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NFL Power Rankings Summary (Week 11): Eagles and Giants Creeping Up On Cowboys

In this week's summary NFL power rankings, we take a look at where the Cowboys and the other NFC East teams are ranked on the various power rankings published today.

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Jamie Squire

The Cowboys take a tumble in this week's power rankings, and a few of the published rankings even have the Eagles ahead of the Cowboys. The Giants are moving up quietly, while the Redskins continue to slide.

Major Media Networks & Affiliates

Week 11 Rankings (previous rankings in parenthesis) (Prisco): 11th (10th): "The injuries on defense are killing that unit. There isn't enough talent."

CBSSports (Kirwan): 15th (13th): "The Cowboys are in a four-game, win-loss-win-loss situation. The defense plays hard up front but the injuries and lack of solid play in the back seven was an issue Sunday. They are headed to a much needed bye."

Peter King: 15th (12th): "Dallas’ hopes for the postseason might have gone limping off the field with Sean Lee and DeMarcus Ware Sunday night. That Lee hamstring injury didn’t look like a two-week job. He’ll be lucky to be back for the four-game home stretch, beginning four weeks from tonight against Chicago."

Foxsports: 15th (13th): "The Cowboys gave up a franchise-worst 623 yards two weeks ago against the Lions, so they hit a new low on Sunday by surrendering 625 to the Saints."

ESPN: 15th (13th): "The Saints had an NFL-record 40 first downs Sunday night, three fewer than the Cowboys' play total. Dallas allowed a franchise-worst 625 yards, two more than two weeks ago." 16th (14th). "Do you ever wonder what safeties are saying to each other out on the field? We think we caught this bit of dialogue between Cowboys safeties Barry Church and Jeff Heath on Sunday night: "Hey, Barry -- coach says it's in the game plan for you to cover somebody." "Yo, Jeff, hey, it's OK for you to actually tackle their guys.""

Blogs & Other Media

Drafttek: 13th (13th). "The M.A.S.H. unit known as the Dallas defense, missing 7 starters and 4 backups to those starters, has concocted a whole new definition to "Doomsday". Meanwhile back at the ranch, the Cowboys' offense has their picture on a milk carton, as they are MIA!" 13th (13th): "The Cowboys are at the bottom of the league in third-down conversion rate. On Sunday they were an astonishing 0-for-9 on third down."

ProFootballTalk: 14th (12th): "Everyone realizes this team isn’t over .500 through 10 weeks."

Shutdown Corner: 15th (13th): "The 2012 Saints gave up the most yards in NFL history. They allowed 440.1 per game. The 2013 Cowboys are allowing 439.8 yards per game." 16th (14th). "Jerry Jones admits the obvious and says he goofed by firing Rob Ryan and replacing him with Monte Kiffin. What else is the owner gonna say when the Saints ring up seven TDs?"

SB Nation blogs

Big Blue View (Giants): 13th (11th). "The Cowboys play like they don't want to win the NFC East."

Bleeding Green Nation (Eagles): 14th (13th). "Got demolished by the Saints in New Orleans. Their +48 point differential from last week dropped to +16. Dallas surrendered 40 first down [sic] on defense, a new NFL record. To make matters worse, standout ILB Sean Lee left the game with an injury."

Blogging The Boys (Your favorite blog): 16th (12th). "The up-and-down Cowboys got clobbered in New Orleans. They're barely hanging on to the lead in the NFC East, and the mounting injury toll on defense coupled with the growing inefficiency on offense could spell doom for yet anther Cowboys season."

SB Nation: 20th (16th): "The madcap abandon of the Broncos game is a distant memory, as Dallas' offense devolves into a primitive, brutish thing that tries to do stuff in the most difficult way possible. [...] The Year of the Hamstring Pull in Dallas claimed Sean Lee on Sunday night, and the rest of the season is basically shaping up like a Trent Reznor lyric."

Statistics, Computer & Vegas rankings

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: 10th (8th). These are rankings based on W/L record, points differential and schedule strength.

Pro Football Reference: 11th (10th). PFRs Simple Rating System (SRS) takes only two factors into account: strength of schedule and adjusted margin of victory. 11th (12th). This site measures the relative strength of all teams using team performance, home/away status, margin of victory and other factors.

Football Outsiders: 11th (12th). FO have the Cowboys with the 12th-ranked offense, the 23rd-ranked defense and the top-ranked special teams. 12th (12th). 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. 12th (16th). 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.

ColdHardFootballFacts: 14th (12th). This indicator ranks teams based on their average ranking across a range of CHFF's Quality Stats.

Oddsshark: 16th (11th). Oddsshark use a multitude of stats to establish an offensive and defensive power ranking, which they then adjust for the strength of schedule.


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
Wk 11 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 10 11 10 16 21 25 26 22 22
Drafttek 13 13 17 20 24 27 26 23
WEEI 13 13 16 20 23 24 26 22
Pro Football Talk 14 12 15 19 22 24 24 22
Foxsports 15 13 14 19 17 20 22 17
ESPN 15 13 14 20 25 29 23 22
Shutdown Corner 15 13 16 21 27 29 26 23
Newsday 16 14 14 18 21 22 24 17 16 14 17 21 23 27 24 24
SBNation 20 16 19 21 23 24 24 22
Avg.Opinion-based 14.8 13.1 15.8 20.0 23.0 25.2 24.1 21.4
Massey Peabody 8 7 15 21 17 19 22 22
Sagarin 10 8 15 19 21 20 24 22
Pro Football Reference 11 10 15 19 28 27 26 22
Team Rankings 11 12 10 21 15 23 23 16
Football Outsiders 11 12 15 16 28 30 30 28
Whatifsports 12 12 13 15 22 28 20 21
Beatgraphs 12 16 21 23 27 25 18 20
Cold Hard Football Facts 14 12 15 15 31 31 22 22
Oddsshark 16 11 17 26 22 24 25 21 - - 9 - - 16 - - 18 - - 20
Avg. Stat-based 11.6 11.3 15.1 18.8 23.4 25.1 23.3 21.3
Total 13.3 12.2 15.4 19.4 23.2 25.1 23.7 21.3


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