Cardinals jump back into top 20 of new power rankings after win over Rams

They moved up to No. 19 after their 27-17 win over the Rams in Week 10.

The Arizona Cardinals picked up a win in Week 10, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 27-17 on the road. With the win, they got a boost in new power rankings from Touchdown Wire’s Mark Lane.

After dropping to No. 24 after losing to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9, they moved up five places back into the top 20 at No. 19 with the victory.

Arizona escaped the bottom of the NFC West with a 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Rams. However, there is only a certain level of achievement inherent with a team that has to rely on Colt McCoy as its starting quarterback.

They got the win despite Kyler Murray missing the game. They face the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico City on Monday night in Week 11.

The offense seemed to find some rhythm with McCoy playing, but if the offense gets off schedule at all, McCoy’s flaws will show through.

If the Cardinals can somehow pick up a big win over the Niners on Monday, it might be enough momentum to push them into real contention for the playoffs.

As tight as the NFC is, the Cardinals still have a chance, but they need to win games.

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Great Eight: The No. 1 boxer in each of the original eight divisions

Great Eight: The No. 1 boxer in each of the original eight divisions.

Who are the best boxers in each of the original eight weight classes? Check out Boxing Junkie’s “Great Eight” feature.

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The proliferation of titles makes it difficult for all but the most astute fans to determine the cream of the boxing crop.

That’s why Boxing Junkie came up with its “Great Eight” feature, which names the best fighter in each of the original eight weight classes –heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight and flyweight.

Heavyweight includes cruiserweight (and the WBC’s bridgerweight), light heavyweight includes super middleweight and so on.

It was easy to make our selection in some divisions. For example, Naoya Inoue has been so dominating at 118 pounds that no one in that division or 115 is remotely close to him.

Other weight classes took more thought. And you’ll notice one change has been made since the last time we posted Great Eight.

Here are our current rankings.

HEAVYWEIGHT – Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs): The Gypsy King isn’t going anywhere until someone beats him, he turns in a particularly poor performance or he retires.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT – Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs): The 175-pound champion followed his upset of Canelo Alvarez with another sensational performance, a one-sided decision over Gilberto Ramirez last Saturday. We hope he meets fellow titleholder Artur Beterbiev to leave no doubt about who’s No. 1.

MIDDLEWEIGHT – Jermell Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs): No one at 160 or 154 can touch the junior middleweight champion, who can do it all. The top middleweights – including Jermall Charlo, Jermell’s twin brother – aren’t as dominating.

WELTERWEIGHT – Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs). Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. have a chance to leave no doubt here but so far haven’t come to terms on a super fight. No one else at 147 or 140 is as accomplished as the big two.

LIGHTWEIGHT – Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs): This was a tough choice because strong cases can be made for undisputed 135-pound champ Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson, both of whom are gifted boxers. We believe Davis is the most-complete fighter at either 135 or 130.

FEATHERWEIGHT – Stephen Fulton (20-0, 8 KOs): The unified junior featherweight titleholder supplanted Gary Russell Jr. after Russell lost his featherweight title to Mark Magsayo in January. Rey Vargas, who took Magsayo’s belt, might be closest to Fulton.

BANTAMWEIGHT – Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs): The Japanese bantamweight star arguably is the best at any weight. Juan Francisco Estrada, Roman Gonzalezand Bam Rodriguez are special but still a significant step behind Inoue.

FLYWEIGHT – Julio Cesar Martinez (18-2, 14 KOs): This spot opened up when Junto Nakatani moved up to junior bantamweight. Cases can be made for Martinez and the gifted Sunny Edwards. Martinez fell to Roman Gonzalez at 115 pounds but is more accomplished than Edwards at a more natural 112.

Great Eight: The No. 1 boxer in each of the original eight divisions

Great Eight: The No. 1 boxer in each of the original eight divisions.

Who are the best boxers in each of the original eight weight classes? Check out Boxing Junkie’s “Great Eight” feature.

***

The proliferation of titles makes it difficult for all but the most astute fans to determine the cream of the boxing crop.

That’s why Boxing Junkie came up with its “Great Eight” feature, which names the best fighter in each of the original eight weight classes –heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight and flyweight.

Heavyweight includes cruiserweight (and the WBC’s bridgerweight), light heavyweight includes super middleweight and so on.

It was easy to make our selection in some divisions. For example, Naoya Inoue has been so dominating at 118 pounds that no one in that division or 115 is remotely close to him.

Other weight classes took more thought. And you’ll notice one change has been made since the last time we posted Great Eight.

Here are our current rankings.

HEAVYWEIGHT – Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs): The Gypsy King isn’t going anywhere until someone beats him, he turns in a particularly poor performance or he retires.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT – Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs): The 175-pound champion followed his upset of Canelo Alvarez with another sensational performance, a one-sided decision over Gilberto Ramirez last Saturday. We hope he meets fellow titleholder Artur Beterbiev to leave no doubt about who’s No. 1.

