2018 NFL Power Rankings: Eagles no longer on top after Week 2 of preseason

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20. Seattle Seahawks

For the first time during the Russell Wilson era, the Seattle Seahawks failed to earn a trip to the playoffs last season, which led to an offseason filled with all sorts of changes on both sides of the football. From parting ways with Richard Sherman to trading Michael Bennett, the Seahawks got rid of a lot of popular players from the last few years, and only time will tell when it comes to seeing whether they end up rebuilding or contending in 2018.

One of the main reasons why Seattle struggled at times last season was due to Wilson having a lack of support in the backfield. And while the team pulled a questionable move going with Rashaad Penny in the first round of this year’s draft, the Seahawks will need to be a little extra patient over the next month or so while the rookie recovers from hand surgery.

Even if the argument can be made that Penny’s absence opens up the pathway for Chris Carson to step it up in the backfield, the running back hasn’t really stood out that much so far in preseason. For the final two preseason games, Carson has the opportunity to make a case for being relied on, and if he comes through, it will make Wilson feel a lot better.