Chris Simms' NFL Power Rankings Ahead of Week 13

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Chris Simms' NFL Power Rankings Ahead of Week 13
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Everything changed the moment Cadillac Williams became my teammate. 

For starters, Jon Gruden's offense became a lot more competitive. Receivers and tight ends knew that if they didn't produce when their numbers were called, those touches were going to Cadillac on the next drive.

The offense itself changed. Gruden came from the famous Bill Walsh coaching tree; the man loved his short throws and timing patterns. He could now deploy both against defenses that had to protect against big Williams runs.

Lastly—and I can't stress the importance of this enough—it gave our defense time to catch its breath. We could maximize older stars like John Lynch and Derrick Brooks because they didn't need to make as many stops on the field. That sure came in handy when they had to chase a guy like Mike Vick around for four quarters.

All three things are happening down in Dallas this season. Ezekiel Elliott's emergence doesn't impact the run game and the run game alone; all 53 active players have reaped the benefits during the 10-game winning streak. That's why Dak Prescott can start as a rookie and Dez Bryant still gets single-covered on Thanksgiving. And that's why you'll find the Cowboys in their rightful spot in my latest power rankings.

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