Saturday, September 25, 2021

Miami Dolphins Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 20.6 (20th)
  • Best ranking: 19th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 22nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

Fantasy surprise: WR Jaylen Waddle

Miami has not had any true standout from a fantasy perspective (a positive one, at least), but Waddle has been the closest thing to it, registering 10 catches in his first two games. They haven't necessarily been terribly productive receptions -- he has 109 receiving yards -- but the No. 6 overall pick did score a touchdown in Week 1, and he has seen 13 total targets. That type of opportunity suggests the Dolphins trust him in the offense already, which is a positive sign for the rookie going forward. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 22

Sunday's game won't be an easy one for the Dolphins to shake off. The Bills came into their building and delivered an embarrassing 35-0 whipping that wiped away any lingering optimism gained from the Week 1 win at Foxborough. Miami seemed overwhelmed by a more talented Buffalo roster. Tua Tagovailoa was lit up by the Bills' pass rushers three times in eight offensive snaps before his day ended with a cart ride to the locker room and the diagnosis of bruised ribs. Jacoby Brissett was unable to provide anything close to a Ryan Fitzpatrick-like spark, and Miami was left to ponder what the blowout loss means in the big picture. Did the Dolphins have a bad day ... or are the Bills really that much better? Either way, Brian Flores has a lot of work ahead of him.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

The health of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa bears watching after he hurt his rib against the Bills. If he can't go against the Raiders, it will be Jacoby Brissett, who struggled in relief against Buffalo.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

After getting benched in Las Vegas last year, you know QB Tua Tagovailoa wants to come up aces in Sin City this Sunday -- especially after Miami went bust when he injured his ribs in Week 2.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Yikes. Even if Tua Tagovailoa had come out of Week 2 healthy, it's hard to imagine the confidence meter being higher than a 3. Coach Brian Flores on Wednesday said further testing revealed Tagovailoa had suffered broken ribs Sunday, so we're feeling pretty down on the Dolphins' quarterback situation. Jacoby Brissett is one of the league's better backups, but he was hardly inspiring in his relief work against the Bills. Will it even matter who is under center if the Dolphins can't protect him? Will Tagovailoa be in constant pain whenever he does return? The fact we're asking these questions after Week 2 tells you what you need to know.

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