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NFL Power Rankings 2017 Week 8: Dolphins on a winning streak

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The Miami Dolphins are on a three-game winning streak and are 4-2 on the season, sitting just a half-game behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East. After two rough weeks in which they scored a combined six points, the Dolphins are not moving in the right direction. But, does their position in the power rankings from around the web reflect that change?

Let’s take a look:

SB Nation

Week 8 Ranking: 13

Last Week: 14

Comments: No comments

Niners Nation

Week 8 Ranking: 19

Last Week: 19

Comments: No comments.

Bleeding Green Nation

Week 8 Ranking: 16

Last Week: 21

Comments: Three wins in a row for the Dolphins. They’re not winning pretty, but they’ve been able to get the job done. We’ll see how the Jay Cutler injury impacts things.

USA Today

Week 8 Ranking: 13

Last Week: 24

Comments: Despite league's least-productive offense, they're sitting pretty at 4-2. But is QB controversy inevitable now that Matt Moore's getting a shot.

Yahoo! Sports

Week 8 Ranking: 18

Last Week: 20

Comments: They should have started Matt Moore from the moment Ryan Tannehill got hurt. He has always been a capable backup, he knew the offense well and he wasn’t in retirement for months like Jay Cutler. Maybe the fourth quarter rally was Moore catching the Jets by surprise and he’ll fall back to earth quickly, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he takes the job and never gives it back to Cutler.

Week 8 Ranking: 18

Last Week: 24

Comments: Whale of a response by the, uh, Dolphins on Sunday. Backup QB Matt Moore's poise was off the charts while stepping in for an injured Jay Cutler versus the Jets, especially in coming back from an interception on his second series. Or how about coming back to Kenny Stills in the end zone after what would have been the latter's second touchdown reception was called back on a ticky-tack pick call? Cutler is likely to miss Miami's upcoming "Thursday Night Football" clash against Baltimore with cracked ribs. If you compare the numbers of Moore and Cutler from 2016 until now, they're not close. In that span, Cutler has 11 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 6.48 yards per attempt and a 78.5 passer rating in 11 games. Moore in that span: 10 touchdowns, four picks, 8.42 yards per attempt and a 105.1 passer rating in five games. Surprising! (Not.)

CBS Sports

Week 8 Ranking: 9

Last Week: 13

Comments: They've won three straight games to get to 4-2 and become a factor in the division race. But this week, with Jay Cutler hurt, they will play the Ravens with Matt Moore at quarterback.

Bleacher Report

Week 8 Ranking: 17

Last Week: 25

Comments: No comments.

Washington Post

Week 8 Ranking: 11

Last Week: 18

Comments: All of those proclaiming that the Dolphins are better off with Matt Moore at QB in place of Jay Cutler should slow down just a little bit. Adam Gase is a very good coach and he knows what he’s doing, particularly when it comes to QBs. If he wanted Cutler over Moore, give him the benefit of the doubt. Moore is a very good backup but he’s a backup for a reason. Still, he’s plenty good enough for the Dolphins to get by with him starting for short stretches.

Sports Illustrated

Week 8 Ranking: 20

Last Week: 23

Comments: No comments.


Week 8 Ranking: 17

Last Week: 20

Comments: Matt Moore needs to be the starting quarterback the rest of the way. Period.

Sporting News

Week 8 Ranking: 17

Last Week: 16

Comments: The Dolphins rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter for an improbable win over the Jets and have a short week to get ready for the Ravens.

Chicago Tribune

Week 8 Ranking: 11

Last Week: 11

Comments: Matt Moore provided a spark in relief of Jay Cutler, who is out with fractured ribs. If Moore plays well, can he keep the starting job?


Week 8 Average: 15

Week 7 Average: 19

Change: +4

Highest Week 8 Ranking: 9 (CBS Sports)

Lowest Week 8 Ranking: 20 (Sports Illustrated)

Highest Single Site Weekly Ranking: 9 - Week 8 (CBS Sports)

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

Highest Average Weekly Ranking: 15 - Week 3/8

Lowest Average Weekly Ranking: 27 - Week 5