The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals face off Sunday, two NFC West rivals and two of the top 10 teams in most NFL power rankings.

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So they meet again: The Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals.

The season is half over, and now it’s time for the two NFC West rivals to go facemask-to-facemask in Round 1 of a two-round slugfest on Sunday night (5:20 p.m. PST, Channel 5, NBC). The results should determine who will win the division and whether the Seahawks will make the playoffs.

The records give the advantage to Arizona, but history and the oddsmakers say Seattle. The Seahawks are three-point favorites and beat Arizona twice last season on their way to the NFC West title, the NFC’s top seed and an NFC title.

What do the national media’s power rankings say?

It’ll be a close one.

Most of the rankings by national media and major newspapers bunch the two teams fairly closely. Only a couple of the ratings put the Seahawks outside the top 10, usually around eight or nine. Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times ranks the Seahawks eighth. Some even moved Seattle (4-4) up a spot despite having a bye week. Arizona (6-2), which also comes off a bye, is a few spots ahead and in the top five of a few power rankings. Jenks slots the Cardinals at No. 5.

Most aren’t all that concerned about the Seahawks’ .500 record and spotty performance in the first half of the season.

“We will know if they are back if they can beat the Cardinals and make it a division race,” wrote Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, who ranked the Seahawks No. 8. “That defense is starting to look like the one we expected to see.”

Even the skeptics who rank Seattle out of the top 10 consider the Hawks dangerous.

“For all the doom and gloom that surrounds the Seahawks, it’s important to remember they’re 4-4,” wrote NFL.com’s  Elliot Harrison, who put Seattle at No. 14. “This team is certainly capable of mounting a run, considering the talent on defense and Marshawn Lynch‘s propensity for going off.”

Bob Glauber of Newsday ranked the Seahawks No. 8, one spot ahead of the Cardinals. “Is Seattle all the way back?” he asked. “They’ll find out Sunday when they host the first-place Cardinals.”

The New England Patriots are still No. 1 in every power ranking I saw through Thursday morning, with the NFL’s other two unbeaten teams, the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers, second and third.

Here is a roundup of NFL power rankings from national media and major newspapers.

SEATTLE TIMES

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks’ biggest fix in the second half of the season needs to be in the red zone. Not only are they getting fewer chances this season in the red zone, but they are also the league’s worst offense at scoring touchdowns once there.

Cardinals rank: No. 5 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: QB Carson Palmer is starting to generate some MVP conversation, and here’s why: He is third in the NFL in QB rating, fifth in passing yards and second in touchdown passes, all while limiting his interceptions from previous seasons.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks have scored only five touchdowns on 17 red zone trips this season, the worst red zone efficiency in the NFL. Jimmy Graham has one touchdown on three red zone receptions.

Cardinals rank: No. 7 (no change)

Cardinals comment: The Cardinals rank in the top 10 in rushing this season, a year after ranking 31st in rushing yards per game and last in yards per rush.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Packers.

SI.COM (Chris Burke)

Seahawks rank:  No. 7 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: If we think of the Seahawks as a horror villain, we’re at the part of the script where the music fades and the lights go out and you know something is about to jump out of the shadows. This is a flawed team, but as we saw last season, it is also one capable of a second-half surge. A win over Arizona could be the catalyst.

Cardinals rank: No. 6 (up 2)

Cardinals comment: Is it fair to say that the Cardinals need to win one of their next two games, either at Seattle or home against Cincinnati? They’d prefer to get that W this week, obviously, as it would stretch their NFC West lead to three games. Lose both those games, though, and suddenly Arizona’s at 6–4, likely tied for first with Seattle and teetering on a second-half tumble again.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Benglals; 3, Panthers; 4, Vikings; 5, Broncos.

SI.COM (Peter King)

Seahawks rank: No. 8

Seahawks comment:

Cardinals rank: No. 5

Cardinals comment: I smell a big game coming soon for J.J. Nelson, the lightning-bug rookie receiver from Alabama-Birmingham. He made a stupendous catch in Week 8 at Cleveland, and Carson Palmer loves him.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

NFL.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 14 (no change)

Seahawks comment: For all the doom and gloom that surrounds the Seahawks, it’s important to remember they’re 4-4. This team is certainly capable of mounting a run, considering the talent on defense and Marshawn Lynch‘s propensity for going off. Seattle is still two games back of NFC West-leading Arizona. The Cardinals and Seahawks also have two games against each other remaining. That division should get interesting before this deal is over.

