Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 19 Arizona Cardinals
By Josh Weinfuss
A weekly examination of the Cardinals' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 26 | Last Week: 22 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
So maybe Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was on to something when he said it doesn’t matter how his team wins, as long as it wins. The Cardinals pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback in Tampa Bay to cap a 13-10 win in an ugly game. But style points don’t count in the NFL, and the win helped Arizona move up three places in this week’s ESPN.com Power Rankings. Last week in Sarasota, Fla., offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin talked about the offense showing flashes, but that’s all it’s done. But during those flashes, the Cardinals have displayed how powerful Arians’ new offense can be, which is not a secret around the NFL. The Cardinals moved the ball with ease on two drives in the third quarter, but they were derailed by Carson Palmer interceptions. This team has the pieces, it’s just a matter of the players figuring out how to make them work. Arians said Monday he has never seen a team take so long to figure out his offense, which he labeled as “putrid.” If “putrid” means a win, it can only go up from here.