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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 9 roundup for the Cardinals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Note that might surprise you: The Cardinals' offensive line ranks second in ESPN's pass block win rate. Arizona has a lot of quick throws baked in to its offense, but pass block win rate measures how often protection holds up for at least 2.5 seconds, and the Cardinals have performed well. Kyler Murray has been sacked on just 3.4 percent of his pass plays, compared to 8.1 percent last year.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

They come off their bye with a suddenly tough game against the Dolphins. They seemed to be hitting their stride before the bye, so they need to hope it doesn't impede the progress.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

Kyler Murray has seven rushing TDs through seven games, obviously putting him on pace for 16. Cam Newton has the record among QBs with 14 in his 2011 rookie campaign.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Reason for optimism: The offensive line

Last season, Kyler Murray was sacked 48 times, 23 coming in the first seven games. This season, he is down to nine through seven games, an improvement that can be credited to the offensive line as much as to him. The Cardinals also have excelled at run blocking. Last season, they set a franchise record of 5.03 yards per carry. They've bettered that thus far this campaign with a rate of 5.21 yards per carry, the second-best clip in the league. The offensive line has figured out how to both pass block and run block in Kliff Kingsbury's up-tempo scheme, which might end up being the difference between the playoffs and watching from home in January. -- Josh Weinfuss

NFL.com -- Rank: 10

The rapid franchise turnaround has been impressive. Two years ago, the Cardinals were 3-13 with a struggling rookie first-round pick in Josh Rosen and an overmatched head coach in Steve Wilks. It wasn't working, but it took guts for the Cards to pivot as quickly as they did. Wilks was one-and-done, replaced by Kliff Kingsbury. Rosen was shipped out of town to make way for 2019 No. 1 pick Kyler Murray. General manager Steve Keim pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade for All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins and assembled an offensive line that's been one of the league's best. From the worst record in the league to an NFC contender in two seasons. Other downtrodden teams would do well to study the Cardinals' blueprint.

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