The Seahawks are moving up the NFL's national media power rankings after beating the 49ers on Thursday night. Next up: the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Seahawks’ yo-yo effect continues in the NFL power rankings from national media and major newspapers.

Seattle’s domination of the San Francisco 49ers last week sent them back up the ratings — into the top 10 in some cases — compiled by the same NFL experts who sent them down several notches after the previous week’s loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Which proves zilch. Except maybe that the so-called experts are having as much trouble figuring out what’s going on with the
Seahawks as the Seattle players, coaches and fans.

Seattle is ranked as high as No. 8 (Business Insider) and No. 9 (ESPN) and Seattle Times’ Jayson Jenks) and as low as No. 19 (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

The Seahawks’ opponent Sunday (1:25 p.m., Fox, Channel 13), the Dallas Cowboys, are ranked lower in every source I found, generally in 20s. The Seahawks are favored by about 5.5 points on the road against Dallas, which is still without quarterback Tony Romo and struggling behind Matt Cassel. Now here come the physical Seahawks, with a defense that seems to be finding itself after its early struggles.

“The Seahawks are 3-4, but they get a Tony Romo-less Cowboys team in Dallas this week and then three straight home games,” ESPN wrote. “The season could turn around fast.”

Here are the latest NFL power rankings from national media and major newspapers.

SEATTLE TIMES

Seahawks rank: No. 9 (up 1)

Seahawks comment:  Good sign: The defense looked like its old self. Better sign: Marshawn Lynch rushed for 122 yards, his most in the regular season since last October.

Cowboys rank: No. 20 (down 1)

Cowboys comment:  The Cowboys have gone four games without forcing a turnover.

Top 5: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Broncos; 5, Panthers.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 9 (up 3)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks are 3-4, but they get a Tony Romo-less Cowboys team in Dallas this week and then three straight home games. The season could turn around fast.

Cowboys rank: No. 20 (down 4)

Cowboys comment: Seven giveaways, zero takeaways and 30.5 PPG allowed by the Cowboys during their four-game losing streak. Games against the Seahawks and Eagles the next two weeks could decide the Cowboys’ season.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Broncos; 5, Panthers.

NFL.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 14 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Dominant performance authored by the defense last Thursday night. Richard Sherman looked like he just left the reggae club with his one-foot-tall Seahawks beanie in postgame. And that’s OK when you play like he — and the rest of that secondary — did versus Colin Kaepernick. Of course, the job was made easier by a pass rush that came alive with six sacks. That front four’s dominance in spots early this season had been overlooked. The unit sure showed up in Santa Clara.

Cowboys rank: No. 22 (down 1)

Cowboys comment: Glad Matt Cassel did Steve Pelluer’s legendary No. 16 justice out there in the New Meadowlands. The new man under center made a few plays — including tossing a perfect ball on the run for a touchdown to Devin Street — but the Cowboys could not overcome three interceptions, or a couple of major special-teams miscues by the kick-coverage units and Blonde Rambo. Tell you what: That Dallas defense allowed just 13 points. Looks different.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4,  Panthers; 5, Broncos.

SI.COM (Chris Burke)

Seahawks rank: No. 11 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: Michael Bennett is like the crazy uncle of NFL players—remember last month when he didn’t like Matthew Stafford because Stafford is from Dallas and that’s where JFK was assassinated? He’s also a phenomenal defensive lineman, as Colin Kaepernick found out during Bennett’s 3.5-sack show on Thursday.

Cowboys rank: No. 22 (down 1)

Cowboys comment: If we pretend the Cowboys’ season is an on-demand TV show, then the Tony Romo injury is one of those ads that you aren’t allowed to fast forward through. The best chance Dallas has of staying in the race continues to be rooting for its division rivals to lose.

Top 5: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

SI.COM (Peter King)

Seahawks rank: No. 13

Seahawks comment: Seahawks’ most impressive game of the year, in all ways other than protecting Russell Wilson, came in the 20-3 win over San Francisco Thursday night.

Cowboys rank: No. 20

Cowboys comment: Can you come back yesterday, Tony Romo?

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 3, Panthers;5, Broncos.

CBSSPORTS.COM (Pat Kirwan)

Seahawks rank: No. 10 (up 8)

Seahawks comment: If the Seahawks can put pressure on Matt Cassel and force more of those turnovers he had against the Giants, they can get a win and begin the task of climbing back into the NFC West race with games against Arizona and San Francisco.

