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

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Prediction we missed: The Dolphins could challenge the Bills in the AFC East.

Yikes, this one was rough. After winning 10 games in 2020, Miami expected to be a playoff team in 2021, and with an improved offense and largely the same defense, that didn't seem far-fetched. But the wheels have fallen off during a difficult stretch, as the Dolphins have lost six games in a row after winning their season opener. Perhaps the most disappointing letdown is the deterioration of what was a top-10 defense last season -- it ranks 31st in scoring, yards allowed and third-down play. After losses to the Jaguars and Falcons over the past two weeks, the playoffs are out of the question and Miami must scramble just to climb back to .500. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

NFL.com -- Rank: 29

The Dolphins suffered another loss in crushing, last-second fashion, and their playoff chances have virtually vanished before the season reaches its midpoint. We now enter Evaluation Time in Miami, and that starts with Tua Tagovailoa. As the uncomfortable Dashuan Watson trade rumors continue to swirl around the organization, Tua put together a solid performance against the Falcons -- his second straight promising showing since coming off the injured list. Yes, there were two gnarly turnovers that factored into the loss, but Tagovailoa has flashed since his return. Do the Dolphins really want to cash out now and get into the Watson business?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

With one victory, they are the biggest disappointment in the league this season. Tua Tagovailoa wasn't the problem against the Falcons. The defense and offensive line were the problems.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Despite what Chase is doing in Cincy, credit Miami WR Jaylen Waddle, whose 44 receptions are nine more than any other rookie.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Trick or treat: Scary. And just bad. The Dolphins were in the playoff race until the 2020 season's final week, but this year they've allowed 30 or more points in four of their losses and they even lost to the Jaguars. Halloween brings a trip to Buffalo, which won the first meeting between the teams 35-0. The only good news for the Dolphins is that the Texans visit in Week 9.

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