MIDDLEWEIGHT – Jermell Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs): No one at 160 or 154 can touch the junior middleweight champion, who can do it all. The top middleweights – including Jermall Charlo, Jermell’s twin brother – aren’t as dominating.

WELTERWEIGHT – Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs). Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. have a chance to leave no doubt here but so far haven’t come to terms on a super fight. No one else at 147 or 140 is as accomplished as the big two.

LIGHTWEIGHT – Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs): This was a tough choice because strong cases can be made for undisputed 135-pound champ Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson, both of whom are gifted boxers. We believe Davis is the most-complete fighter at either 135 or 130.

FEATHERWEIGHT – Stephen Fulton (20-0, 8 KOs): The unified junior featherweight titleholder supplanted Gary Russell Jr. after Russell lost his featherweight title to Mark Magsayo in January. Rey Vargas, who took Magsayo’s belt, might be closest to Fulton.

BANTAMWEIGHT – Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs): The Japanese bantamweight star arguably is the best at any weight. Juan Francisco Estrada, Roman Gonzalezand Bam Rodriguez are special but still a significant step behind Inoue.

FLYWEIGHT – Julio Cesar Martinez (18-2, 14 KOs): This spot opened up when Junto Nakatani moved up to junior bantamweight. Cases can be made for Martinez and the gifted Sunny Edwards. Martinez fell to Roman Gonzalez at 115 pounds but is more accomplished than Edwards at a more natural 112.

Loss to Seahawks drops Cardinals 2 spots in new power rankings

After their loss to the Seahawks, the Cardinals are now 23rd in the latest power rankings from Touchdown Wire.

The Arizona Cardinals are 3-6 and are coming off a 31-21 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9. They are in last place in the NFC West and it feels like the playoffs are all but impossible.

In the latest power rankings for Week 10 from Touchdown Wire’s Mark Lane, the Cardinals fell two spots. They were no. 21 last week and come in at No. 23 in Week 10.

The Cardinals finally got all of their missing pieces, but their record is terrible. Arizona has a chance to get back on track against the Los Angeles Rams and still add to their division record.

If they can beat the Rams on the road, it would be the Cardinals’ first division win of the season. They are 0-3 against the NFC West so far this season and lost to the Rams 20-12 in Week 3 this season already.

The offense still has issues and now the offensive line is suffering more injuries. Safety Budda Baker will miss a few weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Without a quick turnaround and some consecutive wins, the high hopes the Cardinals had will end up being a top-10 pick in the 2023 draft.

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Cardinals climb in new power rankings despite loss to Vikings

The Cardinals showed life in their loss to the Vikings, sparking some optimism moving forward.

The Arizona Cardinals currently find themselves in last place in the NFC and entered a critical part of the ir schedule with three consecutive games against division rivals. They are coming off a 34-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in which they had three second-half turnovers.

They still have not scored a first-quarter touchdown this season and have allowed a league-high five first-drive touchdowns.

Even still, they managed to climb in the latest power rankings from Touchdown Wire’s Mark Lane. They went from No. 25 to No. 21 this week.

Even though the Cardinals lost and are below .500, the tilt with the Minnesota Vikings demonstrated their firepower has finally arrived. DeAndre Hopkins exploded with 12 catches for 159 yards and a score. J.J. Watt had 2.0 sacks. Arizona’s record may be salvageable enough to start getting serious in the NFC West.

Hopkins’ return might give them hope. Despite missing six games due to his PED suspension, after two games, he is on pace for over 100 catches and more than 1,400 yards.

The Cardinals are playing like an almost good team but then manage to make critical mistakes, whether it is turning the ball over, giving up long third downs or getting hit with dumb penalties.

If the Cardinals are going to turn things around, it starts this week against the first-place Seahawks. They already have a loss to them. Another could almost end any hopes of winning the division.

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Cardinals fall in new power rankings after loss to Eagles

The Cardinals have the third-highest ranking in the NFC West and fall to No. 18 after losing to the Eagles 20-17.

The Arizona Cardinals are now 2-3 on the season after a 20-17 loss at home to the 5-0 Philadelphia Eagles. They held the Eagles to their lowest offensive output of the season, both in yards and points, and could have sent the game into overtime had kicker Matt Ammendola not missed a 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds left in the game. `

But even with the tough, competitive loss to the Eagles, the Cardinals fell two spots in the latest power rankings from Touchdown Wire’s Mark Lane.

After being No. 16 last week, they enter Week 6 at No. 18.

The Cardinals have one more week to endure until Kyler Murray can start getting reinforcements. The matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles would have been interesting to see if the Cardinals indeed had those weapons. The NFC West is still not out of reach with the Los Angeles Rams tumbling.

