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2014 NFL power rankings, Week 8: Arizona Cardinals still in the mix, but not completely

The rankings around the Web still show some reservation about the team.

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Another week of the NFL is done and the Internet has given us a slew of new power rankings. So where do the Arizona Cardinals rank this week, now that they are 5-1?

You might be surprised. With the exception of Pete Prisco at CBS Sports, most are keeping them out of the top three or four teams.

Why? I said it on the podcast recently -- there is reservation about the team because the team has ye to play well in all phases of the game. They are doing just enough to win. The defense is great against the run, but have been exposed in the pass in some games. The offense does not inspire confidence yet and special teams has been inconsistent.

A win over the Eagles and Cowboys in the next two weeks should change things, but we will see.

In the meantime, here is what the world of the Internet says about Arizona.

SB Nation's Danny Kelly keeps the Cardinals at number five.

Arizona knocked off the Raiders at their place to improve to 5-1 and right now has a grapple hold on the tough NFC West, no small feat for a team that's missed or is still missing several of its most important players to injury or suspension.

ESPN's rankings put the Cardinals also at number five, having climbed one whole spot.

The Cardinals start 5-1 or better for the first time since 1976. QB Carson Palmer is 10-2 in his past 12 starts.

Arizona continues to get love from Pete Prisco at CBS Sports. Maybe he is an apologist after going to Arizona State, but he has the Cardinals as the league's second best team in the league behind the one team to beat them.

They have a two-game lead in the division, but face a tough challenge this week in the Eagles.

Locally, AZCentral's Bob McManaman also puts the Cardinals fifth in the league, a leap of two spots from last week.

Yahoo! still isn't a fan, I guess. The Yahoo! rankings on Shutdown Corner have the Cardinals only seventh. In these rankings, the Chargers and their two losses, including one to the Cards, are one spot better than Arizona.

Don't look now, but the Cardinals have two fewer losses than anyone else in the NFC West.

What is your reaction to the rankings?