The Associated Press sought out 12 NFL analysts from around the country and asked them to rank all 32 NFL teams ahead of Wednesdayâs season opener. Hereâs a roundup of how the Cowboys fared among the dozen experts:
Chris Berman (ESPN), Cowboys ranking: 18 â" Romo not the problem: How about protecting lead?
Clifton Brown (Sporting News), Cowboys ranking: 15 â" Even if Dez Bryant avoids trouble, playoff hopes in trouble if they donât keep pass rushers away from Tony Romo.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports), Cowboys ranking: 12 â" Jason Wittenâs injury could leave Tony Romo without his go-to guy to start season.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio), Cowboys ranking: 17 â" Curious to see how much better they are on defense.
Bob Glauber (Newsday), Cowboys ranking: 14 â" Tony Romo too often gets bad rap for being problem in Dallas. He comes off great statistical year, but there wasnât enough around him to pull off playoff run. Fearing that might be case again in â12.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News), Cowboys ranking: 16 â" Cowboys and Redskins only two teams who open season with two road games. Thatâs unfair scheduling by league.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com), Cowboys ranking: 16 â" Forget the Giants. Itâs timeÂ Dallas âbeats somebodyâs elseâs (butt),â as Jerry Jones would put it.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune), Cowboys ranking: 8 â" Jerry Jones may have faith in Jason Garrett, but Dallas fans will be clamoring for Jon Gruden if Cowboys fade once again in December.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com), Cowboys ranking: 19 â" Always so much pressure in Dallas to get to Super Bowl that the team just needs to focus on one game at a time. Injuries will hurt chances in opener against Giants, but itâs a long season and they will contend.
John Lynch (Fox Sports), Cowboys ranking: 14 â" Romo needs to perform when it matters most. Rob Ryanâs defense will benefit from big boost to struggling secondary from CB acquisitions Carr and Claiborne. Someone not named DeMarcus Ware needs to wreak havoc.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com), Cowboys ranking: 19 â" It was rough preseason on the injury front, but quarterback Tony Romo and cornerback Brandon Carr were two bright spots.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune), Cowboys ranking: 20 â" Tony Romo could be in for a big season if his offensive line can keep him upright.
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