The Cardinals face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 and have the chance to be 3-3 in the six games they play without receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has been serving a six-game PED suspension.

Entering the season, a 3-3 record with the schedule the Cardinals had to start the year seemed like a longshot and here they are, despite having scored exactly zero points in the first quarter this season.

The Eagles maintain the No. 1 spot in these rankings.

As for the rest of the NFC West, the 2-3 Rams are the highest-ranked team at No. 13, followed by the division-leading 49ers at No. 14. The Cardinals are 18th and the Seahawks are 27th.

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Cardinals climb in new power rankings after road win

The Cardinals are 2-2, rank 16th in new power rankings and have a huge game on Sunday.

The Arizona Cardinals evened their record to 2-2 Sunday with a 26-16 win over the Carolina Panthers. They kept themselves relevant and on schedule while they tread water with DeAndre Hopkins suspended and a number of players injured.

The win gave them a boost in the newest power rankings from Touchdown Wire’s Mark Lane.

They moved up to 16th after ranking 19th after Week 3.

The Cardinals are at least finding ways to beat the lesser competition in the NFL as opposed to playing down to it. The win over the Panthers will help them keep pace with the rest of the NFC West, which appears to be a wide open division in 2022 as opposed to highly competitive as it was last year. Once the Cardinals’ playmakers get back, it should be a much improved squad.

With the new rankings, they are now ninth among NFC teams, which isn’t a bad spot to be considering the Cardinals’ early-season struggles.

They seem to have found themselves defensively but have yet to put  together a full game of good offensive play, and the offense is supposed to be the strength of this team.

They face the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles, who are No. 1 in these power rankings, this week.

If they can somehow get a win over a top team, snapping their seven-game losing streak at home, everyone will feel a lot better about the direction of the team.

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Cardinals leap up 8 spots in new power rankings after shocking win

They were 22nd after their 44-21 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1. They move up to No. 14 in Touchdown Wire’s new power rankings.

For six quarters of the 2022 NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals appeared to be one of the worst teams in the entire league. Thanks to a furious comeback on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas to come back from a 20-0 deficit to beat the Las Vegas Raiders 29-23 in overtime, there is hope for what the season can be again.

In Touchdown Wire’s latest power rankings, the Cardinals leap up into the upper half of the league.

Coming in at No. 22 after their season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, they moved up eight slots to come in at No. 14 after Week 2.

The Cardinals are starting to find their way despite the suspension to receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Arizona came back down 23-7 to get a needed win to keep pace with the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers in the competitive NFC West.

Now, coming up in Week 3, they will be put to the test again. They will host the Los Angeles Rams, a team they have beaten only once since Sean McVay became head coach in 2017.

Pick up a win, and the Cardinals will firmly put themselves back into the NFC playoff conversation, even early in the season. Starting 2-1 in the first three games of Hopkins’ suspension would be promising.

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LOOK: The NFL Top 100 players in 2022

The NFL Network took multiple weeks to reveal the top 100 players for this coming season. Here is the full list.

NFL Network revealed the annual rankings of the top 100 players for the coming season, as voted on by NFL players. Four Arizona Cardinals players made the list.

Who are this year’s top 100? All 100 players are ranked below.

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WR DeAndre Hopkins No. 37 in NFL Top 100 despite 2021 injury

Hopkins still is in the top 100 despite missing almost half the season in 2021.

A fourth Arizona Cardinals player has made the NFL Top 100 Players for 2022. Running back James Conner, safety Budda Baker and quarterback Kyler Murray all made the list revealed last week.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, despite playing in only 10 games last season, made the cut, coming in at No. 37. He was eighth last year.

Hopkins’ numbers were down in 2022 because of production from other receivers on the team, but he had 42 catches for 572 yards and eight touchdowns.

He is one of the most feared players in the league and commands constant respect from opposing defensive coordinators.

Several players had good things to say about Hopkins in the NFL Network special revealing the top 100 players.

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones, Hopkins’ teammate with the Cardinals in 2020 and 2021, said he was a fan of Hopkins even before they were teammates.

“Just the things that he does, the respect he commands on the field, it can be a defensive coordinator’s nightmare,” he said.

“He’s definitely a great player,” Los Angeles Rams safety Jordan Fuller said. “Real talented, great hands. He gets open and, even if it’s a 50-50 ball, a lot of times he comes down with it.”

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward called Hopkins “a great player, a physical player.”

“He’s a guy that’s initiating contact. Not many receivers do that.”

Rams cornerback Dont’e DeAyon said, “I definitely think he’s saying, ‘if I’ve got a one-on-one, give me the opportunity,’ because gets a lot of one-on-one opportunities and makes a lot of them.

“His catch radius is crazy. He goes up and attacks the ball and high-points it.”

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