Saturday, January 2, 2021

Miami Dolphins Week 17 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: 10.6 (T-9th)
  • Best ranking: 9th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB: He's 38, but given how the Dolphins have managed their QB situation this year, do they go into 2021 with Fitzpatrick backing up Tua Tagovailoa again? One way or another, the Dolphins will need to add a quarterback this offseason. Bringing Fitzpatrick back could make sense.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

That was an amazing victory against the Raiders. That's the sign of good coaching, but they now have a quarterback controversy of sorts.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

Really have to admire how Brian Flores is managing his quarterbacks ... and how Tua Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick are navigating their starter-reliever situation.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

New Year's resolution: Add more explosive playmakers to help Tua Tagovailoa

The Dolphins spent the 2020 offseason finding their QB in Tagovailoa and loading up in the trenches to build a playoff team. The biggest weakness left might be the lack of playmaking receivers and running backs who can separate from defenders while making plays in the open field. With two first- and second-round picks, including an expected top-5 pick via Houston, the Dolphins have the resources to secure multiple upgrades here. -- Cameron Wolfe -- Rank: 12

Twas Peak Fitzmagic. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an ineffective Tua Tagovailoa and led the Dolphins to a 26-25 win over the Raiders that will go down as one of the most unlikely victories in team history. After the game, Brain Flores told reporters he'll stick with his rookie QB as the starter for Sunday's win-and-in Week 17 matchup against the Bills. Of course, there's a script in place now: Tua is the starter, but Fitzpatrick is the relief pitcher who can take it home. "I don't want to put any labels on it," Flores said of his unconventional two-man QB rotation. You can make a strong case that Fitzpatrick has done more than enough to regain the starting job, but Flores has pulled the right levers all year. Let's see if he does it again.

Previous update: Miami Dolphins Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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