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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Miami Dolphins

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Miami Dolphins in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Realistic expectation: Winning the AFC East.

The Dolphins are in the driver's seat to win their first division title since 2008, and right now, they're playing better than the Bills -- against whom they currently own a tiebreaker. Their Week 15 showdown could end up deciding the division, although Miami does have two more division games in Weeks 16 and 17. Fans in western New York aren't going to like hearing it, but the Dolphins have placed themselves in position to win the division, and it's what they should expect moving forward.

NFL.com -- Rank: 6

The Dolphins took care of business against the league-worst Texans on Sunday -- jumping out to a 30-point halftime lead before coasting to a fifth consecutive victory -- and now here's where things get really interesting for Mike McDaniel and the AFC East leaders. Up next is a Week 13 road trip to face the red-hot 49ers, with more challenges to follow against the Chargers, Bills, Patriots and Jets, all teams in the AFC playoff race. Miami decimated the competition during the soft portion of its schedule; by the end of December, we'll have a much better handle on how seriously we should take this team in the conversation of Super Bowl contenders.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They have been rolling on offense, but they face a stiff test this week at San Francisco. Can Tua Tagovailoa keep it going?

USA Today -- Rank: 6

The good news? Pro Bowl LT Terron Armstead's pectoral injury apparently isn't season ending. The bad news? Miami is hitting the road to face pass rushers Nick Bosa, Khalil Mack and whomever Buffalo throws at them over the next three weeks.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

Now we find out if the Dolphins are for real. They are a perfect 8-0 in games started and finished by Tua Tagovailoa, but they haven't beaten a team with a winning record since Week 3. They have one of the three best offenses in the league by most measures, but they now prepare to play without left tackle Terron Armstead for at least the next few games. Those games, by the way, are road trips to San Francisco, Los Angeles (Chargers) and Buffalo. Here we go.

The Ringer -- Rank: 6

We're going to learn a lot about the Dolphins over the next three weeks as they play road games against the 49ers, Chargers, and Bills. The first game of that stretch will be particularly revealing, with Mike McDaniel pitted against his former mentor Kyle Shanahan as a 3.5-point underdog. All of the confidence in McDaniel, Tua Tagovailoa, and the offense will come to a halt if they can't keep the party going against some of the league's top teams.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 4

Mike McDaniel almost pulled Tua Tagovailoa too early. Tagovailoa came out of the game in the third quarter, with the Dolphins leading 30-6. The Dolphins ended up winning 30-15 but there were some moments in which it looked like Houston could cut it to a one-score game. That second half means little; the 30-0 first half was a measure of how good Miami is right now. However, left tackle Terron Armstead missing some time with a partially torn pec — likely a reason Tagovailoa was pulled when he was — is a potential problem.

PFT -- Rank: 4

TuAnon has become Tua-Second-to-None.

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