Week 14 NFL Power Rankings: Blown Opportunity Looms Large As Cowboys Fall To No. 10

Dallas missed a golden chance to create some separation with the New York Giants before the two teams play this weekend.

After a tough 19-13 OT loss to Arizona that featured some controversial late-game decision-making by coach Jason Garrett and QB Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys have slipped to No. 10 in the latest batch of NFL Power Rankings from SBNation:

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-5, LW: 8): The Cowboys had a chance to take a commanding two-game division lead but Jason Garrett and the timeout fiasco prevented that from happening. You gotta beat a 4-7 team in Week 13 when you're leading your division. You just have to.

Now, instead of a nearly insurmountable two-game lead on the New York Giants headed into the two teams' pivotal Week 14 showdown, Dallas can lose control of first place with a loss this week.

A Cowboys secondary that has been exposed in recent weeks by Rex Grossman, Matt Moore and Kevin Kolb needs to regroup fast against the fourth-rated Giants passing offense, although CB Mike Jenkins could be a huge addition as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Dallas has the lowest point differential (+39) of the NFC's four division leaders, but the rest of the NFC East is so weak, with the other three teams all in negative range, that the Cowboys are still in a great position to get their way into the playoffs.

For the latest news and notes on America's Team, head on over to Blogging The Boys.

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