The Dallas Cowboys may be back at the summit of the NFL just now courtesy of an incredible start to the 2014 season, but their on field heroics doesn't seem to have helped the famous franchise retain their position as America's Team.
That is according to one new poll at least.
The Harris Poll, which garnered the opinion of 2,543 adults (half of whom were NFL followers), revealed that the Cowboys have been usurped by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos as the nation's most popular NFL team.
Changing of the guard
The 2014 result sees the Cowboys knocked off top spot for the first time since 2008. In fact Jerry Jones' franchise dropped down to fourth spot in the rankings with two other famous names in NFL history completing the top three behind the Broncos.
The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, who hold eight Super Bowl titles between them, came in second and third respectively.
The Cowboys have been known as America's Team since the 1970s and seem to have a cohort of fans at any NFL game at home or on the road. Their five Super Bowls, three of which were picked up during their dynasty days in the 1990s, have ensured that their fan base remains amongst the most visible throughout the league.
The famous Texas franchise has missed out on the playoffs for the past four consecutive seasons however, and it seems that their period away from primetime has meant their popularity has taken a hit if the new poll is to be believed.
Broncos on the up
The Denver Broncos meanwhile who replace the Cowboys at number one spot have benefitted from an improved record over recent seasons.
Reaching the Super Bowl last season on the back of a record-breaking year from future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning in the throwing game will certainly have helped boost their popularity amongst the casual fans.
And you can hardly begrudge a franchise who boast the second-longest home sellout streak in the NFL. The Denver Broncos have sold out ever game at Mile High stadium.
It is worth nothing that the results were compiled between September 10-17 prior to the Cowboys' surge to a 5-1 record but even with that in mind it might finally be time to say goodbye to America's Team.
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