Cardinals rank: No. 6 (no change)

Cardinals comment: Spoke to Larry Fitzgerald on “NFL HQ” this past week, and I felt compelled to ask him how Chris Johnson has made such a comeback. (Of course, one could ask Fitz that same question about himself.) Johnson’s two fumbles in Week 8 aside, the veteran running back has been brilliant. Would you believe Johnson is third in the NFL with 676 rushing yards? That’s 13 more than he had all last season with the New York Jets.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Packers.

USA TODAY

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (down 1)

Seahawks comment: They won last two games before bye and now play next three at CenturyLink. If they can truly ‘turn it on,’ now is the time.

Cardinals rank: No. 7 (down 1)

Cardinals comment: Not one team they played in first half has winning record. Only one team they play in second half has a losing mark.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Packers.

FOXSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 9 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks will hope that the bye week can help them figure things out along an offensive line that has allowed the most sacks (31) and the fourth-most quarterback hits (60) in the NFL. View season trend.

Cardinals rank: No. 4 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: The bye week will allow the Cardinals to get their full arsenal at wide receiver healthy — both John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald enter the bye week banged up. View season trend.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Panthers; 3, Bengals; 4, Cardinals; 5, Broncos.

YAHOO! SPORTS

Seahawks rank: No. 10 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Seattle gets Arizona at home next week. If they can’t win that, it might be time to write the eulogy for the 2015 Seahawks. As must win as it can be in Week 10.

Cardinals rank: No. 5 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: If Carson Palmer has a big game in a win at Seattle this week, you’re going to start to hear a lot of MVP buzz for him.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

CBSSPORTS.COM (Pete Prisco)

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: We will know if they are back if they can beat the Cardinals and make it a division race. That defense is starting to look like the one we expected to see.

Cardinals rank: No. 5 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: They come off the bye with a huge game this week against the Seahawks. If they can win that one, they will have a real command of the division.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

CBSSPORTS.COM (Pat Kiran)

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks haven’t lost a game coming out of the bye since 2012. In the two years since, they’ve won post-bye games by a combined score of 61-24. I feel a big second half coming on..

Cardinals rank: No. 5 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: Even when they haven’t looked great over the last three weeks, they’re still averaging over 24 points per game in that span, going 3-0. Carson Palmer has five 300+ yard passing games and Chris Johnson has four 100-yard rushing games, but the schedule gets tougher down the stretch.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

PRO FOOTBALL TALK (NBCSPORTS.COM)

Seahawks rank: No. 10 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The road to the Super Bowl won’t be going through Seattle, which probably means Seattle won’t be going back to the Super Bowl.

Cardinals rank: No. 4 (up 2)

Cardinals comment: The Cardinals will either cement or forfeit their stop in the top five on Sunday night in Seattle.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Cardinals; 5. Packers.

NEW YORK POST

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson has been sacked an NFL-most 31 times, and his 11.7 sack percentage also is the highest in the league.

Cardinals rank: No. 6 (no change)

Cardinals comment: Carson Palmer is averaging a TD pass every 7.7 attempts, the best rate in the NFL

Top 5: 1, Patriotws; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Vikings.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks rank: No. 9 (no change)

Seahawks comment: The offensive line must do a better job of protecting quarterback Russell Wilson, who’s been sacked a league-high 31 times.

Cardinals rank: No. 5 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: If the Cardinals lose at Seattle on Sunday night, their NFC West lead over the Seahawks will be reduced to 1½ games.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Seahawks rank: No. 9 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: If they’re going to be a real contender, the time to make a move starts Sunday night when the Cardinals come to CenturyLink Field.

