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NFC power rankings, Week 4: Cowboys look strong

16. Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray makes the Cardinals interesting, but he doesn’t make them good. Long way to go in the desert.

15. Washington Redskins

The Redskins should stop wasting time and hand the reins over to Dwayne Haskins. Case Keenum isn’t the answer, and even he knows that.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If you lose to the New York Giants at home, you are going to be near the bottom of the rankings. The Buccaneers had a great chance to make a move in the NFC South and blew it.

13. New York Giants

Daniel Jones looks intriguing for New York. With Saquon Barkley out at least a month with a high ankle sprain, Jones needs to continue his assault on the NFL.

12. Carolina Panthers

Kyle Allen came in and did the job against the Cardinals. Now he hits the road for a second straight week to take on the Houston Texans.

11. Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta has to be better defensively. The offensive line also need to be better at protecting Matt Ryan, or the season could spiral.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are one of the most talented teams in the league, even with their crush of injuries. Yet Philadelphia sits 1-2 and facing an uphill climb in the NFC East.

9. Detroit Lions

Not sure what to make of Detroit. Outplayed for large stretches of the first three weeks and yet 2-0-1. Enter the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.

8. Seattle Seahawks

Can’t lose at home to Teddy Bridgewater. Seattle needs to bounce back against Arizona this week.

7. New Orleans Saints

Teddy Bridgewater was able to go into Seattle and pull the upset thanks to a pair of non-offensive touchdowns. Can he beat the Cowboys without similar help?

6. Minnesota Vikings

Big game in Chicago this weekend. Kirk Cousins needs to step up and show why Minnesota gave him that $84 million deal.

5. Chicago Bears

The defense is elite, Mitchell Trubisky is not. The concern is the latter drags down the former over time.

4. San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo can be better, but the defense has played well and the offense has talent all over the field.

3. Los Angeles Rams

There should be real concern about Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, but the defense is playing well and Sean McVay will scheme the offense into being good by the midway point.

2. Green Bay Packers

Just wait until Aaron Rodgers and the offense begin to click.

1. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have a terrific offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore, the pieces to do damage and a rock solid defense to boot.

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