Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Dallas Cowboys Week 15 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: 6.8 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 6 (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 7 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Who would've thought the defense would be the strong point of this team? Nobody would have said that at the beginning of the season. The hope was the Cowboys would finish in the top half of the league, which would be a huge improvement over 2020. Being just good enough would've made them a contender, but now the defense is enjoying its strongest season in recent years, and the offense is scuffling. To be a real contender in January, however, the offense has to get back to putting up points, and that means big plays, which have been cut way back in recent weeks. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 7

The Cowboys' defense was a big-play machine in Sunday's win over the Washington Football Team. Defensive end Randy Gregory returned to the lineup and made two huge plays, an acrobatic interception that led to a Dallas touchdown and the strip-sack of Kyle Allen that sealed the win in the fourth quarter. Micah Parsons also continued to build on his outrageous rookie season with a sack-fumble that produced a touchdown. Dak Prescott and the Dallas attack remain locked in a curious funk, but the Cowboys all but sealed the NFC East by showing they are more than the star wattage on that side of the ball. No wonder Mike McCarthy felt so confident.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

The defense will be trouble going forward now that the injured down players are back on the field. They can wreck a game. Dak Prescott does have to pick it up.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

They'd currently rank as the AFC's No. 1 seed and are still very much in the picture for home-field advantage in the NFC. Maybe Mike McCarthy should guarantee Dallas will wrap that up, too.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Worst-case scenario: Those ugly final minutes against Washington were indeed a sign of bad things to come. Dallas nearly blew its 24-point halftime lead, and quarterback Dak Prescott looked especially shaky late. Is something more going on with Prescott, who dealt with a nagging calf injury earlier this season? Dallas should still win the division and host a playoff game, but without a healthy Prescott, the playoff run ends quickly.

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