2021 NFL Week 4 power rankings: Things are going well for the Dallas Cowboys
We’re three weeks away from the start of the NFL season, which means we have a somewhat legitimate sample size to determine who each team is at the end of September. Some of the things we expected came to fruition, while others surprised us in different ways. Potential contenders rise and fall while some teams already seem to have to focus on the 2022 NFL Draft.
How do we see the whole league preparing for the start of Week 4 and where do the Cowboys stand? Here are our power rankings as well as how the rest of the internet rates the Cowboys.
You can check out our ranking from last week here. Let’s get started.
1 – Los Angeles Rams (LW: 2)
Right now, they look like the best team in the NFL. The Matthew Stafford experience is successful.
2 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 1)
Ultimately everyone has to lose and that day arrived in Tampa Bay last weekend. They are still a force to be reckoned with and could stand a chance of taking revenge on the Rams in the playoffs.
3 – Arizona Cardinals (AG: 4)
It would have been nice to see them win with a little more authority in Jacksonville, but the Cardinals offense can take off on a whim because of Kyler Murray. It will be fascinating to see if they can continue this way.
4 – Cleveland Browns (LW: 6)
They won’t play the Bears every week, but they might not need to. This racing game and this defense can go a long way.
5 – Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 5)
I’m not much of a non-believer in the Raiders, but like many, I want to see them do it against a division rival. Seeing them visit the Chargers next week will be fun.
6 – Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 3)
They stayed at this level a bit out of respect, but there are real issues here. Kansas City is more than accessible to other NFL teams. They play with a level of recklessness which is embarrassing.
7 – Buffalo Bills (LW: 11)
It looks like Buffalo was sleeping behind the wheel in week 1, but they’re looking back a bit now. Be careful.
8 – Dallas Cowboys (LW: 10)
They look like a team that can compete with the best in the league right now. They literally did it in week 1 and totally got it done in week 2. Plus they won their declaration match on Monday night. Now is the time to build momentum.
9 – Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 13)
How Brandon Staley handled the end of his Kansas City win is still questionable, but a win is a win. Could they possibly win the AFC West as a whole?
10 – Green Bay Packers (LW: 14)
Unfortunately they might be back and the worst part is they have a very friendly schedule for the next five weeks. BLA bla.
11 – Tennessee Titans (LW: 12)
There are no challengers for them in their own division and they are starting to gain momentum. Can they be a serious threat in the AFC?
12 – Baltimore Ravens (LW: 9)
It seems unfair to let them down after a win, especially an epic win, but Baltimore almost lost to the Lions. You can’t always perform ridiculous miracles. Hollywood Brown needs to work on the drops.
San Francisco 13 – 49ers (LW: 7)
There is only one more attack in the entire NFL more trapped by their quarterback. We will come back to this later.
14 – Carolina Panthers (LW: 15)
Undefeated is undefeated, but the Panthers faced shoddy teams. Getting down to Christian McCaffrey and Jaycee Horn isn’t going to help.
15 – Saints of New Orleans (LW: 16)
There are so many teams that it is still difficult to determine. New Orleans is certainly one of that group.
16 – Seattle Seahawks (LW: 8)
It may finally be the year things fall apart for them with Russell Wilson. Back-to-back blown yarns are a tough look.
17 – Denver Broncos (LW: 18)
Like the Panthers, I just don’t see it. The teams they beat are a 0-9 combined!
18 – Minnesota Vikings (LW: 24)
They are so much better than a 1-2 recording would indicate. They are hiding and could stabilize in a moment.
19 – Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 28)
What a huge victory for them in the division. In fact, they currently run AFC North. With a chance against the Jaguars on Thursday night, they could very well get a 3-1 record.
20 – Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 17)
This is the most trapped attack by their quarterback. It’s not good for the Steelers.
21 – New England Patriots (LW: 19)
It always seemed like they were going to figure things out in this new era, but that hasn’t happened yet. Maybe they will just continue to flounder.
