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Power Rankings: Seahawks make their case with blowout wins

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If you told me before the season that a team would have back-to-back games scoring 50 or more points, and it would be quarterbacked by a rookie, never would I have picked the Seattle Seahawks.

That's why we play the games.

The Seahawks have rocked the Cardinals and the Bills the past two weeks, scoring 50 or more in each game, serving notice that they are not to be overlooked come playoff time.

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The Seahawks have the second-ranked scoring defense in the league, and we expected that unit to be solid. But it's the offense that has opened eyes as they've surged to the playoffs. Seattle is now 11th in points per game and that makes them fourth in point differential.

The three teams ahead of them on offense are New England, San Francisco and Denver, arguably the league's three best teams.

The Seahawks have a chance to really prove how good they are this week when they play the 49ers in Seattle. Their run to 9-5, coupled with the high-scoring games, has Seattle up to seventh in the CBSSports.com Power Rankings.

It also has Russell Wilson as a candidate to be the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is eighth in the NFL in passer rating at 95.5 with 21 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He ran for three and threw one in Seattle's 50-17 blowout of the Bills on Sunday. The Seahawks scored on their first five possessions of the game.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll has this young, talented team playing at a high level. Are they ready to compete for a Super Bowl? We'll see by late Sunday night. A victory there will tell us a lot.

The Seahawks are hot, but can they stay that way?

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Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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