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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Arizona Cardinals

Throughout the 2021 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 10 roundup for the Cardinals in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Bold second-half prediction: The Cardinals will finish 15-2.

Arizona is already 8-1 but has two challenging games left: one at Dallas and one at home against the Rams on Monday Night Football. One of those will be the Cardinals' next and last loss. They showed Sunday against the 49ers that they don't need their stars to win -- and win big, at that -- which puts the rest of the league on notice. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins will return from their injuries with a solid midseason rest, and the bye comes in three weeks. Arizona will be primed for a huge run down the stretch and into the playoffs. -- Josh Weinfuss

NFL.com -- Rank: 1

No Kyler Murray. No Nuk Hopkins. No problem for the Cardinals, who received robust contributions from Colt McCoy and Christian Kirk and a monster performance from James Conner in a 31-17 win over the 49ers at Levi's Stadium. It was pretty much close to a perfect afternoon for Kliff Kingsbury. The coach picked up a division win that further buried a rival, while his two most important players rested injuries that could be season-wreckers if not treated with the necessary caution. Back to Conner: The first-year Cardinal had three scores on Sunday and now leads the league with 11 touchdowns. After some dicey times in the desert, general manager Steve Keim is on a heater.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

Winning the way they did on the road without Kyler Murray was truly impressive. They are the best team right now.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

Are they unequivocally the league's top team? Hard to say, but it's not like anyone else has an airtight claim. What Arizona does have is the NFL's best record (8-1) and a proclivity for overcoming adversity, whether it's coach Kliff Kingsbury and others benched by COVID-19, or injuries sidelining QB Kyler Murray (ankle), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring), RB Chase Edmonds (ankle), and DE J.J. Watt (shoulder), who might still eventually return. And OLB Chandler Jones, who dealt with the virus himself, also appears back on track, registering his first sack since notching five in Week 1 to become the franchise's all-time leader (67). Yep, let's call the Cards the best. At least for now.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Are they good? Yes, definitively so. Of all the wins on the Cardinals' resume, Sunday's division victory on the road over the 49ers might be their most impressive because of who didn't play. That the Cardinals can cruise without Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green is quite a statement about their offensive scheme and overall roster talent. (And probably says something about the 49ers, too, but trust us, we'll get there.)

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