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Dolphins Disrespected in Latest ESPN NFL Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Miami Dolphins are being disrespected by ESPN's latest NFL power rankings.
The Miami Dolphins are being disrespected by ESPN's latest NFL power rankings. / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins made one of the biggest splashes of the NFL offseason when they traded for All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill. His ability to take the top off a defense should completely change the Dolphins passing attack, yet the team is still being disrespected by ESPN's latest power rankings.

Dolphins Power Rankings

ESPN released a list compiled by its Football Power Index (FPI) rating and Miami was placed all the way down at No. 21. Not only is that ranking well behind two other teams in the AFC East, but it also checks in lower than five squads that finished with a losing record during the 2021 season.

Hill comes to town fresh off his fourth 1,000-yard season in the last five years and has scored 56 touchdowns in 91 games played. He wasn't the only weapon added, either. Running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert provide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with a tough backfield duo, too.

It's on defense that Miami continues to shine year after year, though. The Dolphins posted the 10th-best total DVOA rating last season and finished tied for eighth in the NFL with 26 takeaways. That's a scary sight considering almost every starter from 2021 is back to wreak havoc on the field in 2022.

The hiring of head coach Mike McDaniel gives this team a newfound upside on offense. That level of balance deserves a higher ranking.

For now, Miami has odds set at +4000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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