Mike Fish weighed in on the topic of power rankings.
I think wringing our hands and gnashing our teeth over where some national sportswriter "ranks the Cowboys'' [...] is a terrible waste of time (not to mention a waste of hands and teeth). The team ranking would matter ... if this was college football.
And while he's basically right, give me your thoughts in the poll attached at the end of the post.
Here's a look at the various power rankings out there heading into week 4.
Michael Silver at Yahoo Sports put us in 8th, but moves the Eagles ahead of us again: "Following two weeks of criticism, is it fair to say Terence Newman and the other 10 guys in the huddle got a little defensive Monday night?"
ProFootballWeekly has us up a notch at No. 9. "This NFC East race is going to be fun."
ColdHardFootballFacts move us up two to 10th. "Last week: 21-7 win vs. Carolina. If the Cowboy tailbacks were one person, he'd be the easy front-runner for MVP. Mariofelix Barchoice has 515 yards on 75 carries (6.9 average) and four TDs."
NationalFootballPost ranks us 10th (+2). "No one is running the ball like the Cowboys—and we don’t expect it to stop." Amen.
Pete Prisco @ CBS Sports moves us down one spot to 11th: "Yes, they beat the Panthers on Monday night. Did it look good? For a half, it was bad. They finally got it going, but we'll know more about them when they go to Denver this week."
Zac Wassink at AssociatedContent ranks us 11th, up one vs. last week. "I've had far more faith in the Cowboys than many during the 2009 NFL regular season. That faith gets tested this Sunday as Dallas heads to Denver."
SI.com. Don Banks moves us down a notch to 14th. "Why is it that Dallas seems to be the only NFL city where the team's former stars or coaches seem to come out of the woodwork to incessantly comment on its current stars? Tony Dorsett, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Staubach, they all have something to say about Tony Romo, good and bad. It's got to make it even tougher to play in Dallas with all those living legends around to critique you. If I'm Romo, I'm tempted to tell them to "analyze this."
NFL.com's Experts drop us to 15th. Joe Theisman, one of the experts, drops us from 5th to 11th, but still has us higher than all the other 'experts'.
Fox Sports has us at No. 15: "Tony Romo concerns aside, the Cowboys should be in the playoff hunt thanks to their renewed focus on the running game. But really, all answers about the Cowboys will have to wait until Romo's allergic month of December as Dallas will face the Chargers, Saints and Eagles down the stretch."
Weii.com has us at 16th, down 3: "Tony Romo did not turn the ball over on Monday night and the Cowboys running game rose to the occasion with the absence of Marion Barber. Dallas still needs to improve on defense." They're based in Boston. Don't expect any handouts to the NFC East.
SportingNews.com drops us two spots to No 17. "If they keep running the ball effectively, it will take pressure off Tony Romo."
Covers.com drop us 5 places to No. 17 after winning a game. "Dallas improved to 2-1 but the win over the Panthers was hardly impressive. Dallas' play calling was clueless for most of the game. Two road games are up before the bye." At least he's consistent and drops the Giants and Eagles as well after wins.
ESPN lowers us a further two notches to 17th: "Tashard Choice and Felix Jones prove the Cowboys can still have a running offense when Marion Barber is injured. (Clayton)". No love lost there.
Walter Football keeps us at No. 19. No comments provided, as they only provide comments for the top and bottom 10.
Here's how the NFC East fared:
Hat tip to Eaglesgrl5 for the Weii link.