Saturday, November 4, 2023

Dallas Cowboys Week 9 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 9 roundup for the Dallas Cowboys in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Dak Prescott has stepped up his play the past two games, and he has done more with his legs, not just with his running but buying time outside the pocket to make off-script plays. As he has gotten more comfortable with Mike McCarthy as the playcaller, he has been able to find his way in certain situations. Prescott has three games this year in which he has completed at least 80% of his passes, but some of that was due to quick, shorter throws. Against the Rams on Sunday, he was 7-of-9 for 133 yards and three touchdowns on passes of 10 or more air yards in the first half. When Prescott completes more than half of his throws of 10 yards or more, the Cowboys are 4-0 this year, per ESPN Stats & Information. -- Todd Archer -- Rank: 6

The Cowboys have picked themselves off the mat since the 49ers debacle in Week 5. A gut-check road win in Week 6, the Week 7 bye and the three-phase destruction of the Rams -- a get-right game for the offense if ever there was one -- have been cleansing. On Sunday, Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb were as locked in as they've ever been. The early pass protection was frightening, and Tyron Smith returning would be huge, although that unit settled in eventually. Since losing to San Francisco, the Cowboys have answered several questions. But more loom in Week 9, which will feature the biggest game for the Cowboys in forever, a trip to Philly that rates five out of five stars on the Madden-Summerall 4:25 ET scale.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

They've won two straight as they head to Philadelphia for a big game with the Eagles. Dak Prescott was really good against the Rams, which has to carry over this week if the Cowboys are to beat the Eagles.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

One weapon we might not talk about enough? K Brandon Aubrey, formerly a professional soccer player who was drafted by the MLS' Toronto FC. Now a 28-year-old NFL rookie, if Aubrey hits his next field goal, he'll set an NFL record for most consecutive makes (19) to start a career.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Something scary (for others): This version of Dallas

The Cowboys led Sunday's game 33-3 late in the second quarter. We've seen them do this to teams. Their first three wins were by a combined 108-13, but this was the best team the Cowboys have done this to. Cornerback Daron Bland returned his third interception for a touchdown this season, joining Derrick Brooks and Darren Sharper as the only players to do that in a single season in NFL history.

FOX -- Rank: 8

The Rams' average margin of defeat in their first four losses was just 6.5 points. On Sunday, the Cowboys buzz-sawed through them in a 23-point beatdown. Dallas remains as dangerous as anyone in games it's supposed to win. Now, they have a big opportunity to move past the 49ers loss and put the league on notice in Philadelphia.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 6

The Cowboys' offense hasn't always been effective this season, but it was good on Sunday against the Rams. If the Cowboys can keep that momentum going into this weekend's game against the Eagles, they have a shot to get a win that would change the entire NFC East race.

PFT -- Rank: 7

They've quietly developed the best home-field advantage in the league.

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