Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Dallas Cowboys Week 10 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: 6.8 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (
  • Worst ranking: 8th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Bold second-half prediction: Dak Prescott will finish in the top three in MVP voting.

Let's not get carried away with what happened against the Broncos. Leading up to Prescott's off game, he had thrown at least three touchdown passes in four straight games. He led the NFL in completion percentage and was in the midst of his best season. There's nothing to say he can't get back there. He said the last game he felt this way was a 2018 shutout at Indianapolis, and in the following two games he had five touchdown passes and no interceptions and completed 68% of his passes. He also won a playoff game that season. With at least five more prime-time or premium games left, Prescott will have the chance to cement his spot in the MVP chase. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 5

This game will humble you. The Cowboys entered Sunday as a universally recognized superpower in the NFC. Then the day brought a blowout loss that was far worse than the 30-16 final score indicated. This was a defeat that summoned bad memories of 2020: The Broncos rushed for 190 yards against a disinterested-looking Dallas defense, while Dak Prescott wasn't able to eclipse 100 yards passing until there were only 10 minutes remaining on the game clock. The thousands of Broncos fans who invaded AT&T Stadium got their money's worth: This was a three-hour party at Dallas' expense. Mike McCarthy's staff has a clear directive: Study the tape ... then burn it. "Definitely shocked," Prescott said. "They whooped us in every aspect."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They looked awful in the loss to the Broncos, beaten in every phase of the game. Let's call it their season blip and move on to next week.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

Highly irregular performance Sunday with zero points through three quarters, a -2 turnover ratio, almost no run game to speak of, and QB Dak Prescott completing fewer than half his passes. Let's not overanalyze it ... unless y'all want to bring back Cooper Rush?

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Are they good? Yes, but yikes. Sunday's loss to Denver -- which looked even worse when the score was 30-0 in the fourth quarter -- should be a major wakeup call for a Cowboys team that had been cruising. It also will be a challenge for Dallas' coaching staff, as future opponents will likely try to copy Vic Fangio's defensive game plan for stopping Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' passing game.

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