Saturday, November 14, 2020

Dallas Cowboys Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Dallas Cowboys rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 29.6 (30th)
  • Best ranking: 28th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 30th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

Two questions:
  1. Is it just me, or does Tony Pollard have like 10 times more juice than Ezekiel Elliott?
  2. Dallas might have two more wins if it started Garrett Gilbert right after Dak Prescott went down, right?
The Cowboys offered a spirited effort in their loss to the Steelers but ultimately came up short. Perhaps most importantly, they covered for the first time this season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They showed well against the Steelers in a tough loss, but they are undermanned and it shows. Even so, Jerry Jones says Mike McCarthy will be back.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

Their last four TD passes have been thrown by four different players ... good a reason as any to start Cooper Rush or Ben DiNucci next week.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Recalibrated expectation: Win three more games

This might depend on whether you believe the Cowboys turned a corner in their near upset of the Steelers. The defense has been better the past two games, but against Pittsburgh it allowed three touchdown passes and did not have a sack for the first time since Week 15 of 2018. And the other game was against Philadelphia. Garrett Gilbert brought stability to the offense, but Andy Dalton is expected back after the bye week. If Dalton can bring a smidge more playmaking, then maybe the Cowboys win three more games. They play one team the rest of the season that currently has a winning record, but this is a team that has lost four in a row and scored two touchdowns in those games. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 30

Down 'round these parts of The Power Rankings, losses can still count as progress. The Cowboys blew a 13-point lead in a 24-19 loss to the Steelers, but Dallas delivered a commendable effort against the league's lone undefeated team. Garrett Gilbert was, well, competitive in a way Ben DiNucci was not, throwing a touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb and moving Dallas within shouting distance of the end zone before his final pass was broken up by Minkah Fitzpatrick as time expired. With a bye this week, the presumed plan is for Andy Dalton to exit his concussion protocol/COVID-19 vortex of hell and start Week 11 against the Vikings. Perhaps the Red Rifle can turn moral victories into an actual triumph.

Previous update: Dallas Cowboys Week 9 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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