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Riding a four-game winning streak, Bruce Arians’ Cardinals continue to climb the board. Joe Fortenbaugh

November 26, 2013
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Slotted in a division that includes defending NFC champion San Francisco as well as a league-best 10-1 Seattle Seahawks team, within a conference that features juggernauts like New Orleans and Carolina, it’s often easy to overlook the Arizona Cardinals.

But new head coach Bruce Arians has something cooking in the desert. Since opening the season 1-2, Arizona has gone 6-2 over its last eight games with four consecutive wins. Granted, those victories have come against franchises with a combined 13-31 record, but you can only play those who are put in front of you. And over the last month, the Cardinals have dispatched every opponent who has stood before them.

Which makes the NFL’s decision to leave the Week 13 matchup between Arizona (7-4) and Philadelphia (6-5) at 1:00pm rather than flex it to Sunday night over the NFC East showdown between New York (4-7) and Washington (3-8) all the more curious.

The numbers in brackets indicate each team’s Power Ranking, which is based on a scale of 1-100. These numbers can be used as a baseline to determine the point spread between any two teams on the list. Keep in mind that these numbers do not account for home field advantage, situational analysis (extra rest, back-to-back road games, divisional rivalries, etc), injuries, weather or public perception. They are merely to be used as a baseline for your initial analysis.

NFP POWER RANKINGS

T1. Seattle Seahawks [89.5]
Record:
10-1 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 89.5 (2)

T1. Denver Broncos [89.5]
Record:
9-2 (Lost 34-31 at New England)
Previous ranking: 90.0 (1)

T3. New England Patriots [89.0]
Record:
8-3 (Won 34-31 vs. Denver)
Previous ranking: 87.0 (6)

T3. New Orleans Saints [89.0]
Record:
9-2 (Won 17-13 at Atlanta)
Previous ranking: 89.0 (3)

5. Carolina Panthers [88.5]
Record:
8-3 (Won 20-16 at Miami)
Previous ranking: 88.5 (4)

6. San Francisco 49ers [87.5]
Record:
7-4 (Won 27-6 at Washington)
Previous ranking: 87.5 (5)

7. Cincinnati Bengals [85.5]
Record:
7-4 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 85.5 (T9)

8. Kansas City Chiefs [84.5]
Record:
9-2 (Lost 41-38 vs. San Diego)
Previous ranking: 86.0 (T7)

T9. Arizona Cardinals [84.0]
Record:
7-4 (Won 40-11 vs. Indianapolis)
Previous ranking: 82.5 (14)

T9. Indianapolis Colts [84.0]
Record:
7-4 (Lost 40-11 at Arizona)
Previous ranking: 86.0 (T7)

11. Dallas Cowboys [83.5]
Record:
6-5 (Won 24-21 at NY Giants)
Previous ranking: 83.5 (T11)

T12. Philadelphia Eagles [83.0]
Record:
6-5 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 83.0 (13)

T12. Pittsburgh Steelers [83.0]
Record:
5-6 (Won 27-11 at Cleveland)
Previous ranking: 82.0 (15)

T14. Detroit Lions [82.5]
Record:
6-5 (Lost 24-21 vs. Tampa Bay)
Previous ranking: 85.5 (T9)

T14. Chicago Bears [82.5]
Record:
6-5 (Lost 42-21 at St. Louis)
Previous ranking: 83.5 (T11)

T16. Baltimore Ravens [81.5]
Record:
5-6 (Won 19-3 vs. NY Jets)
Previous ranking: 81.5 (T16)

T16. San Diego Chargers [81.5]
Record:
5-6 (Won 41-38 at Kansas City)
Previous ranking: 79.5 (20)

T18. Miami Dolphins [80.0]
Record:
5-6 (Lost 20-16 vs. Carolina)
Previous ranking: 80.0 (19)

T18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers [80.0]
Record:
3-8 (Won 24-21 at Detroit)
Previous ranking: 78.0 (T25)

T18. New York Giants [80.0]
Record:
4-7 (Lost 24-21 vs. Dallas)
Previous ranking: 80.5 (18)

21. New York Jets [79.5]
Record:
5-6 (Lost 19-3 at Baltimore)
Previous ranking: 81.5 (T16)

T22. Green Bay Packers [79.0]
Record:
5-5-1 (Tied 26-26 vs. Minnesota)
Previous ranking: 79.0 (T21)

T22. St. Louis Rams [79.0]
Record:
5-6 (Won 42-21 vs. Chicago)
Previous ranking: 78.5 (T23)

24. Cleveland Browns [78.5]
Record:
4-7 (Lost 27-11 vs. Pittsburgh)
Previous ranking: 79.0 (T21)

T25. Tennessee Titans [78.0]
Record:
5-6 (Won 23-19 at Oakland)
Previous ranking: 77.5 (T28)

T25. Washington Redskins [78.0]
Record:
3-8 (Lost 27-6 vs. San Francisco)
Previous ranking: 78.5 (T23)

T25. Buffalo Bills [78.0]
Record:
4-7 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 78.0 (T25)

T28. Minnesota Vikings [77.5]
Record:
2-8-1 (Tied 26-26 at Green Bay)
Previous ranking: 78.0 (T25)

T28. Oakland Raiders [77.5]
Record:
4-7 (Lost 23-19 vs. Tennessee)
Previous ranking: 77.5 (T28)

30. Atlanta Falcons [77.0]
Record:
2-9 (Lost 17-13 vs. New Orleans)
Previous ranking: 77.0 (31)

31. Houston Texans [76.5]
Record:
2-9 (Lost 13-6 vs. Jacksonville)
Previous ranking: 77.5 (T28)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars [74.0]
Record:
2-9 (Won 13-6 at Houston)
Previous ranking: 73.0 (32)

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