With the Dallas Cowboys playing their traditional Thanksgiving game today, let’s break down some NFL power rankings and see how things line up.
Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season kicks off Thursday with not one, not two, but three games. That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving week, which means your Dallas Cowboys are about to play their second game in just four days.
The annual tradition, which is supposed to be an honor, seems like more of a curse this year. The Cowboys aren’t only coming off a loss, but they are also dealing with injuries and/or missing players that are key to their success.
The Cowboys will definitely be without wide receiver Amari Cooper (COVID), as well as defensive line standouts Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory. Star running back Ezekiel Elliott has a banged-up knee, and receiver CeeDee Lamb is in the concussion protocol, making him highly questionable for Thursday afternoon.
While the Dallas Cowboys deal with a short week and some huge injuries, the rest of the league is managing some unusual scheduling.
Usually, this is the last week for byes, however, 10 teams still have not yet had a week off.
Still, with the majority of the league 10 games in and the holiday coming up, it seems like a good time to unveil our second round of in-season NFL power rankings.
Of course, NFL power rankings are arbitrary, but I have tried to take into account the strength of schedule and hot streaks along with the team’s actual records.
Without any further ado, let’s see how the league is stacking up as you prepare for your holiday feast.