GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 18: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after a 32 yard reception against the Cleveland Browns during overtime of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
After the Arizona Cardinals won their fourth straight game, beating the Cleveland Browns 20-17 in overtime, one would have to figure that the media that does weekly team power rankings would have them moving up. Last week, our own ROTB team rankings gave the team a big jump into the top 10. The rest of the national media, though, still insisted on keeping the team rather low, despite their hot streak.
This week's rankings have the national media giving Arizona a little more love, while the local rankings understandably have them higher.
Azcentral.com's power rankings(now in an awful slideshow format) moved the Cards up three slots to number 12. "Don't laugh," they ask. I agree.
SB Nation sums it up nicely nationally. "Does anyone realize the Cards have won six of their last seven, including three overtime victories? Geez, seems like they came out of nowhere." No, just no one cared because it's the Cardinals. Did the Cards make a big jump in the rankings? Of course not. They moved up one spot to number 18.
FOX Sports is more generous. They now have the Cards at 14, but again the Cowboys and Broncos are in the top 10.
Where is the sanity of all this? Where should they be? I think I woudl have dropped them a couple of spots from our 10 ranking to 12, since the win was far from impressive over a struggling team. But with the way overall the Cards have been pulling out games the last seven weeks, it shouldn't be that crazy to have them up there near the top.