Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Cardinals on top heading into Week 1

Sep 7, 2016, 8:38 AM | Updated: Sep 13, 2016, 8:35 am
The Arizona Cardinals are flying high -- at least heading into Week 1 in the NFL ...
The Arizona Cardinals are flying high -- at least heading into Week 1 in the NFL Power Rankings. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
(Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

For years on, we’ve tracked the Arizona Cardinals’ progress in various NFL Power Rankings from around the internet.

We’ll continue to do that in 2016, but we’re putting out our own weekly pecking order based on the votes of seven panelists from Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and

The panel consists of Dave Burns, Paige Dimakos, Doug Franz, Adam Green, Craig Grialou, Vince Marotta and Craig Morgan. Our rankings will be released each Wednesday during the football season.

Below is our first offering heading into Week 1 of the NFL campaign.

Rank Team Hi Low Comment This Week
Cardinals75 1. Arizona Cardinals 1 (4 voters) 3 (Franz) The most complete roster in the NFL. — Burns vs. NE
packers75 2. Green Bay Packers 1 (Franz) 5 (Marotta) Without Nelson, they’re really good. With Nelson, they’re the best. — Franz @ JAX
patriots75 3. New England Patriots 1 (Morgan) 5 (Grialou, Franz) Tom Brady’s absence is huge, but they’re still the Pats. — Grialou @ ARI
seahawks75 T4. Seattle Seahawks 2 (Marotta) 7 (Morgan) When Wilson has time (which isn’t often) they’re the best team in football. — Franz vs. MIA
panthers75 T4. Carolina Panthers 2 (Grialou, Franz) 7 (Green) Benefit from playing in a weak division. Benjamin’s back, but Norman’s gone. — Green @ DEN
steelers75 6. Pittsburgh Steelers 4 (3 voters) 6 (3 voters) Look for Big Ben to enjoy a renaissance under Todd Haley. — Morgan @ WAS
bengals75 7. Cincinnati Bengals 5 (Morgan, Green) 11 (Grialou) Dalton is back and healthy — they were a true contender with him last year. — Dimakos @ NYJ
broncos75 8. Denver Broncos 7 (Marotta, Franz) 11 (Green) Outstanding defense will probably be undone by horrific offense. — Green vs. CAR
Vikings75 9. Minnesota Vikings 8 (Green) 13 (Franz) Massive chase for one open NFC playoff spot…hard to trust Bradford. — Franz @ TEN
raiders75 10. Oakland Raiders 8 (Burns) 14 (Marotta) I am high…on the Raiders, apparently. — Burns @ NO
chiefs75 11. Kansas City Chiefs 9 (VM, PD) 16 (Green) Too high for top ten, but nobody else deserved it. — Franz vs. SD
colts75 12. Indianapolis Colts 8 (Grialou) 19 (Franz) Fact is, Luck wasn’t that good last year before the injury. — Franz vs. DET
texans75 13. Houston Texans 7 (Grialou) 20 (Morgan) I admit it — Osweiler impressed me during meaningless preseason. — Grialou vs. CHI
redskins75 14. Washington Redskins 12 (Green) 19 (Burns) Some think they’ll be better than last year. I can’t see it. — Burns vs. PIT
jets75 15. New York Jets 12 (Franz) 20 (Green) Good coach, good defense. Serious questions at QB. –Green vs. CIN
giants75 16. New York Giants 11 (Marotta) 25 (Green) They spent a ton of money. That has to work, right? — Marotta @ DAL
jaguars75 17. Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (Green) 21 (Morgan) We keep hearing about all that talent. We still need proof of it. — Morgan vs. GB
cowboys75 18. Dallas Cowboys 14 (Morgan) 25 (Grialou) How many QBs will they use before Romo returns? — Grialou vs. NYG
ravens75 19. Baltimore Ravens 13 (Burns) 29 (Dimakos) I am not buying into the bounce-back year for this team, the talent isn’t there. — Dimakos vs. BUF
buccaneers75 T20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 (Franz) 26 (VM, CM) I have no idea who wins second NFC Wild Card, but if I had to guess… — Franz @ ATL
saints75 T20. New Orleans Saints 18 (Dimakos) 24 (Morgan) They have Brees and Fleener, but the defense will still struggle. — Dimakos vs. OAK
falcons75 22. Atlanta Falcons 17 (Morgan) 26 (Green) Who is Matt Ryan? You’d think with him and Julio Jones, they’d be better. — Green vs. TB
bills75 23. Buffalo Bills 16 (Grialou) 26 (Franz) No team with Rex Ryan as head coach should ever be taken seriously. — Franz @ BAL
dolphins75 24. Miami Dolphins 14 (Green) 28 (Morgan) Laremy Tunsil won’t save Miami from taking another early smoke break. — Morgan @ SEA
rams75 25. Los Angeles Rams 13 (Green) 29 (DB, DF) The sun rises in the east and the Rams will be mediocre. These are facts of life. — Green @ SF
chargers75 26. San Diego Chargers 21 (Marotta) 29 (Morgan) Chargers will be improved, but what is the ceiling? — Marotta @ KC
lions75 27. Detroit Lions 22 (Burns) 29 (CG, AG) They’re going to be decent — played better in the second half. — Burns @ IND
bears75 28. Chicago Bears 23 (Franz) 30 (Morgan) 30 years since last Super Bowl win. The drought has no end in sight. — Morgan @ HOU
titans75 T29. Tennessee Titans 23 (Dimakos) 31 (Morgan) They will be better than last year…I think. — Dimakos vs. MIN
eagles75 T29. Philadelphia Eagles 21 (Dimakos) 31 (Marotta) Carson Wentz ain’t ready. We’ll find that out. — Marotta vs. CLE
49ers75 31. San Francisco 49ers 30 (Marotta) 32 (CM, AG) I just can’t believe that in 2016, a team is going with Blaine Gabbert in Week 1. — Green vs. LA
browns75 32. Cleveland Browns 28 (Morgan) 32 (5 voters) Easily the best team in the Big Ten and front-runner to take on Alabama. — Franz @ PHI


How the panel voted – Week 1
Burns | Dimakos | Franz | Green | Grialou | Marotta | Morgan

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