Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dallas Cowboys Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 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: 12.4 (14th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

What we learned: Replacing Jason Garrett didnt solve all their problems. In some ways, their loss to the Rams felt a lot like their 2019 losses. They produced 422 yards. They didnt turn the ball over. Dak Prescott passed it well. Ezekiel Elliott ran it well. Yet when all was said and done, it was another one-possession loss. Mike McCarthys decision to go for it on 4th-and-3 early in the fourth quarter was definitely different than what Garrett would have done. But that decision was fine. The Rams just made a great play and stopped CeeDee Lamb after a short completion. The questionable offensive pass interference penalty against Michael Gallup on the last drive was a killer. Overall, this was not a panic-worthy loss.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

Wasn't the offense supposed to be explosive? The first game saw the Cowboys score 17 on the road. If they are to be a Super contender, they have to be better away from home.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

Uninspiring Hollywood performance also included loss of two important supporting actors (LB Leighton Vander Esch, TE Blake Jarwin).

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Best rookie debut: WR CeeDee Lamb
Maybe the first-rounder could have run his route on the ill-fated fourth-down play a little deeper, but Rams safety Jordan Fuller deserves more kudos than Lamb does blame. Lamb caught five passes on the six throws his way for 59 yards and had a 20-yard punt return. He also was penalized for a block in the back. Bigger days are ahead for Lamb, but as he did at Oklahoma, he showed the game is not too big for him. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 11

Cowboys fans will spend the week debating Mike McCarthy's doomed decision to pass on a game-tying field goal in favor of a fourth-and-3 attempt in the fourth quarter. CeeDee Lamb was stopped short of the sticks on the ensuing pass play, and it turned out to be Dallas' last, best chance in a frustrating 20-17 loss. "You have to trust your players," McCarthy said after the game. The Cowboys got more bad news later when it was learned that linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is out six-to-eight weeks after suffering a broken collarbone. Vander Esch's absence will test the limits of an already-thin defense.

Previous update: Dallas Cowboys Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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