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Cowboys tighten grip on No. 1 spot in PFF's Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 20: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Week 13 of the NFL season has come and gone, and with it, a new week’s worth of grades are in the Pro Football Focus database.

PFF’s Power Rankings are based off of Senior Analyst Sam Monson’s ordering of all 32 NFL teams, offenses, and defenses. He uses PFF’s overall cumulative grades as a starting point, and makes necessary subjective adjustments to account for things that aren’t captured in the grading system, such as injuries.

The PFF Power Rankings will be updated every Tuesday morning during the NFL season—view the latest edition entering Week 14 here.

NFL Power Rankings

As the first team to officially punch its ticket to the postseason, the Dallas Cowboys remain atop Pro Football Focus' NFL Power Rankings entering Week 14. After earning a 78.4 game grade against the Vikings back on Thursday night, quarterback Dak Prescott remains near the top of this season's race for Rookie of the Year.

The only player ahead of him? That would be teammate Ezekiel Elliott, naturally. Elliott remains the highest-graded running back in the league through 13 weeks, ahead of the No. 2 back (San Diego's Melvin Gordon) by some margin. This season, the former Buckeye has forced 38 missed tackles (30 on rushes, eight on receptions), and has surrendered just five QB pressures (all hurries; no sacks or hits) in 46 pass-blocking snaps.

Another riser on the list following their Week 13 rout of the Miami Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens move from No. 10 to No. 8. Through Week 13, the Ravens own the league's highest-graded run defense by a large margin. While Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi graded well (80.8) on account of his season-high seven missed tackles forced on rushing attempts, he recorded just 61 total rushing yards and no touchdowns against the Ravens, adding 26 yards on six receptions.

Baltimore—currently atop the AFC North, at 7-5, due to its Week 9 win over Pittsburgh—will face one of its toughest tests of the season on Sunday night, traveling to Foxborough, Mass., to take on the 10-2 New England Patriots.

Sliding out of the top-five in our NFL Power Rankings this week are the Atlanta Falcons, who move to No. 6 after their 29-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. While wide receiver Julio Jones impressed once again in Week 13, earning an 89.2 game grade, Matt Ryan's 61.8 mark was his second-lowest grade of the season. After dropping two of its last three games, Atlanta will need to bounce back in Week 14 against rookie QB Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams.

As we enter the final stretch of the NFL regular season, be sure to check back weekly for PFF’s updated NFL Power Rankings.

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