NFL Week 6 Power Rankings: Streaking Cowboys moving up as Super Bowl contenders, Chiefs keep falling


The Dallas Cowboys, after a tough opening-night loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have ripped off four consecutive victories to get to 4-1 and take hold of the NFC East after five weeks.

They’ve done so with an explosive offense led by Dak Prescott that we expected to see before the season. It’s dynamic, includes a lot of big plays, and they can run the ball with Ezekiel Elliott. But it’s the defense that’s the biggest story and the reason there are real Super Bowl hopes.

New defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has taken a unit that was bad last season and has them taking the ball away and improving week by week. Even without top pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, who is out with a broken foot, the Cowboys continue to be an opportunistic defense. They have 10 interceptions, six by Defensive Player of the Year front-runner Trevon Diggs, after having 10 all of last season.

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