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King Ranks the Cowboys 9th in Latest SI Poll

Peter King of Sports Illustrated is out with his first power ranking of the season, and he likes what he sees from the Cowboys, as he has him ranked 9th in the league. Here’s what he has to say about them:

9. Dallas
Maybe this is the year the Cowboys start putting the round peg in round hole. They have 25-, 24- and 22-year-old running backs — Marion Barber, Tashard Choice and Felix Jones, respectively — who last year rushed the ball 360 times for 1,623 yards (4.5-yard average) and 12 touchdowns. Meanwhile, their quarterbacks dropped back to pass 578 times. When your backs are that good, they shouldn’t be handed the ball on 37 percent of the offense snaps. I’m counting on Jason Garrett to make the run game much more of a presence this year. If he does, it’s not a very distant limb to walk out on and say the Cowboys should win their first playoff game since 1996. But I’ve got to see it to believe it.


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