Cowboys rank: No. 20 (down 4)

Cowboys comment: So Matt Cassel wasn’t the answer, which leads me to believe the Cowboys won’t get right until Tony Romo and Dez Bryant get back in the lineup. The way the division is going, they might still have a chance if they can find a way to win a couple games before then.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots;

CBSSPORTS.COM (Pete Prisco)

Seahawks rank: No. 10 (up 4)

Seahawks comment: The defense rebounded in a big way against the 49ers last Thursday. That’s the Seattle defense we’ve come to expect.

Cowboys rank: No. 23 (down 7)

Cowboys comment: It’s a shame what losing a quarterback like Tony Romo has done to this team. At least Greg Hardy is trying to fire up his teammates. Yeah, sure he is.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Packers; 4, Broncos; 5, Panthers.

YAHOO! SPORTS

Seahawks rank: No. 13 (up 3)

Seahawks comment: If the Seahawks beat the Cowboys next week, they have a bye before a home Sunday night game against the Cardinals. That could be quite the interesting fork in the road for the Seahawks’ season.

Cowboys rank: No. 18 (up 1)

Cowboys comment: Here’s the positive: The offensive line showed up. The running game looked good. The defense played pretty well. These things weren’t really clicking before this week, in the games since Tony Romo’s injury. If the Cowboys get more of that before Romo comes back, maybe Romo will actually have something to come back to.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

USA TODAY

Seahawks rank: No. 11 (up 2)

Seahawks comment: They caught fire in Week 7 last year, winning nine of final 10. Did they just launch similar run by embarrassing 49ers?

Cowboys rank: No. 19 (up 2)

Cowboys comment: Who’s to say Greg Hardy didn’t offer some really helpful suggestions to Dallas’ struggling special teamers? (Riiiiight.)

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

FOXSPORTS.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 11 (up 8)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks can stop the run, run the football and make plays on special teams. The Legion of Boom hasn’t been elite this year, and as long as Russell Wilson keeps getting sacked, they won’t be able to stay consistent in the pass game.

Cowboys rank: No. 21 (down 5)

Cowboys comment: The offensive line is back to its 2014 form thanks in part to the promotion of rookie La’el Collins. Running back Darren McFadden has emerged as the lead back, and he’s looking more like the player we saw during his dominant 2011 season with the Raiders. If Matt Cassel can cut down on the turnovers until Tony Romo returns, the Cowboys have the other pieces in place to make a run for the NFC East.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Packers; 5, Broncos.

PRO FOOTBALL TALK (NBC.COM)

Seahawks rank: No. 15 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: Michael Bennett hates Dallas. He now gets a chance to visit.

Cowboys rank: No. 18 (down 5)

Cowboys comment: “My dog didn’t just bite you. He’s simply trying to show you how to properly eat your food.”

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Panthers; 4, Packers; 5, Broncos.

PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS

Seahawks rank: No. 13

Seahawks comment: Defensive end Frank Clark has a PFF Rating of 82.1 against the run, which is the best among rookies.

Cowboys rank: No. 16

Cowboys comment: On 79 pass blocks, La’el Collins has just allowed one quarterback pressure. His pass blocking efficiency of 99.1 is fourth-best among all guards with at least 50 pass blocks.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Panthers; 4, Bengals; 5, Broncos.

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks rank: No. 13 (up 3)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks had few problems in Thursday night’s win over the 49ers, particularly on defense. But given the level of resistance offered by the Niners, it’s a bit too soon to declare Seattle’s early-season issues resolved.

Cowboys rank: No. 24 (down 5)

Cowboys comment: The Cowboys can lament: If only we hadn’t traded for Matt Cassel.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks rank: No. 13 (up 5)

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks have bounced back because of their defense. If they don’t protect QB Russell Wilson, they won’t make the playoffs.

Cowboys rank: No. 27 (no change)

Cowboys comment: The struggling Cowboys are in last place in the NFC East. The last thing they need is a game against Seattle’s defense.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Broncos; 5, Panthers.

NEW YORK POST

Seahawks rank: No. 11 (up 1)

Cowboys rank: No. 20 (down 5)

Cowboys comment: x

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Broncos; 4, Bengals; 5, Panthers.

NEWSDAY

Seahawks rank: No. 10 (up 1)

Seahawks comment: There’s nothing like facing the team you’ve owned for the last few years to make things right after a demoralizing loss, as the Seahawks rebound from a home loss to the Panthers by spanking the 49ers on the road. That’s six wins in their last seven games against the Niners.

Cowboys rank: No. 21 (down 4)

Cowboys comment: Matt Cassel can’t do any better than Brandon Weeden, as the Cowboys drop their fourth straight game in Tony Romo’s absence. And now Greg Hardy creates more controversy with a sideline shouting match with Dez Bryant and the Cowboys’ special teams coach. What a mess

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Seahawks rank: No. 19 (up 6)

Seahawks comment: They still own the 49ers. The winning formula was back: strong defense, tough running by Marshawn Lynch and just enough big throws by QB Russell Wilson.