Cardinals rank: No. 5 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: Only the Patriots are averaging more points per game than the Cardinals’ 32.9.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

ARIZONA  REPUBLIC

Seahawks rank: No. 11 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Can’t really move them up or down as they were idle last week, but you know me, sometimes I just get saucy and throw you a curve. Not here, but later, perhaps. The Seahawks aim for the third straight win this week and although their defense once again looks like the real thing, I’ve got them losing by a touchdown at home this Sunday night against a team I’ve picked since the preseason to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50. Gee, I wonder who that could be. Any ideas? Hello?

Cardinals rank: No. 6 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: It’s incredibly rare – in fact, it’s probably only happened two or three times in the 10 years or so since I’ve been doing these wonderfully amazing Power Rankings that you all adore – that I’ve moved a team up or down when they’re coming out of their off week. I’m doing it this week with the Cardinals, who were idle last week. And I’m doing it because the team that was previously ranked ahead of them, the Packers, have dropped two in a row and just haven’t looked very good. If Arizona can take care of business this Sunday night on the road at the Seahawks, I’ll be validated by moving them up one tiny spot. If not, you can complain to my boss. But he’s really busy so I wouldn’t suggest it. The Cardinals win by 7, by the way.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (no change)

Seahawks comment: They certainly haven’t looked like a championship-caliber team so far. But the Seahawks have managed to hang around and keep themselves in position to make a run in the second half of the season. If they indeed are going to make a third straight Super Bowl appearance, it’s about time for them to begin showing signs they’re a team headed in that direction.

Cardinals rank: No. 6 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: The Cardinals return from their bye to deal with a difficult two-game stretch of facing the Seahawks and Bengals. An Arizona victory Sunday night in Seattle would push the Seahawks three games behind in the NFC West race and leave them realistically needing to secure a wild-card spot to reach the playoffs.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2,  Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Vikings.

TAMPA TIMES

Seahawks rank: No. 7 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: If Seahawks are serious about another division title, they must beat the Cards.

Cardinals rank: No. 6 (up 1)

Cardinals comment: Carson Palmer’s high-powered attack will be tested Sunday night at Seattle.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; Broncos; 5, Packers.

NEWSDAY

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (no change)

Seahawks comment: Is Seattle all the way back? They’ll find out Sunday when they host the first-place Cardinals.

Cardinals rank: No. 7 (down 1)

Cardinals comment:  The Cardinals come off the bye and face the resurgent Seahawks in Seattle. The game will go a long way toward deciding the NFC West title.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Packers.

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: What can I say? I like their chances to put a winning streak together. Back-to-back Super Bowl appearances gives them that respect. 

Cardinals rank: No. 6 (no change)

Cardinals comment: Sunday Night Football (Arizona at Seattle) looks like a treat of a game. 

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Panthers; 3, Bengals; 4, Broncos; 5, Packers.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks rank: No. 8 (no change)

Cardinals rank: No. 6 (no change)

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Broncos; 5, Packers.

PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS

Seahawks rank: No. 16

Seahawks comment: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and tight end Jimmy Graham have perfect drop rates. They have the most catches for a wide receiver, at 31, and for a tight end, at 38, without a drop.

Cardinals rank: No. 5

Cardinals comment: 3-4 defensive end Calais Campbell has 24 run stops and a run stop percentage of 17.6 percent.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Panthers; 3, Bengals; 4, Broncos; 5, Cardinals.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Seahawks rank: No. 7

Seahawks comment: A huge game versus the NFC West-leading Cardinals will begin the Seahawks’ push for the postseason.

Cardinals rank: No. 6

Cardinals comment: The Cardinals have the third-hardest schedule remaining — with two games against the Seahawks, plus the Bengals, Packers, Rams, and Vikings.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Panthers; 3, Bengals; 4, Broncos; 5, Packers.

SB  NATION

Seahawks rank: No. 10 (no change)

Cardinals rank: No. 4 (up 1)

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Cardinals; 5, Vikings

 BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks rank: No. 12

Seahawks comment: Bye week may be the perfect remedy for what they need.

Cardinals rank: No. 6

Cardinals comment: Balanced running attack has Cardinals in good spot.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Vikings; 5, Broncos.