Thursday, October 21, 2021

Arizona Cardinals Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 1.0 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 1st (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Cardinals in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

The Cardinals just keep winning and, in the process, they keep getting better and better. First, it was stopping Titans running back Derrick Henry in Week 1. Then it was dismantling the Rams in Week 4. And on Sunday, it was beating up on the Browns without coach Kliff Kingsbury. To win games like they do, and to do it on the road, is a sign that this team's success is here to stay. If the Cardinals can continue with their current average of 32.3 points per game, there will be very little other teams can do to stop Arizona this season. -- Josh Weinfuss -- Rank: 1

Kliff Kingsbury's positive COVID-19 test kept him from the sidelines on Sunday, but the view from the couch had to be sweet. With the rest of the Arizona coaching staff pitching in to cover for their absent head coach, the Cardinals went to Cleveland and beat up on the Browns in a decisive 37-14 win. This was a quintessential team victory: Arizona piled up five sacks and forced Baker Mayfield into three turnovers, while Kyler Murray threw four touchdown passes, two of them to DeAndre Hopkins. The Cardinals are 6-0 for the first time since 1974 and have shown they can beat their opponents in numerous ways. None of this feels like a fluke.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

Winning without coach Kliff Kingsbury on the road at Cleveland speaks volumes about this team. They are the real deal.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

The league's only unbeaten team is struggling on COVID-19 scoreboard. Though Arizona reported its roster was fully vaccinated last month, Cards have NFL-high 24 coronavirus cases within organization entering Week 7. The schedule is being far kinder than the pandemic, serving up Houston next, but the scalding Packers come to desert after that.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Rookie Heat Check: Wide receiver Rondale Moore, a second-round pick, is having no issues carrying Arizona's rookie class on his back. Did you see that 77-yard reception he hauled in from Kyler Murray this week? He's got some wheels. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is using Moore in a calculated manner, but whenever the 5-foot-7 receiver sees the ball coming his way, he's making it count -- 286 yards and one receiving touchdown on 24 catches and 28 targets. Moore's 243 yards after the catch are second among rookies, behind the Steelers' Najee Harris, and fifth overall in the NFL.

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