The door has closed on the 2014 NFL regular season and your Dallas Cowboys are headed to the big dance. With the tournament starting this week, power rankings don't really mean that much (not that they mean that much during the regular season), but it's still fun to see how the national media thinks the Cowboys size up against other teams.
Despite playing arguably the best football in the NFL right now (the Cowboys have outscored their opponents 165-79 in the month of December), ESPN.com has the Cowboys moving down one spot to No. 5 in their power rankings, switching places with the Broncos which they have ranked No 4. Here's what they had to say…
"Emmitt Smith has rushed for more yards than anyone else in NFL history, but thanks to DeMarco Murray, he is no longer the Cowboys' single-season rushing leader."
They rank the rest of the top five in order 1. Seahawks, 2. Patriots, 3. Packers.
NFL.com has the Cowboys moving up one spot to No. 4 in their rankings. They have the Broncos falling from the No. 2 spot to No. 5. creating the move up for the 'Boys. Here's what they had to say…
"Yes, in the MVP race, Tony Romo will have to take a back seat to Aaron Rodgers -- but not to many others, and definitely not to anyone else on his own team. (Sorry, DeMarco.) Romo fell one completion shy of posting a 70.1 percent success rate on the season. And did I mention that he led the NFL in passer rating (113.2) and yards per attempt (8.52)?
Oh, so I guess Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett meant what they said about playing the starters, and playing to win. Our bad."
They have their top three in the same order as ESPN.com.
For the Cowboys, the road to the Super Bowl starts in Arlington, TX on Sunday. It's been a while since Cowboys fans have felt this good about their team at the end of a season. It's definitely been a December to remember, let's hope it's a January and February to remember too.