Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Cardinals surge

Nov 17, 2020, 7:14 AM

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals catches the game winning 43-yard touchdo...

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals catches the game winning 43-yard touchdown over Micah Hyde #23, Jordan Poyer #21 and Tre'Davious White #27 of the Buffalo Bills during the final moments of NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Bills 32-30. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It was the “catch heard ’round the league.”

The Hail Murray.

The Holy Hop.

Kyler Murray’s 43-yard desperation heave that was caught by DeAndre Hopkins was the highlight of the week, maybe the year, and a salvation of sorts for the Arizona Cardinals in their 32-30 win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.

As a result, the Cardinals (who, make no mistake have many warts) jumped five spots firmly into the top 10 of this week’s Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings. The Bills don’t get dinged that much — they fall only one spot to No. 5.

Pittsburgh, Kansas City and New Orleans remain the top three, but the Saints’ spot is now very tenuous with the loss of Drew Brees.

Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 10

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0) —
Practice? Big Ben needs no practice — at least against Cincinnati.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) —
The thought of a rested Patrick Mahomes-led offense should scare a lot of teams.

3. New Orleans Saints (7-2) —
The Saints are rolling, but can they keep it going with Jameis Winston subbing for Drew Brees?

4. Green Bay Packers (7-2) ▲2
Pretty uninspired performance against Jacksonville, but a win is a win.

5. Buffalo Bills (7-3) ▼1
Josh Allen’s last-minute touchdown strike should’ve been enough to beat Arizona, except it wasn’t.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) ▲1
Putting up 46 points and a season-high 544 yards against Carolina was a nice bounce-back from that Sunday night debacle against the Saints.

7. Miami Dolphins (6-3) ▲4
Banged up at receiver and running back and just keep winning games.

8. Arizona Cardinals (6-3) ▲5
Kyler Murray has firmly planted himself in the MVP discussion. Hopkins is pretty good, too.

9. Los Angeles Rams (6-3) ▲3
Aaron Donald didn’t have a single tackle, but they still shut down Seattle.

10. Las Vegas Raiders (6-3) —
Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker are turning into a dynamic 1-2 punch at RB.

11. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) ▼6
Something is missing from this team.

12. Indianapolis Colts (6-3) ▲2
Their 17-point win on the road at Tennessee was easily their most impressive of the season.

13. Tennessee Titans (6-3) ▼4
Have lost three out of their last four after a hot 5-0 start.

14. Seattle Seahawks (6-3) ▼7
Russell Wilson is again playing at a human level. Ten turnovers in three losses.

15. Cleveland Browns (6-3) ▲1
They’re beating a lot of teams that barely have a pulse.

16. Minnesota Vikings (4-5) ▲2
The surging Vikings have three straight wins — all against division opponents.

17. New England Patriots (4-5) ▲7
It’s never aesthetically pleasing, but two straight wins for the Pats.

18. San Francisco 49ers (4-6) ▼1
If ever a team needed the bye week …

19. Chicago Bears (5-5) ▼4
In case you were wondering, their 5-1 start was bogus.

20. Detroit Lions (4-5) ▲2
Unbelievable inability to hold a lead; blew a 21-point advantage and still beat Washington.

21. Atlanta Falcons (3-6) ▼2
They’ve won three of four and come out of the bye against the Brees-less Saints.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1) ▼2
Gotta be the worst first-place team through 10 weeks in league history.

23. Carolina Panthers (3-7) ▼2
A promising effort against Kansas City was washed away by a blowout loss to the Bucs.

24. Denver Broncos (3-6) ▼1
Ten turnovers in their last three losses, including a season-high five against the Raiders.

25. New York Giants (3-7) ▲2
They’re showing a little grit, but they only have one game left vs. a division opponent.

26. Los Angeles Chargers (2-7) ▼1
They’re banged up and not very good.

27. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1) ▼1
Worst loss of the year against Pittsburgh.

28. Houston Texans (2-7) ▼1
It’s amazing how fast they’ve become one of the worst franchises in sports.

29. Washington Football Team (2-7) —
They’ve been terrible, but ostensibly could win the next two (vs. Cincinnati, at Dallas).

30. Dallas Cowboys (2-7) —
Three of their remaining seven are against woeful division opponents.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) —
Surprisingly competitive in Green Bay but still couldn’t win.

32. New York Jets (0-9) —
Look out, the Jets are refreshed after their bye week.

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