Arizona Cardinals: 2013 Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#20)

Last week: 23 (+3)

Record: 4-4

Bruce Arians may have won Coach of the Year in Indianapolis last year, but the Colts have been much better without him this season (they’re actually beating good teams and winning by large margins, something they rarely did last season) and he has made some questionable decisions with the Cardinals in his first year there. Perhaps none is more questionable than his infatuation with Rashard Mendenhall. I can understand not wanting to give Andre Ellington a larger role earlier in the season because he hadn’t proven himself yet, but giving the plodding Mendenhall and his 3.1 YPC his starting job back after the bye, after Ellington rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in place of an injured Mendenhall this week, is inexcusable. It sounds like that is what’s going to happen in a move that rivals Todd Haley keeping Thomas Jones as the starter over Jamaal Charles when Charles was averaging over 2.5 yards per carry more than Jones.

Week 8 Studs

RE Calais Campbell

MLB Daryl Washington

FS Rashad Johnson

Week 8 Duds

RG Paul Fanaika

C Lyle Sendlein

CB Jerraud Powers

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