What a week! Where do teams end up in the rankings after a wild finish it Week 2?
In a week that saw the Raiders, Jaguars and Redskins all secure victory over, seemingly, better oponents, not only did your survivor league hopes vanish, so did the playoff potential of some perennial contendors.
You’ve seen our Power Rankings where the Arizona Cardinals end up in the top five again, but what does everyone else think? The common preception is “the Cardinals have only beaten the Bears and the Saints” but this is professional football, with professional football players.
You only get 16 games to make a statement, two wins out of those 16 is statement enough going forward.
Elliot Harrison over at NFL.com posted his rankings with the Cardinals cracking the top three, at number three:
"David Johnson — all he does is score touchdowns. Boy, all those people who thought the Rams would overtake the Cards in the NFC West had better pump the brakes, or else this will happen. Carson Palmer looks outstanding through two games: He’s completed 36 of 56 passes, picking up 8.79 yards per throw with seven touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating for the season? 124.4."
The ever-cranky Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner has the Cardinals up five spots from 11 to six, but has this to say:
"It’s possible Arizona beat the two worst teams in the NFL in Weeks 1 and 2. Doesn’t mean they’re good, doesn’t mean they’re bad, it just means we don’t know a ton yet."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk has some harsh words against the Bears while praising (?) the Cardinals:
"Some folks in Chicago may be starting to think the wrong team moved out of town."
ESPN comes together and puts the Cardinals in third place:
"Keep getting David Johnson the ball. He already has a touchdown via a rush, reception and kick return in two games, something only one player did all of last season."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com asks the audience to quiet the noise about the Colts and Eagles and start paying attention to the Cardinals and Bengals with the former coming in at number 4:
"Their offense will be tough to stop, no matter who starts at running back. They’re off to a good start."