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NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Dallas Cowboys Fall After Detroit Collapse

The Dallas Cowboys slip to number 16 in SBNation's NFL Power Rankings for Week 5.

Halfway through the third quarter against Detroit last Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys were looking at a place in the top 5 of SBNation's NFL Power Rankings.

But their 27-3 lead turned into an unbelievable 34-30 loss, and instead, the Cowboys fell out of their top 10 ranking last week and into the 16th slot:

16. Dallas Cowboys (2-2, LW: 9): Oy. Another fourth quarter loss. The talent is there but they can't string together multiple wins. This might be the most frustrating team in the NFL.

The middle-of-the-pack seems about right for a team that always seems to play to its level of competition. 

Optimists will note that the Cowboys could be 4-0 if Tony Romo would stop throwing mind-boggling interceptions when the Cowboys have huge second-half leads. Pessimists will note that they could be 0-4 were it not for his late-game heroics against San Francisco and Washington.

Going into a bye week, Dallas will need to get their offensive stars (Romo, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Felix Jones) and their defensive backfield healthy before a trip to New England in Week 6.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.