NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals blast Cleveland Browns, gain believers with 6-0 start

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Arizona Cardinals won their sixth game of the season on Sunday, a 37-14 win over the Cleveland Browns.

They appear to have won some new believers in the process.

NFL writers are raving about the Cardinals and their 6-0 start in their latest NFL power rankings ahead of Week 7.

Check out what they are saying about  Kyler Murray and the Cardinals' performance in Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season. (Click on each link for that site's complete NFL power rankings).

The Cardinals continue to have the best record in the NFL with a game against the 1-5 Houston Texans in Arizona on the NFL Week 7 schedule.

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NFL Week 7 picks, predictions:

Sportsnaut: Cardinals stay at No. 1 after win vs. Browns

Matt Johnson writes: "Erasing any doubt, the Arizona Cardinals once again proved why they hold the No. 1 spot in our NFL power rankings. Arizona led Cleveland 20-0 midway through the game and save for a Hail Mary touchdown before the half, this would have been a 30-point blowout. The Cardinals aren’t the perfect team, but that undefeated record isn’t going away with the Texans on deck in Week 7."

ESPN: Cardinals No. 1 team in NFL

Josh Weinfuss writes: "The Cardinals just keep winning and, in the process, they keep getting better and better. First, it was stopping Titans running back Derrick Henry in Week 1. Then it was dismantling the Rams in Week 4. And on Sunday, it was beating up on the Browns without coach Kliff Kingsbury. To win games like they do, and to do it on the road, is a sign that this team's success is here to stay. If the Cardinals can continue with their current average of 32.3 points per game, there will be very little that other teams can do to stop Arizona this season."

NBC Sports: Cardinals ranked No. 1 in NFL

Josh Schrock writes: "The Cardinals’ offense is already a nightmare to defend and they just added Zach Ertz. Borderline unfair."

NFL Week 7:

NFL Spin Zone: Cardinals still top team in NFL power rankings

Randy Gurzi writes: "This one was a statement game. After the Arizona Cardinals won last week despite not playing at their best, they entered Week 6 as underdogs on the road. They also had to play without Kliff Kingsbury as the head coach was out due to a positive COVID-19 test. They didn’t allow any of that to become an excuse and simply went out and beat the Cleveland Browns in convincing fashion. Arizona won running away with it, 37-14. Now, they not only stand atop our 2021 NFL Power Rankings, but they continue to be the only team in the NFL without a loss yet. There’s a long way to go but this team is legit."

Sporting News: Cardinals remain No. 1 in NFL power rankings

Vinnie Iyer writes: "The Cardinals had the ultimate trap game in Cleveland and responded by scorching the Browns from start to finish, even without coach Kliff Kingsbury able to make the trip, with Kyler Murray not showing any right shoulder limitations. And how about old-school J.J. Watt?" Cardinals rise from No. 2 to No. 1 in rankings

Dan Hanzus writes: "Kliff Kingsbury's positive COVID-19 test kept him from the sidelines on Sunday, but the view from the couch had to be sweet. With the rest of the Arizona coaching staff pitching in to cover for their absent head coach, the Cardinals went to Cleveland and beat up on the Browns in a decisive 37-14 win. This was a quintessential team victory: Arizona piled up five sacks and forced Baker Mayfield into three turnovers, while Kyler Murray threw four touchdown passes, two of them to DeAndre Hopkins. The Cardinals are 6-0 for the first time since 1974 and have shown they can beat their opponents in numerous ways. None of this feels like a fluke."

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The Arizona Cardinals are flying high after a Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns on the road.

The Ringer: Cardinals No. 1, a legitimate Super Bowl contender

Danny kelly writes: "If you’ve been harboring doubts about the legitimacy of the Cardinals’ red-hot start, now might be the time to finally let those thoughts go. It’s true that Arizona has torn through lower-quality opponents in Tennessee, Jacksonville, and San Francisco, to name a few. But after watching the Cardinals take down the top-notch Rams in Week 4 and another very tough opponent in the Browns on Sunday, it’s getting harder and harder to deny that this team is a real Super Bowl contender."

Yahoo Sports: Cardinals justify No. 1 spot in rankings

Frank Schwab writes: "The Cardinals justified their top spot with a heck of a road win at Cleveland, blowing out a Browns team that is much better than its 3-3 record. While the focus is on Kyler Murray, the Cardinals defense has had some fantastic performances this season, including Sunday, in shutting down the Browns."

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Pro Football Network: Cardinals No. 1 in NFL power rankings

Dalton Miller writes: "The Cardinals are the only undefeated team in the NFL. They’ve beaten two top-10 teams and the 49ers, who fall just outside of the top 10. The Cardinals were dominant against Cleveland, but they were also gifted very favorable field position for a majority of the game. Heck, they scored 6 points on -10 net yards of offense. The Bills had a letdown on Monday night, and I definitely deserved that karma for allowing them to usurp the Cardinals for the top spot in these Week 7 NFL Power Rankings before they played against the Titans. The Cardinals have been wildly impressive through six weeks and are more than deserving of the top spot. They have to take care of business next week against the Texans, and then they have another test against Green Bay in Week 8. But if they can get through the Packers unscathed, their schedule opens up nicely leading up to their Week 12 bye."

SB Nation: Cardinals should be consensus No. 1 in power rankings

Brandon Lee Gowton writes:  "The Cards should be the consensus No. 1 after blowing out Cleveland on the road. Kyler Murray continues to be the MVP. And now he gets the benefit of working with Zach Ertz in addition to the other weapons on his team."

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