The Consensus Week 8: Cardinals hovering just above rock bottom
Oct 24, 2018, 3:04 PM
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Despite a nationally-televised, 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos that played a large role in the firing of an offensive coordinator and a trade demand from one of the team’s best players, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t fall too much in average NFL Power Rankings this week.
That’s because they don’t have much further to fall.
Arizona’s average ranking of 31.0 last week fell a bit to 31.4 this week, but the team still sits in last place in 60 percent of the NFL rankings we track from around the country.
Average Ranking: 31.4
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|The Cardinals continue to redefine the concept of offensive futility. Arizona hasn’t gained 300 yards of offense in a game yet this year. The team came into Week 7 converting less than 22 percent of its third downs—over a full season, that would be (per the Thursday Night Football telecast) the lowest percentage in over 40 years. That going 4-of-14 in that regard in Week 7 represents a marked improvement indicates just how horrible the Cardinals have been offensively. Thursday’s trouncing got offensive coordinator Mike McCoy the boot, but it’s going to take more than a new play-caller for the Cardinals to climb out of the NFC West basement.
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