Cardinals crack the top 10

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Thanks much for the suggestions on where to rank the NFC West teams. I wound up moving the Cardinals all the way up to No. 6. Two other voters ranked them fifth. Others weren't quite as high on them, but the No. 9 overall ranking shows quite a bit of respect.

Sticking point: How to account for a 56-35 defeat to the Jets in Week 4.

Rationale: We're deep enough into the season to discount one individual outcome. For example, the Rams beat the Redskins, but we're not going to rank St. Louis higher than Washington. In Arizona's case, I took into account injuries to Bert Berry and Adrian Wilson, and also gave some credit to the Cardinals for a third-quarter comeback. It's just a fact that no rankings are going to hold up in a court of law. Too many variables.