NFL Power Rankings: Week 2 - Where do Cardinals rank?

Tyler Jaggi

Well wasn't that an exciting week 1. Cardinals come back from the 24-6 4th quarter deficient to tie the game. Murray has a chance to be special. He improved dramatically over the course of the game. Cardinals will next face off verse the Ravens, who come off a 59-10 whooping of the Miami Dolphins.
These are my NFL Power Ranking heading into week 2. Below that, I have where Cardinals rank in other power rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

2. New England Patriots (1-0)

2. New Orleans Saints (1-0)

3. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

4. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

5. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

6. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

7. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

8. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

9. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

10. Green Bay Packers (1-0)

11. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

12. Chicago Bears (0-1)

13. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

15. Carolina Panthers (0-1)

16. Cleveland Browns (0-1)

17. Houston Texans (0-1)

18. Denver Broncos (0-1)

19. Washington Redskins (0-1)

20. Tennessee Titans (1-0)

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

22. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

23. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

24. Oakland Raiders (1-0)

25. Buffalo Bills (1-0)

26. Arizona Cardinals (0-0-1) - Kyler Murray lead the Cardinals on a 24-6 comeback in the 4th quarter to tie the game... Problem is that's where it ended, in a tie with the Lions. Cards improved greatly as the game went on. The offensive line is still an issue. 

27. Detroit Lions (0-0-1)

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)

29. New York Jets (0-1)

30. New York Giants (0-1)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

32. Miami Dolphins (0-1)

Other Cardinals Rankings

CBS Sports - #26

Kyler Murray struggled for three quarters, but came alive in the fourth against the Lions. Did he figure it out? Or did coach Kilff Kingsbury figure it out?

Bleacher Report - #27

"This team could skyrocket further or plummet next week," he said. "If indeed the offense started to take off, like in the fourth quarter and overtime against the Lions, we could have something special on our hands. But if that was an anomaly against a bad opponent, it'll be an up-and-down year. The jury just started deliberating, and this is a complicated case."

PFF - #27

Disaster was looming over the Cardinals as their first-year signal-caller posted a 33.6 passing grade in the first three quarters and the Lions took a commanding 18-point lead with 15 minutes to play. Thanks to Kyler’s much-improved 79.5 passing grade in the fourth quarter along with two big-time throws, the day ended as a conciliable debut for the first-time NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury, coming up eight yards short of an overtime win.

ESPN - #29

How the newcomer starred: Murray showed why he was the first overall pick in April's draft during the fourth quarter of a Week 1 tie against Detroit. If it wasn't for him, the Cardinals wouldn't have been in position to pull even after three dismal quarters of offense. Murray shined in the fourth quarter, going 15-for-19 for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the final stanza. He finished with 308 yards overall on 29-for-54 passing, and once the offense got into a rhythm, he showed how dynamic he could be, running the Cardinals' up-tempo offense nearly flawlessly while utilizing his feet and arm. -- Josh Weinfuss  #30

Through three quarters, the Cardinals' season opener was shaping up as a worst-case scenario. No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray looked lost, and new coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't seem capable of pushing any of the right buttons. But then the Cardinals got hot, reeling off 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Murray flashed his enormous potential during the comeback, connecting on a 27-yard touchdown to David Johnson, another score to Larry Fitzgerald and a 2-point conversion pass to Christian Kirk to force the extra period. The Cardinals and Lions traded field goals in overtime, and that was that. Kiss your sister. I can tell you one person who didn't sleep well on Sunday: cornerback Tramaine Brock, who should have had an interception late in overtime to set up a game-winning field-goal attempt. Instead, the Matthew Stafford pass clanked off Brock's hands and fell harmlessly to the turf. Doh.

Comments (8)
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I agree



Johnny Football
Johnny Football

I think this team is sneaky good. They won't make the playoffs or anything this year but the combo of Murray and Johnson will be special.

Tommy Jaggi
Tommy Jaggi

Looks about right. I think they could climb as the season goes on.