The Dallas Cowboys had a relatively quiet free agency period that led to much hand-wringing among the faithful. Had they sat on the sidelines a little too much? Especially if they are in win-now mode? When you combined that with the free agency frenzy of the New York Giants, who acquired or re-signed three prominent defensive linemen and a cornerback, some in Cowboys Country started to panic. The Philadelphia Eagles also made some moves to try and jettison the Chip Kelly Era, while the NFC East champions from Washington remained relatively quiet like the 'Boys.
Where did all this lead? According to ESPN's latest Power Rankings - Post-Free Agency Edition - it led to the Cowboys being the favorites in the NFC East. Dallas came in ranked 13th in the NFL, ahead of Washington (17th), New York (19th) and Philadelphia (20th). The voting was done by 29 ESPN "experts" on the NFL.
13. Dallas Cowboys
2015 record: 4-12
Voting results: 525 points
Post-Super Bowl ranking: No. 13
Stats & Information's take: The signing of Alfred Morris could add some consistency and insurance to the Cowboys' running game. Darren McFadden rushed for 1,000 yards last season, but has never had consecutive seasons with 200-plus rushes.
The Cowboys are the highest ranked team that ended the 2015 season with a losing record, and free agency didn't alter their ranking. They were 13th before and 13th after. Basically, despite all the free agency moves, the idea of a healthy Tony Romo and a healthy Dez Bryant has led this panel of experts to conclude that the Cowboys are still the class of the NFC East.
Sure, it's just silly Power Rankings in March, but do you agree BTB? Should the Cowboys be ranked at the top of the NFC East and 13th overall?