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Seahawks fall in Power Rankings, Week 4 an opportunity to climb back

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Is it time to panic in Seattle? (1:15)

Louis Riddick assesses the state of the Seahawks after a 1-2 start to the season. (1:15)

RENTON, Wash. -- Coach Pete Carroll was asked Monday if the "lowly" Indianapolis Colts provide an opportunity for the Seattle Seahawks to bounce back this week. Naturally, he didn't take the bait.

"I don't know who you're talking about," Carroll said. "The Colts are coming off a big win."

Indianapolis beat the Cleveland Browns 31-28 Sunday for its first win of the season. That was behind Jacoby Brissett, who made his second start with the team -- and the fourth of his career -- in place of an injured Andrew Luck. As expected, the Colts have ruled Luck out for Sunday night's game.

The Seahawks are 19-3-1 in prime-time since Carroll took over in 2010, outscoring opponents 581-298 in those games. That includes a 12-1 record at CenturyLink Field, where they'll host the Colts Sunday night.

So yeah, the Seahawks do have a pretty good opportunity to bounce back this week after falling to 1-2 with a 33-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

The Seahawks dropped three spots in this week's ESPN Power Rankings, going from ninth to 12th. That's the highest spot among the seven teams that are 1-2, and ranks ahead of seven teams that are 2-1.

Taking stock of the NFC West, the 2-1 Los Angeles Rams (16th in ESPN's Power Rankings) are the only team that has a winning record through three games. The Arizona Cardinals (21st) fell to 1-2 with a loss on Monday night while the San Francisco 49ers (29th) are winless.

Looking ahead, the Rams play the Cowboys (ninth) in Dallas on Sunday then host Seattle in Week 5. The Seahawks haven't beaten the Rams on the road since doing so in a Monday night game in St. Louis in 2013, going 2-5 against them since 2010. If things fall in the Seahawks' favor next week and then they beat the Rams, they could sit atop the NFC West heading into their bye in Week 6.

There are obviously a lot of ifs involved there. The Seahawks have yet to put together a complete performance through three weeks, but they've bounced back from slow starts before.

"There's no panic in this room. We've been through it all. We've been through it all," quarterback Russell Wilson said Sunday night. "I think, for us, we just have to continue to believe in what we're doing and how we're doing it and get a little sharper. We all need to get sharper, and it starts with me and everybody else going across the line. But that's not something that we have to reach out too far to get. It's within us. We just have to just continue to stay the course, and we believe that it'll happen for us."