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The Consensus Week 11: Hanging with KC doesn’t help Cardinals’ rankings

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) makes a catch against Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Orlando Scandrick (22) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Most that watched the Arizona Cardinals’ Week 10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs will agree: Steve Wilks’ team showed more fight than they had in previous losses.

But that positive against one of the league’s best teams wasn’t enough to convince the decision makers in NFL Power Rankings from around the league.

The Cardinals inched toward the bottom in seven of the ten pecking orders we rank in The Consensus, they moved up in one and stayed put in the other two.


High Ranking: #27 – Bleacher Report

Low Ranking: #31 – ESPN, Yahoo!

Average Ranking: 29.3


Outlet Rankings Cardinals’ Rank Movement Comment
Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Saints still on top
#28
A 12-point loss in KC might have been this team’s best game of the season.
NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: Season-defining stats for every defense
#31
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19.3 percent. The Cardinals are second in the NFL with a 19.3 disrupted dropback percentage, which measures sacks, interceptions, batted passes and passes defended divided by the number of opposing quarterback dropbacks. It’s a gauge for how effective a defense is, especially up front. While Arizona’s offense has struggled, the defense has been doing its part. Case in point: It sacked Patrick Mahomes five times Sunday, a season high for him. The more the Cardinals can disrupt dropbacks, the more chances they’ll have to create turnovers or negative plays, which can help keep them in games.
NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Packers rise; Patriots, Eagles fall
#29
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Say what you want about the Cardinals, but they gave the Chiefs a ballgame Sunday at Arrowhead. Despite the loss, a few bright spots emerged for Arizona. David Johnson scampered his way to 183 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns. About time, huh? Chandler Jones sacked the elusive Patrick Mahomes twice to push his season total to 8.5. Larry Fitzgerald also deserves special merits, as he moved into second place, behind the great Jerry Rice, in all-time receiving yards (15,952). What a career.
NFL Power Rankings Poll: Raiders and Jets in Race to the Bottom, Saints Still the Unanimous No. 1
#28
No comment.
NFL power rankings: Saints remain No. 1, but rest of top 10 gets a shakeup
#30
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Who would be your all-time three-receiver set? Lots of interesting options and combos, but we’ll take Rice, Moss and Fitz in the slot.
NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs cruising toward a No. 1 seed, but that guarantees nothing
#31
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Hey, at least the Cardinals have figured out how to get David Johnson going. That shouldn’t have taken so long.
NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: Could the Bears actually be this year’s version of the 2017 Rams?
#29
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They showed some fight against the Chiefs. That’s a good thing to build on for next season.
Week 11 power rankings
#30
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A strong draft or two, and the Cardinals could return to prominence.
NFL Power Rankings: B/R’s Expert Consensus Rank for Every Team Entering Week 11
#27
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The Arizona defense held the Chiefs in check about as well as anyone has in 2018, limiting the Chiefs to 26 points and quarterback Patrick Mahomes under 250 passing yards for the first time this season. The Cardinals even covered the spread of 16 points. However, the one positive the Cardinals really would have liked to get they didn’t. Against a Chiefs defense that has not been good in 2018, rookie quarterback Josh Rosen struggled. Rosen was just 22-of-39 passing for 208 yards and a pair of interceptions. His passer rating was just 58.5.
NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Offense is all that matters in 2018
#30
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TWorse than the Browns in this week’s ranking are the Lions, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Bills, Jets, Giants, Cardinals, 49ers, and all the way at the bottom, the Raiders.

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