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NFL Power Rankings Week 6: The Point At Which Even Matt Cassel Sounds Like A Good Idea

20 of the latest power rankings, almost all of which are clamoring for Matt Cassel.

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Here's a look at the Dallas Cowboys and NFC East power rankings heading into week six of the 2015 NFL season.

Opinion-based rankings

CBSSports.com (Prisco) - No. 16 (12)

They have quarterback issues. Should they make a change to Matt Cassel? It looks like they will stay with Brandon Weeden.

CBSSports (Kirwan) - No.16 (13)

Brandon Weeden is 0-11 in his last 11 starts and has thrown just one touchdown in three games this season. It's time for Matt Cassel.

Newsday - No. 16 (14)

Tony Romo can't get back soon enough as Brandon Weeden struggles yet again to get much of anything out of the Cowboys' offense. Time for Matt Cassel?

Shutdown Corner - No. 16 (14)

Yep, teams have cheated safeties in the box. I hear you. But if the offensive line is as great as everyone said it was all offseason, that unit should still lift the offense with Tony Romo out.

FOX Sports - No. 16 (15)

Brandon Weeden is completing passes, but the offense is not moving the ball or scoring -- the expectation is that Matt Cassel will be starting when the Cowboys are back in action after a Week 6 bye. The additions of Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain, who racked up three sacks combined in their first game back, should provide a major boost on defense.

ESPN - No. 18 (13)

The Cowboys have forced a turnover in only one of their five games this season (Week 2 vs. Eagles). Only the Texans have forced fewer turnovers (two) than the Cowboys (three) this season.

USA Today - No. 18 (20)

Is there a compelling case to keep Brandon Weeden in lineup, especially with arrival of bye week?

Bleacher Report - No. 19 (15)

The Dallas Cowboys' season will never truly flat line, because the waste basket that is the NFC East will keep it alive. But this is becoming vividly clear: They're lost without a serviceable quarterback.

MLive.com - No. 20 (20)

With three straight losses, the Cowboys might not be able to hang on long enough for Tony Romo's return to matter

Washington Post - No. 21 (19)

It has reached the point at which having Matt Cassel at QB sounds like a good idea.

NFL.com - No. 22 (18)

The Cowboys' pass rush was able to decimate the Pats' protection several times in the first half, one of the few bright spots on the day for Dallas. Unfortunately, Brandon Weeden decimated any confidence people had in this Cowboy team sans Tony Romo.

Stat-based rankings

BeatGraphs.com: No. 4 (15). Interesting take from BeatGraphs, who 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.

Oddsshark: No. 12 (9). Oddsshark use a multitude of stats to establish an offensive and defensive power ranking, which they then adjust for the strength of schedule.

FiveThirtyEight - No. 13 (10). Elo ratings are a simple system that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game.

Sagarin Ratings: No. 15 (12). These are rankings based on W/L record, points differential and schedule strength.

Massey-Peabody: 15 (14). 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.

Teamrankings.com - No. 16 (14). This site measures the relative strength of all teams using team performance, home/away status, margin of victory and other factors.

Coldhardfootballfacts - No. 19 (15). This indicator ranks teams based on their average ranking across a range of CHFF's Quality Stats.

Numberfire - No. 20 (17) These rankings are based on expected point differential against a league average team. If the team's rating is 10, they would be expected to win by 10 points against a league-average opponent.

Aikman Efficiency Ratings: 21 (18): This metric combines seven stats into one number: yards per rush, yards per pass play, turnovers per game, first downs per game, third-down percentage, points per game (unit on field) and points per red zone possession.

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The table below summarizes the power rankings for the four NFC East teams.

Dal_medium Phi_medium Nyg_medium Was_medium
Wk 5 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 4
CBS (Prisco) 16 12 17 22 10 13 20 19
CBS (Kirwan) 16 13 20 25 10 10 19 18
Newsday 16 14 18 18 12 12 20 21
Shutdown Corner 16 14 18 20 12 13 19 23
Foxsports 16 15 18 21 10 11 17 20
ESPN 18 13 15 22 12 15 21 24
USA Today 18 20 20 24 13 10 19 19
Bleacher Report 19 15 15 21 14 17 22 23
M-live 20 12 19 22 10 11 18 18
Washington Post 21 19 16 25 9 11 19 15
NFL.com 22 18 18 22 10 15 17 20
Avg.Opinion-based 18.0 15.0 17.6 22.0 11.0 12.5 19.1 20.0
Beatgraphs 4 15 17 23 5 10 7 15
Oddsshark 12 9 16 19 8 10 27 27
FiveThirtyEight 13 10 12 14 14 15 29 27
Sagarin 15 12 11 14 12 9 21 22
Massey Peabody 15 14 14 13 10 18 25 25
Team Rankings 16 14 14 19 6 7 15 18
Cold Hard Football Facts 19 15 14 16 12 13 13 21
Numberfire 20 17 13 15 14 12 16 20
Aikman Ratings 21 18 16 20 13 13 10 11
Avg. Stat-based 15.0 13.7 14.1 17.0 10.4 11.8 18.1 20.6
Total 16.6 14.4 16.0 19.7 10.8 12.2 18.7 20.3