Thursday, October 15, 2020

Miami Dolphins Week 6 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: 20.4 (T-19th)
  • Best ranking: 18th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 23rd (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

When Ryan Fitzpatrick is on, he's a joy to watch. Fitzpatrick lit up the banged-up 49ers secondary, throwing for 350 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 12.5 YPA -- the highest mark of any quarterback in a game this season. And the defense was swarming, producing five sacks and three takeaways. On the season, Miami's defense is up to 18th in EPA per snap. The Dolphins suddenly have a plus-23 point differential, which is tops in the AFC East.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

Give Brian Flores credit. This team competes hard and winning at San Francisco is a nice step for a young team.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

In case it wasn't obvious, Ryan Fitzpatrick (106.6 QB rating the past four weeks) won't make it easy to get rookie Tua Tagovailoa onto field.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Biggest weakness: Running game

The Dolphins' passing offense is flowing well, but it's having to offset a rushing attacking that hasn't found consistency. The Dolphins are averaging just 3.7 yards per carry, 30th in the NFL. Miami's rebuilt offensive line has held up well protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick but hasn't established itself as nicely run blocking unit. That coupled with the Jordan Howard addition (18 carries, 14 yards) looking like a bust gives plenty of evidence this is the Dolphins' biggest weakness. Myles Gaskin is a feel-good story as the Dolphins' surprise lead back, but they will need to be more productive on the ground to be a true playoff contender. -- Cameron Wolfe -- Rank: 20

My favorite stat from Week 5 ... and maybe, ever: With his brilliant performance against the 49ers on Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick now has more games of 300-plus yards passing and at least three TDs (12) than John Elway managed during his entire Hall of Fame career with the Broncos. Does this mean that Fitzpatrick is a better quarterback than Elway? Well ... probably not ... but it's a testament to the enduring nature of Fitzmagic. Fitzpatrick's 16th season has been the best of his career by various metrics, and it puts Dolphins coach Brian Flores in a very interesting position with first-round pck Tua Tagovaila waiting on the sideline.

Previous update: Miami Dolphins Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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