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Arizona Cardinals: No. 58

AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

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Last year's rank: 81
Title track: 73
Ownership: 68
Coaching: 27
Players: 54
Fan relations: 85
Affordability: 57
Stadium experience: 63
Bang for the buck: 40

Arizonians gave their club a boost (up 23 spots overall) after watching the Cards win 10 games for just the second time since the Don Coryell era in the mid-'70s. Offensive-minded head coach Bruce Arians gets high approval ratings for: a) masterminding an exciting attack that scored 379 points, fifth most in team history; b) hiring Todd Bowles, who in his first year as defensive coordinator blitzed more than any team in the league (49.2 percent of snaps) and improved Arizona's run D from near-worst (28th in 2012) to first (in 2013); and c) becoming the franchise's first head coach since Norm Barry in 1925 to notch double-digit W's in his inaugural season with the team. As for the men in between the lines, they get decent marks too (the Cardinals are up 20 from last year in the players category), thanks in no small part to safety Tyrann Mathieu, who finished tied for fourth in the voting for defensive rookie of the year despite missing the final three games, and Carson Palmer (yes, that Carson Palmer), who became the first Cardinals QB to start all 16 games since 2008, when some guy named Warner did it. Even though the cost to attend a game rose 12.9 percent (fourth-largest NFL hike) from last year, fans don't seem to mind. Arizona's bang for the buck is up 41 spots this year-proof positive that winning matters most.