NFL Power Rankings: Arizona Cardinals Retain Top Spot

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The Arizona Cardinals lost quarterback Carson Palmer but won another game on Sunday to stay in the top spot this week

For the first time since 1948 the Arizona Cardinals are 8-1.  In the process they lost quarterback Carson Palmer for the season with a torn ACL.  Drew Stanton is now charged with running the team and trying to get the Cardinals to the playoffs.

You’ll see some people who will drop the Cardinals in their Power Rankings for the sole reason of losing Palmer.  We don’t deal in hypotheticals around here.  A lot of experts and outlets are dropping the Cards as a top team this week because of what might happen with the Cardinals thanks to the loss of Palmer.

Fox Sports dropped the Cardinals from 2 to 6 because of the loss of Palmer.  Forget the fact nothing else changed with the team and they won their game 31-14 on Sunday and are 8-1.  Makes sense, right?  Different outlets use different criteria for their Power Rankings but they shouldn’t be anything about what might happen.  Never.

Nov 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by New York Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples (98) and strong safety Dawan Landry (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Steelers 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders. 32. team. 28. Raiders overwhelmed by Broncos.. 0-9. Previous: 31st

Played well early but again, opposition in Dallas too powerful for them to handle.. 1-9. Previous: 30th. Jacksonville Jaguars. 31. team. 52

They gave the Falcons a game but couldn’t pull it out.. 1-9. Previous: 29th. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 30. team. 48

35. Tennessee gave the Ravens a game early but eventually fall 21-7 on road.. 2-7. Previous: 4th. Tennessee Titans. 29. team

30. The Jets jumped out early on the Steelers and held on.  Nice win for a team that badly needed one. 2-8. Previous: 32nd. New York Jets. 28. team

Atlanta Falcons. 27. team. 44. Nice rebound from tough loss in London to Lions. 3-6. Previous: 28th