Arizona Cardinals Fall in Week 4 Power Rankings

Tyler Jaggi

Cardinals week 3 match-up with Panthers didn't go as planned. Most thought Cardinals had a great chance to come away with their first win, including myself. Cardinals came out hot in the 1st half which was a good change for once, but unfortunately, the 2nd half was the worse play I've seen from the Cardinals offense this season. Murray threw 2 interceptions and was sacked a total of 8 times.   

Cardinals will be home again next week when they face off vs. the 2-1 Seahawks. Seattle lost their 1st game this week to the Saints missing their HOF'er Drew Brees. This will be a tough match-up with Seattle looking to rebound after losing at home. 

These are my NFL Power Ranking heading into week 4. Below that, I have where Cardinals rank in other power rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (3-0)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)

3. Dallas Cowboys (3-0)

4. Los Angeles Rams (3-0)

5. Green Bay Packers (3-0)

6. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)

7. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

8. New Orleans Saints (2-1)

9. Minnesota Vikings (2-1)

10. Chicago Bears (2-1)

11. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)

12. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)

13. San Francisco 49ers (3-0)

14. Detroit Lions (2-0-1)

15. Houston Texans (2-1)

16. Atlanta Falcons (1-2)

17. Buffalo Bills (3-0)

18. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)

19. Cleveland Browns (1-2)

20. Tennessee Titans (1-2)

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)

22. Washington Redskins (0-3)

23. Oakland Raiders (1-2)

24. Carolina Panthers (1-2)

25. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3)

26. New York Giants (1-2)

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)

28. Arizona Cardinals (0-2-1) - Cardinals offense struggled to be efficient throwing for less than 3 yards per pass play which is the worst game in that regards in some time. Murray and the offense will need to be much better to give the Cardinals a chance this coming week vs. Seattle.  

29. Denver Broncos (0-3)

30. New York Jets (0-3)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-3)

32. Miami Dolphins (0-3)

Other Cardinals Rankings

Bleacher Report - #27

Sporting News - #27

Kyler Murray remains exciting to watch, but as expected, the Cardinals are on a roller-coaster offensively with Kilff Kingsbury. The real problem for Arizona, still without Patrick Peterson, has been its defense behind the pass rush.

ESPN - #28

The secondary took a massive blow when cornerback Robert Alford was lost for six to eight weeks with a fractured tibia during training camp, but the run defense has been bad week after week and the pass rush isn't getting to quarterbacks as often as it needs to. On paper, the defense is star-studded with the likes of Chandler Jones, Budda Baker, Haason Reddick, D.J. Swearinger, Corey Peters and Terrell Suggs. But as a unit, it's not playing well enough to win games. -- Josh Weinfuss

Touchdown Wire - #28

In his first two regular-season games, Kyler Murray became the second quarterback in NFL history (after Cam Newton) to throw for more than 300 yards in each of his first two NFL starts. In his third regular-season game, against the Panthers in a 38-20 loss, Murray set a record he’d rather not have. The rookie completed 30 of 43 passes for 173 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, and his 4.02 yards per attempt was the lowest for any quarterback with at least 30 attempts in a game in the Super Bowl era. We don’t know why Kliff Kingsbury got all reductive with the game plan against a Carolina defense that can be solved, but it’s safe to say this particular game plan won’t work well against the Seahawks this Sunday — or, against any other defense.

USA Today - #28

Already wearing down? Games getting increasingly ugly as deficits continue to rise and offense gets incrementally less productive.

Fansided - #30

Recap: Kliff Kingsbury’s squad was seeking its first win of the season as the Cardinals were at home for the second time in three weeks. The team would take on the Panthers, who were under the command of quarterback Kyle Allen as Cam Newton was nursing a foot injury. And Vance Joseph’s defensive unit looked helpless against a Carolina team that had its issues against the Buccaneers in Week 2. The team’s inability to prevent opposing offenses from exploiting the middle of their defense has become an early-season problem and it reared its ugly head too often on Sunday. And Murray was on the run all afternoon, rushing for 69 yards while being sacked eight times.

Next Week: For the third time in four games, Kingsbury’s team is at home and this time around will be battling their first NFC West foe of the season in Pete Carroll’s Seahawks. A year ago, Arizona was swept in this series for the first time since 2014. And the Cardinals are 0-5-1 in their last six home games in this series dating back to 2013.

Comments (6)
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Footballfan55
Footballfan55

Still can't believe how close the Bengals vs. Seahawks game was...

Frankie.
Frankie.

29, the Jets and Dolphins are terrible but think the Broncos should be ahead of them

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Tyler Jaggi
Tyler Jaggi

Editor

I trust Murray over Flacco

Frankie.
Frankie.

I agree long term, Murray 100% over Flacco but the Cards defense is what has me below Denver. In a head to head I believe right now that the Broncos would win. But by the end of the year could be a different story.

Tyler Jaggi
Tyler Jaggi

Editor

Where would you have Cardinals ranked?


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