Here's a rundown of the many power rankings published today and their take on where the Cowboys rank this week.
|Major Media Networks & Affiliates
Week 13 Rankings (previous rankings in parenthesis)
CBSSports (Kirwan): 11th (16th): "The big win over the Giants put them in the driver's seat for the NFC East title. They have a strong conference record, too. But only the Cowboys can turn this mess into a golden opportunity. The defense is the issue."
CBSSports.com (Prisco): 12th (12th): "That was a big-time win against the Giants. The defense stepped up and showed some improvement."
Foxsports: 12th (14th): "The Cowboys swept the season series with the Giants for the first time since 2007 and are 4-0 against NFC East opponents this season. "
ESPN: 12th (14th): "Tony Romo went 3-of-3 on third down on the Cowboys' game-winning drive Sunday. Romo had six first downs on 31 third-down attempts since Week 8 prior to the drive."
NFL.com: 13th (16th). "If Tony Romo hasn't answered at least some critics this season, he never will. He's led two game-winning drives in the Cowboys' last two wins. For the season, this so-called "turnover machine" has 23 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He certainly isn't the top quarterback in football, but he's creeping toward the top five. "
Peter King: 15th (- -): "Cowboys come off the canvas to save their season in New Jersey, thanks to a late Tony Romo drive and big days from Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Biggest stat on the Cowboys’ side: Dallas is 4-0 in the division. That’s a huge potential edge heading into the final five games."
|Blogs & Other Media|
ProFootballTalk: 10th (15th): "Believe it or not, the Cowboys could be on track to winning the division."
M-Live: 11th (12th): "After getting drilled by the Saints on national television, Dallas went on the road and bested a surging Giants squad to keep pace atop the NFC East."
Drafttek: 11th (14th). "Whew! These last minute Cowboy finishes are making an old-(er) man out of me . . . although the bye week helped from a health perspective, the defensive injuries have made no lead safe, so I guess we all need to get ready for double doses of blood pressure medication."
WEEI.com: 11th (14th): "The Cowboys control their own destiny in the back-and-forth division that is the NFC East. Jason Garrett‘s team boasts a 4-0 record against division opponents."
Newsday.com: 11th (15th). "Cowboys finally win in a big spot and outlast the Giants in the cold and wind at MetLife Stadium. Huge step forward. Now we’ll see if they can put a run together and get out of this win one-lose one cycle."
Shutdown Corner: 16th (17th): "Tony Romo is carrying this team. They wouldn't be in the playoff race without him, that's clear."
|NFC East blogs
Blogging The Boys (Your favorite blog): 11th (15th). "POW POW POW!!!"
Bleeding Green Nation ( ): 12th (14th). "The Cowboys won a game they needed to win, but didn't really look too sharp in doing so."
Big Blue View ( ): 15th (14th). "The Cowboys' second win against the Giants has kept them alive for the division title."
|Statistics, Computer & Vegas rankings|
BeatGraphs.com: 7th (8th). 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.
Massey-Peabody: 8th (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.
Sagarin NFL rankings: 8th (10th). These are rankings based on W/L record, points differential and schedule strength.
Covers.com: 8th (12th). "Looking for the single-best pointspread team in the NFL this year? Look no further, now 8-3 ATS after knocking off the Giants in Jersey last Sunday."
Teamrankings.com: 8th (12th). This site measures the relative strength of all teams using team performance, home/away status, margin of victory and other factors.
Pro Football Reference: 10th (11th). PFRs Simple Rating System (SRS) takes only two factors into account: strength of schedule and adjusted margin of victory.
Football Outsiders: 12th (11th). FO have the Cowboys with the 12th-ranked offense, the 25th-ranked defense and the 3rd-ranked special teams.
WhatIfSports.com: 13th (10th). 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.
Oddsshark: 15th (18th). Oddsshark use a multitude of stats to establish an offensive and defensive power ranking, which they then adjust for the strength of schedule.
ColdHardFootballFacts: 17th (16th). This indicator ranks teams based on their average ranking across a range of CHFF's Quality Stats.
The table below summarizes the power rankings for the four NFC East teams plus the Cowboys' next opponent.
|Wk 13||Wk 12||Wk 13||Wk 12||Wk 13||Wk 12||Wk 13||Wk 12||Week 13|
|Pro Football Talk||10||15||11||12||23||18||29||27||27|
|Pro Football Reference||10||11||13||13||25||24||27||26||29|
|Cold Hard Football Facts||17||16||9||12||28||28||24||26||27|
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