NFL power rankings head-scratchers: Arizona Cardinals as low as No. 5 in NFL Week 14 lists

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The Arizona Cardinals are the No. 1 team in an overwhelming number of NFL power rankings entering Week 14 of the NFL season.

But evidently not everyone is a believer.

Some NFL writers and sites have the Cardinals lower in their NFL power rankings after Week 13, with one having them No. 5.

Yes, No. 5.

Evidently an NFL-best 10-2 overall record and 7-0 record on the road (with every road win by at least 10 points) doesn't impress everyone enough to put the Cardinals as the best team in the NFL.

You can't impress everyone, I guess.

Here's some current NFL power rankings we found that don't have the Cardinals No. 1 and they might leave you scratching your head.

Especially the last one.

NFL Week 14 picks, predictions, odds:

NFL.com: Cardinals No. 2 behind Green Bay Packers

Dan Hanzus writes: "Kyler Murray returned to action on Sunday and looked like the all-around menace to defenses that he was before an ankle injury put him on the shelf for a month. Murray threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two more in a blowout win over the Bears, showing no limitations in mobility. DeAndre Hopkins — also back in the lineup after an extended absence — was the recipient of Murray's first touchdown pass, making Week 13 pretty much a perfect reintroduction for the Cardinals as they came out of their bye week. A win over the Rams next Monday night would put Arizona in the driver's seat for both the NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the NFC."

I write: The Packers are 9-3 and they did defeat the Cardinals this season, but it was on a crazy interception at the end of the game. I guess you can't complain about this ranking too much.

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The Ringer: Cardinals No. 2 behind Packers

Danny Kelly writes: "With the defense balling out and the offense returning to full strength, Arizona heads into the homestretch of the season looking like one of the most balanced and well-rounded teams in the NFL. They’ve been through injury-related adversity this year and have put together an impressive stretch of performances on the road, winning all seven of their away games this year by 10-plus points. There’s no real ceiling for what this group can do when all cylinders are firing."

I write: The Packers have lost to the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. The Cardinals have lost to the Packers and Carolina Panthers, if you want to compare losses.

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Sorry, DeAndre Hopkins. Your Arizona Cardinals are not No. 1 in some NFL power rankings entering NFL Week 14.
Sorry, DeAndre Hopkins. Your Arizona Cardinals are not No. 1 in some NFL power rankings entering NFL Week 14.

USA TODAY Sports: Cardinals No. 3 behind Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nate Davis writes: "Arizona was a combined 5-11 in the second half of its first two seasons under coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Cards are 2-1 since Week 9 this year."

I write: The Buccaneers are 9-3 with losses to the Los Angeles Rams, Saints and Washington Football Team. The Cardinals beat the Rams in Los Angeles.

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Draft Kings: Cardinals No. 3 behind New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts

The site uses point spread differential to determine its power rankings and it produces some interesting results, like having the 7-6 Colts No. 2 in the NFL and the 6-7 Philadelphia Eagles No. 4.

I write: I have no idea how anyone could consider the Colts better than the Cardinals this season, no matter what metric you use for your NFL power rankings.

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The Lines: Cardinals No. 3 behind Kansas City Chiefs, Packers

It writes: "Patience seems to have paid off for the Cardinals with Kyler Murray (ankle) and DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) looking refreshed in their returns to spark a 33-22 win over the Bears. Early interceptions from Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson also helped matters in another Arizona victory."

I write: The Chiefs are playing well, but they are still 8-4 on the season with losses to the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans. The Cardinals beat the Titans in Tennessee in Week 1.

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FTN Bets: Cardinals No. 5 behind Buccaneers, Chiefs, Packers, Patriots

It writes: "With Kyler, they are a top tier team. Without him they are still a playoff team. That's how good they are."

I write: No. 5? Seriously?

Here are some sites that have the Cardinals ranked No. 1 in their NFL Week 14 power rankings.

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