NFL Power Rankings: After second loss, it's time for the Cowboys to go with Tony Romo
The Patriots grab the top spot back and the Chiefs overtake the Raiders
You know what Big D stands for in Dallas these days: Denial.
The Cowboys are in denial when it comes to their quarterback position. Yes, rookie Dak Prescott has had a sensational and unexpected season in leading the Cowboys to an 11-2 record, but there is no doubt in my mind that veteran Tony Romo would give the Cowboys the best chance to win a Super Bowl.
I've thought that all along, so don't sit here and say it's a knee-jerk reaction to what happened this past Sunday night when Prescott struggled and the Cowboys lost to the Giants. I always felt Romo should go back in when he was healthy enough to do so, but I also understood the thinking behind keeping Prescott in the lineup.
|1||Patriots||As long as Tom Brady is chucking it around, they are the team to beat. Period.||1||11-5-0|
|2||Cowboys||They have to be encouraged by the improved play of the defense. The pass rush will be key going forward.||1||10-6-0|
|3||Chiefs||Are you a believer? It might be time for that. They are playing well.||1||12-4-0|
|4||Lions||Matthew Stafford's injured finger can be an issue the rest of the way. It starts with a tough one at New York against the Giants.||3||6-10-0|
|5||Raiders||They lost at Kansas City, which likely means they will travel the wild-card route. Derek Carr was bad that night, but he will rebound.||2||4-12-0|
|6||Seahawks||That was just one of those days at Green Bay. They will win their last three and be a dangerous playoff team again.||--||10-6-0|
|7||Falcons||They impressed against the Rams without Julio Jones. The defense is improving.||3||7-9-0|
|8||Giants||The defense has made big strides since early in the season. The secondary is really playing well.||--||5-11-0|
|9||Broncos||The Super Bowl champions are in big trouble now. They can't afford another loss.||4||6-10-0|
|10||Steelers||They are getting on a roll. You can just feel it. This is a team nobody wants in the playoffs.||1||9-6-1|
|11||Buccaneers||They've won five straight heading to a big game at Dallas this week against the Cowboys. Win that, and they will be a playoff team.||1||5-11-0|
|12||Ravens||What happened to the defense in New England? The loss of Jimmy Smith could be big to the defense.||3||10-6-0|
|13||Dolphins||They must play without Ryan Tannehill the rest of the regular season after his knee injury. It's all Matt Moore now.||--||7-9-0|
|14||Redskins||They won at Philadelphia to stay alive in the playoff chase. That was a must-have victory.||--||7-9-0|
|15||Texans||By winning at Indianapolis, they are the division leaders. I think they can stay there.||1||11-5-0|
|16||Vikings||They won at Jacksonville to keep their playoff hopes alive. They face the Colts this week.||1||8-7-1|
|17||Titans||They face a brutal game at Kansas City this week against the Chiefs. If they win, they might win the division.||2||9-7-0|
|18||Packers||They have won three straight and they are pushing for the division lead. They will be tough to beat if they get into the postseason.||3||6-9-1|
|19||Panthers||Where has that showing against the Chargers been all season? They looked good on Sunday.||7||7-9-0|
|20||Colts||That loss to the Texans could be the damning blow to their season. The schedule is tough the next two weeks.||2||10-6-0|
|21||Bengals||The Bengals have won two straight games as Andy Dalton continues to have a good season. It's too late though.||3||6-10-0|
|22||Chargers||The Chargers will likely be looking for a new coach after the season. I can't imagine Mike McCoy coming back now.||7||12-4-0|
|23||Bills||Is Rex Ryan on his way out? It's only a matter of time now it appears.||3||6-10-0|
|24||Saints||Drew Brees has struggled the past two games, and they've lost both. Can he get it turned around?||2||13-3-0|
|25||Cardinals||This season has been a special-teams disaster, and it will keep them home come playoff time.||--||3-13-0|
|26||Eagles||That 3-0 start was a big tease. This team has a long way to go to be a playoff contender.||3||9-7-0|
|27||Jets||They won at San Francisco, which might help save Todd Bowles' job. It didn't look good early.||--||4-12-0|
|28||Rams||This team gets worse by the week. The defense isn't even good anymore. And now Jeff Fisher is gone.||--||13-3-0|
|29||Bears||They've had a ton of injuries, but they're still playing hard, which is a good sign. There might be some staff changes after the season.||--||12-4-0|
|30||Jaguars||And the beat goes on. Play close. Lose again. There's a new coach coming in a month.||--||5-11-0|
|31||49ers||They competed against the Jets, only to lose in overtime. It sounds like big changes might be coming to this franchise.||--||4-12-0|
|32||Browns||Are they winning this season? No. Robert Griffin III isn't changing that.||--||7-8-1|
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