Friday, December 4, 2020

Miami Dolphins Week 13 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Miami Dolphins rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 12.4 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Exceeding expectations: I've still got Brian Flores as my Coach of the Year through 12 weeks. He consistently finds ways to give his team an edge and is capable of putting together brilliant defensive game plans to fluster opposing quarterbacks. Flores appears to be solely focused on one thing: giving his team the best chance to win. When he thought it was time to play Tua Tagovailoa, he pulled Ryan Fitzpatrick. When Tagovailoa struggled, Flores went back to Fitzpatrick. Some coaches would have been overly concerned with how those decisions might affect confidence or locker-room dynamics. Flores just treats his players like grownups. Quite a refreshing concept.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

Ryan Fitzpatrick to the rescue. Doesn't that seem like something we've heard before. Should he stay in to make a playoff push?

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Xavien Howard's big year continues, the cornerback having now picked off a pass in seven of his past nine games.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Most important game remaining: Week 16 at Las Vegas

The Dolphins currently hold a wild-card spot, but after Sunday's game vs. Cincinnati they will be entering the toughest stretch on their schedule (Chiefs, Patriots, at Raiders, at Bills). The Raiders game is most significant because with both teams vying for a wild-card spot, the win and tiebreaker advantage will be essential. It's quite possible that contest -- now a Saturday, day-after-Christmas prime-time game -- could be a playoff elimination game. Miami has dreams of the Week 17 game in Buffalo being an AFC East championship game, but if the Dolphins don't win in Vegas the week before, that Week 17 game might not matter. -- Cameron Wolfe -- Rank: 15

The Dolphins are very lucky to have Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tua Tagovailoa could miss multiple weeks with his thumb injury, but the rookie's absence doesn't necessarily dim Miami's postseason chances because of the presence of Fitzpatrick, the league's top backup. The 38-year-old threw two touchdown passes without committing a turnover in the Dolphins' 20-3 win over the Jets on Sunday, then watched as the defense did the rest of the heavy lifting. Miami's D forced a befuddled Sam Darnold into two interceptions and has now come up with at least one takeaway in 17 consecutive games, a league-best streak. The team's best ballhawk is cornerback Xavien Howard, who had a pick in his third straight game and holds the league lead with seven interceptions overall.

Previous update: Miami Dolphins Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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