NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Packers fall in Week 17

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Dec 27, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox (27) makes a tackle on Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo defeat Dallas 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports


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The Dallas Cowboys are a loss away from completely flipping last season’s record. A year ago, DeMarco Murray was powering a dominant offense into the playoffs. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant were playing excellent ball behind the league’s best offensive line. All that remains is the strong wall up front.

Kellen Moore lined up under center to take on the Bills, and wound up 13-of-31 for 186 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Darren McFadden was a yard shy of another 100-yard game, but the Cowboys were unable to find the end zone all afternoon.

The Cowboys are too talented to win only four games, but we have learned the importance of Tony Romo this season. It goes without saying a franchise quarterback is irreplaceable, but many backups have been able to win with good teams. We’re seeing it this season. The Steelers, Broncos and Bengals have all won with backups, but the Cowboys are 1-10 without Romo this year.

Dallas is heading for an early draft pick, which could help them add some major pieces to what could already be a strong roster in 2016, assuming Romo is 100 percent. Could the Cowboys be the comeback team of 2016?

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