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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys drop after tough loss

Had Dez Bryant's fingers been an inch shorter, perhaps the Cowboys would be moving up in the power rankings; however, they fell instead after a tough loss to the Giants.

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A Week 8 loss to the Giants seemingly had everything frustrating for Cowboys fans rolled into one game. Tony Romo played horribly to start with three early interceptions as he dug the team into a giant hole that he was somehow able to dig them out of. Yet with the opportunity to finish the game with a win in the end, the Cowboys couldn't pull out the victory, as Dez Bryant's fingers were an inch too long and landed out of bounds on what would've been a go-ahead touchdown.

Despite coming so close to victory, the loss was still a demoralizing one for the Cowboys that dropped them to 3-4 and dropped them on Ryan Van Bibber's power rankings on SB Nation:

20. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 17, 3-4): The best part about covering the Cowboys is going to be what happens when the season ends. In a weird quirk of the stats, Dallas technically blew a fourth-quarter lead, adding to the indignity of total collapse.

While they fell in other power rankings, too, the drop wasn't as steep as it was in Van Bibber's. CBS Sports' Pete Prisco dropped them only one spot, although he mentioned that the forecast doesn't bode well for the team:

16. They fell into a huge hole and then botched some things in the fourth quarter. It doesn't get any easier this week at Atlanta.

Some sites didn't drop the Cowboys at all, though, as the panel of experts at felt that the No. 14 spot was still the right placement even after the loss. The Cowboys will face the sole undefeated team in the NFL in Week 9 when they travel to play the Atlanta Falcons.

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