Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share The final score really doesn’t matter.Sure, the Cardinals beat the Raiders 24-18 in the preseason opener Thursday night, but because it was just that — preseason — coming out with a win wasn’t the top objective.No, the Cardinals wanted to execute their assignments and come away healthy and, save for Todd Heap’s sprained left thumb, did a pretty good job of accomplishing both tasks.“As you would expect [there] were a lot of things we can work on,” Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “But for the most part, I was excited to see the number of different players make the plays that they did.
1. New England Patriots (11-2) ▲ 1If Jon Gruden mentions how flexible Tom Brady is one more time, I’m out. — LapinskiNext: at Denver2. Dallas Cowboys (11-2) ▼ 1 Ohh, I’ve been waiting for this. Dak plays bad and now we have a controversy. — DimakosNext: vs. Tampa Bay3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) ▲ 2I hope this ranking makes Marotta happy. Still not going anywhere in the playoffs, though. — GreenNext: vs. Tennessee4. Oakland Raiders (10-3) ▼ 1 Could a dislocated pinky cost Derek Carr and the Raiders? — GrialouNext: at San Diego5. New York Giants (9-4) ▲ 4The Giants will have a psychological edge over Dallas if they meet in the playoffs. — MorganNext: vs. Detroit6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) ▲ 2If you faced Le’Veon Bell in your fantasy playoffs, welcome to the offseason. — LapinskiNext: at Cincinnati7. Detroit Lions (9-4) —Will Matt Stafford’s finger (sound familiar?) be their undoing? — BurnsNext: at New York Giants8. Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1) ▼ 4 Next: vs. Indianapolis17. Tennessee Titans (7-6) —Mariota and Winston will get to the playoffs in year two. — BurnsNext: at Kansas City18. Houston Texans (7-6) ▲ 3Houston wins its ninth straight against AFC South opponents. — GrialouNext: vs. Jacksonville19. Buffalo Bills (6-7) —I praised Rex a few weeks ago, now he’s on the hot seat. — MarottaNext: vs. Cleveland20. Indianapolis Colts (6-7) —Two straight years with no playoffs? Changes are coming. — BurnsNext: at Minnesota21. Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1) ▼ 3Stadiums should play the “Benny Hill” theme song when the Cardinals are on special teams. — MarottaNext: vs. New Orleans22. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1) ▲ 3 Vontaze is gonna Vontaze this weekend vs. Steelers *grabs popcorn. — DimakosNext: vs. Pittsburgh23. Carolina Panthers (5-8) ▲ 3What the hell was Cam wearing? — DimakosNext: vs. San Diego24. New Orleans Saints (5-8) ▼ 2Brees with three picks vs. Tampa Bay — you don’t see that often. — BurnsNext: at Arizona25. Philadelphia Eagles (5-8) ▼ 2Philadelphia and Carson Wentz have hit a wall. — Grialou Comments Share Here’s how our 7-person panel voted this weekHere’s each panelist’s individual Week 15 ballot Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Tom Brady threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yarder to Chris Hogan, as the New England Patriots notched their fourth straight win, 30-23, over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. The win, coupled with Dallas’ first loss since Week 1, returns the Patriots to the top of the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings for Week 15. Since returning from a four-game suspension, Brady is playing at a ridiculously high level, completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,876 yards and 22 touchdowns against only two interceptions. His QB rating of 113.6 is the highest in the league, four-tenths of a point better than Atlanta’s Matt Ryan. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Simply terrible in their last two road games. — MarottaNext: vs. Los Angeles (Thursday)9. Atlanta Falcons (8-5) ▲ 1The Falcons have scored more TDs in Los Angeles this year than the Rams have. — MorganNext: vs. San Francisco10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) ▲ 2Defense has forced 14 turnovers in last five games. — MorganNext: at Dallas11. Green Bay Packers (6-6) ▲ 2Thanks for making Pete Carroll do his dumb sideline face. — DimakosNext: at Chicago12. Denver Broncos (8-4) ▼ 6‘Tis the season for Aqib Talib to threaten Harry Douglas. — LapinskiNext: vs. New England13. Washington Redskins (7-5-1) ▲ 1Hanging around with a good offense. Should win the next two. — GreenNext: vs. Carolina14. Miami Dolphins (8-5) ▲ 1Tough to get excited when they’ve only beaten one team with a winning record. — LapinskiNext: at New York Jets (Saturday)15. Baltimore Ravens (7-6) ▼ 4Their lead in the AFC North is officially nevermore. — GreenNext: vs. Philadelphia16. Minnesota Vikings (7-6) — Adrian Peterson hopes to return Christmas Eve in a key game against the Packers. — Morgan New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) sets to throw during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Next: at Baltimore26. San Diego Chargers (5-8) ▼ 2Philip Rivers has 10 interceptions in his last four games — but he’s still awesome, right? — MarottaNext: vs. Oakland27. New York Jets (4-9) ▲ 2Know what Bryce Petty does? He wins football games and nothing else. — LapinskiNext: vs. Miami28. Chicago Bears (3-10) —CBS’ Jason La Canfora gets a lot wrong. The latest: his Bill Polian-to-Chicago report. — MorganNext: vs. Green Bay29. Los Angeles Rams (4-9) ▼ 2He knows what he’s doing. — BurnsNext: at Seattle (Thursday)30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) —The Jags are so awful, they got a delay of game penalty before the game started. — MorganNext: at Houston31. San Francisco 49ers (1-12) —Losing to the Jets at home might be rock bottom. — GreenNext: at Atlanta32. Cleveland Browns (0-13) —Counting preseason, the Browns are 0-17. — MarottaNext: at Buffalo read more