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NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Where do Arizona Cardinals Rank?

Where do the Arizona Cardinals rank in the weekly NFL Power Rankings after the 31-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints?

The Arizona Cardinals fall to 3-4-1 after their defeat to the New Orleans Saints 31 to 9. The Cardinals trailed by just 1 score heading into the 4th quarter down 17-9 but Saints put the game away with 14 unanswered to close the game. Cardinals have a short week as they play undefeated 49ers at home on Thursday night.

As always, these are my weekly NFL Power Ranking heading into Week 9. Where Cardinals rank in Other's rankings are below. Make sure to let me know where you'd have the Cardinals ranked this week.

NFL Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (8-0)

2. New Orleans Saints (7-1)

3. San Francisco 49ers (7-0)

4. Green Bay Packers (7-1)

5. Seattle Seahawks (6-2)

6. Minnesota Vikings (6-2)

7. Los Angeles Rams (5-3)

8. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)

9. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)

10. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)

14. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

12. Houston Texans (4-3)

13. Carolina Panthers (4-3)

14. Buffalo Bills (5-2)

15. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)

16. Chicago Bears (3-4)

17. Detroit Lions (3-3-1)

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-4)

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)

20. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1) - Cardinals played well through 3 quarters against a Top 3 team, and will face another Top 3 challenge Thursday night vs 49ers.

21. Oakland Raiders (3-4)

22. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)

23. Tennessee Titans (4-4)

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24. Cleveland Browns (2-5)

25. New York Giants (2-6)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5)

27. Atlanta Falcons (1-7)

28. Denver Broncos (2-6)

29. New York Jets (1-6)

30. Washington Redskins (1-7)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)

32. Miami Dolphins (0-7)

Other Cardinals Rankings

Sporting News - #20

Kyler Murray has been cooling off against better teams, and Arizona's defense seems to have interchangeable problems against run and pass. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is dealing cards well from the deck he has, but there is still a significant rebuild ahead.

NY Post - #20

Bleacher Report - #20

NBC Sports - #22

Remind us why the last-place team in the NFC West would give up anything for a running back who is signed only through the end of the season. Yep, we’re not a big fan of the Cardinals’ trade to acquire Kenyon Drake as a rental.

Sports Illustrated - #24

Playing the Saints on the road indeed proved to be a stiffer test than the Bengals, Falcons and Giants. With the 49ers in town on Thursday night, it could be another tough week for Kyler, Kliff and co.

ESPN - #24

Player who needs to step up: David Johnson, RB
Johnson has yet to have a breakout game and has been hampered by injuries in the first half of the season. To step up in the second half, Johnson needs to produce 100-yard games on a regular basis, whether that's rushing or receiving. And to do that, he needs to be more consistent hitting holes, making players miss and creating after the catch. -- Josh Weinfuss

CBS Sports - #24

They have been moving the ball, but they need to score more points. Kyler Murray has to get the touchdown passes going.

Yahoo Sports - #24

The Cardinals have won some games, but they’re still miles behind the other three teams in the NFC West. They’re rebuilding. So why are they trading a draft pick for Kenyan Drake, whose contract expires after this season? How does that logically fit in their organizational philosophy? - #25

The final score doesn't quite tell the story of the Cardinals' 31-9 loss to the Saints. Arizona did a nice job hanging around with an NFC powerhouse, until a gutsy call by Kliff Kingsbury brought disastrous consequences. The scene: Trailing 10-6 with less than eight minutes to play in the third quarter, the Cardinals faced fourth-and-1 from their own 30-yard line. Kingsbury elected to go for it, and Chase Edmonds was flattened for no gain. The Saints took over and reached the end zone five plays later. Game over. Kingsbury knew the Cardinals had to be bold to beat the Saints, but the execution simply wasn't there. Speaking of Edmonds, the running back exited early with a hamstring injury, and the team subsuquently acquired running back Kenyan Drake from the Dolphins on Monday. Drake is a talented runner -- it will be interesting to see where he fits in long-term in a crowded but banged-up backfield.

USA Today - #25

You know your running back depth is in serious jeopardy when you have a losing record but have to trade for a guy (Kenyan Drake) who will be a free agent after eight more games.