Arizona Cardinals Power Ranking Round-up Week 10
By Erich Becker
The Cardinals hold steady or rise in most rankings as they enjoy a week off.
The Arizona Cardinals didn’t enjoy much movement in Power Polls or Rankings with the week off, in some cases, like our own Power Ranking, the teams above them falling (Denver and Green Bay) helped them jump up a spot, yes, not playing has some benefits in a week of good teams falling down.
In most polls the Cardinals are steady or saw one position movement up or down just because the team wasn’t in the forefront of anything other than the building hype towards Sunday Night in Seattle.
Elliot Harrison of the league’s site, NFL.com, has the Cardinals standing pat at number six:
"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."
ESPN’s monolith has the team standing at number six another week as well:
"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."
FOXSports moves up the team into number four, matching their highest listing of the season:
"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."
Frank Schwab at Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner has the team moving up one spot to number five, and has kind things to say about Carson Palmer, provided he shows up this week in Seattle:
"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."
At USA Today the team is ranked seventh, coming down one from sixth, with a prove it mentality:
"Not one team they played in first half has winning record. Only one team they play in second half has a losing mark."
As you can see, the Cardinals strength of schedule, which was suppose to be their downfall in all early polls based on the strength of last year’s teams now comes into play as all the team’s they’ve played so far are terrible, save for the Steelers, maybe, and the rest of the schedule, which we’ve discussed earlier this week, has winning or .500 teams going forward (save for the 49ers).
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