Arizona Cardinals week three power rankings heading on up

Arizona Cardinals continue steady rise through the rankings

The Arizona Cardinals put together another strong performance during Week Two’s matchup against the Washington Football Team. This is the first time since 2015 that the Cardinals have gotten off to a 2-0 start and members of the media are starting to take notice.

Kyler Murray had a particularly strong game, registering 286 passing yards and one touchdown, his first to DeAndre Hopkins, and 67 on the ground while adding two more touchdowns with his feet. Another strong showing from Murray, it has led to a rehash of some old offseason speculation about the NFL MVP.

So where does the media have the Arizona Cardinals after another victory?

NFL – #13 (Last week #14)

At #13, the Arizona Cardinals come in as the third NFC West team with San Francisco right below at #14. Seattle and Los Angeles are ranked #5 and #8 respectively both with records of 2-0, but with the only division win in the books so far, Arizona remains atop the NFC West. For now.

ESPN – #12 (Last week #15)

Up three spots from last week, the Cardinals are the last NFC West team to appear on the list. In a division this strong that is not much to be ashamed about.

CBS Sports – #7 (Last week #8)

CBS’s Pete Prisco is impressed with Arizona’s defense so far this season. An early believer in the potential of Kyler Murray, he is also ready to include the Cardinals’ sophomore quarterback in the MVP conversation.

Bleacher Report – #7 (Last week #8)

“These new-look Cardinals look the part of a legitimate contender in NFC West.”  BleacherReport

That is high praise for a team that has finished at the bottom of its division for the last three seasons. BleacherReport sees the possibility for a 5-0 start for the Arizona Cardinals with three games against lower-tier opponents in Weeks Three, Four, and Five.

USAToday – #7 (Last week #7)

USAToday remains high on the Arizona Cardinals after Week Two. At #7 they are two spots below the Seahawks and well ahead of both San Francisco and Los Angeles at #10 and #13.

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Yahoo!Sports – #12 (Last week #13)

The Cardinals see a modest bump up to #13 in Yahoo!Sports rankings. They comment on the lack of Isaiah Simmons, who only played seven snaps in Sunday’s win.

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