The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a bye, so there is no recent action to help the media form their most recent power polls and power rankings. But sitting at 6-2, we know they should be one of the top teams in the league.
Let's face it, even with a perceived weak schedule in their first half of the season, Arizona still happens to be the only team ranked in the top five in both offense and defense. That's a fact. Quarterback Carson Palmer has 20 touchdowns and one of the top three passer ratings in the league. Running back Chris Johnson is third in rushing and has already surpassed his total for all last season in just half a season in 2015. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are both on pace to surpass 1200 receiving yards.
Defensively, the secondary continues to make plays. The team leads the NFL in interceptions.
So you would think they should be a top five team in the power rankings, right?
That is the case for almost all of them, with a couple of them keeping them just outside that group.
SB Nation: Fourth overall, moved up one spot
NFL.com: Sixth overall, same as a week ago
Yahoo! Sports: The Shutdown Corner moves them up one spot to fifth overall
USA Today: They moved Arizona from sixth to seventh. The bye week can be tough.
ESPN: Arizona stays at number six.
FOX Sports: The move up one spot to number four
CBS Sports: Pete Prisco bumps them from sixth to fifth.
Lastly, numberFire still has the Cardinals at the top of their statistically-based rankings.