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NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Dolphins win streak continues

The Miami Dolphins have won their last four games. Do the Power Rankings reflect that?

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Let’s make it four-in-a-row for the Miami Dolphins. The team holds the third-longest active win streak in the league, and have climbed back to a winning record at 5-4. Last week, various Power Rankings were starting to take notice of the Dolphins, including a couple that had them just outside the top ten. Will that continue this week after coming away with an impressive when in San Diego?

Each week, we take a look at some of the various NFL Power Rankings from around the web, seeing where the Miami Dolphins are ranked and what other sites are saying about the team. Here is the Week 11 version of the Power Rankings review:

SB Nation

Week 11: 11

Last Week: 17

Comments: When the Miami Dolphins fell to 1-4, they landed at No. 29 in our power rankings. Everything seemed bad. Ryan Tannehill was playing so poorly that fans were chanting for Matt Moore and the Dolphins even had horribly unlucky things happening like Laremy Tunsil getting injured by slipping in the shower.

One month later, the Dolphins are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. After turning the ball over 11 times in a four-game span, the Dolphins have just one turnover in their last four games and are the first team on the outside looking in in the AFC playoff race.

Fox Sports

Week 11: 16

Last Week: 20

Comments: Don’t look now, but the Dolphins are 5-4 after winning four straight. Their schedule is mostly favorable in the coming weeks, which could vault them squarely into the playoff race. If Ryan Tannehill continues to play the way he has (zero interceptions in four games), the Dolphins will be a team no one wants to play.

USA Today

Week 11: 11

Last Week: 11

Comments: Is Adam Gase's magic touch rubbing off on Ryan Tannehill? QB has 67% completion rate, 102.4 passer rating during four-game win streak.


Week 11: 19

Last Week: 25

Comments: Here’s the rest of the Dolphins’ games …

Nov. 20, at Rams

Nov. 27, vs. 49ers

Dec. 4, at Ravens

Dec. 11, vs. Cardinals

Dec. 17, at Jets

Dec. 24, at Bills

Jan. 1, vs. Patriots

I can’t rule out the Dolphins going 4-2 in those six games (they’d be underdogs at the Ravens and Bills, but even those aren’t unwinnable games). If they pull that off they’d be 9-6 playing Week 17 against a Patriots team that has the No. 1 seed wrapped up. Pretty fascinating turnaround.

CBS Sports

Week 11: 13

Last Week: 15

Comments: They are just two games out of first place in the AFC East. Can you believe it?

Week 11: 12

Last Week: 17

Comments: Wow. The Dolphins' defense came out of nowhere to deliver four fourth-quarter takeaways to an offense in need Sunday. Don't misunderstand: Miami's offense wasn't awful. The Chargers contained Jay Ajayi, while Adam Gase's game plan did not call for Ryan Tannehill to air it out. That's why Kiko Alonso's long interception return for a touchdown ultimately decided the outcome. Maybe people aren't buying into Miami right now, but a team that can run the football and force turnovers always has a chance in December/January, when the competition and weather get rougher.


Week 11: 17

Last Week: 25

Comments: The Dolphins have won four straight behind Jay Ajayi's strong rushing but also behind Ryan Tannehill's improved play. Tannehill has thrown no picks during the four-game winning streak and has taken three sacks total, allowing Ajayi the chance to run. The Dolphins look to make it five straight at Los Angeles in Week 11.


Week 11: 20

Last Week: 23

Comments: No Comments.

Bleacher Report

Week 11: 13

Last Week: 16

Comments: Ryan Tannehill knows exactly where you can stick your "game manager" labels.

His deep post to Kenny Stills wasn't just an amazing touchdown throw. It shifted momentum entirely in a game San Diego was dominating on both sides of the football until that point.

Miami's defense took control from there. Cameron Wake and Co. corralled Melvin Gordon and never let the Chargers star break a game-changing run. The defense got not two, not three, but four Philip Rivers interceptions—including a huge fourth-quarter Kiko Alonso pick-six.

It's yet another example of Miami's playoff-caliber defense. I like what I'm watching.

Looking forward: Why fly home when another California clash awaits? Miami has a date at the Coliseum with the Rams in Week 11.

Sports Illustrated

Week 11: 7

Last Week: 12

Comments: The Dolphins have won nine straight games when they force at least four turnovers, a streak dating back to 2008. Without takeaway No. 3 on Sunday—Kiko Alonso’s pick-six of Philip Rivers with one minute left—the Dolphins probably would be sitting at 4–5 and on the verge of playoff burial. Instead, they’re now just two games back of the Patriots in the AFC East.

Niners Nation

Week 11: 18

Last Week: 21

Comments: No comments.

Arizona Republic

Week 11: 16

Last Week: 20

Comments: They’re only two games behind in the wild card race, which is saying something in the hotly contested AFC. Don’t worry, Dolphin lovers, your team will move to 6-4 this week after the Fish take a friendly swim in Los Angeles and chew up the Rams. Unless Jared Goff has a monumental NFL debut, of course.


  • Week 11 Average: 14
  • Week 10 Average: 19
  • Change: +5
  • Highest Week 11 Ranking: 7 (Sports Illustrated)
  • Lowest Week 11 Ranking: 20 (PFF)
  • Highest Single Site Weekly Ranking: 7 (Sports Illustrated)
  • Lowest Single Site Weekly Ranking: 31 (NFL/USA Today - Week 5)
  • Highest Average Weekly Ranking: 14 - Week 11
  • Lowest Average Weekly Ranking: 28 - Week 5