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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Arizona Cardinals

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Arizona Cardinals rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Cardinals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Haason Reddick, edge: They have bigger free-agent names like Patrick Peterson, Kenyan Drake and Larry Fitzgerald, but given how well Reddick has played in the second half of the season, he gets the nod. Reddick is tied for third league-wide with 12.5 sacks. Reddick has been shuffled in and out of different roles during his time in Arizona, but for a team looking for a young pass rusher with upside, he could be really attractive.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

That was a major choke job against the 49ers. It's not a good look going into the playoffs. Kyler Murray is dinged up, but should play against the Rams.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

Kyler Murray can become first QB drafted by Arizona to lead Cards to playoffs since ... Jake Plummer in 1998.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

New Year's resolution: Play more consistently

Regardless of how it finishes, the Cardinals' 2020 season will be defined by how the team played after the bye (3-5 thus far) compared to the success it found pre-bye (5-2). And because Arizona lost four out of five games right after the bye, including three in a row -- and would've lost five in a row if not for the Hail Murray -- the Cardinals find themselves in a fight for their playoff lives. Next season, the Cardinals need to find more consistency or they might be in for the same type of season, which might not end well for Kliff Kingsbury. -- Josh Weinfuss

NFL.com -- Rank: 14

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals were stymied by the 49ers' defense in a 20-12 loss that -- after a Bears win in Jacksonville -- left Arizona outside the NFC playoff picture entering Week 17. Both sides of the ball played their part in the loss: C.J. Beathard -- the Niners' third-string quarterback -- lit up the Cardinals defense for three touchdowns, while running back Jeff Wilson Jr. gained a career-high 183 yards on the ground. The game ended with more bad news, as Murray suffered a leg injury in the final seconds. On Monday, Kliff Kingsbury sounded like a coach who knows he might not have his best player in the most important game of the year.

Previous update: Arizona Cardinals Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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