A weekly examination of the Seahawks' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 1 | Last Week: 1 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Any other ranking for the Seattle Seahawks this week would have required an investigation of our voters' sanity.
And that's bad news for everyone else in the conference. The Seahawks have won a franchise record 14 consecutive home games at CenturyLink Field, and quarterback Russell Wilson never has lost there.
Monday night was a dominating performance on both sides of the ball against a quality Saints team. One of the most potent passing teams in the NFL was no match for the Seattle defense.
But Wilson and the Seattle passing game were superb. Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and nine different players caught a pass. Wilson also ran for 47 yards on eight carries.
Once again, Wilson excelled when the pressure was on in a big game, something that separates great quarterbacks from good ones.