24. Dallas Cowboys (+6)
This Cowboys team hasn’t lacked talent at the skill positions or on defense, what they lacked was hope.
As corny as that sounds, you can see how different this team played against the Pittsburgh Steelers today in a game that they had every right to win. Despite losing in no small part thanks to a group of refs that I assume sleep in star pajamas, the Cowboys looked like they had hope with Garrett Gilbert at quarterback.
The big names made plays on offense, but Tony Pollard continues to make plays that make you want to see him more and more. This is Zeke’s backfield, but if they can get splash plays from Pollard more routinely and the same offensive line for two games in a row, then maybe this is “the” team in the NFC East?
23. Houston Texans (+3)
Don’t get me wrong, the Texans didn’t show anything worth moving up this much on the power rankings, instead this was more about the teams that were below them that proved how bad they were.
Still, I’m not here to be negative. I think today the Texans showed what they were trying to build this offseason which was an offense that creates big plays consistently and that forces you to cover deep shots, cover horizontally vs crossers, and then also have to deal with Watson’s legs.
They aren’t a playoff team or anywhere close, but they are a team that can give anyone trouble on any night if the defense doesn’t come with a good understanding of how dangerous this Texans offense is.
J.J. Watt is also still good. Not as good as he used to be, but good.