Cowboys Surge in Latest ESPN NFL Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Dallas Cowboys have surged in the latest ESPN NFL power rankings.
The Dallas Cowboys have surged in the latest ESPN NFL power rankings. / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages

It's been a bit of an up-and-down season for the Dallas Cowboys, but the NFC East leaders are starting to find their stride once again. They bounced back in Week 13 with a solid win over the New Orleans Saints and it has caused a surge up to No. 7 in the latest ESPN NFL power rankings.

Cowboys Power Rankings

The Cowboys moved up three spots since last week and jumped over a couple of teams including the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans. This is a team that has their eyes set on making the playoffs after falling short last season and head coach Mike McCarthy has his squad fired up.

Keep in mind that Dallas has posted an 8-4 record despite underwhelming efforts from Dak Prescott. He has thrown 7 touchdown passes compared to 4 interceptions over his last five games and still looks to be recovering from a calf strain. This team's potential is sky high if he can figure it out.

The lack of offensive firepower is being made up for by an outstanding defense. Yes, the Cowboys give up a ton of yards. However, they do not let it hurt them. Dallas has posted the second-best opponent third down conversion percentage (31.8%) and is tied for fifth in the league with 23 takeaways.

With playmakers on both sides of the ball such as Ezekiel Elliott and Micah Parsons, the Cowboys have the roster depth to match up with any team in the NFL. Dallas is slated as 4-point road favorites against the Washington Football Team in Week 14, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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