NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals climb after Week 2 win over Minnesota Vikings

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

The Arizona Cardinals are climbing in NFL power rankings after a 34-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.

One writer even has Kliff Kingsbury's team ranked No. 3 in the NFL.

Check out what NFL writers are saying about Kyler Murray and the Cardinals' performance in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season in their latest NFL power rankings (click on each link for that site's complete NFL power rankings).

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Sporting News: Cardinals up three to No. 6

Vinnie Iyer writes: "The Cardinals escaped the Vikings and got away with a sloppy yet still spectacular performance from Kyler Murray. They have to clean up some physical and mental mistakes that tend to pop up, making them an inconsistent team overall. But they've taken care of the bottom line and will continue to grow as young contenders."

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NBC Sports: Cardinals now ranked No. 5

Josh Schrock writes: "Kyler Murray (400 passing yards, four total touchdowns) is an early-season MVP candidate, but he also said he has never seen Star Wars, so I’m not sure how seriously we can take him."

Yahoo Sports: Cardinals up three to No. 9

Justin Leger writes: "The Cardinals weren't nearly as impressive defensively as they were in Week 1, but they still squeaked out a 34-33 win over the Vikings thanks to a missed last-second Minnesota field goal. Kyler Murray was phenomenal once again, completing 29 of 36 pass attempts for 400 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 31 yards and a TD in the win."

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Pro Football Network: Cardinals now ranked No. 4

Dalton Miller writes: "Kyler Murray is playing like a man possessed right now. He’s The Human Joystick, but at the quarterback position. Murray makes plays that nobody in the world, including Lamar Jackson, can make. However, the cost of playmaking is often turnovers. The secondary is an issue outside of Byron Murphy and Budda Baker. Unfortunately, it takes five serviceable players on the back end to survive."

Fansided: Cardinals up one to No. 4

Russell S. Baxter writes: "Kliff Kingsbury’s team hosted the Vikings looking to open the season 2-0 for the second straight year. It was a wild outing as the Arizona defense had their issues stopping both Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins. Cardinals’ quarterback Kyler Murray overcame three sacks and two interceptions to throw for 400 yards and three TDs and also ran for one score. And fortunately for the Cards, Minnesota missed a go-ahead field goal on the final play of the game."

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DeAndre Hopkins and the Arizona Cardinals are ranked as high as No. 3 in NFL power rankings after their Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Spin Zone: Cardinals up four to No. 3

Randy Gurzi writes: "There were times it looked as though they would win and times it looked as though they were definitely losing. But as fate would have it, the Arizona Cardinals won their second game of the season and improved to 2-0 with an exciting win over the Vikings. They surrendered a huge touchdown to start the game and Kyler Murray threw a couple of bad interceptions, including one that was run back for six by Nick Vigil. Then with the score sitting at 34-33, the defense struggled to stop Minnesota as they moved it down to the Arizona 19 where Greg Joseph came on for a 37-yard field goal that should have given the road team the win. Arizona was happy to see the kick sail wide to the right as they celebrated the one-point win in what proved to be a seesaw game for 60 minutes. That win means the Cardinals are now 2-0, putting them in a three-way tie with the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers for first place in the NFC West. The start is admirable but the truth is, they’re about to really have their legitimacy challenged in Week 4 and 5 when they face the Rams and Niners back to back. Thankfully, the NFL scheduled them a practice in Jacksonville next week to prepare for that stretch."

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