Saturday, November 21, 2020

Miami Dolphins Week 11 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: 10.0 (9th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 13th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

They continue to find ways to gain an edge every week. That is the mark of good coaching. The Dolphins got a punt block early that set up a touchdown, and Xavien Howard had a big interception late to lead them over the Chargers. Their pass defense ranks third behind only the Rams and Steelers. Great red zone scheme on the throwback touchdown by Tua Tagovailoa in the fourth quarter.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

This is a legitimate playoff team. They continue to improve and the defense is getting nasty. Brian Flores has this team playing hard.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

DE Emmanuel Ogbah has been quite the pick-up, posting a career-best eight sacks and first six-game sack streak for this franchise since Jason Taylor did it 17 years ago.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

What would they take back: Signing Jordan Howard

The Dolphins attempted a temporary fix at running back with Howard and Matt Breida instead of taking multiple chances to add a long-term running back in the 2020 draft. Taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire or D'Andre Swift late in Round 1 or Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins or Antonio Gibson in Round 2 with one of their five selections in those rounds seemed like a better move. Howard, inked to a two-year, $9.75 million deal in March and waived Monday, had 28 carries for 33 yards and was a healthy scratch for four games. The good news is Miami gets another crack to correct this in the 2021 draft. -- Cameron Wolfe -- Rank: 11

We've reached the point where the Dolphins are getting a huge impact play on defense or special teams every week. Is that sustainable? Probably not! But hey, sports are weird sometimes, and the Dolphins -- along with a fanbase starving for relevancy -- should just enjoy this magic carpet ride as long as it lasts. Miami got a blocked punt to set up an early touchdown on Sunday, and Tua Tagovailoa delivered another efficient performance in a 29-21 win over the Chargers. The Dolphins have run their winning streak to five games -- 3-0 with Tua under center -- and are tied in the loss column with the Bills in the AFC East with seven games to play. Brian Flores is the leader in any Coach of the Year discussion, and I won't hear any other argument!

Previous update: Miami Dolphins Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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