Arizona surges into the top spot in NFL Vegas Rankings

The Cardinals hold the top spot in the NFL Vegas Ratings with one week left in the regular season. Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS -- The Arizona Cardinals have taken over the top spot in the NFL Vegas Rankings after a Week 16 that had seven outright upsets -- including both of the presumed No. 1 seeds in each conference. The Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and our former top-rated team, the Seattle Seahawks, all lost -- and lost ground in the Vegas Rankings.

The Cardinals routed the Green Bay Packers 38-8 as six-point home favorites. That result helped make them the strongest team from the composite power ratings of ESPN Chalk's panel of NFL handicappers -- Sal Selvaggio of madduxsports.com, Erin Rynning and yours truly, Dave Tuley.