Sports Illustrated’s Peter King made some very, very, very early power rankings for the NFL. We may be a bit surprised that he has the Dallas Cowboys rated No. 4, below the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots.
Mr. King said this for the Cowboys:
The Cowboys still need a receiver; the thought of Patrick Crayton playing crunch-time minutes in a playoff game has to be a nightmare to any Cowboy fan. But there’s not much else they need to win the NFC.
I’m assuming Pacman Jones will be reinstated, though I have no inside information; and if he does play, he’ll be a huge threat on the other side of Terence Newman. If he doesn’t, rookie Mike Jenkins‘ development will have to progress faster than Wade Phillips would like. Otherwise, the Cowboys haven’t changed much. Explosive offense with a power running game, pressure defense with what could be a much better secondary. That’s how you win in the NFL.
I cannot argue with what he said, although I wouldn’t say we’d consider Patrick Crayton a nightmare; I think he’s learned from that playoff game and let’s hope he’s improved his play. That’s all we can do.