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NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Will Matt Cassel Make A Difference?

19 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 seven of the 2015 NFL season.

Opinion-based rankings

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

They come out of the bye with a new quarterback in Matt Cassel. Is that a good thing?

CBSSports (Kirwan) - No.16 (16)

Is Matt Cassel the answer? I don't know. But Brandon Weeden wasn't winning. Dallas needs to show they can stay in the race without Tony Romo.

Shutdown Corner - No. 16 (14)

All that stuff I wrote about the Steelers up there? About how they figured out ways to win without their quarterback? Yeah, it can be done.

FOX Sports - No. 16 (16)

Matt Cassel is an excellent play-action passer, but his play relies on the strength of the running game. We could get our first glimpse at Christine Michael as the featured back in Week 7. With Randy Gregory on the way back from injury, the Cowboys could emerge as one of the NFL’s elite pass-rushing units.

ESPN - No. 16 (18)

Will Matt Cassel make a difference? He's 9-17 as a starter with a 38.2 Total QBR since the start of the 2011 season.

Newsday - No. 17 (16)

Matt Cassel gets his turn to see if he can jumpstart the offense in place of Brandon Weeden. The stakes are high in his first start: the Cowboys are at the Giants on Sunday.

Bleacher Report - No. 19 (19)

Cassel is proof that even experience with being awful is still experience, and he'll give Dallas another source of game-managing hope. But please recall that in 2014 with the Minnesota Vikings he completed only 57.7 percent of his pass attempts.

Washington Post - No. 19 (21)

The QB switch to Matt Cassel has drawn the most attention. But the promotion of rookie La’el Collins to the starting lineup at guard could have the more lasting impact. Collins could make the offensive line even stronger long after Cassel has given back the starting job to Tony Romo.

USA Today - No. 21 (18)

In span of nine months, we may have gone from these triplets (Romo, Murray and Bryant) to Cassel, Michael and Williams.

NFL.com - No. 22 (18)

Cassel should provide the Cowboys a better shot at winning this Sunday. His career TD-to-INT ratio (96:70) is much better than Weeden's (28:30), and unlike the latter, Cassel has experienced success in the NFL before. Granted, it came in 2010, but work with me here.

MLive.com - No. 24 (20). No comments this week.

Stat-based rankings

BeatGraphs.com: No. 6 (4). 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. 10 (12). 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. 12 (13). Elo ratings are a simple system that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game.

Teamrankings.com - No. 13 (16). This site measures the relative strength of all teams using team performance, home/away status, margin of victory and other factors.

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

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

Massey-Peabody - No. 20 (15). 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.

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.

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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 6 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 5
CBS (Prisco) 16 16 12 17 17 10 28 20
CBS (Kirwan) 16 16 11 20 14 10 26 19
Newsday 17 16 12 18 14 12 23 20
Shutdown Corner 19 16 12 18 13 12 23 19
Foxsports 16 16 12 18 17 10 23 17
ESPN 16 18 9 15 14 12 22 21
USA Today 21 18 12 20 14 13 26 19
Bleacher Report 19 19 11 15 16 14 26 22
M-live 24 20 11 19 13 10 22 18
Washington Post 19 21 11 16 13 9 28 19
NFL.com 21 22 11 18 14 10 19 17
Avg.Opinion-based 18.5 18.0 11.2 17.6 14.4 11.0 24.1 19.1
Beatgraphs 6 4 19 17 7 5 11 7
Oddsshark 10 12 16 16 11 8 26 27
FiveThirtyEight 12 13 9 12 17 14 29 29
Sagarin 15 15 8 11 14 12 23 21
Massey Peabody 20 15 10 14 11 10 23 25
Team Rankings 13 16 9 14 11 6 18 15
Cold Hard Football Facts 15 19 10 14 13 12 26 13
Numberfire 17 20 12 13 18 14 16 16
Avg. Stat-based 13.5 14.2 11.6 13.8 12.7 10.1 21.5 19.1
Total 16.4 16.4 11.4 16.0 13.7 10.6 23 19.1