Friday, October 13, 2023

Dallas Cowboys Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Dallas Cowboys in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Fantasy surprise: WR Brandin Cooks

With the way things went in training camp, Cooks looked like he was going to be a huge factor in the passing game. So far, it hasn't happened. He has nine catches for 73 yards in four games and missed one game with a knee injury. The Cowboys have not gotten the deep passing game going yet, either, because of blowout wins when they scaled back the attack, questions about pass protection or just sheer ineffectiveness. His 8.1 yards per catch would be a career low since averaging 10.4 yards per catch as a rookie in 2014. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 8

A rough loss to the Cardinals in Week 3 was followed by a laugher win against the Patriots in Week 4, then a full-on tail-whipping from the 49ers. What do we make of this team after the past three weeks? Dak Prescott had an awful night on Sunday, as did Tony Pollard, who disappeared after his first-quarter fumble. Even the fallback defense was tarred and feathered, to the point where it's fair to challenge that unit's lofty reputation. The 49ers stood up to Dallas' toughness and pushed back -- several times into the end zone. The Cowboys face old friend Kellen Moore and the Chargers in prime time this coming Monday, and you can bet that Moore took close notes on what Kyle Shanahan achieved Sunday. Will Dallas bounce back? Or limp into the Week 7 bye at 3-3?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

So much for the idea they could make a statement against the 49ers. That was a dud all the way around. The offense and Dak Prescott has to be better.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Good thing they're not part of the NFC West ... even if it would make more sense geographically. In its two defeats (to Arizona and San Francisco), Dallas has lost by a collective 70-26. Worse, the Niners seemed to expose how limited the Mike McCarthy offense might actually be.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Saying anything bad feels like piling on after Sunday night, after which Dallas has to turn in its contender card, but this year's draft class doesn't suggest there's help on the way. First-round pick Mazi Smith has played only about 25 percent of the snaps and has four tackles on the defensive line. Second-round tight end Luke Schoonmaker has one catch for 1 yard.

FOX -- Rank: 10

Where do you even start? Dak Prescott wasn't good enough; not even close. Mike McCarthy's offense deserves to be questioned. San Francisco made the Cowboys' vaunted defense look like a bottom-tier unit. Dallas came up short in every way imaginable in a measuring stick game. This is the type of loss that lingers, no matter how well they bounce back.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 7

Here's a hard truth: The Cowboys are very good, and probably going to win 11-12 games. They're also probably not going to win the NFC East, not going to make a deep playoff run and are not a Super Bowl contender. Just like it has been the past couple years. The problem is you don't blow up a double-digit win team and start over. I'm not sure what gets Dallas over the hump.

PFT -- Rank: 9

The misguided quest for gloryhole continues.

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