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2012 NFL power rankings, Week 8: Cardinals continue to slide

The Arizona Cardinals' 4-0 start is a long memory as the team suffered their third consecutive loss and continue to fall down the power rankings.

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The Arizona Cardinals are in a freefall both in the NFC West and the power rankings as they have suffered three straight losses after a 4-0 start, and it doesn't look like they'll be getting any reprieve anytime soon with the San Francisco 49ers next on the schedule on Monday Night Football. Win that? The season can turn around. But lose that? The season could spiral out of control.

CBS Sports dropped the Cardinals six spots to No. 18 and pointed out that they have a chance to right the ship against the 49ers.

SB Nation dropped the Cardinals one spot to No. 16 and referenced poor offensive play as a major culprit for the Cardinals' recent swoon. They also predicted an 0-4 slide coming from a loss to the Niners on Monday.

ESPN dropped the Cardinals three spots to No. 14 and pointed out an interesting stat: the Cardinals have held opponents below nine completions in two of their last three games but both games were losses.