Dallas Cowboys Week 5 Power Rankings: Deep Breaths, Deep Breaths!

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

In this week's power rankings, the Cowboys are falling down the rankings faster than a drunken girl in stilletos. The Giants and Eagles flip-flop places and the Redskins are stealthily creeping up on the unsuspecting Cowboys.

"Seriously, a review of power rankings after that beatdown yesterday?"

At least that's what I said to myself this morning when I started putting together this post. Turns out though that compared to the heavyweight histrionics going on in parts of the media and the fanbase, the summary of this week's Dallas Cowboys Power Rankings feels like an oasis of calm.

Sure, there are snarky remarks. And yes, the Cowboys are falling down these rankings faster than a drunken girl in stilletos. But compared to some of the other stuff you may end up reading today, most of the comments below have a measured, non-hyperventilating take on the Cowboys situation that you may find a welcome reprieve.

In this week's power rankings, the Cowboys drop to the middle of the pack, the Giants and Eagles flip-flop places and the Redskins are creeping up on the unsuspecting Cowboys.

We kick off our Power Rankings summary with a video from the folks at SBNation:

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Opinion-based rankings

Week 5 (previous rankings in parenthesis)

Pro Football Weekly: 12th (13th). "It’s going to be a long bye week after Monday-night debacle."

WEEI.com: 14th (11th). "His protection hasn’t been great but Tony Romo has to make better decisions with the football and know when to throw the ball away. The Cowboys are an extremely inconsistent team. At times they look like they’re capable of winning the Super Bowl and at other times they look like they should be in contention for a top five draft pick."

Fox Sports: 15th (8th). "The first two of Tony Romo's five interceptions weren't his fault, but he still threw five interceptions. Let the rollercoaster ride continue."

NFL.com's Brain Trust of Experts: 15th (12th). Comments are courtesy of Elliot Harrison, who ranks the Cowboys 17th: "Jon Gruden brought up a great point on the Monday Night Football broadcast regarding the apparent lack of a home-field advantage at Cowboys Stadium. Other teams get fired up to play at JerryWorld. The Dallas owner wanted to build the premier venue in sports -- ironic that it might hurt his team more than it helps."

ESPN: 15th (12th). "No fun sitting on that Monday night loss through a bye week. The Cowboys' offense is loaded with issues right now. (Graziano)"

Drafttek.com: 15th (10th). "Aikman had Irvin, Staubach had Pearson, but above Bryant's 88 jersey is not the same head for reading defenses (or hands for catching passes). Romo will have to use Dez like Meredith used Hayes . . . go deep, use your athleticism and don't think too much!"

reddit.com: 15th (10th). "Opening a Victoria’s Secret in Cowboy’s Stadium Monday night was appropriate; the Cowboys look like they should be playing in the lingerie league. With his 5 picks Romo will deservingly receive much of the blame, but beyond the stat line astute fans will see a completely ineffective running game, a confused receiving corp and a high school caliber offensive line."

CBSsports.com: 17th (6th). "It's time to start the Tomy Romo bashing again. Thing is, he didn't get much help against the Bears."

SB Nation: 17th (15th). "Rob Ryan does not approve of this ranking."

ProFootballTalk.com: 19th (10th). "Tony Romo tabled contract talks so it wouldn’t become a distraction. If he hadn’t, maybe he would have thrown eight interceptions on Monday night."

Stat-based rankings

Massey-Peabody Power Rankings: 10th (9th). These guys generate their predictions by working up from play-by-play data to calculate a performance figure for rushing, passing, scoring and play success.

WhatIFsports: 11th (8th). These guys simulate every possible match-up in the NFL 100 times, and use the winning percentages from those nearly 50,000 games to evaluate every team, with updated rosters and depth charts.

Advanced NFL Stats: 14th (11th). The Cowboys are ranked 14th on offense and 17th on defense.

Oddsshark: 17th (12th). Oddsshark use a multitude of stats to establish an offensive and defensive power ranking, which they then adjust for the remaining strength of schedule.

Sagarin NFL rankings: 18th (14th). These are rankings based on W/L record, points differential and schedule strength. Cowboys enter these ratings ranked fifth.

Teamrankings.com: 20th (9th). This site measures the relative strength of all teams using team performance, home/away status, margin of victory and other factors.


Below is how the NFC East fared in this week's power rankings, with next week's opponent, the Bears, added for good measure:

wk4 wk3 wk4 wk3 wk4 wk3 wk4 wk3
ProFootballWeekly 12 13 8 10 9 5 18 22
WEEI 14 11 10 14 11 6 18 19
Foxsports 15 8 6 11 11 5 17 22
Drafttek 15 10 8 11 12 6 18 23
reddit.com 15 10 11 15 9 6 17 21
NFL.com 15 12 7 10 9 5 18 21
ESPN 15 12 7 9 10 6 18 22
CBSSports.com 17 6 8 12 11 8 9 25
SBNation 17 14 7 10 14 5 18 21
Pro Football Talk 19 10 9 17 10 5 20 22
NFP - - 10 - - 12 - - 5 - - 23
AP Pro 32 - - 11 - - 12 - - 4 - - 21
Avg.Opinion-based 15.4 10.5 8.1 11.9 10.6 5.5 17.1 21.8
Massey Peabody 10 9 12 13 17 15 24 24
Whatifsports 11 8 8 17 12 16 28 27
AdvancedNFLStats 14 11 6 2 10 9 30 32
Oddsshark 17 12 4 4 12 2 14 15
Sagarin Ratings 18 14 15 17 9 7 17 21
Team Rankings 20 9 8 6 17 8 21 27
Covers.com - - 9 - - 8 - - 6 - - 22
Football Outsiders - - 18 - - 16 - - 10 - - 20
Avg. Stat-based 15.0 11.2 8.8 11.5 12.8 9.1 22.3 22.2
Total Average 15.2 10.8 8.3
11.7 11.4
6.8 19.0 22.0

The missing rankings will be updated as they become available

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