We have reached the double digit weeks of the NFL season, time truly is flying in some very particular ways. The Dallas Cowboys are on bye this week but their 2-7 record is hardly going to give anybody pause.
This has been a very fascinating NFL season as a whole and we are starting to understand more and more who each team is. Who are the best squads in the league? Where do the Cowboys rank? It’s power rankings time and we have put together our own as well as collecting them from across the internet.
Let’s discuss those power rankings. You can view last week’s right here.
1 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 3)
They might not be the only undefeated team in the NFL, but there is no question that they are the best.
2 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 2)
While they have yet to lose a game they looked flawed at AT&T Stadium. It’s hard to completely buy into them at the moment as the top team in the league.
3 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 6)
There are no flawless teams in the NFC, but the Green Bay Packers do come awfully close.
4 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 8)
If there was any doubt, the NFC South belongs to the New Orleans Saints. Regardless of any free agent additions from one team or another.
5 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 7)
Circle the wagons. What a dominating win.
6 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 1)
They will likely be back, but this defense is going to negatively impact them all year.
7 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 5)
It’s hard to drop after a win, but the Ravens are sort of in between places right now. Thankfully they are still winning and will likely identify who they are soon.
8 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 9)
The Bears are hardly a team to be proud of beating, but a win is a win. They’ve got a big-time division game on Thursday night.
9 - Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 12)
Are we not respecting them enough?
10 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 13)
The method is proving to be legitimate. This is a playoff team.
11 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 4)
It will be interesting to see how they rebound from Sunday night’s shellacking.
12 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 10)
What a fun game against Miami. The NFC West is a playground.
13 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 11)
Personally I thought this team would shock some, but obviously that backfired. Matt Eberflus’ unit is fantastic, but this offense has serious questions.
14 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 15)
Maybe the bye week helped them lock in to who they are going to be from here on out.
15 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 16)
16 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 20)
They almost took down the Kansas City Chiefs. If there is such a thing as a moral win, it happened here. Matt Rhule is up against some strong contenders for Coach of the Year, but he has done a fantastic job in season number one.
17 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 22)
Dalvin Cook might be the best running back in the NFL.
18 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 23)
Is Raheem Morris going to keep this head coaching gig?!
19 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 21)
Justin Herbert is going to be a superstar. Once this team starts getting out of its own way, watch out.
20 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 18)
Burrow after the bye will be fun.
21 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 14)
Injuries will derail anyone’s season.
22 - Denver Broncos (LW: 17)
Lucky to have played the Chargers last week, such was not the case on Sunday.
23 - Chicago Bears (LW: 19)
The regression has begun.
24 - Houston Texans (LW: 27)
At least they have a first- and second-round pick in 2021.
25 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 24)
The best of the worst, although the Giants could make things interesting this week.
26 - Detroit Lions (LW: 25)
What a strange and weird team.
27 - New England Patriots (LW: 26)
Shout out to Nick Folk for kicking a game-winning field goal over 50 yards on Monday Night Football against an AFC East team!
28 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 30)
They looked much better. The future might be alright. We will see.
29 - New York Giants (LW: 31)
A win is a win, but this team is still bad.
30 - Washington Football Team (LW: 28)
Are they the low-key favorites to win the NFC East?!
31 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 29)
Shout out to Jake Luton.
32 - New York Jets (LW: 32)
The tank is on.
NFL.com: 30 (LW: 30)
So it begins.
Down ‘round these parts of The Power Rankings, losses can still count as progress. The Cowboys blew a 13-point lead in a 24-19 loss to the Steelers, but Dallas delivered a commendable effort against the league’s lone undefeated team. Garrett Gilbert was, well, competitive in a way Ben DiNucci was not, throwing a touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb and moving Dallas within shouting distance of the end zone before his final pass was broken up by Minkah Fitzpatrick as time expired. With a bye this week, the presumed plan is for Andy Dalton to exit his concussion protocol/COVID-19 vortex of hell and start Week 11 against the Vikings. Perhaps the Red Rifle can turn moral victories into an actual triumph.
ESPN: 30 (LW: 29)
This might depend on whether you believe the Cowboys turned a corner in their near upset of the Steelers. The defense has been better the past two games, but against Pittsburgh it allowed three touchdown passes and did not have a sack for the first time since Week 15 of 2018. And the other game was against Philadelphia. Garrett Gilbert brought stability to the offense, but Andy Dalton is expected back after the bye week. If Dalton can bring a smidge more playmaking, then maybe the Cowboys win three more games. They play one team the rest of the season that currently has a winning record, but this is a team that has lost four in a row and scored two touchdowns in those games. — Todd Archer
USA Today: 30 (LW: 30)
No movement here.
Their last four TD passes have been thrown by four different players ... good a reason as any to start Cooper Rush or Ben DiNucci next week.
Sporting News: 29 (LW: 28)
Only a drop of one.
The Cowboys did their best to find a spark with Garrett Gilbert and it worked for a long time as the entire offense played inspired in a tough matchup. Unfortunately, the defense improved greatly against the run, only to break down against the pass in crunch time.
Yahoo: 31 (LW: 31)
Sometimes things just stay the same.
At least the Cowboys played some competitive football. The Cowboys are already pessimistic about having Andy Dalton back this week, but Garrett Gilbert can keep the offense moving a little bit until Dalton returns.
CBS Sports: 28 (LW: 28)
Staying in neutral.
They showed well against the Steelers in a tough loss, but they are undermanned and it shows. Even so, Jerry Jones says Mike McCarthy will be back.
Sports Illustrated: T-29 (LW: 30)
Dak Prescott’s contract situation was destined to be the dominant storyline of Dallas’s offseason, but his catastrophic injury and the team’s spiral to the bottom of the standings means the Cowboys will have to take a long hard look at how this roster is built before they fork over all that money.