The Arizona Cardinals went 11-6 in the regular season last year and made the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Most NFL writers don’t expect them to replicate that performance in 2022, judging by their early comments for the Cardinals in post-NFL power rankings in 2022.
Many were tough on Arizona’s offseason in their NFL power rankings, wondering if the team was on the verge of stepping back in 2022.
Find out what they say about the Arizona Cardinals in their recent power rankings after the 2022 NFL Draft.
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USA TODAY Sports: Cardinals drop two spots to No. 22
Nate Davis writes: “The six-game suspension of WR DeAndre Hopkins, whose absence at the end of last season coincided with the collapse of this team, explains the suspicious deal for WR Hollywood Brown…short-sighted because it always seems given Arizona coughed up her first round.”
NFL.com: Cardinals drop two spots to No. 20
Dan Hanzus writes: “The Cardinals are trying to appease their guy. That was the first thought when we learned Arizona was sending a first-round pick(!) to the Ravens to acquire wide receiver Marquise Brown, the former teammate from Kyler Murray to Oklahoma, Brown never lived up to his own first-round hype in Baltimore, so it was clearly a move that comes with the built-in projection that “Hollywood” will do a big box office with an old pal It’s also the biggest proof yet that the Cardinals have no intention of trading Murray anytime soon. (Murray’s contract situation) remains unstable.
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CBS Sports: Cardinals drop eight spots to No. 19
Pete Prisco writes: “There seems to be some turmoil with Kyler Murray complaining about a new contract and now a six game suspension for top receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The defense took a hit losing Chandler Jones , so they will need rookie players to make a difference quickly.”
Sportsnaut: Cardinals drop one spot to No. 18
Matt Johnson writes: “Maybe paying too much for Marquise Brown works, at the very least it helps make quarterback Kyler Murray happier this season. We’ve also seen what happens to this offense without DeAndre Hopkins and the pass rush when it’s just a one-man show. Right now, it’s the third-best team in the NFC West and the Cardinals are nowhere near where they were in the standings. NFL power.
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NFL Spin Zone: Cardinals remain ranked No. 20
Randy Gurzi writes: “The last remaining undefeated team of 2021 was the Arizona Cardinals but after suffering a loss to Green Bay they completely fell apart. They were 7-0 but after that they went 4- 6 and struggled to get things done.” Then in the offseason they had a lot of drama with quarterback Kyler Murray apparently unhappy with his contract. While that might be a problem for them, it could be even worse that they’re without DeAndre Hopkins for six games after he was hit with a PED suspension. Arizona has improved over the past three seasons, but this year it looks like they’re headed in the wrong direction.”
He writes: “The Arizona Cardinals entered this year’s wide receiver carousel on the first night of the NFL Draft, making a trade with the Baltimore Ravens that allowed the Marquise Brown Redbirds to ostensibly partner with DeAndre Hopkins.The Cardinals also brought in a tight-end Zach Ertz heir, using a Day 2 pick on Colorado State’s Trey McBride, considered by many to be the top prospect at his position in the class. Murray – and his displeasure at not having one already But during his introductory press conference, Brown said his arrival brought all smiles to his former Oklahoma teammate.
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Liam Willerup writes: “These Cardinals’ second-half slump puts them right in the middle of the pack. A team that hasn’t necessarily improved much this offseason, they’re hoping Marquise Brown can fill the void while DeAndre Hopkins in will miss it’s time to start the season Their offensive line isn’t very exciting because it’s a bottom half of the league’s unit On the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinals need to see a season in small groups of Isaiah Simmons. He has all the tools to be a top linebacker, but has to put it all together. Their pass rush is pretty much non-existent, as JJ Watt is no longer himself and Chandler Jones is gone. in free agency Markus Golden is the clear best pass thrower, but will now turn 31 at the start of next season Kliff Kingsbury is 100% in the hot seat this season, and if he can’t get this team through Cardinals beyond the wild card, his time in the desert may be over.”
For the win: Cardinals are now ranked No. 18
Christian D’Andrea writes: “The Cardinals can’t crack the first half of the league until they can prove they can get through a month of December without throwing up their chests. Kliff Kingsbury has a record of 8-17 over the final eight games of the season and playoffs in his NFL career, which includes a helpless 34-11 Wild Card loss last January.Arizona has invested heavily to keep Kyler Murray’s arsenal loaded with weapons; will that be enough to keep the team competitive after Thanksgiving?”
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However, not everyone is so negative about the Cardinals’ prospects in their NFL power rankings.
One site ranked the Cardinals 11th in its last post-draft power ranking.
That site, NBC Sports, is actually pretty high on Arizona’s chances in 2022.
Jennifer Lee Chan writes, “The Cardinals brought in Marquise Brown by trading their first-round pick, adding a familiar target for Kyler Murray. In the second round, they added the top-rated tight end in the 2022 class by selecting Colorado State’s Trey McBride Arizona has focused on defense with its next two picks, taking on San Diego State’s rushers Cameron Thomas and Cincinnati’s Myjai Sanders to fill the void left by Chandler Jones, who has signed with the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency.Offer legitimate competition in the NFC West with USC running back Keaontay Davis joining James Conner in the backfield.On paper, they look like contenders.
Where do you think the Cardinals should be ranked in the NFL power rankings after the 2022 NFL Draft?
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