Arizona Cardinals rise in most Power Rankings


The Cardinals pick up a few spots here and there going into their bye

The team has looked a little listless over the past couple of weeks, but they pulled out wins against AFC North foes who were lesser teams and could have seriously put a damper on the season in general if they were triumphant. Still, there are a number of things that the team needs to fix in the week off and coming into a Week 10 primetime matchup with Seattle (followed by one with the Bengals).

In most Power Rankings the Cardinals pick up a few spots to stay in the top 10, but aren’t able to crack the top five with four undefeated teams still looming, and the Packers down, but not out.

In our own rankings the Cardinals move up from six to five with the Packers falling behind them after being exposed on Sunday night.

Starting things off this week is Shutdown Corner’s Frank Schwab who has the Cardinals moving up from eight to six, he’s not a believer yet, but he does have hope:

"It’ll be fun to see them get tested at Seattle and vs. Cincinnati after the bye. Win those two, then maybe they really are the team that can challenge the Packers for the NFC."

Elliot Harrison at has the Cardinals moving up three spots from nine to six, with some Halloween fun thrown into the mix:

"The Cards continue to feed off takeaways (putting up 10 points off turnovers on Sunday) while averaging 32.7 points per game, second to only the top team in the NFL, the Patriots."’s Pete Prisco has the red birds moving up a single spot from seven to six.

"They head to their bye at 6-2, the second consecutive season that has been their record at the midway point. They face a big one in two weeks with Seattle."

FOXSports starts to talk about Bruce Arians in the conversation for Coach of the Year again after the Cardinals road performances this year, the team itself moves up from six to five:

"It’s never easy to win a road game, in a different time zone, on a short week, but Bruce Arians’ group finds ways to consistently win. He should be on everyone’s Coach of the Year short list again."

The ESPN monolith has the Cardinals staying steady at six this week with some movement above them, but no one moving below them:

"Carson Palmer leads the NFL in Total QBR (85) and his 20 touchdown passes are tied with Tom Brady for most in the league. No Cardinals quarterback has ever thrown more than 30 touchdown passes in a season."

The Cardinals are near the top of every ranking and poll there is, and that’s a good thing, the team hasn’t fallen out of the top 10 all season after starting the season in the mid-teens by everyone’s expert opinion. Expect some dropping this week as other teams pass them on account of the week off, but you never know what will happen in the NFL.