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NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Dolphins start to rebound

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NFL: Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

As you may have noticed, things have been a little off here on The Phinsider recently. Basically, work got in the way of me being able to focus on the site, and I apologize for that. One big example of things missing from the site was last week’s NFL Power Rankings rundown for the Miami Dolphins. We pick it back up today for Week 7.

The Dolphins have been plummeting down the power rankings from all over the internet with their 2-2 start to the season and a league-worst 10.3 points per game average through their first four games. After this past weekend’s come-back win over the Atlanta Falcons, will Miami start to move back up the rankings?

Let’s take a look:

SB Nation

Week 7 Ranking: 14

Last Week: 28

Comments: No comments

Niners Nation

Week 7 Ranking: 19

Last Week: 22

Comments: No comments.

Bleeding Green Nation

Week 7 Ranking: 21

Last Week: 24

Comments: Things were looking ugly for Miami as they were down 17-0 in Atlanta. But then they fought back to beat the defending NFC champions. Impressive.

USA Today

Week 7 Ranking: 24

Last Week: 26

Comments: No team is averaging fewer yards or points – Miami's 12.2 per game is 3.5 worse than Cleveland – yet Dolphins are somehow afloat.

Yahoo! Sports

Week 7 Ranking: 20

Last Week: 24

Comments: It’s pretty amazing they’re 3-2, because with all the angst about their offense it feels so much worse. Still, a team that averages an NFL-worst 155.4 passing yards per game isn’t going to keep winning much, you’d have to think.

Week 7 Ranking: 22

Last Week: 24

Comments: Signs of life, hope, a ground game, some defense ... and more wins from the Dolphins? (Don't worry, though: The passing game still really sucks.) Jay Ajayi is a true power back. Watch a couple of his fourth-quarter runs, were the man just goes north-south, ready to plow. Other than an unsportsmanlike call at the end of the game, the Dolphins weren't penalized in the second half. That call went against Reshad Jones, who had the presence of mind to not deliver the kill shot on Austin Hooper, slowing up to catch a tipped pass when his team really needed it. #20isunderrated

CBS Sports

Week 7 Ranking: 13

Last Week: 26

Comments: That was an impressive victory at Atlanta for a team that needed it. They now face a big division game with the Jets.

Bleacher Report

Week 7 Ranking: 25

Last Week: 26

Comments: No comments.

Washington Post

Week 7 Ranking: 18

Last Week: 22

Comments: Just when it seems like the appropriate time to give up on Jay Cutler and go with Matt Moore at QB, something happens like the improbable comeback in Atlanta. The Dolphins are on the heels of the Patriots in the tighter-than-expected AFC East, and any game within the division is going to be meaningful for the foreseeable future.

Sports Illustrated

Week 7 Ranking: 23

Last Week: 24

Comments: No comments.


Week 7 Ranking: 20

Last Week: 25

Comments: The Dolphins win ugly games, but a win against the Falcons, after trailing 17-0, is nothing to sneeze at.

Sporting News

Week 7 Ranking: 16

Last Week: 24

Comments: Jay Cutler, after all the questions about whether he should be benched, is on the right side of .500 because of more pretty than gritty play the past few weeks. They are also helping him a lot with the running game.

This week: vs. Jets, a chance to erase an ugly Week 3

Chicago Tribune

Week 7 Ranking: 14

Last Week: 22

Comments: Defense has allowed only 10 points in the fourth quarter. Their rally from 17 down in Atlanta could be key point to season.


Week 7 Average: 19

Week 6 Average: 24

Change: +5

Highest Week 5 Ranking: 13 (CBS Sports)

Lowest Week 5 Ranking: 24 (USA Today)

Highest Single Site Weekly Ranking: 11 - Week 2/3 (CBS Sports)

Lowest Single Site Weekly Ranking: 28 - Week 6 (SB Nation)

Highest Average Weekly Ranking: 15 - Week 3

Lowest Average Weekly Ranking: 27 - Week 5