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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 5 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

One thing I liked about Brian Flores last year was his aggressiveness. He was willing to take risks and increase variance with the Dolphins often playing as heavy underdogs. But that hasn't been the case this year. The Dolphins were down 17-12 to the Seahawks in the fourth quarter, facing a third-and-3 from the Seattle 9. They ran the ball, lost 2 yards and then kicked a field goal. The Seahawks scored a touchdown on their next possession. The Dolphins' free-agent spending last offseason indicated that they felt like they could make a playoff leap in 2020. They were competitive last week against the Seahawks but appear to be stuck in mediocrity for now.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

When do they turn to Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback? It has to be coming soon, right? It should be.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

Brian Flores said of his QB situation, "We'll make the decision on the starter, but I would presume that's going to be (Ryan) Fitzpatrick." Convincing, coach. FWIW, Fitzpatrick will continue starting.

ESPN -- Rank: 24

FPI playoff percentage: 5.0%

This might be a tad low given there are seven playoff spots this season -- and Miami still gets to play the Jets twice -- but this is in the ballpark. It's unlikely the Dolphins will be a playoff team this season, as they are a bit too young with holes in key areas. Brian Flores always has the Dolphins playing hard, and they are much more competitive than the first half of the 2019 season, but this seems like a team that will beat the really bad teams and lose to the good ones. They seem on track for a six- or seven-win season. -- Cameron Wolfe

NFL.com -- Rank: 25

The final score doesn't tell the story, but the Dolphins defense showed up to play in Sunday's 31-23 loss to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Miami held Seattle to 17 points midway through the fourth quarter behind impact play from Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah and Xavien Howard. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, you don't beat Wilson by kicking field goals (five of them from a locked-in Jason Sanders), and the dam eventually broke with two late Seattle touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick has played well overall through four weeks and has been named as the Week 5 starter, but you have to wonder how much longer Brian Flores can keep Tua Tagovailoa on the bench. If they feel comfortable with the rookie from a health standpoint, the time should be coming soon.

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