They may not be “America’s Team” anymore, but after stomping out the Seattle Seahawks on the road, they could be the best team in football by the end of the year.
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To be the best you have to beat the best, and the Cowboys did just that by not only beating but downright outplaying the Seattle Seahawks on the road this past Sunday to give them a 5-1 record, their first in what seems like forever. Tony Romo is completing over 68% of his passes, the offensive line is tout, RB DeMarco Murray is having an MVP-caliber season and is on pace for a 2,000 yard rushing season, but the biggest surprise of all is the defense.
After ranking dead last in the NFL in yards allowed – the most ever in team history as well – the Cowboys are living the good life on defense for the first time under head coach Jason Garrett, ranking 8th in points allowed and 15th in yards allowed. Any team that is a top 10 offense (Cowboys are 4th) and a top 10 defense, you have the pieces in place for a truly elite team that becomes not only a playoff contender this early in the season, but a Superbowl contender as well.
Here are the 5 best teams in the NFL heading into Week 7:
5. Philadelphia Eagles – No comeback was needed to overcome the NY Giants, but it will be interesting to see a duel between two incredible offenses and two overachieving defenses when the Eagles play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
4. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys have beaten the best, now they have to beat the rest to take a lead in the NFC East. Three straight home games against the reeling Giants and Redskins followed by an interesting matchup with the Arizona Cardinals will give them that chance.
3. San Diego Chargers – It’s hard to gauge whether to be proud that the Chargers are 5-1 or that they were nearly beaten by the 0-5 Raiders.
2. Seattle Seahawks – Lost in how good the pass defense and rushing offense are is the fact that the Seahawks have a terrible receiving corps in a league where you need consistency in the passing game. That being said, their alleged “road vulnerability” will likely be disproven with wins over the Rams and Panthers in the next two weeks.
1. Denver Broncos – Lost in the fact that Peyton Manning is poised to break every major career passing record is the fact that the Broncos have played nearly flawless football. If they can take care of business at home against the 49ers and Chargers in the next few weeks, their November schedule becomes a cakewalk that should have them in the playoffs before the tough away game against the Chargers.