Power Rankings: No. 14 Miami Dolphins

A weekly examination of the Dolphins' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 20 | Last week: 13 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Miami Dolphins were as high as No. 7 in ESPN.com's Power Rankings this season. However, back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens have dropped Miami closer to the middle of the pack.

The Dolphins had a bye last weekend and fell one spot. Miami (3-2) came in at No. 14 in the Power Rankings, according to ESPN.com’s voting panel.

It’s hard to argue with the results. The Dolphins had a chance to pull off two landmark wins on the road against the Saints and at home against the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. Miami failed both times. Many are still skeptical of whether the Dolphins are pretenders or contenders, but we'll find out more about this team in the next several weeks.

The Dolphins have an easier game upcoming in Week 7 compared to their early schedule. The Dolphins will host the struggling Buffalo Bills (2-4) Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. This is a game Miami must win if the Dolphins want to be taken seriously as a contender in the AFC.