Looking at the playoff odds from fivethirtyeight.com, there are 16 teams with better playoff odds than the Cowboys. But does that mean the Cowboys should be ranked 17th or lower in this week's power rankings?
“Not so fast,” say the 10 power rankings compiled below for your enjoyment.
NY Daily News - No. 10 (LW: 12)
America's Team went 3-3 during Zeke Elliott's suspension. The workhorse running back returns in a must-win against the Seahawks.
NESN - No. 11 (LW: 13)
Dallas went 3-3 in Ezekiel Elliott’s absence, but will need some help in the final two weeks to make the playoffs. Still, the ‘Boys are alive as Elliott returns with two games to play, and that’s all they could have asked for when Elliott’s suspension began.
Washington Post - No. 11 (LW: 13)
RB Ezekiel Elliott is back from his six-game suspension and the Cowboys still have some hope in the NFC playoff chase. Maybe Elliott should take the opposite approach of Aaron Rodgers and say that yes, he is back to save the season.
SI.com - No. 12 (LW: 14)
No Cowboys commentary provided this week.
Sagarin Rating - No. 12 (LW: 15)
These are rankings based on W/L record, points differential and schedule strength.
Yahoo - No. 13 (LW: 13)
Well, the Cowboys get Ezekiel Elliott back when they’re still alive in the playoff race. The biggest result for them next week, other than beating the Seahawks at home, might be an Eagles win. If the Eagles win or the Vikings lose, Philadelphia will clinch the No. 1 seed. Dallas plays at Philadelphia in Week 17. We don’t know how the Eagles will handle Week 17 if they’ve clinched everything, but obviously the Cowboys are better off facing an Eagles team with nothing to play for.
ESPN - No. 13 (LW: 15)
Jason Witten (10 Pro Bowls): The veteran is still reeling in passes at 35 years old, ranking seventh in receptions (56) among tight ends this season. He just doesn't do much with them anymore, averaging just 1.8 yards after the catch, last among qualified tight ends.
Chicago Tribune - No. 13 (LW: 15)
Ezekiel Elliott returns in the nick of time with Dallas maintaining a slight chance at a playoff run
USA Today - No. 14 (LW: 14)
Zeke who? Run game last three weeks actually better than Dallas' overall season average. But we'll venture they're happy to have Elliott back.
Fivethirtyeight - No. 14 (LW: 14)
Elo ratings are a simple system that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game.
|Wk 16||Wk 16||Wk 16||Wk 16|
|NY Daily News||10||3||- -||- -|
|Average Week 16||12.1||4.2||20.2||30.3|
|Average Week 15||13.5||4.2||21.6||30.6|