Dallas Cowboys: Positional Rankings & Grades for Top Players

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FILE - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) looks before throwing a pass in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the San Franciso 49ers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Prescott had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder after the season, a procedure coach Mike McCarthy said was a clean-up for an issue that isn't a concern. McCarthy told reporters at the scouting combine Tuesday, March 1, 2022, he expects Prescott to be available for offseason work. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Sep 02, 2022, 5:09 PM
  • The Cowboys are capable of winning the NFC East again.
  • The Cowboys are tied for the ninth-best Super Bowl odds at +2000.

After winning the NFC East title a year ago, the Cowboys saw their season end in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. But they have the potential to get even further in the postseason this year.

Here’s a position-by-position look at the Cowboys, whose NFL odds to win the Super Bowl are +2000.

Quarterback Rankings: Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is ranked No. 8 out of the 32 starting NFL QBs for the 2022 season, with an overall grade of 87/100.

The numbers indicate Prescott was among the best quarterbacks in the league last year. 

He was third in DYAR and DVOA. He was also graded eighth by PFF among those at his position.

The Cowboys will have to learn to live without Amari Cooper, who was traded to the Browns this offseason. However, Prescott should be capable of carrying the offense nonetheless.

Running Back Rankings: Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard

The Cowboys’ running back group featuring Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard is ranked No. 13 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 77/100.

The Cowboys would likely be higher on this list if it weren’t for the usage of their backs. In 2021, Pollard was fourth in DVOA and ninth in DYAR, while Elliott was 23rd and 11th. However, Pollard (134) was given half as many carries as Elliott (249).

The Cowboys, who were 13th in rushing DVOA last season, will still have an above-average rushing attack. But the distribution of carries, possibly because of Elliott’s large contract, sets them back.

Wide Receiver and Tight End Rankings: CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz

The Cowboys’ wide receiver and tight end group featuring CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz is ranked No. 12 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 81/100.

Lamb, a Pro Bowler entering his third year, is among the best up-and-coming wideouts in the game. PFF graded him 10th among receivers last season.

Gallup signed a five-year, $57.5 million deal this offseason after Dallas traded Amari Cooper to Cleveland. Gallup played just nine games in 2021 due to an ACL tear and caught 35 passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns.

Schultz was fourth in DYAR and fifth in DVOA among tight ends in 2021, catching 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns.

Offensive Line Rankings

The Cowboys’ offensive line is ranked No. 5 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 90/100.

Offensive line will be an area of strength for the Cowboys yet again. Last year, they were second in adjusted line yards and ninth in adjusted sack rate.

Two stalwarts, tackle Tyron Smith and guard Zack Martin, were second at their respective positions in PFF’s grades. But with Smith injured, Dallas hopes first-round pick Tyler Smith will boost the group.

Defensive Line and Linebacker Rankings

The Cowboys’ front seven is ranked No. 11 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 78/100.

Micah Parsons was the Defensive Rookie of the Year after being drafted 12th overall. Leighton Vander Esch was 39th in PFF’s grades, while Parsons was first.

The Cowboys’ adjusted sack rate was 12th, and their adjusted line yards were one spot behind at 13th. In PFF’s grades, their run defense was 27th, but their pass rush was seventh. 

Secondary Rankings

The Cowboys’ secondary is ranked No. 12 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 76/100.

The Cowboys were among the best teams in the NFL in shutting down air attacks, as they were second in pass defense DVOA. Trevon Diggs was an All-Pro last season after leading the league with 11 picks. 

Jayron Kearse was 13th in PFF’s grades of safeties. Malik Hooker is another veteran safety on the team.

Dallas Cowboys Average Positional Score: 80.4

Super Bowl Odds

TeamOpening OddsWeek 2Current Odds (9/20)Ticket%Handle%
Bills+750+500+40013.8%21.9%
Chiefs75075065011.3%13.4%
Chargers2500120016007.3%6.7%
Broncos1600200022007.3%6.5%
Buccaneers25007007006.5%6.3%
Packers1600140012005.8%5.4%
Rams1100160016004.7%3.9%
Bengals1200250030003.7%4.6%
Eagles4000140011003.5%3.5%
Ravens2000180018003.3%2.6%
Raiders5000500066003.1%3.3%
Colts2500250040003.1%2.8%
49ers1600220020002.7%2.5%
Vikings4000220025002.7%2.8%
Lions1500015000100002.1%1.2%
Dolphins5000280022002.1%1.7%
Cowboys1200400050002.0%1.6%
Cardinals2000500050001.8%1.5%
Saints4000350040001.7%1.6%
Titans2200400066001.7%1.0%
Steelers40005000100001.6%1.0%
Browns3000400066001.1%0.7%
Patriots2200800066001.0%0.6%
Giants66001250066001.0%0.6%
Jets1500025000200000.8%0.5%
Bears660012500200000.7%0.4%
Seahawks400020000400000.7%0.4%
Texans1500030000400000.7%0.2%
Panthers500015000300000.6%0.3%
Commanders50006600100000.6%0.3%
Falcons500030000500000.5%0.1%
Jaguars1000015000100000.5%0.2%

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Colton Pool

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.