NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals continue to impress in Week 7 win vs. Houston Texans
The Arizona Cardinals won their seventh game of the season on Sunday, 31-5 victory over the Houston Texans in Week 7.
They still don't have a loss and are the NFL's lone unbeaten team (they have been the league's only undefeated team since Week 4)
What are NFL writers saying about the Cardinals and their 7-0 start in their latest NFL power rankings ahead of Week 8?
Check out what they are saying about Kyler Murray and the Cardinals' performance in Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season. (Click on each link for that site's complete NFL power rankings).
The Cardinals next face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football in a showdown between two of the league's best teams entering Week 8.
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Sporting News: Cardinals stay No. 1 in NFL power rankings
Vinnie Iyer writes: "The Cardinals flew past the Texans, giving DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt tons of support against their former team. Kyler Murray and the running game did their part while the pass rush and coverage cleaned up to help stamp the team's statement start."
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Pro Football Network: Cardinals remain No. 1 in NFL power rankings
Dalton Miller writes: "The Arizona Cardinals showed up and took care of business against the Texans. I wasn’t a fan of some of the hits Kyler Murray took, but he was an absolute delight to watch once again aside from the few blows to his head. The offense didn’t have their best day overall, but they didn’t let a significantly worse team linger as the Rams did with the Lions. Zach Ertz seemed to make an immediate difference in the Cardinals’ offense. On the ground, it was James Conner’s turn to be Arizona’s efficient runner, taking over for Chase Edmonds. Another week, another top spot in the NFL Power Rankings for the Cardinals."
NFL Spin Zone: Cardinals keep No. 1 NFL power ranking
Randy Gurzi writes: "Now at 7-0, Arizona continues to be the No. 1 team in our 2021 NFL Power Rankings and they even proved they’ve gotten better recently. Their trade for Zach Ertz gave them another weapon and he had 66 yards and a touchdown in his debut game. Arizona will now put their undefeated record on the line in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. That could be a game with some huge implications as both teams are playing fantastic football and could be in play for the No. 1 seed."
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NBC Sports: Cardinals move up from No. 3 to No. 2 in NFL power rankings
Justin Leger writes: "The Cardinals' undefeated season continues after a 31-5 rout of the Texans. Newly acquired tight end Zach Ertz instantly made an impact with three catches for 66 yards and a TD. Arizona will be tasked with taking down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Thursday night as it looks to keep a zero in the loss column."
Sportnaut: Cardinals continue to be ranked No. 1 in NFL power rankings
Matt Johnson writes: "Arizona didn’t show up until the second quarter on Sunday, but the best team in the NFL can easily afford slow starts against the Texans. What matters is the Cardinals are 7-0 heading into a Thursday Night Football clash with the Packers. At stake, the No. 1 spot in the Week 9 NFL power rankings."
Fansided: Cardinals move up from No. 2 to No. 1
Russell S. Baxter writes: "The frontrunners in the NFC West hosted the Houston Texans in a reunion of sorts for Cardinals’ defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. After a so-so start, the Arizona offense got its act together and Kliff Kingsbury’s team came up with 31 answered points after falling behind, 5-0, in the second quarter. Kyler Murray was sacked four times and picked off once but threw for three scores. Houston managed only 160 total yards."
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