Thursday, October 19, 2023

Miami Dolphins Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Miami Dolphins in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Lesson learned: The Dolphins were correct in standing pat at running back.

Throughout the offseason, Miami was attached to rumors of acquiring Pro Bowl running backs Dalvin Cook and Jonathan Taylor -- but no such move was made. As it turns out, the Dolphins were on to something. Rookie De'Von Achane, a third-round pick, was the AFC's leading rusher before a knee injury landed him on injured reserve, while last season's starter, Raheem Mostert, is on pace for a career year and leads the NFL with nine touchdowns. Miami fielded the 25th-ranked rushing offense a season ago, averaging just 99.2 yards per game. This season, the Dolphins lead the league in that category at a whopping 181.8 yards per game. Considering they have a real shot at yielding two 1,000-yard rushers by season's end, it's safe to say the Dolphins were justified in their faith in their current running backs room. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 3

Good teams are allowed hiccup games now and again, and Miami did win the final three quarters against Carolina on Sunday, 42-7. But there's a legitimate discussion about how we should judge this group, even as explosive as it is. Miami has beaten five opponents with a combined record of 5-24 to this point and was shellacked in Week 4 by the Bills, who currently sit at 4-2. That's the evidence we have as of now. We won't really see the big picture for the Dolphins until they've faced the Eagles (in Week 7) and Chiefs (in Week 9). Any team that features Tyreek Hill has a chance, and the reunion between Hill and his former K.C. compatriots in Germany will be must-see TV. But we've suddenly shifted to Jalen Ramsey Watch, having seen Eli Apple struggle at times again.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

They've regrouped in a big way after losing to the Bills three weeks ago. But they face a tough task against the Eagles on the road. That will be fun.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

How good — really — is this offense? The numbers, individually and collectively, have it tracking to be among the best in league history. In fact, Miami's O is averaging better than 100 yards more than the second-ranked Eagles. But dates with the Philly and K.C. defenses in two of the next three weeks should provide litmus tests ... like the one Miami failed at Buffalo in Week 4.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

The Dolphins are averaging 37.17 points per game, which is on pace to be the most of any team since the Denver Broncos in 2013 and the second most since at least 2000, according to TruMedia. Their 498.7 yards per game leads the second-place Eagles by 103.7 yards per game. And Miami leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns (15) and is averaging 6.5 yards per carry, the highest average in the league since at least 2000.

FOX -- Rank: 1

Miami shockingly went three-and-out twice to start out against the Panthers. What happened after that? Touchdowns on five of their next six possessions. That's how quickly it can happen. And on a week in which none of the other contenders looked impressive, taking care of business is more than good enough for the Dolphins to reclaim the top spot.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 6

The Dolphins are averaging 6.5 yards per rushing attempt, which is unbelievable for a team that doesn't have a running quarterback. They also don't have a big name at running back, which probably won't help the "pay the running backs" crowd. It's an offense that can win in all ways.

PFT -- Rank: 1

Miami has the offense that Kansas City used to have.

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