Power Rankings: Cowboys Return to Respectability
After a few weeks of fighting to stay in the middle of the pack, the Cowboys have jumped back into the top 10 in several of the power rankings lists this week.
1. Jeremy Green, ESPN Podcast: Cowboys are #9
Green has been harsh about the Cowboys, but thanks to the circumstances in the NFC, Dallas jumped from #17 to #9 on the Green Elevator.[audio:http://podloc.andohs.net/dloadTrack.mp3?prm=1704xhttp://query-origin.andohs.net/8000A6/content-root3.andomedia.com/origin/mp3/espnradio/football_today/football081118.mp3]
2. ESPN NFL Writers: Cowboys are #11
Dallas moved from #15 to #11 this week in the ESPN writers’ Power Rankings but remain two spots behind the Redskins team that Dallas just beat. Here is Matt Mosley’s take:
Win over Redskins kept their playoff hopes alive. They have a great shot at getting to 8-4. (MM)
3. Fox Sports: Cowboys are #11
Adrian Hasenmayer of Fox Sports also has the Cowboys way below the Redskins, but Dallas improved from #15 to #11 in his list.
Most thought the return of Tony Romo would help revive the Dallas passing game, but his presence assisted RB Marion Barber even more. With the threat of throwing back in the game plan, Barber saw a few more open lanes and took advantage in notching 114 rushing yards (including a whopping 60 in the fourth quarter).
4. CBS Sportsline: Cowboys are #7
Pete Prisco had Dallas all the way up at #9 last week, so it is no surprise that the Cowboys are now #7 on his list.
Getting Tony Romo back is huge, but so is having Terence Newman healthy at corner. They are healthy now, which readies them for a six-game run to the playoffs.
5. NBC Sports: Cowboys are #9
The Cowboys are ranked #9 by both the writers and the fans on NBC Sports’ poll. This is up from #16 last week.
6. NFL.com’s : Cowboys are #9
Vic Carucci only lists the top 12 teams, and Dallas has not been on his list. The Cowboys are #9 there this week.
7. The Landry Hat: Cowboys are #8
For good measure, I’ll throw in the power rankings of a Cowboys blog, The Landry Hat
The Dallas Cowboys are not the same posse without Sheriff Romo in the lineup. Lucky for us… Heeeeeee’s Baaaaaack!