Saturday, October 23, 2021

Miami Dolphins Week 7 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: 28.4 (T-27th)
  • Best ranking: 27th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 29th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

After winning 10 games in 2020, it felt like the Dolphins were ready to take that next step under coach Brian Flores in 2021. So far, that has not been the case. Miami ranks near the bottom of the league in scoring offense (29th) and scoring defense (29th), it's dead last in third-down defense and it just fell to the Jaguars to cap off a five-game losing streak. Six games into the season, there's little about the Dolphins' play that inspires confidence, and without their first-round pick in 2022, there isn't even a silver lining to losing games. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 29

The Dolphins had what many considered a layup in Week 6: A trip to London and a matchup against a winless Jaguars team that appeared rudderless under Urban Meyer. And despite a successful return to action for Tua Tagovailoa, Miami coughed up a double-digit lead, made some dreadful in-game management decisions and somehow were left to watch the Jaguars celebrate a walk-off win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. A season that started with so much promise now seems nearly lost. "I'm not doing a good enough job," coach Brian Flores said in his postgame press conference. "Not playing consistently enough. Not coaching well enough. Not playing well enough. ... Consistent ball -- first half, a little bit in the second half, but we're just not putting it together. That starts with me."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

It's official after the loss to the Jaguars: Brian Flores is on the hot seat. This was considered a potential playoff team, but now they are 1-5, which is not a good look for Flores.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Brian Flores got outcoached by Urban Meyer on Sunday, one of the bigger upsets of a young NFL season.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Rookie Heat Check: First-rounder Jaylen Waddle has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing Dolphins passing game. His 37 catches lead all rookies, and he caught two touchdowns against Jacksonville to bring his season total to three. All four of the Dolphins' first four draft picks (Waddle, first-round DE Jaelen Phillips, safety Jevon Holland and guard Liam Eichenberg) have each played every game, so at least they are getting valuable experience while the team is struggling.

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