NFL Power Rankings Summary (Week 6): Do Cowboys Rise Or Fall In The Rankings?

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's summary NFL power rankings, we look at whether the Cowboys rise or fall after their performance against the Broncos.

Here's a look at the Dallas Cowboys and NFC East power rankings heading into Week 6 of the 2013 NFL season. We've surveyed 23 power rankings below. Care to take a wager how many have the Cowboys moving up in their rankings?

Major Media Networks & Affiliates

Week 6 (previous rankings in parenthesis)

CBSSports (Kirwan): 9th (16th): "Even though they lost to Denver this week the Cowboys offense was impressive with Tony Romo throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns."

Peter King: 11th (13th): "One of the craziest games in Cowboys history. In NFL history. Showed how great, and how maddening, Tony Romo can be in one game."

Foxsports: 12th (17th): "The Cowboys are under .500 after five games for the fourth consecutive season, but this season, their 2-3 record is good enough for first place in the division."

ESPN: 15th (18th): "Tony Romo has six interceptions during the past three seasons that have dropped Dallas' win probability by at least 20 percent. Matt Schaub and Eli Manning (seven) have the most."

CBSSports.com (Prisco): 16th (13th): "What has happened to that defense? Monte Kiffin sure has improved that side, hasn't he? "

NFL.com: 16th (18th). "It's time to make the switch to Kyle Orton. Tony Romo ruined yet another heroic performance from the Dallas defense with a shoddy 506 yards, five touchdowns and one pick. #chokeartist "

Blogs & Other Media

Shutdown Corner: 12th (14th): "DeMarcus Ware is a choker, can never be a championship pass rusher and he lost his team the Broncos game (trust me, it sounds just as illogical when you say the same thing about Tony Romo)."

Drafttek: 13th (16th). "Tony, Tony, Tony . . . how can you top off a career game with an interception thrown into triple coverage? 3 Questions: 1) Did Dallas really pay Brandon Carr $50 million? 2) Did Dallas really trade up to draft Morris Claiborne? and 3) Was David Arkin on the active roster?"

WEEI.com: 13th (16th): "It’s tough to fault any defense going up against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but the Cowboys have allowed a staggering 81 points in their last two games. This defense has gone backward after the firing of Rob Ryan."

Newsday.com: 13th (18th). "Tony Romo does more than you could ask of one man ... until the very end. Another late interception dooms the Cowboys in an upset bid against Denver. Even so, the Cowboys get the moral victory, says Jerry Jones."

ProFootballTalk: 21st (21st): "Until there’s a "moral victory" tiebreaker, we don’t want to hear it."

SB Nation blogs

Mile High Report (Broncos):10th (15th). "Tony Romo was getting blasted for choking again late in the game against the Broncos, but if you watch that play he was hit just as he threw the ball, which caused it just to be oh so slightly off target. Danny Trevethan had to make a fantastic diving catch to seal a chance for victory. Romo is playing lights out this year and I just don't see how the Cowboys don't win that terrible division this year. This team hung tough with the best team in football and in spite of the loss earned a big bump in this week's power rankings."

Big Blue View (Giants): 13th (15th). " Even though they lost, the Cowboys put forth the most impressive performance of any NFC East squad vs. Denver."

SB Nation: 14th (18th): "I've stayed away from hot takes since Sunday. I just don't want to listen to the Tony Romo choker talk, because it's wrongheaded and just dumb. Romo played an incredible game, and there's no way the Cowboys would have been in it without his record-setting effort. If there's anything Dallas should be worried about after that game, it's a pass rush that generated just one hit on Peyton Manning."

Blogging The Boys (That's us): 16th (17th). "The Cowboys showed they could go head-to-head with the consensus No. 1 team, but lost the game in heartbreaking fashion. The pass defense is a major concern, but if your offense can hang 48 points on the best team in the league, you will win a lot more games than you'll lose."

Bleeding Green Nation (Eagles): 19th (18th). "The Cowboys almost knocked off Denver but didn't finish the job thanks to a late game Tony Romo interception. Dallas only falls down one spot."

Statistics, Computer & Vegas rankings

Massey-Peabody: 6th (7th). 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.com: 7th (13th). 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.

Covers.com: 10th (10th). "Poor Tony Romo. Even on a day where he was absolutely brilliant, throwing for more than 500 yards and five TDs, he became the goat because of a game-losing interception."

Sagarin NFL rankings: 11th (14th). These are rankings based on W/L record, points differential and schedule strength.

Oddsshark: 12th (14th). Oddsshark use a multitude of stats to establish an offensive and defensive power ranking, which they then adjust for the strength of schedule.

Football Outsiders: 13th (16th). FO have the Cowboys with the 7th-ranked offense, the 23rd-ranked defense and the 17th-ranked special teams.

Pro Football Reference: 14th (14th). PFRs Simple Rating System (SRS) takes only two factors into account: strength of schedule and adjusted margin of victory.

BeatGraphs.com: 21st (12th). BeatGraphs provide rankings that cannot be defeated by a chain of A beat B beat C scenarios. In the end, when all ambiguity is removed, if A has beaten B, A will be ranked above B.

Teamrankings.com: 21st (17th). This site measures the relative strength of all teams using team performance, home/away status, margin of victory and other factors.

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The table below summarizes the power rankings for the four NFC East teams. We will update the remaining power rankings when they are published.

Dal_medium Phi_medium Nyg_medium Was_medium
Weeks Week 6 Week 5 Week 6 Week 5 Week 6 Week 5 Week 6 Week 5
Shutdown Corner 12 14 20 25 31 30 26 26
Foxsports 12 17 22 22 30 28 25 27
Drafttek 13 16 23 26 30 29 28 25
WEEI 13 16 16 19 30 26 22 20
Newsday 13 18 22 23 30 29 25 22
SBNation 14 18 23 25 30 28 27 27
ESPN 15 18 21 27 31 30 27 25
CBSSports.com 16 13 20 25 30 30 27 26
NFL.com 16 18 23 23 31 31 27 25
Pro Football Talk 21 21 20 23 31 29 28 27
Avg.Opinion-based 14.5 17.0 21.0 24.3 30.4 29.3 26.2 25.5
Massey Peabody 6 7 26 24 25 20 20 18
Whatifsports 7 13 22 26 28 29 25 28
Covers.com 10 10 19 20 29 26 20 21
Sagarin 11 14 23 27 31 29 24 23
Oddsshark 12 14 30 31 29 24 11 11
Football Outsiders 13 16 21 26 31 31 28 28
Pro Football Reference 14 14 25 24 31 28 28 27
Team Rankings 20 21 22 27 32 28 25 29
Beatgraphs 21 12 15 21 32 24 27 29
Avg. Stat-based 12.6 13.4 22.5 25.1 29.7 26.5 23.1 23.7
Total 13.6 15.2 21.7 24.7 30.1 27.9 24.7 24.6

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