Dallas Cowboys are underrated

After defeating Super Bowl champs, Dallas deserves more respect

Originally Published: September 11, 2012
By Khaled Elsayed | Pro Football Focus
CowboysRon T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Getty ImagesThe Dallas Cowboys had an impressive victory over the New York Giants in Week 1.

Revisiting Week 1 results, we thought the New Orleans Saints would be fine after the bounty scandal and the Arizona Cardinals very well could be the worst team in the NFL. The reasoning was sound, but the Saints slipped up against the Washington Redskins in Robert Griffin III's extraordinary debut and the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks and rookie Russell Wilson.

We're not overreacting to those results, though. The Saints will get better and the Cardinals won't get to play an offense as out of sync as Seattle's offense every week.

But for now we're moving on and looking at the most underrated and overrated team in the Week 2 ESPN NFL Power Rankings.

Underrated -- Dallas Cowboys

Did anybody see the Cowboys-New York Giants game last week? You know, when the Cowboys dominated Big Blue on the way to a victory more emphatic than the score line would suggest.

I'm going to assume not, because if so there's no way the Cowboys would be lingering around the No. 10 spot. Let's put what they did into perspective: They went into the home of the Super Bowl champions and for the most part of 60 minutes outcoached, out-executed and outperformed the big-game specialists in New York.