22 – Miami Dolphins (LW: 23)
They were impressive in an overtime loss. Unfortunately, their record isn’t what they want it to be and it’s an important season to prove that what they’ve done will work.
23 – Washington Football Team (LW: 20)
Their powerful defense gave up more than 390 total yards of attack just three times in 2020. It has happened in each of their three games this season.
24 – Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 21)
Yell at Nick Sirianni.
25 – Detroit Lions (LW: 29)
Such a big jump after a loss is rare, but Dan Campbell’s side are clearly sticking to his message a bit. The Lions will lose a lot but they are fighting.
26 – Chicago Bear (LW: 22)
Things are so bad and disgusting. BLA bla.
27 – Atlanta Falcons (LW: 25)
Double fro. But thanks for beating the Giants.
28 – Indianapolis Colts (LW: 26)
When do they position Carson Wentz to not lose a first-round pick?
29 – Houston Texans (LW: 27)
There’s a little bit of cum here, but it’s by no means enough.
30 – Giants of New York (LW: 31)
By far the worst offense in the NFL in terms of talent on paper.
31 – Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 32)
Turns out the NFL is tougher than college football.
32 – New York Jets (LW: 30)
NFL.com: 14 (LW: 17)
Some remain skeptical.
The Cowboys look like the best team in the NFC East – and it’s not particularly close right now. The America team succeeded with the Eagles on Monday night football, leaping early in the lead and never looking back in a 41-21 win at Jerrah World. How out of balance was this game? The ‘Boys had a 19-1 advantage in the opening tries at the end of the first half. Dak Prescott continues to play as a legitimate MVP contender and perform well with running back Ezekiel Elliott (116 yards total, two touchdowns), tight end Dalton Schultz (6/80/2) and emerging cornerback Trevon Diggs (choice that sealed the match). six) get Dallas to cut the profile of a legitimate NFC actor.
ESPN: 14 (LW: 13)
You are not mistaken. The world leader actually quit the Cowboys this week.
That Dak Prescott started the season as well as he did is only a little surprising, with all the time missed after suffering an ankle injury in October and then at training camp in cause of a latissimus strain. In his first game in 11 months, he threw over 400 yards. In his second game, he completed better than 85% of his passes. In his third, he completed 21 of 26 passes and pitched for three touchdowns. He didn’t show any rust or ill effects from either injury early in the season, which is a plus for the Cowboys because like Prescott does, they’ll be leaving. – Todd archer
United States Today: 8 (LW: 10)
Finally a little respect.
CB Trevon Diggs is set to pick up 17 balls this year… which would be a new regular season record. Dallas is also set to reclaim the NFC East crown after a dominant win on Monday night.
Yahoo: 15 (LW: 20)
Very well then.
We’re starting to get the feeling that the Cowboys could be a rare team with two 1,000-yard rushers. There’s no reason Dallas should cut Tony Pollard, and Ezekiel Elliott is still doing great.
CBS Sports: 16 (LW: 16)
No movement at all. It’s really strange.
They looked like the best team in the NFC East in their rout of the Eagles. They might just get away with the division.
Sports Illustrated: 13 (LW: 16)
At least it’s a positive move.
Don’t think I’m on a major branch here. But I saw Dak Prescott play in Tampa, and I saw him against the Eagles on Monday night. It looks to me like he’s fully recovered from the broken ankle he suffered last season, as well as everything we covered in our NFL Preview cover story. The Cowboys offense is as scary as I expected, even as we see Tony Pollard take on Ezekiel Elliott’s work in real time. And yet the D Cowboys would still worry me if I was a member of their fanbase. Dan Quinn made improvements. He will continue. But the question with Dallas remains: is this a Super Bowl offense? Or a Super Bowl team? I would go for the former, for now.
Sports News: 13 (LW: 12)
I have given up on teams that have won myself, but they are usually not teams that have won with authority. It’s weird.
The Cowboys don’t have to worry about Washington or the Giants being threats in the NFC East. So they need to focus on taking charge of the Eagles to prove they’re back as division favorites with the advantage of Dak Prescott.