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2016 NFL Power Rankings Week 10: Raiders, Falcons Keep Rising

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Oct 30, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) reacts to a sack by Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short (99) during the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina wins 30-20 over Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

24. Arizona Cardinals (17)

Take a look at the last two games for the Arizona Cardinals and it’s easy to see why they’re considered one of the biggest disappointments from the first half of the season. For a team that was seen as one of the early favorites to make a run at the Super Bowl, the Cardinals have a lot of work to do in the second half of the season if they’re going to have any shot at making a late playoff run.

As if settling for a tie against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 when they had every opportunity in the world to win wasn’t already frustrating enough to deal with, Arizona was embarrassed by the Carolina Panthers the following week as the offense dealt with constant pressure all game. The eight sacks recorded on Carson Palmer by the Panthers defense shows just how ugly this contest was for the Cardinals.

So will this team bounce back after a week of rest? Well, let’s hope a game against the San Francisco 49ers is just what this team needs to get back on the winning track instead of continuing to dig a deeper hole. If they can’t manage a win against the 49ers, then it’s officially time for the Cardinals to hit the panic button.

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