Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

6. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 5)

Even with sole possession of first place in the NFC West for weeks, the Arizona Cardinals are playing every game as if elimination is on the line. Losing in St. Louis is no longer as unacceptable as in recent years, but the Cardinals are trying to hold off the Packers and Seahawks in the conference and division races, respectively. Despite yet another quarterback injury, Arizona held on for its eleventh win of the season, and is still one of the best teams in the league, even though the risk of relying on a backup quarterback throughout the playoffs brings danger. It is, unfortunately, unavoidable.

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