We are just about halfway through the NFL season and while things are grim for our Dallas Cowboys, the league looks very interesting as far as playoff contenders are concerned.
Who are the top teams at the midpoint of the year? Where do the Cowboys rank among power rankings across the internet? We’ve collected them all for you and put together our own.
Let’s discuss those power rankings. You can view last week’s right here.
1 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 1)
DK Metcalf is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL
2 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 2)
The lone undefeated team in the NFL gets the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9. Ooh boy.
3- Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 3)
There’s that Kansas City offense.
4 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 5)
Can’t wait to see them play New Orleans.
5 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 4)
It has been a rough week for the Ravens. They will be tested throughout November.
6 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 6)
They almost pulled the comeback off, but they can be had on the right day.
7 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 8)
Not a lot to be supremely inspired by, but these are your future AFC East champions.
8 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 10)
A win is a win, but it’s hard to have a large amount of faith in New Orleans at the moment.
9 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 7)
They’ll weather the storm.
10 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 9)
Excited to see them get back from their bye.
11 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 15)
Miss you so much, Matt Eberflus.
12 - Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 14)
Every week they are someone else.
13 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 17)
That Byron Jones guy sure is awesome.
14 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 11)
It appears as if they are focused on 2021.
15 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 12)
My Monday Football Monday co-host Michael Kist said it well, there is no team with a larger disparity between their ceiling and floor than the Rams.
16 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 13)
The cycle will never end.
17 - Denver Broncos (LW: 23)
Shout out to the Chargers.
18 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 28)
Joe Burrow looks like the absolute real deal.
19 - Chicago Bears (LW: 16)
Is the collapse beginning?
20 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 18)
Matt Rhule’s squad will bounce back.
21 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 19)
Some things never change.
22 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 27)
What a win.
23 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 25)
They are winners yet again!
24 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 21)
Congratulations, I guess. This team is not good.
25 - Detroit Lions (LW: 20)
Remember all of the Lions hype in the preseason?
26 - New England Patriots (LW: 22)
27 - Houston Texans (LW: 24)
They will get their hands on a rookie late-round quarterback this week, we know how that can go.
28 - Washington Football Team (LW: 26)
Are they sleepers to win the division?
29 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 29)
30 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 30)
31 - New York Giants (LW: 31)
It was a promising performance, but Daniel Jones came up one play too short.
32 - New York Jets (LW: 32)
At least Le’Veon Bell didn’t burn them.
NFL.com: 30 (LW: 30)
So it begins.
You’re not gonna believe it, but Ben DiNucci did not provide the spark to save the Cowboys’ season. The third-string quarterback played like ... well ... a third-string quarterback against the Eagles, completing 21-of-40 passes for 180 yards and losing two fumbles, one of which was returned for a score in a 23-9 defeat. DiNucci wasn’t good, but neither was Andy Dalton before he went out with a concussion. Just imagine being Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup — three star-level wide receivers who suddenly find themselves trapped in the least efficient offense in football not being run by Adam Gase. If Dalton can return in Week 9, there’s still hope this offense can stabilize into something resembling a competitive unit. It’s good to have goals.
ESPN: 29 (LW: 25)
The worldwide leader chose one reason for optimism for each team. That’s not the most fun exercise for the Cowboys these days.
Reason for optimism: CB Trevon Diggs
With two picks of Carson Wentz on Sunday, Diggs became the first Cowboys rookie defensive back with multiple interceptions in the same game since Terence Newman in 2003. He became the first rookie defender with multiple picks in a game since Sean Lee in 2010. Diggs has given up too many big plays, and his eyes are not always in the right spot, but he is at least showing promise, which can’t be said for a lot of defenders. “He’s as good a young player that I have ever seen when the ball’s in the air,” Dallas coach Mike McCarthy said. — Todd Archer
USA Today: 30 (LW: 31)
Some love for Greg Zuerlein.
If nothing else, Dallas seems to have successfully addressed the kicking game given Greg Zuerlein’s performance this year.
Sporting News: 28 (LW: 25)
Down near the bottom.
The Cowboys showed a lot more life against the Eagles with Ben DiNucci and a more motivated defense, but the Eagles just had too much for them. They will keep getting pounded with the Steelers next.
Yahoo: 31 (LW: 31)
If it’s Ben DiNucci against the Steelers this weekend, how many quarters would the Cowboys have to play to score a touchdown? Eight? 12? 24?
CBS Sports: 28 (LW: 25)
Back it up.
They are a mess. Getting Andy Dalton back won’t fix it either. It looks like it’s on to 2021.
Sports Illustrated: 30 (LW: 24)
Suddenly starting for the Cowboys was too tall of a task for seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci, and with teams free to key in on the running game, Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t had much room to run. A surprising bright spot for Dallas, though, was the play of its defense.