Dallas Cowboys: Week 4 NFL Power Rankings (#10)

Last week: 15 (+5)

Record: 2-1

The Cowboys, like the Eagles, can be dangerous if they can ever get their act together. Penalties and turnovers are killing them, but the latter typically evens out over time. They rank 2nd in the league in yards per play differential, including 1st in the league in yards per play allowed. Their defense is much better this season and they’ve done it without nose tackle Jay Ratliff, who will be back soon. We also haven’t seen the most of Tony Romo yet. I’d rank them higher if I thought they could conquer their penalties issue (they were one of the most penalized teams in the league last year as well), but I think they’re talented enough to make the playoffs even if they end up being one of the league’s most penalized teams, much like the Lions and 49ers did last year.

Studs

CB Brandon Carr: Did not allow a catch on 2 attempts, 1 pass deflection, no tackles

Duds

LG Nate Livings: Allowed 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 1 quarterback hurries on 44 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for -2 yards on 2 attempts

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: Allowed 1 sack and 3 quarterback hurries on 45 pass rush snaps, run blocked for -1 yards on 1 attempt

RT Doug Free: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback hurries on 45 pass rush snaps, 4 penalties, run blocked for -2 yards on 1 attempt

TE Jason Witten: 2 catches for 8 yards on 6 attempts on 40 pass snaps, 2.5 YAC per catch, 2 drops, 2 penalties, allowed 1 sack and 1 quarterback hit on 5 pass block snaps

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