Blowing out the Dallas Cowboys 25-3 on Sunday didn’t do a lot to improve the perception of the Washington Football Team in various NFL power rankings released Tuesday. The Cowboys, however, slid down the rankings and now sit below Washington in multiple polls.
According to ESPN’s rankings, Washington moved from No. 29 to No. 28 with Sunday’s win, while Dallas dropped from No. 20 to No. 25. Both squads are 2-5, but Washington appears to be moving in a more positive direction than its divisional rival.
With Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott out for the season with an ankle injury and backup Andy Dalton listed as questionable with a concussion after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic, they might have to rely on rookie third-stringer (and former James Madison standout) Ben DiNucci.
In the NFL.com power rankings, Dallas dropped four spots to No. 30 — one behind the New York Giants. And in NBC’s Pro Football Talk (PFT) rankings, the Cowboys and Giants sit at Nos. 28 and 29, respectively.
In that latter ranking is where Washington saw the biggest jump, rising to No. 24 from No. 30 — closing in on the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 21 in the process.
Away from the NFC East, with all four of its teams firmly in the bottom half of the league rankings, the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken the top spot in the ESPN and PFT power rankings. The Steelers are the lone undefeated team remaining in the league, although a trip to Baltimore awaits them on Sunday (the Ravens clock in at No. 4 in all three rankings).
The three rankings can also agree that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs deserve top-five spots.
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