Last week I asked where the Cardinals ended up after their game against the San Francisco 49ers and you were mostly confident they would not be last anymore:
You seemed to have hit the nail on the head, as most moved the Cardinals up. Let’s take a look at the Week 6 NFL Power Rankings roundup.
30. Arizona Cardinals 1-4 (last week: 32)
Josh Rosen has given them the jolt they needed to win. Steve Wilks also finally saw his defense live up to its potential as a playmaking group in his scheme.
31. Arizona Cardinals (1-4, LW: 32)
The 49ers had 33 first downs and the Cardinals had 10. The 49ers more than doubled up the Cardinals in yards, 447 to 220. The only thing the Cardinals won was the final score, but after an 0-4 start, they weren’t looking for style points on their first win.
31. Cardinals (32): Still hard to believe a team with David Johnson would rank last in total yards and rushing yards per game at this stage.
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com
Arizona Cardinals (30)
Previous rank: No. 31
The last of the winless rectified the root of their problem this past Sunday, closing out the contest in the deciding minutes. The Cards had failed to do so against the Bears in Week 3, making a late switch at quarterback, then providing the sub no help on the game’s final stanza. In Week 4, Arizona couldn’t halt the Seahawks’ running game late, narrowly falling in Josh Rosen’s first start. But Sunday was different, with Chandler Jones putting his big paw up to thwart the 49ers’ two-point attempt that would have tied the game at 14 apiece in the fourth quarter. On the next Niners drive, Arizona linebacker Josh Byrnes picked up C.J. Beathard’s fumble (stripped on a safety blitz) and took it to the house to essentially seal the deal. Well done.
Of course, there are a couple of holdouts who have the Arizona Cardinals still as the worst team in the league.
32. Arizona Cardinals
Week 5 ranking: 32
Rest-of-season SOS ranking: 5th. The Cardinals’ toughest remaining game is Week 12 at the Chargers, where they have a 14 percent to win, according to FPI. That begins a six-game stretch for Arizona to end the season where they are the underdog in each game. -- Clawson
New question this week.
How long do the Arizona Cardinals stay out of the basement, or is it one week and back?
Where do the Cardinals end up in the Week 7 NFL Power Rankings
This poll is closed