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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Miami Dolphins

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:

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Look at what a four-game winning streak does. Tua Tagovailoa said after the Dolphins' dominant victory over Carolina that they're finally looking like the team they expected to be. After allowing the most yards in the NFL during its seven-game losing streak, Miami has rebounded into one of the league's elite defenses. It is second in the NFL in defensive EPA over the past four weeks, trailing only New England. The Dolphins will likely need some help to make the playoffs, but they should handle the Giants and Jets over their next two games. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

NFL.com -- Rank: 18

This was the Dolphins team we expected to see. The defense is humming and the offense is on the rise, with young Tua Tagovailoa healthy and efficient under center. Tua finally reached the 16-start mark in Sunday's 33-10 win over the Panthers, and his career numbers may surprise you: 67 percent completion rate, 3,515 yards, 27 total touchdowns, 12 turnovers and a 90.5 passer rating. That's the production of an above-average starter, and given his age (23) and limited experience, one can reasonably expect the former first-round pick to continue to improve. Deshaun Watson to the Dolphins has sometimes felt like a fait accompli, but Tua can flip the script with a strong close to the season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

With four straight victories, the Dolphins are in the playoff hunt. The defense has improved, while Tua Tagovailoa is playing good football.

USA Today -- Rank: 22

Sweep New York's teams in their next two outings, and the Fins -- once 1-7 -- are amazingly back at .500.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Problem area: Pass protection. The Dolphins have won four games in a row and are second in the NFL in defensive EPA during that stretch. Miami's defense is coming around, and Tua Tagovailoa has completed 80 percent of his passes in back-to-back games. The Dolphins are still fighting an uphill battle to make the playoffs, and the biggest concern is still pass protection. They're allowing pressure on 39.5 percent of dropbacks. Only the Seahawks are worse. Given Tagovailoa's growing injury history, getting better protection for their quarterback should be a priority in the offseason.

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