LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 20: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against London Fletcher #59 of the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on November 20, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Improving young players on both sides of the ball and an easy schedule have the Cowboys thinking about an NFC East title.
On the heels of a three-game winning streak that has the Dallas Cowboys tied for first place in the NFC East, Dallas is now No. 10 in SBNation's latest NFL Power Rankings:
10. Dallas Cowboys (6-4, LW: 12): Impressive turnaround for the Cowboys. They were 2-3 at one point but now hold a share of the NFC East lead.
The defense, meanwhile, has been a consistent strength for the team under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, with ILB Sean Lee emerging as a star, OLB DeMarcus Ware on pace to break the single-season sack record and CB's Orlando Scandrick and Terrence Newman bouncing back from an inconsistent 2010 season.
Yet Dallas still has not proven they can handle success, as a variety of special-team miscues in the punting game nearly cost them a game against a struggling Washington team last week.
With the Giants facing New Orleans and Green Bay the next two weeks while the Cowboys play Miami and Arizona, Dallas could have a commanding NFC East lead headed into their first game with New York on Week 14.
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