Power Rankings: No. 3 Seattle Seahawks

A weekly examination of the Seahawks' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 1 | Last Week: 4 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Playing their best game of the season on Sunday at Atlanta, an impressive 33-10 victory, was good enough to move the Seahawks up only one spot in our weekly Power Rankings.

Seattle (9-1) went from fourth to third, and that only happened because the Indianapolis Colts, who were second, lost to the St. Louis Rams, dropping them to No. 7.

The Kansas City Chiefs remain No. 1, as you would expect for the only unbeaten team in the league, but our voters still don’t believe the Seahawks are as good as the Denver Broncos, who are now No. 2.

The only loss for both Seattle and Denver came at Indianapolis, and both lost by six points (34-28 for the Seahawks and 39-33 for the Broncos).

Judging by those games, it’s easy to make a case that Seattle should rank ahead of Denver. Denver trailed 36-17 early in the fourth quarter at Indy, and the Broncos were behind by nine (39-30) with less than six minutes to go. Seattle led the Colts 28-23 in the fourth quarter before losing on one of quarterback Andrew Luck’s late comebacks.

But the only way anyone really will know if the Seahawks are better than the Broncos -- or the Chiefs -- is if they meet in the Super Bowl.