2023 NFL Power Rankings: Dallas Cowboys

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Dallas Cowboys in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Biggest issue on offense: Red zone offense

The Cowboys converted on 3 of 4 chances inside the New York Giants' 20 in the opener but have scored a touchdown on 3 of 11 red zone drives in the past two games. Last season, they did not score a touchdown on just 16 of 56 red zone trips. They are already halfway to last year's total misses in just three games. The best red zone teams run the ball into the end zone but against the Cardinals, the Cowboys were without three starting offensive linemen. They need their receivers to win on their routes more. They need Dak Prescott to be more accurate in tight quarters. And Mike McCarthy needs to scheme it better when that close. -- Todd Archer

NFL.com -- Rank: 6

Well, now we know what it looks like when Dallas has a bad day on both sides of the ball. Even with Trevon Diggs lost for the year, the Cowboys should not be having games like this going forward. It's easier to excuse the offensive issues, given the absence of three starting linemen. The defensive breakdowns in the first half were proof that a quality, creative offense can put this team in some uncomfortable spots, especially without Diggs on the field. The secondary, save for maybe Stephon Gilmore, had a tough game. There's no question this loss to Arizona dramatically changes my view of this team. Eventual Super Bowl winners have been known to put up a regular-season dud along the way, although seldom more than one.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

Let's give them a mulligan for that loss to the Cardinals, but it needs to be a wake-up call. Maybe they were reading how great the defense was heading into that game, but it wasn't that day.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

Right or wrong, HC Mike McCarthy is adhering to his desire "to run the damn ball," RB Tony Pollard with a league-high 62 carries — a per-game pace more than double his career average. If only those touches could fix Dallas' woeful (40%) red-zone percentage.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

QB confidence rating: 7

The biggest upset of the young season essentially ended with Dak Prescott throwing an interception that looked too familiar to Cowboys fans. Prescott's numbers this year are middling. He's 12th in offensive EPA per dropback (.12), 12th in completion percentage (67.6 percent), 16th in passing yards (647) and 33rd in air yards per attempt (5.2), but the Cowboys looked so good in the first two weeks that Dallas fans must still be on board.

FOX -- Rank: 6

Maybe the Cowboys spent their week reading all the fawning coverage of them, or maybe they're just not very good at defending the run and Arizona knew it. Maybe it was a little of both. Whatever the cause, this was about as humbling a loss as we've seen so far this season. An awful day from the Dallas defense was the main culprit here, but Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense must get better in the red zone.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 6

Trevon Diggs' season-ending injury wasn't the reason the Cowboys cratered on defense. He wasn't going to be too much help in keeping the Cardinals from rushing for 222 yards. But in the long term, it's a problem. Diggs is a difference-maker at a high-value position. It's a rough blow.

PFT -- Rank: 5

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