NFL Power Rankings: Week 7 - Where do Arizona Cardinals Rank After Second Win?

Tyler Jaggi

The Arizona Cardinals were able to win the week 6 shootout over Atlanta Falcons 34-33. As good as the Cardinals "Air-Raid" offense and Kyler Murray looks, the defense equally as bad. Cardinals edge rushers, Jones and Suggs, have been good this season but the defense overall hasn't been able to stop the run or pass consistently this season. Hopefully the return of Patrick Peterson drastically changes the pass defense. 

These are my NFL Power Ranking heading into week 7. Below that, I have where Cardinals rank in other power rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (6-0)

2. New Orleans Saints (5-1)

3. San Francisco 49ers (5-0)

4. Green Bay Packers (5-1)

5. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

6. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2)

7. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)

8. Los Angeles Rams (3-3)

9. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

10. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

11. Chicago Bears (3-2)

12. Houston Texans (4-2)

13. Carolina Panthers (4-2)

14. Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

15. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

16. Detroit Lions (2-2-1)

17. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

18. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)

20. Cleveland Browns (2-4)

21. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4)

22. Arizona Cardinals (2-3-1) - Kyler Murray had his best game of the year with 340 yards and 3 TDs as the Cardinals score their highest point total through 6 weeks (34 points). Arizona will head to New York to face Daniel Jones and the Giants for an early 10am game. 

23. New York Giants (2-4)

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)

25. Atlanta Falcons (1-5)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4)

27. New York Jets (1-4)

28. Denver Broncos2 (2-4)

29. Tennessee Titans (2-4)

30. Washington Redskins (1-5)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-6)

32. Miami Dolphins (0-5)

Other Cardinals Rankings

Sporting News - #20

We all can stop thinking about whether Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury can make their shotgun spread stylings work in the NFL. They can, and it helps that they have playmakers such as David Johnson, Chase Edmonds and Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals are already one win away from matching last year's total.

NBC Sports - #21

The Kyler Murray kid can flat play. He’s going to have to play excellent football to win games in the desert. The Cardinals can’t stop anybody.

CBS Sports - #23

All those who questioned the Kyler Murray-Kliff Kingsbury pairing might want to revisit that. Suddenly, they are putting up a lot of points.

The Athletic - #23

Oh, what’s that? The Cardinals have an actual winning streak going on, and they get their best player, cornerback Patrick Peterson, back this week? OK, then. Let us know if and when Peterson helps the Cardinals defense start covering tight ends.

Bleacher Report - #23

The Washington Post - #24

Rookie QB Kyler Murray was superb in the victory over the Falcons. There have been the typical rookie-year ups and downs for Murray, but there’s no question that he has the potential to be a star.

Touchdown Wire - #24

Don’t look now, but Kliff Kingsbury’s offense is starting to gain a little traction. Of course, that progress has come against the Bengals and Falcons, two of the NFL’s most inept defenses, but Kyler Murray has looked in control, and the offense is revolving around versatile running back David Johnson, as it should. Johnson is the best receiving back I’ve seen since Le’Veon Bell in his prime, and he proved that for the second consecutive week, catching six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown against an Atlanta team that couldn’t wait to leave openings for anything Kingsbury wanted to call. Murray completed 27 of 37 passes for 340 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Arizona’s 34-33 win, and the Cardinals have another subpar defense next Sunday when they travel to face the Giants. Arizona’s defense (especially its depleted secondary) gets a boost with the return of suspended cornerback Patrick Peterson, as well.

Fansided - #24

Big Red was looking to make it two straight wins as they hosted the slumping Atlanta Falcons. It was a tale of two halves in the desert for the Arizona offense as Kliff Kingsbury’s team rolled up 300 total yards and 20 points before intermission and then gained 142 yards and added 14 points in the final two quarters. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was not sacked, throwing for 340 yards and three TDs. Running back David Johnson ran for 34 yards and one score and caught six passes for 68 yards and another touchdown. The Cardinals squandered a 27-10 lead, went ahead in the fourth quarter and got a break when the Falcons’ kicker Matt Bryant missed a PAT late.

ESPN - #27

The Cardinals have given up a league-high 599 yards to tight ends this season and Falcons tight end Austin Hooper became the third tight end to record 100 yards receiving against the Cardinals in six games. For perspective, the next-worst team at defending tight ends is Tampa Bay, which has allowed 497 yards -- 102 fewer than Arizona. -- Josh Weinfuss

NFL.com - #27

Now that is the performance Cardinals fans have been waiting for. On Sunday, Kyler Murray played Matt Ryan to a draw in an exciting showdown between the 2016 MVP and a first overall pick who has the potential to win his own trophy one day. That won't be in 2019, but Murray's performance in the Cardinals' win -- 27-of-37 passing, 340 yards, three TDs, zero picks, 32 rushing yards -- served notice that Arizona has a quarterback who is as talented as any young player in the NFL. Murray will need time to develop, of course, and it's on Cardinals brass to improve the roster around him. But against the Falcons, we saw how he can tie an opposing defense into knots with his dual-threat capabilities.

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DanTheMan11
DanTheMan11

Great to see Murray look more comfortable and is starting to look more like his college self. The defense needs improvement, but back to back wins are a good sign for the future of this team

Tyler Jaggi
Tyler Jaggi

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Cardinals on the rise up and get their All-Pro CB back.


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