Saturday, October 21, 2023

Dallas Cowboys Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Dallas Cowboys in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Lesson learned: We can't trust them.

They are either outstanding (see the blowout wins against the Giants, Jets and Patriots) or poor (see the losses at the Cardinals and 49ers). For a team that won 12 games in each of the two previous seasons, that inconsistency was unexpected. The defense can create turnovers (it has forced 12 so far), but the offense is still searching for an identity. This bye week might be coming at a good time even if the Cowboys will not get a lot of on-field work done. It will allow them to catch their breath after an up-and-down start. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 8

After getting steamrolled by the 49ers, the Cowboys' defense ratcheted up its performance Monday night, particularly at winning time. Immediately after I typed "Where is Micah?" and "Where are the big plays?" in my notes, both questions were answered in style. Micah Parsons delivered a huge sack to put the Chargers on the ropes, then Stephon Gilmore provided the knockout blow with a pick on the very next play. Dak Prescott had some much-needed big moments in the win, and the Cowboys weathered a late storm -- another crucial test passed. Los Angeles controlled the third quarter, but Dallas responded with an impressive touchdown drive and a much-needed stop ... until the muffed punt that led to the Bolts' game-tying TD. That's when Prescott willed the 'Boys back, and "Mr. Perfect" Brandon Aubrey hit another big kick. Impressive resilience that'll make the bye week sweeter in Big D.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

It wasn't pretty, and there were a lot of mistakes, but they found a way to win Monday night against the Chargers. They head into the bye week feeling a lot better than a week ago.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Scratching out a win in LA against the Chargers — in front of legions of Dallas fans — salvaged a bye week that was on the verge of ruination, especially pitted against former OC Kellen Moore and coming on the heels of the blowout in San Francisco. WR Brandin Cooks' TD catch Monday means he's reached the end zone with five NFL teams.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Are the Cowboys for real or not? Wins against the quartet of teams they have beaten don't exactly tell us a lot, but at least Mike McCarthy can spend his bye week thinking how smart he was to send Kellen Moore out of town. Dallas held Moore (the Chargers' offensive coordinator) and Los Angeles to 53 rushing yards Monday night.

FOX -- Rank: 8

They had to have it, and they got it. Don't mistake the win in L.A. for a classic. The only thing that worked for the Dallas offense was Dak Prescott bailing them out on third down, and the Cowboys were penalized 11 times. But it's a gritty win after a rough week, and Prescott responded admirably after a nightmare against San Francisco.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 7

Seeing Brandin Cooks show up with a touchdown and a big third-down catch on Dallas' long drive to take the lead was a good sign. The Cowboys' offense has not been good this season, but if Cooks emerges that would help.

PFT -- Rank: 7

The season goes from hopeless to hopeful again in the span of eight days.

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