks during their Super Bowl year, Seattle has experienced plenty of seasons where they were largely ignored by the national media. 

Occasionally there are the tired jokes about the rain, or incorrect statements that label Seattle as the farthest NFL outpost. Would a win over the Packers put Seattle firmly on the NFL radar?

The team has an opportunity to showcase what has quickly become a great defense. The Seahawks are giving up only 46 yards a game on the ground, which is good for 2nd in the NFL. In terms of total yards given up per game, Seattle ranked 6th after week 2. 

The defense has to continue their active harassment of opposing quarterbacks, but the key to this game may be Marshawn Lynch and his ability to shift into "Beast Mode." Seattle has the 7th-best rushing offense in the league at 148.5 yards per game, which must continue so Russell Wilson does not have to force passes in order to move the offense. 

How many experts picked the Seahawks to finish somewhere in the 7-9 range? That could certainly still happen, but this looks like a confident team right now. I am not promising they are going to go 13-3 like the San Francisco 49ers did last year, but why not?

A week ago, the Seahawks ranked 26th in the power rankings of one media outlet and, after beating the Cowboys, they jumped to 19th. I do find it interesting that, despite the loss, Dallas stills ranks above the Seahawks. How does that happen?

If Seattle beats the No. 4-ranked Packers, could the Seahawks crack the top ten? We'll have to wait and see.