Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Dallas Cowboys Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 7 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 5 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12 (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Most memorable Thanksgiving game: Backup QB Clint Longley leads Cowboys to 24-23 win over Washington on Nov. 28, 1974

There are plenty to choose from, but "best" memory stood out, so that ruled out Randy Moss' dominant showing in 1998 and Leon Lett's ill-timed trek in the ice in 1993. The choice came down to backup quarterbacks, Longley and Jason Garrett. In 1994, Garrett outdueled Brett Favre to beat the Packers, but Longley's comeback vs. Washington came out of nowhere. With Roger Staubach knocked out in the third quarter, the Cowboys were trailing 23-17 with less than 30 seconds to play when Longley, known as the Mad Bomber, hit Drew Pearson for a 50-yard touchdown to defeat their most heated rivals. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 5

On the first play from scrimmage, Dak Prescott spotted an open Michael Gallup streaking down the right sideline ... and missed his wideout by 5 yards on an overthrow. It would be the Cowboys' best chance for an explosive play in a humbling 19-9 loss to the Chiefs. Prescott struggled on the big stage, and the Dallas offensive line failed to protect the team's most prized asset. By game's end, Prescott had thrown two interceptions, lost a fumble and was sacked five times. An excellent performance by the defense should have put the team in position to make a huge statement at Arrowhead. Instead, Dallas shrunk in the spotlight, fueling speculation we're watching another Cowboys team that's more sizzle than steak.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

They didn't do enough on offense in the loss to the Chiefs. Dak Prescott has to be better, even without some of his best offensive players.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

Losers of two of their past three and incredibly beaten up going into a short Thanksgiving week against Las Vegas. The good news is Dallas' adversity has come against AFC West competition, which should limit any damage suffered on tiebreaker front.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Best side dish: Everyone knows how important CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper are to the Cowboys, but that was even more evident after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Without his two top targets for much of day, Dak Prescott had his worst game of the season, throwing two interceptions and averaging only 5 yards per attempt. Neither is likely to play again this week, but whenever they're back, they'll make a huge difference for Dallas.

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