We have arrived at Week 13 and goodness the season is flying by. The Dallas Cowboys lost last week and as a result people are really down on them entering Thanksgiving. It’s fair to question a 6-5 team, but to be fair they are in first place in the NFC East. Does that mean anything? Or is it just a hollow thing at this point given how the division looks?
How does the division look? What about the whole NFL? We’ve got the latest batch of power rankings for you where we tell you how the Cowboys stack up to the rest of the league.
1 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 1)
No regrets about making them number one last week!
2 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 2)
They play Baltimore this week. Let’s party.
3 - New England Patriots (LW: 3)
4 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 4)
The NFC West is stacked up top.
5 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 5)
They’re starting to find themselves with Drew Brees once more.
6 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 6)
Pat Mahomes is about to return from bye. Here we go.
7 - Houston Texans (LW: 13)
It’s Deshaun Watson time.
8 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 9)
People need to respect Kirk Cousins more.
9 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 7)
They got blown out, but they’re still them.
10 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 11)
11 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 8)
The team is very talented. That much is true. Everything else is suspect.
12 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 10)
They’re here on reputation alone right now.
13 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 19)
Can they scratch and claw their way back in?
14 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 12)
Clearly not the best team in the division.
15 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 15)
Carson Wentz is very bad right now.
16- Tennessee Titans (LW: 26)
Ryan Tannehill resurgence!
17 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 16)
2020 is gong to be fun for them.
18 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 14)
At least the Cowboys didn’t lose to the Jets like that.
19 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 17)
The magic has run out.
20 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 21)
What a blah season.
21 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 25)
Good for fantasy only.
22 - Detroit Lions (LW: 18)
Lost to Washington? Yikes.
23 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 20)
Here comes Derrick Henry.
24 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 22)
The way they’ve fought for Dan Quinn is admirable.
25 - Chicago Bears (LW: 28)
We’ll see them next week.
26 - Denver Broncos (LW: 23)
The days of them sitting atop the AFC West feel like forever ago.
27 - New York Jets (LW: 31)
Sam Darnold looks functional again.
28 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 24)
29 - New York Giants (LW: 27)
Can Jason Garrett fix everything?!
30 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 29)
Who is their quarterback next season?
31 - Washington Redskins (LW: 32)
32 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 30)
Andy Dalton is back.
NFL.com: 11th (LW: 8th)
Here comes the fall.
Sometimes, Jason Garrett seems to actively court second-guessing from the general public. It was hard not to on Sunday against the Patriots, after the coach sent his field-goal unit on the field with Dallas in the red zone and trailing by seven points with six minutes to play. Given the general flow of the game, against a gifted Patriots defense, in miserable conditions at Gillette Stadium, it felt like the Cowboys were punting (or, to be more accurate, kicking) on their last, best chance to draw even with the defending champions. And that’s pretty much how it turned out. The ‘Boys got the ball back with two minutes to play, but they were buried deep in their own end and turned the ball over on downs before reaching midfield. Garrett’s Cowboys are rarely bold ... and it continues to hold them back.
ESPN: 11th (LW: 9th)
At least the Cowboys have Dak Prescott.
How is the answer [every team answered what they are thankful for] anybody but Prescott? He came into the season with pressure to perform for a new contract, and he has exceeded just about everybody’s expectations. Before Sunday’s loss at New England, he was the league leader in passing yards. He still is on pace for a career high in touchdown passes. Quarterback is the most important position in the NFL, and the Cowboys know Prescott is their guy for the next decade. And they will have to pay to keep him. Even so, they will remain extremely thankful for him because they know how hard it is to find a quarterback. -- Todd Archer
The Athletic: 11th (LW: 9th)
A theme is developing here.
Fire up the Jason Garrett Hot-Seat Meter, because for as much as we believe those tripping calls were BS and the Cowboys might have gotten a raw deal late in the game against the Patriots, Garrett, and not the refs, was the biggest reason Dallas lost on Sunday.
Bleacher Report: 12th (LW: 9th)
Lowest ranking so far.
Yes, the weather was awful. But this was a game where top wide receiver Amari Cooper was targeted just twice and didn’t catch a pass. Where the Cowboys bizarrely kicked a field goal down seven late in the fourth quarter of a game where they struggled to move the ball.
The Cowboys had a golden opportunity to both put some distance between themselves and the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East and send a message that Dallas is a legit contender in the NFC.
Just as they have every time they’ve faced a good team this year, the Cowboys blew it.
Yahoo Sports: 11th (LW: 9th)
It would be hard to find a worse special teams performance than the one Dallas put in on Sunday. A blocked punt led to the Patriots’ only touchdown. There was a missed field goal and other follies in the return game. That was the difference in a 13-9 win, and while Jerry Jones’ postgame comments have been assigned to his frustration with Jason Garrett, special teams coordinator Keith O’Quinn shouldn’t feel too safe either.
CBS Sports: 14th (LW: 10th)
Officially the lowest ranking for the Cowboys.
They didn’t do enough offensively against the Patriots. Now they have a fast turnaround to play the Bills on Thanksgiving.
Which ranking is most fair to the Cowboys?
This poll is closed
11th (BTB, NFL.com, ESPN, The Athletic, Yahoo)
12th (Bleacher Report)