There are only seven teams in the NFL with less than three losses. If you base your power rankings on W/L records, the Cowboys could technically be ranked as high as 8th. There are also 14 teams with more than three losses, which means you could rank the Cowboys as low as 18th. And that's pretty much the range the Cowboys find themselves in as we review the power rankings this week.
As we look ahead to Sunday's game with the Giants, we see that they are currently ranked between second and fourth place in most rankings. Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Redskins have overtaken the Eagles in seven of 17 surveyed power rankings, enough to put the Eagles in last place of our rankings summary, if only by the slimmest of margins. No laughing matter for the Cowboys, who barely squeeze ahead of the Redskins.
As always, we kick off our Power Rankings summary with a video from the folks at SBNation:
Week 8 (previous rankings in parenthesis)
Fox Sports: 13th (10th). "This team is much better with DeMarco Murray in the backfield, but give them credit for winning a game on the road that included five lead changes, especially sans their most consistent offensive threat."
WEEI.com: 13th (14th). "Jason Garrett‘s squad stymied a two-game losing streak but lost offensive lineman Phil Costa in the process. That’s a tough loss to an already shaky line. The Cowboys have a key divisional game against the Giants Sunday and they’ll attempt to take the season series."
reddit.com: 14th (17th). "With a little luck and a lot of help from the refs, the Cowboys walk away from Sunday with an unimpressive win. Consistency and penalty issues continue to point to team discipline problems with many fans placing the blame on Jason Garrett. The next 3 games versus the Giants, Falcons and Eagles may prove to be too much of a challenge for the Cowboys or Garrrett to overcome."
NFL.com's Brain Trust of Experts: 14th (20th). Comments are courtesy of Elliot Harrison, who ranks the Cowboys 15th: "The Dallas Cowboys rank 15th -- and deserve some credit -- by virtue of already playing four road games and already facing four teams in the top 10 of our rankings. Still, team discipline remains a big issue. Dez Bryant catches punts over his head inside the 10 (and drops sure touchdowns). The defense gets caught with about 23 men on the field when Carolina doesn't even change its personnel on a fourth-and-2 attempt. It was so bad Bill Bates was running around out there. Then there's right tackle Doug Free, who leads the NFL with six false starts. And teammate Tyron Smith is gunning for that top spot, with five of his own. "
CBSsports.com: 15th (19th). "They still aren't playing at a high level, but they can change the feeling of this season by beating the Giants on Sunday."
ESPN: 15th (18th). "Even behind improved line play, the passing game's still not clicking. (Graziano)"
Newsday.com: 16th (17th). "Cowboys find some inspiration from – of all people – former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who fires them up the night before their win in Carolina. Next up: Giants at home, the game Jerry Jones suggested in training camp that the Cowboys would kick some Giants butt. "
SB Nation: 17th (22nd). " finally had a game without an interception. Only 10 more games to go!"
Shutdown Corner: 18th (22nd). "Another team at the very popular record of 3-3, the Cowboys needed that win against Carolina. It was underwhelming and featured a Dez Bryant drop in the endzone, so it was pretty standard fare for the Cowboys. But, like so many other undistinguished teams in the league, they still have a chance to put themselves in a good position. They get the Giants at home this week and if they can complete the season sweep of Big Blue, they'll be, remarkably, sitting pretty."
Pro Football Weekly: 18th (22nd). "Managed only one offensive TD vs. weak Carolina defense."
ProFootballTalk.com: 23rd (25th). "In response to Redskins coach Joe Gibbs telling the Cowboys about mistakes he made while coaching, former Cowboys coach Barry Switzer will explain to the Redskins how he got arrested for having a loaded gun in his luggage at the airport."
Oddsshark: 6th (6th). Oddsshark use a multitude of stats to establish an offensive and defensive power ranking, which they then adjust for the strength of schedule.
Sagarin NFL rankings: 13th (15th). These are rankings based on W/L record, points differential and schedule strength.
Teamrankings.com: 13th (15th). This site measures the relative strength of all teams using team performance, home/away status, margin of victory and other factors.
WhatIFsports: 17th (20th). 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.
Below is how the NFC East fared in this week's power rankings:
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