Thursday, October 14, 2021

Miami Dolphins Week 6 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: 27.4 (27th)
  • Best ranking: 27th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 28th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Most improved player: DL Christian Wilkins

How they've improved: Through just five games of his third NFL season, Wilkins has already tied his career high in QB hits (four), and set a new career high in tackles for a loss (five). He also has registered one sack on the season, just one shy of his career high. The 2019 first-round pick has always brought energy to the field -- sometimes "too much" juice, according to coach Brian Flores -- but his production is starting to match that after a solid-but-unspectacular start to his career. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 28

The Dolphins will get on the plane to London wondering what they are: A good team in a bad slump or a bad team in a long season. Facing the Bucs' gang of All-Pros and future Hall of Famers presents a tough assignment for anyone, but Sunday's 45-17 loss to the defending champions wasn't the type of performance to engender hope that a turnaround is near. Miami allowed 558 yards of total offense, including 411 passing yards and five touchdowns to Tom Brady, the legendary quarterback who is still finding ways to torture the Dolphins fan base from the beyond the AFC East grave.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They head to London with a four-game losing streak. The heat has to be on Brian Flores, even without Tua Tagovailoa. The defense has been bad.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Say what you want about injured QB Tua Tagovailoa, but Miami has been outscored by 19 points per game without him.

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

Breakout players: The Dolphins haven't had a lot to be happy about in 2021, but maybe they finally have some key pieces to build around their quarterback. On Sunday, running back Myles Gaskin became the third Dolphins player with at least 10 receptions in a game this season (joining Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki). It's the first time in franchise history that three players have recorded a 10-reception game in a single season. Of course, it could just mean that Miami is losing a lot.

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