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NFL Power Rankings: Dolphins make waves with fast start


When I spent time this summer at the Miami Dolphins training camp, I left thinking that the team might be better than a year ago.

Then I changed my mind.

Now I am changing it again.

The Dolphins, based on their two road victories to open the season, have been one of the league's most impressive teams in the first two weeks, and could be ready to push for a playoff spot. The Dolphins have done some good things on defense, the fierce front seven getting after the quarterbacks they've faced, but it's the offense that has impressed me the most.

I like what I've seen from second-year passer Ryan Tannehill. He looks much more composed in the pocket, much more sure of himself. He's taking shots down the field, something he didn't do last season as a rookie. In two games, he has thrown for 598 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His yards-per-attempt is up to 8.2 from 6.8 a year ago. That's a good sign.

The Dolphins vault to the No. 10 spot in my weekly Power Rankings, which, I have to say, I didn't see coming. If they are there three weeks from now, then it will be truly amazing.

The next three weeks are brutal for the Dolphins. They play host to the Atlanta Falcons this week, then play at New Orleans before coming home to face the Baltimore Ravens. If they can get to 3-2 out of that stretch, that will be a heck of a start.

For now, they're in the top 10, and I am changing my thinking about them -- again.


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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