Friday, October 22, 2021

Dallas Cowboys Week 7 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: 4.8 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Maybe the confidence rating should have been higher coming off the closer-than-expected loss to Tampa Bay in the opener. The Cowboys have not lost since and have a three-game lead in the NFC East. Dak Prescott's health comes into question with a calf strain. But if he is healthy, which opponent wouldn't the Cowboys be favored to beat in their final 11 games? Maybe at Kansas City? Arizona? This team can put itself in a favorable playoff position and run away with the division. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 4

Dak Prescott would not be denied. He helped keep the Cowboys in business with a clutch 24-yard completion to CeeDee Lamb in the final seconds of regulation, then connected with Lamb again on the 35-yard touchdown in overtime to seal a 35-29 win over the Patriots in Foxborough. Prescott limped to the locker room with a strained calf that will get plenty of treatment during Dallas' bye week. Prior to the heroics from Prescott and Lamb, Trevon Diggs continued the incredible start to his season with his seventh interception, a pick-six of Mac Jones late in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys are a big-play team.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

They dominated the Patriots for much of the game, yet still had to win in overtime. The offense was special, but they turned the ball over in key spots. Dak Prescott is in the MVP conversation.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

The Dallas defense may only rank 24th overall, even after surrendering season-low 335 yards to New England, but it leads NFC with 14 takeaways -- with at least two in 10 consecutive games for the first time since 1976-77. Coordinator Dan Quinn and Co. are getting it done.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Rookie Heat Check: Is there anything Micah Parsons can't do? He finds ways to reach the ball or the quarterback no matter where defensive coordinator Dan Quinn lines him up. The Penn State product has been used at linebacker, as a rusher and in coverage to the tune of 30 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, two passes defended and two run-stuffs.

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