Arizona Cardinals Power Rankings Week 12
By Erich Becker
Not as crazy as last week in the results, but other dimensions of the game have big questions
As the season starts down the final third and the home stretch the seperation at the top has divided the unbeaten and division leaders from the rest of the pack, with many divisions mostly spoken for at this point, unless something drastic happens divisions like the NFC South and AFC East are all but spoken for. While many may say the NFC West is done, I’m a Cardinals fan, so nothing is done until the clock reads 00:00 or every game is played. After all, after years of false hope and broken dreams, you get a little jaded.
I still fully believe that the Arizona Cardinals showed the league something Sunday Night at home, and the week before that in Seattle. You can get ahead of this team, you can score points on them due to mental errors and lapses in coverage, but they will battle back. Carson Palmer deserves to be in the MVP conversation after his performance in the last two weeks, even with a few bad throws, bad fumbles, and poor decisions, when it counted, he moved his team down the field to win the game.
One thing that doesn’t win games is penalties, and if the number of them being called (seemingly on every other play) wasn’t bad enough, the fact that there have been so many that were just wrong. What is a catch? What is a whistle? The league will seriously need to look at expanding challenges or proving that it can officiate games that don’t put calls or non-calls in the balance of wins and loses.