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2020 NFL Week 15 Power Rankings: The Dallas Cowboys are rising just a bit

Here is where the Cowboys are being ranked.

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There are just three weeks remaining in the regular season and things are starting to settle in as far as the playoff push is concerned. The Dallas Cowboys are mathematically alive in the super feisty race for the NFC East, but any win by the Washington Football Team will put those dreams in peril. The Cowboys are not a great team at the moment, and the national media seems to reflect that week in and week out with their power rankings.

Just where are the Cowboys being ranked right now? We have gathered various rankings from across the internet and put together our own with regards to the league as a whole.

You can view last week’s right here.


1 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 1)

This is the best team in the NFL. Nobody is close.

2 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 2)

It hurts so much to see them having success without Mike McCarthy.

3 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 4)

People throw out the line “the NFL is so much better when x is relevant” a lot, but it is true for the Buffalo Bills more than anybody else. What a fun team.

4 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 6)

Are they peaking? Is Sean McVay going to keep them at this level? If so, watch out.

5 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 8)

They are somewhat balanced. It will be fun to watch them in the playoffs.

6 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 9)

A drubbing of the New York Jets is hardly enough to make people forget about a loss to the other team that normally plays at MetLife Stadium.

7 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 15)

What a comeback. What a win. What a night.

8 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 10)

When they are on they are among the best teams in the NFL. The trouble is sustaining that.

9 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 7)

Somebody had to lose on Monday night.

10 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 3)

It is likely that they lose again on Sunday against the Chiefs. It feels like the clock is running out.

11 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 16)

Dan Bailey practically gift-wrapped the win for them. We still haven’t seen a whole lot that is impressive.

12 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 5)

Oh my, how the tables have turned.

13 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 11)

Byron Jones got an interception!

14 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 12)

It’s hard to drop after a win, but they just weren’t as impressive as anybody else and are coming off of a cold streak. We’ll see if they can handle Jalen Hurts.

15 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 13)

Count me among those that still believe this team is a playoff contender.

16 - Washington Football Team (LW: 19)

They are the best in the division. It’s not close.

17 - Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 14)

Just not enough to be a real threat week in and week out.

18 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 17)

I’m fascinated at who this team is in 2021, but right now they are just another squad.

19 - New England Patriots (LW: 18)

Their longstanding run atop the AFC East is officially over.

20 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 24)

Please give Justin Herbert a staff that knows what they are doing.

21 - Chicago Bears (LW: 27)

It feels fraudulent to raise them so much, but they are mathematically very alive.

22 - New York Giants (LW: 20)

The regression has begun.

23 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 21)

See you on Sunday.

24 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 30)

Where should Carson Wentz play next season?

25 - Denver Broncos (LW: 26)

Congratulations on the win. This is still a weird team.

26 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 28)

This is the least amount of fanfare that a team coming off of a 23-point win has ever gotten.

27 - Houston Texans (LW: 22)

Stuck in a rut.

28 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 23)

Only the Falcons could out-Charger the Chargers.

29 - Detroit Lions (LW: 25)

It’s a shame that they are spinning around in endless circles.

30 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 29)

Getting routed by the Cowboys is... yikes.

31 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 31)

Blah.

32 - New York Jets (LW: 32)

Blah forever.


NFL.com: 24 (LW: 27)

The rise has begun.

Mike McCarthy had to feel a sense of relief after Sunday’s 30-7 win over the Bengals. Five days earlier, the Cowboys looked like a team that had quit on its coach in a blowout loss to the Ravens. It was the type of grim affair, in front of a national audience, that can serve as a tipping point for frustrated owners. But Dallas bounced back, and on Monday, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones was definitive in his stance on McCarthy, saying there ”will be absolutely no change” at head coach. Sunday also served as a nice moment for Andy Dalton, who threw two touchdown passes in an easy win over his former team. Dalton is no game-changer, but he’s brought a floor and some stability to the Cowboys on offense.

ESPN: 28 (LW: 29)

Improvement!

You don’t need analytics to tell you that this season has been bad for the Cowboys. Since losing Dak Prescott, they have averaged 16.9 points per game. The defense has allowed 34 or more points seven times. The special teams have benefited from some big returns lately, but questionable decision-making in key spots has hurt. Trying to determine what has gone right for the Cowboys is difficult. Beyond individual development, there isn’t anything to point to. Add it all up, and the Cowboys are looking at a top-five draft pick next spring. — Todd Archer

USA Today: 28 (LW: 29)

This seems to be a popular spot.

They showed a heartbeat against a Cincy squad in worse straits than Dallas, but America’s Team is cooked with one more Washington win.

Sporting News: 26 (LW: 28)

Moving on up.

The Cowboys let Andy Dalton go to work against his former team and the results were pleasing again. Dallas still needs a minor miracle to save its season without Dak Prescott.

Yahoo: 29 (LW: 29)

No movement here.

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Mike McCarthy will be back next season. Teams don’t want to go one-and-done at coach for many reasons. Still, has there been anything tangible in 2020 that indicates to the Cowboys that they made the right hire?

CBS Sports: 28 (LW: 29)

Movement is movement... right?

They still have some life after beating the Bengals on the road Sunday. At least they showed some fight, which they didn’t do the week before.

Sports Illustrated: 27 (LW: 28)

Same story here.

About the only memorable thing from this game was that Andy Dalton won his revenge contest against the Bengals, where he was the starting QB for nine seasons.