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NFL Power Rankings Week 4: Cowboys & Giants Climbing, Eagles In Freefall

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The money quote from this week's power rankings summary comes from Peter Prisco at cbssports.com:

Don't ever question Tony Romo's toughness again. Did he ever tough it out Monday night. PS: He didn't complain about the hits after the game, either.

In this week's summary rankings, the Cowboys inch up a spot to 12th while the Giants jump three spots to 13th. The Redskins and Eagles are battling to avoid last place in the rankings, and only a few power rankings of ill repute are stopping the Eagles from dropping into last place in the NFC East.

1. Major Media Networks & Affiliates

CBSSports.com: 9th (+3). "Don't ever question Tony Romo's toughness again. Did he ever tough it out Monday night. PS: He didn't complain about the hits after the game, either."

Fox Sports: 12th (+2). Brian Billick offers this assessment: "Tony Romo's performance may have been one of the more courageous things I have seen. Not only that, he had to tell each receiver where to line up before every play. This team will only get better as the year goes on."

Pro Football Weekly: 12th (n.c.). "Can rest of 'Boys play through injuries like Romo?"

NFL.com's Brain Trust of Experts: 13th (+1). Pat Kirwan has the Cowboys ranked highest at 9h, Jason La Confora lowest at 18th.

ESPN: 11th (+2). "Dallas LB Bradie James said the Cowboys are better than last year. He's right. (Fox)"

Sporting News: 16th (+1). "Whenever you watch the Cowboys' defense at its best - like it was late Monday night - you quickly realize, that somehow, Ware manages to be everywhere on the field."

2. Blogs & Other Media

SB Nation: 12th (+2). "Gutsy performance? Whatever it was, Tony Romo and Co. got it done against the 'Skins. "

ProFootballTalk.com: 13th (+1). "A team that should be 0-3 can defy placement at the unluckiest of numbers." Pro Football Talk also has an article up titled Pereira calls Vick's complaint "a bunch of bull", from which I'd like to share this little quote:

"Well, I thought it was ridiculous," said Pereira, who now serves as a rules analyst for FOX.  "It actually took me back, it took me back to my job in New York when I worked for the league, and it was a constant complaint by the Eagles, whether it was [Donovan] McNabb at quarterback or whether it was Vick.  They clearly complained more than any other team."

Walter Football: 14th (-2). No comments this week, as the site only provides comments for the top ten and bottom ten teams.

WEEI.com: 17th (-2). "Are you 300 pounds and capable of snapping a football? If so, the Cowboys are accepting applications for their starting center job. The lack of communication between Romo and center Phil Costa was embarrassing. The ailing Romo was clearly frustrated all game. The Cowboys got the win, but they have plenty of work ahead to eliminate the mistakes and miscommunication on the field. The mishaps somewhat overshadowed an inspiring performance from Romo."

3. Statistics, Computer & Vegas rankings

Oddsshark.com: 2nd (n.c.). Oddshark use a multitude of stats to establish an offensive and defensive power ranking, which they then weight by the remaining strength of schedule. The numbers may appear strange early in the year as teams kick off their seasons, and one bad game or great game will temporarily throw the standings off kilter, but they'll even out as the season progresses.

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

Drafttek.com: 12th (n.c.). The Draft Gurus don't provide any comments and keep the Cowboys at number 12.

WhatIFsports: 17th (+2). 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. Apparently, their algorithm is completely out of whack.

Below is how the NFC East fared in this week's power rankings so far, as well as next week's opponent, the Lions


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Week 4 Week 3
Week 4
Week 3 Week 4
Week 3 Week 4
Week 3 Week 4
Oddsshark.com 2 2 14 11 17 15 11 3 6
Sagarin Ratings
7
7 19 11 12 16 15 17 10
CBS Sports 9 12 17 9 14 16 13 13 2
SBNation 9 14 17 9 14 17 13 13 8
ESPN 11 13 17 6 12 18 16 15 4
Foxsports 12 14 16 8 15 17 13 15 6
ProFootballWeekly
12 12 14 4 11 17 13 11 6
Drafttek 12 12 13 6 17 17 16 16 5
PFT
13 14 21 13 12 17 18 16 3
NFL.com 13 15 17 8 14 17 15 14 3
Walter Football 14 12 11 8 10 15 18 14 7
Sporting News
16
17 15 8 11 18 17 12 9
WEEI.com
17 15 13 8 9 14 19 18 7
Whatifsports.com 17 19 11 8 19 17 23 21 9
Average 11.7
12.7 15.4
8.4 13.4
16.5 15.7
14.1 6.1