Sunday, February 20, 2022

Dallas Cowboys Post-Super Bowl 56 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 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: 8.4 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 7 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 11 (USA Today)

Below you will find a post-Super Bowl 56 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Offseason in three or fewer words: Better win now

Mike McCarthy is on the clock, despite a 12-5 finish and NFC East title in 2021. It's about what the Cowboys didn't do in 2021, which was win at least one playoff game. Dan Quinn opted to remain with team, so maybe he could be the future Cowboys coach. For the Cowboys to take the next step under McCarthy, the offense has to find its form. Yes, they were No. 1 in yards and points in 2021, but those numbers are a bit hollow when looked at more closely. McCarthy's expertise is on the offensive side of the ball. He'll need to get the run game back in form and aid Kellen Moore when things are not going perfectly. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 7

A 12-win season should have people feeling comfortable in a building, but that's simply not the case in Dallas. Mike McCarthy will be under immense pressure to take the Cowboys on a deep playoff run in 2022, and the long shadow of Sean Payton (a Jerry Jones favorite currently in temporary retirement) only amplifies the stakes in Big D. The offense finished first in points and yards in 2021, but this was a hot-and-cold attack that must achieve more consistency, especially against premium opponents. The Cowboys need to find out if their impressive collection of stars has championship mettle.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

Mike McCarthy is back, as are his coordinators. But after last season, the heat is on McCarthy and this team.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

So it turns out HC Mike McCarthy, OC Kellen Moore and DC Dan Quinn are all staying ... it's just no longer apparent if that's actually a good thing.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

The emergence of rookie linebacker Micah Parsons is a bright spot for the Cowboys, because he's the type of defensive player they can now build around for years to come. But a disappointing home loss to the 49ers in the first round of the playoffs, and the Cowboys' unfulfilled potential, will be the lasting memory of this season in Dallas.

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