Thursday, September 24, 2020

Arizona Cardinals Week 3 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: 10.6 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (The Athletic)

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

What we learned: Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins already have great chemistry. Murray found Hopkins on a back-shoulder throw on third down in the third quarter. It was precisely the type of play that requires timing and reps, and for the quarterback and wide receiver to be on the same page. They executed it brilliantly. Murray was 8-for-9 for 68 yards and a touchdown when targeting Hopkins. Through two games, Murray is 22-for-25 for 219 yards when targeting Hopkins, and the Cardinals are 2-0.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

Kyler Murray is in the MVP conversation and his offense will be tough to stop for any defense. The defense is also much improved over a year ago.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

This is Arizona's fifth 2-0 start since 2008, each of the previous ones (with the exception of 2012) resulting in trips to the playoffs.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Andy Isabella

The second-year wideout won't get a ton of looks this season because of the cache of talent ahead of him on the depth chart. But when he makes a play in 2020, it'll probably be a big-splash one -- like the 54-yard catch he had Sunday against Washington. Isabella averaged 21 yards per catch as a rookie in 2019, but of his 11 career catches, three have gone for 50 yards or longer. -- Josh Weinfuss -- Rank: 13

Kyler Murray is running the ball in a way he never did during his rookie season, and it has made him one of the most dangerous players in football. A week after befuddling the Niners with his legs, he did the same to the Washington Football Team in an easy 30-15 win. Murray scored on two impressive scrambles on Sunday and is currently averaging 45 more rushing yards per game this season than he did during his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign in 2019. Meanwhile, the QB's connection with his new No. 1 receiver remains strong: DeAndre Hopkins led Arizona in targets (nine), receptions (eight) and receiving yards (68) for the second straight game.

Previous update: Arizona Cardinals Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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