A weekly examination of the Dolphins’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 20 | Last week: 16 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
It’s the same old song for the struggling Miami Dolphins. They lost their fourth game in a row and continue to plummet in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. Miami came in at No. 19, which is three spots lower than the previous week.
You can’t blame ESPN.com’s voting panel for being down on Miami. The Dolphins suffered a 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Miami (3-4) hasn’t won a game since Sept. 22 and is 0-2 in its own division. There are not many things to feel confident about with this team.
The Dolphins certainly have talent, which was evident Sunday when they jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead against New England. But Miami often fails to put together four good quarters.
Things do not get easier for Miami. The Dolphins will host the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) on Halloween night. This is a must-win game for Miami if it wants to make anything significant of its season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only 1.7 percent of teams since 1978 have made the playoffs after losing five straight games in the regular season.