Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 12 Miami Dolphins
By James Walker
A weekly examination of the Dolphins’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 20 | Last Week: 17 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Miami Dolphins are the only NFL team to win two road games to start the 2013 season. That alone has garnered some respect from ESPN.com's panel.
Miami made its biggest jump so far by moving up five spots to No. 12. The Dolphins leapfrogged other teams like the St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts, which is the team Miami beat this past week, 24-20.
The Dolphins are winning games by playing efficiently on both sides of the football. They are also winning the second-half battle, outscoring opponents 24-6 in the third and fourth quarters.
Miami has another marquee matchup at home on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons (1-1). Atlanta is a team that some believe is a Super Bowl contender. If Miami can improve to 3-0 by beating the Falcons, a lot of people around the NFL would certainly take notice.