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Cowboys On The Move In The Latest NFL Power Rankings

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Peyton Manning and Tony Romo put on a show for the ages. Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images.
Peyton Manning and Tony Romo put on a show for the ages. Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images.

And then there were three: The Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs are the only undefeated teams standing, and the Chiefs finally get the respect they deserve by cracking the Top 5 of Football.com's Week 6 NFL Power Rankings.

However, the biggest surprise is the Dallas Cowboys, who cracked the Top 10 even in a losing effort to the Broncos.

The Football.com NFL Power Rankings are based on votes tallied each week by a panel consisting of Football.com editors Evan Grossman, Allen Kim, Brett Spielberg, Christopher Smith, David Seigerman, Doug Orth, Jake Ciely, Mike Greger, Stan Chrapowicki and Zachary Doleiden.

Rank

Team

Record

Last Week

Comments

1

Denver Broncos

5-0

1

The Cowboys gave them a run for their money, but the Broncos still managed to win thanks to a late-game interception and field goal to seal the 51-48 win. Their defense needs some work, but their offense is unstoppable.

2

New Orleans Saints

5-0

3

The Saints have a sizeable lead on the rest of the NFC South, and they also have the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They should coast into the playoffs with the way they’re playing, and securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs should be their only goal now.

3

Seattle Seahawks

4-1

2

Seattle looked vulnerable for the second week in a row, and they gave up more points to the Colts than they did against their first three opponents combined.

4

Kansas City Chiefs

5-0

7

The Chiefs keep winning games, and they’re only one of three teams to remain unbeaten through five weeks.

5

San Francisco 49ers

3-2

6

San Francisco absolutely dominated Houston by leaning on their run game, and they look like they’re back on track with convincing back-to-back wins.

6

Indianapolis Colts

4-1

9

Indianapolis crushed any talk of them being pretenders with a statement win over the Seattle Seahawks.

7

Green Bay Packers

2-2

5

The Packers dominated the Lions and extended their winning streak over the Lions in Green Bay to 23 straight. However, the loss of Clay Matthews will be hard to overcome for their defense.

8

New England Patriots

4-1

4

The Patriots couldn’t muster up much on offense against the Bengals even with Danny Amendola back in the lineup, but Rob Gronkowski should make a noticeable impact if he returns this weekend.

9

Cincinnati Bengals

3-2

11

The Bengals defense absolutely stifled the Patriots offense, and it was a good bounce-back win for the team a week after losing to the Cleveland Browns.

10

Dallas Cowboys

2-2

16

Dallas may be the only team to make a significant leap in the rankings after a loss. They’re the only team to present the Broncos with a challenge thus far, and that offers some hope for the team.

11

Chicago Bears

3-2

10

The Bears didn’t have many answers for the Saints, but the one positive to take away from all of this is the emergence of Alshon Jeffrey and the impact it could have on their offense moving forward.

12

Houston Texans

2-3

8

Houston is in complete disarray, and the benching of QB Matt Schaub certainly doesn’t bode well for their offense.

13

Baltimore Ravens

3-2

15

The Ravens got back to running the ball again, and it paid off in a close win over the Dolphins.

14

Tennessee Titans

3-2

17

It took a late rally by the Chiefs to keep their winning streak alive, and the Titans didn’t miss a beat with Ryan Fitzpatrick replacing Jake Locker behind center. They’re arguably the most underrated team in the league right now.

15

Detroit Lions

3-2

13

The Detroit Lions will only go as far as Calvin Johnson is able to take them. That much was evident as the Packers shut down their offense in a convincing win.

16

Miami Dolphins

3-2

14

Ryan Tannehill is on pace to set a record for sacks taken, and he can thank GM Jeff Ireland for throwing money at everything but the offensive line in the offseason.

17

Cleveland Browns

3-2

20

Brandon Weeden is back after Brian Hoyer tore his ACL, but the Browns still managed to win. Perhaps that Trent Richardson trade wasn’t as bad as most initially thought.

18

Atlanta Falcons

1-4

12

Despite all the talent and tough early-season schedule, there’s just no arguing against their 1-4 record. Julio Jones is likely out for the season, and while it’s still early, it’s hard to see the Falcons making the playoffs.

19

New York Jets

3-2

27

The New York Jets are not who we thought they were. After a couple of brutal outings, Geno Smith came up big on primetime against the Falcons.

20

Philadelphia Eagles

2-3

24

Facing a pivotal divisional game against the Giants, the Eagles overcame the loss of Michael Vick to win the game and keep their hopes of winning the NFC East alive.

21

Arizona Cardinals

3-2

22

The Cardinals defense came to life, and Daryl Washington’s presence made a noticeable impact on their pass-rush.

22

San Diego Chargers

2-3

18

Just when most thought the Chargers were turning a corner, they lose a key divisional game against the Raiders.

23

Buffalo Bills

2-3

21

The Bills are in desperate need of a good backup now that EJ Manuel is out, and they should be kicking themselves for not jumping on Josh Freeman.

24

St. Louis Rams

2-3

23

Beating the Jaguars is nothing to boast about, and they have one of the toughest schedules to close the season out.

25

Oakland Raiders

2-3

31

Terrelle Pryor continues to make strides, and while the Raiders won’t sniff the playoffs, it offers a glimmer of hope for their future.

26

Carolina Panthers

1-3

19

It appears that any momentum from their blowout win over the Giants was lost when they went on their bye.

27

Minnesota Vikings

1-3

25

Josh Freeman should eventually get the nod as the starting quarterback, and he offers an upgrade over Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.

28

Washington Redskins

1-3

26

The NFC East crown is still for the taking, and they have a pivotal game against the Cowboys next. That bye week couldn’t have come at a better time, and ‘Skins fans can only pray that it gave RGIII another week to get one step closer to his 2012 form.

29

Pittsburgh Steelers

0-4

28

Hopefully the Steelers used their bye week to rest up and prepare for the tough schedule they have ahead of them.

30

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

0-4

30

Josh Freeman is officially gone, and the Buccaneers can move forward with Mike Glennon firmly atop the depth chart.

31

New York Giants

0-5

29

R.I.P. 2013 New York Giants. All you have to look forward to now is a top five pick in a loaded 2014 draft.

32

Jacksonville Jaguars

0-5

32

The Jaguars are easily one of the worst teams the NFL has seen over the last decade. It wouldn’t be surprising if Denver covers the record-setting spread they have over Jacksonville.