A weekly examination of the Cowboys' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 20 | Last Week: 15 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The last time the Cowboys were this high in the rankings came after their Week 1 win against the New York Giants. This week they get the No. 17 Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in a battle for first place in the NFC East.
Last week, the Cowboys' loss to the Denver Broncos was enough to bump them three spots. Their win against the Redskins moved them up just two spots, but they remain the top-ranked team in the division and remain the seventh-best team in the conference.
The Cowboys’ next five games are against NFC foes, so they will have a chance to creep up possibly into the top 10 with games against the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and a rematch with the Giants looming.
But first things first: The Cowboys are 0-2 on the road this year and need to get to 3-0 in the division with a victory against the Eagles.
Mike Sando gave the Cowboys their highest ranking at No. 12, and Ashley Fox recorded the lowest at No. 15. Given their up and down ways so far, the Cowboys are ranked correctly.