Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dallas Cowboys Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 13.6 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 17th (

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Fantasy surprise: RB Tony Pollard

There hasn't been anything really surprising about the Cowboys' offense in two games in terms of Dak Prescott's numbers and the production of Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. But Pollard had 13 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. It was the third 100-yard game of his career. Does it mean he will continue to get this kind of workload? That seems doubtful with Ezekiel Elliott healthy, but Pollard gives the Cowboys some options. With wideout Michael Gallup (calf) out for at least two more games, Pollard's touches could be higher than normal, if not solely his carries. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 17

Mike McCarthy owes Greg Zuerlein big time. The kicker drilled a 56-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Cowboys to their first win and saving the head coach from a week of blistering criticism over his time management in the final seconds. After the game, McCarthy said the clock on the digital board above the SoFi Stadium field disappeared, creating confusion on the sidelines. Not a Mojo Moment™. Zuerlein wasn't the only Cowboy who came up clutch: Micah Parsons dominated in exclusive work as an edge rusher. That's not how the Cowboys would prefer to deploy their rookie first-rounder, but his varied skill set came up huge in a game played without DeMarcus Lawrence (broken foot) and Randy Gregory (COVID-19).

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

That was a big-time victory on the road against the Chargers. The defense really came up big. They play their first home game this week against the Eagles.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Never hurts to get a home game -- even in Southern California -- coming off a tough defeat and key personnel losses. And now 'Boys get to play their next three in Jerry World.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Hello, Dak Prescott, efficiency king. The Cowboys didn't need Prescott to put up video-game passing numbers Sunday against the Chargers; they needed him to be accurate and efficient, and outside of an early interception, he did just that. Prescott, who completed 23 of 26 passes against the Chargers, including going 5-for-5 for 35 yards on the Cowboys' game-winning field-goal drive, is proving he can thrive in whatever sort of offensive game plan they need. A shootout with Tom Brady? Prescott is up for it. Handing it off to Ezekiel Elliott and, whoa, Tony Pollard? Done. Two weeks into Prescott's comeback season, there can't be any reservations about his injury recovery or regrets about his $160 million contract.

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