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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Miami Dolphins

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:

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Be thankful for: Brian Flores. I'm not going to overthink this one. They lost to the Broncos, but Flores continues to be impressive. Going back to last year, he's always finding ways to give his team an edge, and Miami's defense ranks eighth overall. Flores wasn't afraid to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick with Tua Tagovailoa a few weeks ago, and he wasn't afraid to do the opposite to try to spark the offense late against Denver. The Dolphins have the Texans' first-round pick in addition to their own in 2021. And they're positioned to be players in free agency. Dolphins fans have to be pumped about the future with Flores.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

The benching of Tua Tagovailoa made no sense to me. He's either in or he's out – and he should be in for the future. Let him learn from even bad experiences.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

“I expected it to be a lot harder,” rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa said of the NFL after his 3-0 start. As his humble pie digests, Tua prepares for the Jets ... who will likely restore his hubris.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

What they're thankful for: A healthy Xavien Howard

Howard has reestablished himself as the NFL's best ball hawk and one of the best cornerbacks in the league. After missing 11 games with a knee injury in 2019, Howard is back and tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions. The Dolphins' defense can be a lot more aggressive and productive with Howard patrolling the passing lanes, and his presence is definitely reason to be thankful. -- Cameron Wolfe

NFL.com -- Rank: 15

When Tua Tagovailoa took over as starting quarterback at the beginning of this month, the move came with the assumption the Dolphins would ride with their first-round pick through thick and thin. The mandate is less clear after Brian Flores yanked an ineffective Tua in the fourth quarter of a 20-13 loss to the Broncos. After the game, Flores told reporters that Tua has the "full support" of the coaching staff and locker room, but does that mean he'll turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick if his rookie struggles again next week? Or the week after that? It's possible Miami's five-game win streak altered Flores' mindset and leaves the coach caught between developing for tomorrow while trying to win today. That's a tricky tightrope to walk when a first-year quarterback and proven backup are in the mix.

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