Miami Dolphins: 2013 Week 8 NFL Power Rankings (#19)

Last week: 17 (-2)

Record: 3-3

Remember when the Dolphins started 3-0 and everyone thought they were awesome? I pointed out that 22 of 32 teams last year win at least 3 games in a row at some point, including the 7-9 Dolphins. Doing it at the beginning of the season makes it more noticeable, but not necessarily more impressive. In 2011, the Bills started 3-0 and the Cardinals started 4-0 in 2012. The Dolphins probably won’t finish that bad, but I don’t think they are a realistic playoff contender in the AFC. They have been worse than their 3-3 record, as they are moving the chains at a 70% rate, as opposed to 76% for their opponents, a differential that is 29th in the NFL. Ryan Tannehill’s development has been stunted by 26 sacks in 6 games. That makes it very tough to move the chains consistently. Bryant McKinnie is coming in, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll be a significant upgrade. There’s a reason he was a healthy scratch towards the end of his tenure in Baltimore.

Week 7 Studs

DT Jared Odrick

DT Randy Starks

Week 7 Duds

RT Tyson Clabo

TE Charles Clay

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