Power Rankings: No. 4 Seattle Seahawks

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

The Seahawks managed to stay in the same spot this week, thanks to a defense that kept the Rams out of the end zone in a 14-9 victory Monday night that moved Seattle to 7-1 on the season.

It took a goal-line stand at the end for the Seahawks to leave St. Louis with a victory. The Rams made four trips to the red zone without getting a touchdown. The Seahawks have allowed the lowest completion percentage (31.6 percent) on plays in the red zone this season.

The defense also had two interceptions, giving Seattle 13 picks for the season. Cornerback Richard Sherman got his fourth interception of the season, setting up the team’s first touchdown with his 38-yard return to the St. Louis 26-yard line. And linebacker Bruce Irvin came up with his first interception in a place you wouldn’t expect to see him, covering a receiver deep down the sideline.

The Seahawks' offense needed all the help it could get from the defense because the offensive line had its worst performance in a season of bad performances up front. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked seven times, five of which came when the Rams rushed at least five players and the Seahawks couldn’t pick up the blitz.