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Cardinals land at No. 29 on PFT’s preseason power rankings

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The Arizona Cardinals are the first NFC team to land on PFT’s preseason power rankings countdown coming in at No. 29 on the list. After a 4-0 start to the 2012 season with wins over Seattle and on the road at New England, the Cardinals lost 11 of their final 12 games to finish the season with a 5-11 record.

The four wins to start the year speaks to the talent that still remains on the Cardinals roster. The ensuing 12 weeks highlighted just how badly the Cardinals’ offensive line and quarterback positions hindered their ability to compete the remainder of the year. There is potential for the team to take a significant jump forward with improved quarterback play and a more consistent offensive line.

However, six games against Seattle, San Francisco and St. Louis along with playing the AFC and NFC South will provide a difficult schedule for the Cardinals to navigate. Here’s our take on where the Cardinals stand entering the season.

Feel free to vote in our poll and let us know if you agree with the ranking.

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11 Responses to “Cardinals land at No. 29 on PFT’s preseason power rankings”
  1. realfootballfan says: Jul 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    This is the first one I think will be wildly off. The Cardinals led the NFC West with Kevin freaking Kolb at QB before he got hurt.

    Needless to say that even at this point of his career, Palmer is an upgrade, not to mention they’ve went from one of the most overrated coaches in the league to the reigning coach of the year who led a formerly 2-14 team with a rookie QB and alot of turnover on that roster to the playoffs a year ago.

    Throw in that Seattle was just a hair away from being 8-8 and that Pete Carroll’s only had a couple of winning seasons as a pro coach, I better get my Vegas money for the Cardinals if Bowles can keep this defense playing at a high level.

  2. nineroutsider says: Jul 10, 2013 3:50 PM

    #29 – You’re way off. They may be the 3rd or 4th best team in the division, but they will be a tough out. They won’t be one of the worst teams in the league. They have an outstanding defense that just needs a little help from the O and they will get it this year.

  3. str8cashomie2 says: Jul 10, 2013 4:00 PM

    dont care where they are long as honey badger balls

  4. boknowsvt says: Jul 10, 2013 4:01 PM

    Wow Carson, you moved from 32nd to 29th. You must be pleased.

  5. banvard316 says: Jul 10, 2013 4:09 PM

    Lol ok! I’d be willing to bet that the cards aren’t drafting in tge top 5 next year….any amount of money!

  6. dioalice says: Jul 10, 2013 4:24 PM

    Worst team in the NFC? Not at all… They’ll win 7, maybe 8 games this year. Not a playoff team but solid improvement across the board.

  7. dtrb10 says: Jul 10, 2013 4:26 PM

    I am not even a Cards fan but this is way low. i think they will be one of the most improved teams in the League.

  8. frankdatank23 says: Jul 10, 2013 5:02 PM

    Wow how the tides have turned from Afc to Nfc. Can’t think of an NFC team worse than the cards….. And they’re no push overs.

  9. bruiserbrigade says: Jul 10, 2013 11:03 PM

    Good.

    There’s some perks to being underdogs, guys with chips on their shoulders perform better.

  10. cardinal11 says: Jul 11, 2013 5:16 AM

    You wish!

  11. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 15, 2013 1:05 AM

    Not a Cards fan but they are capable of a much higher finish than 29. Too low.

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