The Dallas Cowboys enter the 2021 season with high hopes as they are set to get starting quarterback Dak Prescott back from injury. They have the pieces in place to make some noise in the NFC this year, but are being disrespected in the latest NFL.com power rankings.
Cowboys Disrespected in Power Rankings
The Cowboys come in ranked at the No. 21 spot mostly due to how poorly their defense played in 2020. While that is the highest ranking of any NFC East team, it is behind disappointing teams from last season such as the Las Vegas Raiders and Minnesota Vikings.
Dallas hired Dan Quinn as its new defensive coordinator and made six defensive draft picks in an attempt to turn things around on that side of the ball. In addition, the Cowboys' stacked offense should already have them ranked at least a few spots higher than they currently are.
Prescott is surrounded by top-tier weapons including All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott (89.9 rushing yards per game in career) and wide receiver Amari Cooper (Over 1,000 yards in each season with Cowboys). In fact, Dallas still averaged 371.8 yards of offense per game last season (No. 13 in NFL) despite a clear downgrade at quarterback with Andy Dalton.
The Cowboys are the favorite to win the NFC East with odds set at +110, according to NFL future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook. All things considered, Dallas projects to be much more of a top-15 NFL team next season than a borderline top-20 one.
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