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NFL power rankings 2015: Arizona Cardinals the best of the teams with a loss

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Where do they stand in power rankings around the Web now?

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With another convincing victory, the Arizona Cardinals are 4-1. In power rankings around the Internet, they are ranked highly, but they still aren't getting all the love. In some they are staying steady, some have them moving up a little, while others saw them drop slightly.

Here is a roundup of many power rankings and where the Cardinals stand.

In SB Nation's power rankings for Week 6, the win bumps them up three spots back into the top five. They now rank fourth.

Looking past that top three, the Arizona Cardinals shrugged off a home loss to the Rams last week to absolutely destroy the hapless Lions in Detroit. In doing so, the Cardinals moved their overall point differential to +100 -- only the ninth team in the Super Bowl era to achieve that feat through their first five weeks. Arizona's strength of schedule can't be ignored, with wins over the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Lions. But that 25.5-point average margin of victory in those games can't be overlooked, either.

The Cardinals are not just getting wins in games they should win, they're dismantling, nay, embarrassing these teams. The way they're winning has pushed them back up into the top tier of our rankings, ahead of the unbeaten Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, who both managed wins this week on the back of late defensive touchdowns. Atlanta and Denver keep finding ways to win, but neither look like the runaway freight train that Arizona does. The Cardinals are getting it done on offense, defense and special teams.

For ESPN's rankings, the big win by Arizona somehow noved them down. They dropped two spots to number six.

QB Carson Palmer has been great, but the Cardinals are averaging an NFL-best 5.0 yards per rush this season. They ranked last with 3.3 yards per rush last season.

For Pete Prisco and CBS Sports, the big win did nothing. They still stay at number seven.

They have scored 190 points in five games, which is top 10 all time in the first five games of a season. It is an offense that is rolling.

Fox Sports moved them up three spots. They sit once again in the top five.

The Cardinals used Week 5 to prove that they are capable of negating a respectable opposing pass rush thanks in part to their invigorated running game behind veteran running back Chris Johnson. With an aggressive scheme and some of the most talented defensive backs in the NFL, the Cardinals should remain among the NFL's elite as long as Carson Palmer can stay healthy.

For USA Today, the Cardinals were able to sneak back up to number five.

Chris Johnson is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, his best figure since he eclipsed 2,000 yards six years ago. #CJ2K

In Elliot Harrison's rankings for after Week 5, the Cardinals stay right where they were at number six.

If you didn't see the bomb Carson Palmer threw to John Brown from his own end zone, here it is again. You're welcome. The Cardinals have established themselves as the NFC West's best team -- the question now becomes whether they can challenge the Packers. In case you were wondering, Green Bay plays at Arizona in Week 16.

Yahoo's Shutdown Corner, who has been the site that least trusts the Cardinals (at least it seems that way), kept the Cards right where they were last week at number six.

Chris Johnson had 103 yards. David Johnson scored two touchdowns. Andre Ellington returned with a 63-yard touchdown. A really good passing offense also has a lot of running back options now.

Finally, numberFire, which does more of a statistical look, still has the Cardinals at the top. They still have the top odds to make the Super Bowl.