Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dallas Cowboys Week 7 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: 24.6 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 20th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 28th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Let's check in on how things are going in Dallas. It's almost like Dak Prescott was actually a really, really good quarterback who masked a lot of Dallas' weaknesses and not just a robot who could be replaced without the team suffering any dropoff. With Prescott, at least the Cowboys did one thing well: they could move the ball through the air efficiently. Now they have nothing to hang their hat on, and the wide receiver talent might just go to waste.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They are a disaster, and yet they are still in the NFC East race. The defense can't stop anybody and they clearly miss Dak Prescott.

USA Today -- Rank: 28

Given state of offensive line and defense, it probably wouldn't matter all that much even if QB Dak Prescott were still available.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

Most impactful injury: QB Dak Prescott

While the Cowboys have expressed faith in Andy Dalton, the full impact of losing Prescott might not be felt for a few weeks. In addition to playing at a high level, Prescott also was the heart and soul of the team as its biggest leader. Losing a star quarterback can throttle a team, though Prescott's injury is not the only one that hurts. The Cowboys are without both tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, and the latter did not play this season. That has a huge impact on the offense, but nothing like losing the quarterback. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 26

Hoo boy. The Cowboys got blown out by the Cardinals at home in prime time on Monday night -- and even worse, Andy Dalton looked completely incapable of keeping the Dallas offense afloat with Dak Prescott out for the year. Dalton was jittery in the pocket, missed open receivers and threw two interceptions in a dreary performance. He didn't get any help from Ezekiel Elliott, whose two first-half fumbles led to 14 Cardinals points. Elliott has put the ball on the carpet five times in six games -- just one more problem for a badly depleted Cowboys team that looks closer to a top-10 draft pick than a return to the playoffs.

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