2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Rams make major jump after crushing Colts

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5. Dallas Cowboys (6)

Believe it or not, it was the defense of the Dallas Cowboys that stepped up the most against the New York Giants as the team finally got revenge from their NFC East rivals after losing both meetings during the 2016 season. For whatever reason, the Cowboys just couldn’t figure out a way to get past the Giants in the regular season last year, but after Sunday’s win in which the defense held their opponents to just three points, this team should feel confident moving forward.

Of course, the outcome of this game could have been much different if Odell Beckham Jr. was healthy enough to suit up, but keep in mind New York’s offense still had plenty of other weapons to work with, meaning the defense still deserves that credit. As for the offensive side of the football, Dak Prescott continues to look like a veteran for a young player of his age, and not even tough defense from the Giants was good enough to keep the quarterback from leading the Cowboys’ offense.

Along with Prescott, Dallas was pleased to see Ezekiel Elliott finish the game with 104 rushing yards when considering he wasn’t even expected to play a few weeks ago. Only time will tell when it comes to whether Elliott’s suspension will actually take place, but as long the running back’s in the lineup, this Dallas offense is only going to get better.