Friday, October 2, 2020

Arizona Cardinals Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Arizona Cardinals rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 13.0 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 11th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 16th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Cardinals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

What we learned: Kyler Murray is human. Murray generated a ton of buzz during the Cardinals' 2-0 start, and rightfully so. But Sunday was a nice reminder that he's just 23 years old and far from a finished product. Murray still made the "wow" plays, but he also threw three interceptions against the Lions. DeAndre Hopkins (10 catches for 137 yards) continues to impress, and Arizona still moved the ball for most of the afternoon (28 first downs, 377 yards). But Murray's mistakes hurt them, and they couldn't get a stop down the stretch to force overtime.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

Losing at home to the Lions is a bad look for the Cardinals. Kyler Murray looked just OK after two special weeks.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

A wakeup call might not be worst thing for a team that's weathered sloppy play. Only five teams have more turnovers than Arizona's five.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

What we got wrong: Kyler Murray will win the MVP.

Sure, it could still happen, but it's unlikely at this point, especially after Sunday's three-interception performance -- which contributed to a loss -- and Murray's 4-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. But a main reason Murray is unlikely to win MVP, unless the Cardinals go on an absolute tear headed by him, is that the likes of Seattle's Russell Wilson and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes are having better seasons. -- Josh Weinfuss -- Rank: 14

Welcome back to Earth, Kyler Murray. The Cardinals QB threw three interceptions (and nearly a fourth) on Sunday, and was held to just 29 rushing yards in a 26-23 loss to the Lions. It wasn't all bad for Murray: His first-quarter touchdown run featured a deke of cornerback Jeff Okudah that nearly stole the rookie's soul, but on balance, it was a down day for the Cardinals and their dynamic young star. Arizona received a welcome lift from wideout Andy Isabella, who stepped into a bigger role with Christian Kirk sidelined and finished with two touchdown catches. With Larry Fitzgerald firmly in the twilight of his career, Isabella's growth in Year 2 will be important for Kliff Kingsbury's offense.

Previous update: Arizona Cardinals Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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