Saturday, November 14, 2020

Miami Dolphins Week 10 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: 11.6 (T-10th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

After falling behind in the third quarter, Tua Tagovailoa led them on a 93-yard touchdown drive against the Cardinals. He hit DeVante Parker for 14 yards on a third down and picked up two more first downs with his legs. Brian Flores is my Coach of the Year at the halfway point of the season. This is a really fun team.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

It's probably shocking to see them here. But they've earned it. Brian Flores has done a wonderful job with this team and Tua Tagovailoa gives them playoff hope.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Five of their next six games are against sub-.500 teams, so excellent bet this Tua Tagovailoa "audition" ends with a playoff berth.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Recalibrated expectation: Make the playoffs

The 5-3 Dolphins currently hold the No. 7 playoff spot in the AFC, and the postseason now should be a goal and not just a best-case scenario. The Dolphins might be favored over their next four games (vs. Chargers, at Broncos, at Jets, vs. Bengals), and with a top-5 scoring defense, a young ascending QB in Tua Tagovailoa and an impressive program-building coach in Brian Flores, they are in the playoff mix a year early. They can make it. -- Cameron Wolfe -- Rank: 12

The Dolphins had plenty of reasons to turn the offense over to Tua Tagovailoa. The one with the most immediate impact was the potential that Tua could make the Dolphins better -- not in 2021, but right now. Tua got his feet wet in Week 8 against the Rams, but he played like a future star in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Cardinals. The No. 5 overall pick kept pace in a shootout with second-year star Kyler Murray, finishing his second pro start with 248 passing yards, 35 rushing yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. We also loved Brian Flores doing what Kliff Kingsbury wouldn't -- putting the ball in his young quarterback's hands with a chance to close out the enemy. Tagovailoa rewarded his coach's faith with a successful QB sneak on third-and-1 in the final minute.

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