Cowboys rank: No. 26 (down 3)

Cowboys comment: Matt Cassel took over at QB for Brandon Weeden and didn’t do much better. That’s four losses in a row without injured stars Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

Top 5: 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Seahawks rank: No. 8

Seahawks comment: Week 7 MVP: Michael Bennett, who sacked Colin Kaepernick 3.5 times in the Seahawks dominating win over San Francisco.

One thing to know:  Dez Bryant is set to return from injury on Sunday against Seattle, so expect him and Richard Sherman to battle all game.

Cowboys rank: No. 20

Cowboys comment: Week 7 MVP: Darren McFadden had his best game as a Cowboy, rushing for 152 yards and a touchdown.

One thing to know: Make it four straight losses for the ‘Boys. Luckily, Dez Bryant is expected to return this weekend, and Tony Romo should be just a few more weeks away.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

HEAVY.COM

Seahawks rank: No. 14

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks looked more like the Seattle team we are used to seeing on Thursday night against the 49ers. The Legion of Boom was swarming and the running game looked much improved. Much has been made about the Seahawks blowing leads, but Seattle has also had one of the more difficult early schedules. Three of their four losses have come against undefeated teams (Carolina, Green Bay and Cincinnati). The Seahawks have the talent to be trending upward but will need to go on a winning streak to get back in the playoff race.

Cowboys rank: No. 22

Cowboys comment: The Cowboys are struggling without Tony Romo. Dallas had hoped Matt Cassel would provide some relief at quarterback, but Cassel threw three interceptions in his Cowboys debut. Dez Bryant is expected to return next week after missing most of the season due to injury. Will his presence be enough to help the Cowboys get things right? Time will tell.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Packers; 3, Bengals; 4, Broncos; 5, Panthers.

MICHIGAN LIVE

Seahawks rank: No. 12

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks physically overpowered the 49ers, rushing for 176 yards and holding San Francisco to 142 yards total offense in Thursday’s victory. (Last week: 16)

Cowboys rank: No. 22 (down 2)

Cowboys comment: Brandon Weeden didn’t work out and Matt Cassel tossed three interceptions in his Dallas debut. Come on Cowboys, just throw Kellen Moore out there and let’s see what happens.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2; Bengals; 3, Packers; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

SB NATION

Seahawks rank: No. 13 (up 5)

Seahawks comment: Seahawks got a convincing win of their own over the 49ers. Seattle looks primed to get its season back on track but has given itself little margin for error going forward.

Cowboys rank: No. 24 (no change)

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Packers; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.

BLEACHER REPORT

Seahawks rank: No. 10 (up 4)

Seahawks comment: The Seattle Seahawks took the first step in a journey toward salvaging their season Thursday. We saw a familiar sight: a swarming and suffocating defense making every movement impossible for the San Francisco 49ers offense.

But even during a dominant 20-3 win, there was still reason to be concerned about the Seahawks’ offensive line and its wobbly existence. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked five times, maintaining his overall pace for an absolute throttling in 2015.

Wilson has been sacked 31 times through seven games and is still headed toward a 70-sack season. An offense simply can’t survive while regularly giving up that kind of pressure.

Cowboys rank: No. 21 (down 1)

Cowboys comment: Matt Cassel was never going to be a solution for the Dallas Cowboys at quarterback until Tony Romo returns. He’s a dice roll and a poor one at that. He’s another prayer and a second lottery ticket for a team searching to find even an adequate backup.

Cassel’s appeal lies only in his experience. He has more of it as a starting quarterback than Brandon Weeden, which fuels optimism that he could be successful in the classic game-manager role. The game-manager designation has always been football speak for “please just screw up as little as possible, thanks.”

Maybe Cassel can still be that guy or something close to it over the next three games before Romo is eligible to play again. But in his Dallas debut he was wildly inaccurate and couldn’t connect on critical throws during the team’s fourth straight loss.

Basically, he was the Matt Cassel we’ve come to know in recent seasons. He’s the same Matt Cassel who completed just 57.7 percent of his pass attempts over three games for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014.

Against the New York Giants Sunday, he carelessly tossed up three interceptions. One was returned for a touchdown during a game decided by seven points, and another came in the Giants’ end zone when he underthrew wide receiver Terrance Williams by a good three yards.

Cassel isn’t the answer Dallas is looking for. That will only come once Romo is healthy.

Top 10: No. 1, Patriots; 2, Bengals; 3, Packers; 4, Panthers; 5, Broncos.