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NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Will The Cowboys Move Up?

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Power Rankings are so much more enjoyable when your team won the last game. They still don't mean diddly-squat, but it sure is nice to continue basking in the warm afterglow of the Cowboys' OT win against the 49ers.

Unless of course, the media consensus doesn't value Sunday's win as much as you would expect. Last week, the Cowboys were ranked 13th in the league on average.

The Eagles drop three spots and are ranked eighth in this week's power rankings. The Redskins move up almost three spots and are now ranked 15th. And while the Giants improve two spots, they still remain last in the division at 16th. But where do the Cowboys rank?

Find out after the break as we look at the NFC East power rankings heading into week three of the 2011 NFL season.

1. Major Media Networks & Affiliates

Pro Football Weekly: 12th (+1). "Top four on offense (Romo, Bryant, Austin, Jones) all hurt."

CBSSports.com: 12th (n.c.). "That was a big-time drive by Tony Romo. But this is a banged-up team that is getting ready to face the 2-0 Redskins."

ESPN: 13th (n.c.). "Tony Romo quieted his critics, at least temporarily, by playing with a broken rib against the 49ers. Gutsy."

Fox Sports: 14th (n.c.). Brian Billick offers this assessment: "Could not have been a better way for the Cowboys to win this game. For Romo to come off the bench, with a rib injury, and lead this team to a come-from-behind win was huge for his confidence. The defensive secondary is beat up and Rob Ryan is writing some checks the back end can't cash."

NFL.com's Brain Trust of Experts: 14th (n.c.).Elliot Harrison has the Cowboys ranked highest at 12th, Albert Breer lowest at 18th.

SI.com: 14th (- -). The Cowboys enter Peter King's Fine Fifteen for the first time this year: "The Cowboys are a MASH unit right now. But given the way the defense smothered Niners quarterback Alex Smith, they'll be in every game as long as they don't make mega-mistakes in the passing game."

SportingNews.com: 17th (-1). "The Cowboys really need Bryant to heal fast from his thigh injury with Miles Austin (hamstring) injured, or they'll be hurting for wideouts in Week 3."

2. Blogs & Other Media

Walter Football: 12th (n.c.). No comments this week, as the site only provides comments for the top ten and bottom ten teams

SB Nation: 14th (-1). "They get bumped down a notch despite winning because I needed some room for the Redskins to move up. The best way to move ahead of the Redskins? Beat them in Week 3. "

Jason Brewer from BGN ranks the Cowboys 16th on SB Nation Philly and provides this take: "Looking at the description of Tony Romo's injuries sustained this week, it's hard to tell whether he was in a football game or a car accident."

And if we're featuring JasonB, we might as well feature JimmyK this week as well. Jimmy doesn't (yet) offer a full NFL ranking but offers this take on the Cowboys: "What a difference in headlines for Tony Romo from one week to the next. Last week, the Cowboys pissed away a comfortable lead and lost to the Jets, due to a terrible fumble by Tony Romo and an ill-advised throw. With a hat tip to Jim Harbaugh, the Cowboys took advantage of boneheaded decision by their opponent, and roared back for an improbable win. They were staring "0-2″ in the face, but showed some grit that was completely absent all last season."

ProFootballTalk.com: 14th (n.c.). "It’s going to take a win over a much better team than the 49ers to press the Tony Romo career reset button."

WEEI.com: 15th (-2). "Just two games into the season and the Cowboys are already beaten up. Tony Romo fractured his rib and has a pierced lung, Felix Jones separated his shoulder, Miles Austin is going to miss time with a hamstring injury, Dez Bryant is nursing a thigh injury, and starting center Phil Costa has a knee injury. It’s safe to say the Cowboys aren’t in an ideal situation as they get ready to play a divisional opponent Monday night."

3. Statistics, Computer & Vegas rankings

Jeff Sagarin's NFL rankings: 7th (+6). These are rankings based on W/L record, points differential and schedule strength.

Drafttek.com: 12th (+2). The Draft Gurus don't provide any comments but have the Cowboys up two spots.

WhatIFsports: 19th (-6). 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 so far.


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Week 3 Week 2
Week 3
Week2 Week 3
Week2 Week 3
Week2
Sagarin Ratings
7 13 11 6 16 15 17 20
CBS Sports 12 12 9 4 16 15 13 14
Walter Football 12 12 8 7 15 15 14 14
Drafttek 12 14 6 4 17 20 16 21
ProFootballWeekly
12 13 4 4 17 16 11 14
ESPN 13 13 6 3 18 17 15 19
PFT
14 14 13 8 17 23 16 20
SBNation 14 13 9 4 17 18 13 22
Foxsports 14 14 8 6 17 19 15 15
Covers.com 14 12 3 4 16 26 17 14
WEEI.com
15 13 8 3 14 24 18 23
NFL.com 15 14 8 4 17 19 14 13
Sporting News
17
14 8 4 18 19 12 15
Whatifsports.com 19 13 8 8 17 15 21 23
Average 13.6
13.3 7.8
4.9 16.6
18.6 15.1
17.6

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