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2018 Week 9 NFL Power Rankings: Arizona Cardinals not the worst anymore

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The Arizona Cardinals won their second game of the season and look... Not the worst.

San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

It’s Tuesday and the Arizona Cardinals are heading into their bye week at 2-6.

Halfway through their 2018 season and the Cardinals are measurably, by draft status, the fifth worst team in the NFL.

Yet, where would they rank in the Week 9 NFL Power Rankings?

  1. Los Angeles Rams (8-0)
  2. New England Patriots (6-2)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (7-1)
  4. New Orleans Saints (6-1)
  5. Los Angeles Chargers (5-2)
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1)
  7. Carolina Panthers (5-2)
  8. Chicago Bears (4-3)
  9. Minnesota Vikings (4-3-1)
  10. Green Bay Packers (3-3-1)
  11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)
  12. Washington Redskins (5-2)
  13. Houston Texans (5-3)
  14. Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
  15. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)
  16. Baltimore Ravens (4-4)
  17. Atlanta Falcons (3-4)
  18. Detroit Lions (3-4)
  19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)
  20. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)
  21. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
  22. Denver Broncos (3-5)
  23. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
  24. Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
  25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
  26. New York Jets (3-5)
  27. Arizona Cardinals (2-6) - It’s maybe a little higher than expected, but they’re not quite the dumpster fire of the bottom teams. Maybe the Browns are in a better position moving forward, but as of this year, they just fired their head coach and offensive coordinator. The Cardinals fired their OC, then they won their second game of the season. Who knows what it does for the Browns, and maybe next week or two weeks they’re above the Cardinals again. Or maybe the Cardinals continue to get better under Steve Wilks and with Byron Leftwich at OC. For one week, I’ll take the Cardinals over any of the five teams beneath them.
  28. Cleveland Browns (2-5-1)
  29. Oakland Raiders (1-6)
  30. San Francisco 49ers (1-7)
  31. Buffalo Bills (2-6)
  32. New York Giants (1-7)