The Seahawks finished the 2013 regular season with the No. 1 ranking, then validated their status with an impressive postseason run that culminated in a dominant Super Bowl victory.
Did free agency and/or the 2014 draft compel our voters (John Clayton, Ashley Fox, Dan Graziano, Jamison Hensley, Mike Sando and Kevin Seifert) to make a change at the top? That's a resounding no.
The Seahawks, who have seen their share of change this offseason, were the unanimous choice for the No. 1 spot. The Broncos came in at No. 2, followed by the 49ers, Patriots and Saints.
The Falcons made the biggest gain since last season, jumping 12 spots to No. 14. The Panthers were the biggest fallers, slipping from No. 3 to No. 11.
How bad is it for the Browns? Despite the much-ballyhooed draft addition of Johnny Manziel, Cleveland now resides in our basement (replacing Houston).