NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals rise, but still near bottom

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Our weekly look around the Web at where people ranking the Cards.

With each week, power rankings flood the Internet. We have our own analysis, but what about all the other ones from around the league? What do they do?

Each week, we will find all the rankings from the most prominent sites and round that up for you so we can see where the Cards are in the eyes of the media.

So here we go:

Michael Oliver gave his initial rankings,placing the Cardinals at 23.

"An outing which possibly makes the Cards look worse than they actually are. The Rams are a talented team, a strong team and tough opponent, but the game was the Cardinals' to lose. Giving up an 11-point lead is not good, but there are positives. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald looked great again, and Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts made key plays regularly. Rashard Mendenhall and Alfonso Smith had enough of an effect running the ball to keeo the defense honest, and Tyrann Mathieu announced himself on the big stage with a wonderful strip-fumble on Jared Cook, this kid can play. If not for the NFC West, Arizona would be a play-off team."

Ryan Van Bibber for SB Nation, had the Cards move up a slot from his original rankings, being now at 26.

The improvement Carson Palmer brings to this team is going to be short-lived as long as Levi Brown is starting on the quarterback's left side.

ESPN moved the Cards up one slot to number 25. They note Larry Fitzgerald's play and touchdowns.

Larry Fitzgerald caught a pair of TD passes on end-zone throws in his debut with Carson Palmer. Cardinals QBs were 0-for-9 targeting Fitzgerald in the end zone last year.

Former NFL coach Brian Billick moved the Cards up four spots in his rankings for Fox Sports. He has them at 25.

It was fun to watch Larry Fitzgerald get to play with a competent quarterback again but that isn't always going to translate into wins.

Lastly, Pete Prisco for CBS Sports, had them slide backwards to number 25.

The good news that came from that loss to the Rams was that Carson Palmer looked impressive. Their passing game will be tough.

Looks like we will need to do a little more to get our team where we all want it to be. In the mid 20s. Where do you think they will finish the season?

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