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2014 NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals start off season getting some respect

Let's see where the Cardinals are ranked after one week.

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You might not like it, but power rankings are a popular thing on the Internet. So I will try and round up many of them right here for the Cardinals and see how they are viewed across the vast expanse of the Internet.

ROTB rankings by Alex Mann have the Cardinals fifth. Is he being a homer?

Danny Kelly for SB Nation has the Cardinals 14th after their win, having moved up a pair of slots.

The Cardinals mounted a nice second-half comeback to win their Week 1 opener against the Chargers, making a statement to the world that despite some losses on defense, they're still a force to be reckoned with. Michael Floyd was a beast, rookie John Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown and the defense held when it needed to. Don't forget about them in the NFC West.

Entering Week 2, ESPN also puts Arizona 14th.

The most aggressive defense in the league last year, Arizona picked up where it left off. The Cardinals sent extra rushers after Philip Rivers on 57 percent of dropbacks.

Pete Prisco for CBS Sports shows some love for the Cardinals, putting them seventh overall.

That was a big-time drive to win it for Carson Palmer and the offense against San Diego. The defense will be tough all season long.

Here locally, AZCentral's Bob McManaman ranks the Cardinals 11th, but with a drop by one spot.

Needed to rally by 11 down to beat the Chargers at home on Monday, but they delivered and I reward them with the No.11 spot in my Power Rankings. If they take care of business this week on the road against a very bad Giants team, they'll move up a couple spots, too. has the Cardinals eighth.

Tremendous win for a team down a few key players. And an effective -- if not completely on point -- night for Carson Palmer, too. (He did get away with a couple of questionable throws.) Perhaps most invigorating for the Arizona faithful: The performances of Michael Floyd and John Brown, both of whom created some big plays. Don't want to be swayed too much by one game, but Floyd looks to be the Cardinals' WR1 as we sit here today.

It looks like the Arizona is getting some deserved respect. We will see if it continues and if the team deserves to have the raised expectations.