Week Off Helps Cowboys in the Standings but Not the Power Rankings

The Cowboys were fortunate during their bye week, given that both the Giants and Eagles lost. At 2-2, the Cowboys are just one game behind the Redskins and a half game behind the Giants. The Eagles are struggling at 1-4.

In the power rankings, the Cowboys are still in the middle of the pack. The Cowboys moved up in one poll but stayed the same in another and dropped two spots in a third poll.

ESPN: #15

The Cowboys moved up two spots in the ESPN rankings, going from #17 to #15. Dallas trails both the Giants and the Redskins.

The Cowboys don’t exactly get the easiest rebound game out of their bye week. Up next: the 4-1 Patriots.

Pete Prisco, CBS: #12

Prisco continues to have the Cowboys ranked higher than others. Dallas stayed steady at #12.

They come off the bye with a trip to New England. That should be fun if the good Tony Romo shows up. If bad Romo shows up, it could get ugly.

Brian Billick, Fox: #19

Billick obviously has no faith that the Cowboys can pull off the win against New England. I’d have to agree.

The bye week was a great opportunity for the Cowboys and, specifically, QB Tony Romo to overcome his second-half demise against the Lions in Week 4. Unfortunately for them, two weeks still won’t provide them enough prep time for the New England Patriots.