Today, for the first time this week, I ventured forth into the media jungle to see what's being said about our Boys, and it ain't so pretty. Here's a look at the various power rankings out there heading into week 3.
Top spot this week goes to Yahoo Sports, who put us up two notches at 7th, ahead of the 8th place Eagles: "During the next nationally televised spectacle at Cowboys Stadium on Monday, can we please see more of Felix Jones and less of The Decider?" Follow the link, it's the only time my lips twitched in a simile of a smile at something Cowboy related this week.
ProFootballWeekly has us down three spots to 10th: "Hey, at least the stadium's all it's cracked up to be."
Pete Prisco @ CBS Sports ranks us 10th, up one: "Talk all you want about how poorly Tony Romo played, but if they don't improve on defense it won't matter. That unit has given up too many big plays in two games in the passing game. That needs to be fixed quickly." He may be on to something there.
ColdHardFootballFacts move us down to 12th. "The Cowboys are 29th in the NFL in yards per play allowed (6.4), 29th in first downs allowed (22.5) and 26th in points allowed. Oh, and no sacks. Oh, and no turnovers forced. In other words, maybe the defense isn’t so hot. However, 7.6 yards per play on offense (1st) and an amazing 7.0 YPA (1st) on the ground will mask a lot of problems on the other side of the ball."
Covers.com drop us down two spots to 12th. "The 'Boys lost a tough one in their first game in the new stadium. It was back and forth but Tony Romo is the reason Dallas is 1-1 instead of 2-0." Notably, they give the Redskins some love - their ranking is the only one in which the Redskins actually move up.
AssociatedContent ranks us 12th, unchanged vs. last week. "Losing to the New York Giants is never something to be ashamed of, even if Tony Romo choked the game away. I'd continue writing about Romo, but I just intercepted one of his passes and need to start going the other way."
NFL:com's Expert Picks keep us at No. 13. Joe Theisman, one of the experts, has the Cowboys at No. 5 on his list.
NationalFootballPost ranks us 13th (-2). "Tony Romo’s performance canceled out a dominant running game against the Giants."
SI.com. Don Banks moves us up two spots to 13 and offers a totally unqualified comment: "Do you know what bores me to tears every single time it crosses my radar screen? Any story having anything to do with TV ratings. I really don't care that 24.8 million people watched the Giants-Cowboys Sunday night on NBC. Not in the least. I know NBC cares, and it should. Ditto for the NFL. But I don't care. I know I watched the game. I was there, and it was on in the press box. But after that? Yawn."
NBCSports (via SportingNews.com) has us down to No. 15, "Talent keeps them from falling too far, but Tony Romo's mistakes remain troubling, especially when they surface at home against a division rival."
ESPN lowers us two notches to 15th: "Two problems don't go away: critical turnovers by Tony Romo and giving up big plays on defense. (Clayton)"
Fox Sports drops us to 16th: Positives: "The offseason hype was dead on about the Dallas running game, now that Felix Jones is healthy. The duo of Marion Barber-Felix Jones combined for 220 rushing yards against the intimidating Giants in Week 2." Negatives: "Tony Romo opened Jerry Jones' new palace with a major dud and still can't seem to win the big ones." The Redskins win and drop 8 places. Go figure.
Walter Football drops us to 19th from 14th. No comments provided, but the Giants are the only NFC East to at least hold their position.
Here's how the NFC East fared: