Saturday, November 20, 2021

Miami Dolphins Week 11 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: 27.6 (28th)
  • Best ranking: 25 (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 29 (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Most important remaining game: Sunday at Jets

Interviewing coaches must be rubbing off on me: This week's game is the most important remaining on the schedule because it's the next one. Now sitting at four games below .500 after a two-game win streak, the Dolphins' margin for error is razor-thin -- as in, they can't afford to lose another contest for the next several weeks. Miami is a long shot to make the playoffs, but with the NFL's third-easiest remaining schedule (according to ESPN's FPI) with games against the Jets, Panthers, Giants and Jets again coming up, those playoff chances aren't totally zero quite yet. But losing to the Jets in Week 11 would certainly derail any hopes. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 28

Brian Flores needed that win. Tua needed that win. Dolphins fans needed that win. The 22-10 upset over the Ravens was fun and silly and memorable -- and for reasons that went beyond the greatest touchdown in NFL history that didn't count. Credit Brian Flores and defensive coordinator Josh Boyer for cooking up a high-risk/high-reward game plan that sent waves of pressure at Lamar Jackson to stunningly successful results. The Ravens' high-flying offense -- which piled up 500 yards on the Vikings four days earlier -- didn't even manage a touchdown until there were four minutes remaining in the game. It was a coaching masterpiece that maximized the abilities of Miami's talented secondary. Chef's kiss.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

The defense was sensational against the Ravens, but the quarterback situation is still dicey with both Tua Tagovailoa and Jacoby Brissett banged up as they ready to face the Jets. It looks like Tagovailoa will start.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Maybe it's too little, too late, but they don't face another team with a winning record until Week 16.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Steal a player: Justin Herbert, Chargers quarterback

Herbert is for Dolphins fans what Patrick Mahomes is for Bears fans: the quarterback they could have had instead of the one they got. While it feels like it should be too early to bail on Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins have consistently shown us they aren't fully behind him. We have to believe Miami would love a chance to redo the 2020 draft and take Herbert if it had the chance.

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