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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 4 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Tua Tagovailoa was six plays into his second game of the season before fracturing his ribs against the Buffalo Bills, so he never really got into any sort of rhythm. Jacoby Brissett has been somewhat conservative in his stead, particularly during the Dolphins' Week 3 loss to the Raiders; but he did flash some brilliance late in the contest. He led a game-tying drive with time running out in the fourth quarter and converted a critical fourtth-and-20 in overtime. His teammates have confidence in him and his number should rise as Brissett becomes more comfortable in the offense. Tagovailoa will miss at least the next two games. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

NFL.com -- Rank: 21

The Dolphins fought to the bitter end in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders, and they deserve credit for fighting back in a game that appeared to have slipped away when Vegas reeled off 25 unanswered points to take an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter. A lot of the credit has to go to Jacoby Brissett, who has followed in the footsteps of Ryan Fitzpatrick as the rock-solid backup who will keep the Dolphins from disaster while Tua Tagovailoa recuperates from broken ribs. Not enough teams put the proper value on a No. 2 QB -- the Dolphins seem to get it. The schedule softens over the next month, but a Week 4 game against the winless Colts profiles close to a must-win.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

They are 1-2 and playing for a stretch without their starting quarterback. This is a must-win this week against the Colts at home.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

They've generated a takeaway in a league-best 25 consecutive games but have won the turnover battle twice in their past four (three losses).

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Surprise! The Dolphins have not made up any ground in the AFC East. That's disappointing, considering the trajectory Miami was on heading into this season. There are some reasonable explanations for this, most notably losing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for at least several weeks after he suffered broken ribs early in Week 2's loss to Buffalo. Still, it's surprising to see how little Miami has been able to close the gap on the Bills after all of the investments it made to improve its skill-position group this offseason. Miami right now appears no closer, and perhaps even further way, from competing for a division title than it did when it narrowly missed out on a wild-card playoff spot last season.

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