Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dallas Cowboys Week 11 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: 30.0 (30th)
  • Best ranking: 29th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

The bye week worked out pretty well for them -- that is if the Cowboys still believe they can make a playoff push (don't laugh, I'm being serious). Washington lost, and the Giants beat the Eagles. If the Cowboys beat the Vikings in Week 11, they could be tied for the most wins in the NFC East.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

They come off the bye still in the division race. But can they get it going? They play a tough road game against a resurgent Vikings team this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

After coping with a concussion and COVID-19 isolation, QB Andy Dalton is back for a team that could use good news as it prepares to play its next three games in 12 days.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

What would they take back: Not re-signing Byron Jones

Just one? So many to pick from and some might trace back to not signing Dak Prescott long term, which helped lead to the big deal Jaylon Smith signed that ultimately cost them Jones. Yes, you want cornerbacks to take the ball away more than Jones, but what about the full body of work? Add this to the list: If the Cowboys knew they could get CeeDee Lamb in the first round, would they still have signed Amari Cooper to a long-term deal? Not at $20 million a year, which could have left room for Jones too. 2020 has been a huge mess, but the Cowboys should have made a bigger pitch to keep Jones. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 30

Here's the path back to respectability for the Cowboys: Keep Andy Dalton upright and get him comfortable in this offense. Dalton struggled mightily in his initial starts following the shocking Dak Prescott injury, then disappeared down a grim concussion and COVID-19 wormhole. When he returns to the field, he'll be the quarterback of an offense that includes Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb. You'd think Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore have been in dialogue with Dalton about plays and concepts that were successful for him during his Bengals salad days. Given the firepower of this offense, Dalton should be able to lead this team to competence on offense, at the very least. If he can't, that's on the coaching staff as much as the quarterback.

Previous update: Dallas Cowboys Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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