Thursday, December 30, 2021

Dallas Cowboys Week 17 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: 3.8 (3rd)
  • Best ranking: 3 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 6 (

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Non-QB MVP: LB Micah Parsons

While a case could be made for Trevon Diggs, Parsons has done more to transform the Cowboys' defense. Parsons leads the team in sacks, has made key plays in key moments and has dominated at the line of scrimmage and off the ball. And to think, the Cowboys were disappointed they couldn't get either of the top cornerbacks available in Jaycee Horn or Pat Surtain II. That they were able to trade back and still get Parsons should be viewed as a coup. He should be a lock selection for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and also should be one of the top contenders for the Defensive Player of the Year. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 6

Sunday Night Football was the setting for a masterpiece by the Cowboys, rightful champions of the NFC East. Greatness was everywhere: Dak Prescott busted out of an extended slump with four touchdowns in the first half alone. DeMarcus Lawrence had a 40-yard pick-six for a perpetually opportunistic defense that rattled Washington QB Taylor Heinicke. The special teams thrived, too, scoring a touchdown on a blocked punt. The 56-14 final score told the story: Dallas in full flight is a sight to behold and a figure of intimidation in the NFC. The No. 1 seed remains within grasp.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They got the offense cranked up against Washington, which is a good sign. Dak Prescott needed a big day. The pass-rushers will make them a dangerous playoff team.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

QB Dak Prescott's notion of holiday gifting? Air Jordans for all of his teammates, Four Seasons gift certificates to his offensive linemen, and four TD passes -- to an RB, WR, TE and OL (something that had never happened before in the regular season) -- during Sunday night's NFC East coronation.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

Is he The Guy? Yes. Dak Prescott got his franchise quarterback contract last summer, and he's backed it up this season. His Week 16 performance was spectacular, with 330 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters against Washington, and should be proof that whatever slump the Cowboys offense was in earlier this month is over.

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