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NFL Power Rankings 2012: Cardinals keep on plummeting

The Cardinals are heading towards the bottom of most NFL power rankings as long as their losing streak continues.

Kevin C. Cox

The Arizona Cardinals tumble down most NFL power rankings continues with each loss added to their losing streak.

The Cardinals opened the season 4-0 and have lost their last six straight, even so much as getting to the point to bringing in backup quarterback Ryan Lindley in Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

ESPN rated the Cardinals the highest out of most major sports publications at No. 25, noting that John Skelton fell one game short of Ryan Leaf's record for consecutive games with an interception and was saved the dubious distinction because he was benched.

SB Nation's Joel Thorman slotted the Cardinals four spots down at No. 27 with criticisms of Lindley existing on the gridiron.

Probably not a good sign when something called a Ryan Lindley is playing meaningful snaps for you.

CBS Sports also dropped Arizona four spots down to No. 27, saying quite simply that the move to play Lindley was bold - and the Cardinals can only get away with it because they are a team playing with nothing left to lose (except for more games).

The Cardinals have a good chance to break their losing streak as they host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The Rams are yet to win a road game this season.