Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Arizona Cardinals Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Arizona Cardinals in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 32

Player: WR Marquise Brown
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

Brown is playing on his fifth-year rookie option season that the Cardinals picked up last spring, but he didn't receive the extension he had hoped for leading into this season. It might come next offseason after the Cardinals have a better look at their financial situation, which new general manager Monti Ossenfort has been addressing since he was hired earlier this year. Brown leads the team in receiving yards, is second in receptions and has the offense's lone receiving touchdown in his new role as a WR1. -- Josh Weinfuss -- Rank: 32

The Cardinals did more offensively in the first half against the Giants than they did over four quarters in the Week 1 loss to the Commanders. That was the good news. The bad? Despite leading 20-0 at halftime and 28-7 midway through the third quarter, Arizona collapsed in the second half. The defense was asked to play a lot more after halftime because the offense went stagnant after a third-quarter TD, going scoreless and netting just 73 yards and three first downs in the final 24-plus minutes of the game. Still, the run game improved, and Joshua Dobbs had some really nice moments. The Cardinals might be better than I realized in some respects, but they also blew a three-TD lead in the final 20 minutes.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

They have played close in two games, but lost. Isn't that the best thing for the tanking for Caleb Williams?

USA Today -- Rank: 30

This club is loaded with 0-2-caliber talent but seems to have 2-0-caliber heart and spirit, which is best exemplified by QB Josh Dobbs trucking Giants S Xavier McKinney on the way to the end zone Sunday.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

It's early, but the Cardinals are executing the perfect tank season so far. Arizona has been competitive but still is in great position for the No. 1 pick.

FOX -- Rank:

Do we give the Cardinals credit for racing out to a shocking 28-7 lead, or do we roast them for allowing 21 unanswered points to drop this game to the Giants in the fourth quarter? Through two weeks, we have to admit this team has looked surprisingly competent. They're still 0-2 without many winnable-looking games on the horizon.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 31

The Cardinals are better than I figured. They led the Commanders and Giants in the first two weeks of the season and were more effective on both sides of the ball than anticipated. They blew both games (ultimately that's not bad for the organization, as we know), but this might not be the worst team in the NFL.

PFT -- Rank: 32

Are they getting blown out? No. Still, if you're at the bottom of the barrel, you don't climb by losing.

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