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Miami Dolphins stay put in Power Rankings

The regular season is nearing its conclusion, and so is ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings.

The Miami Dolphins have been up and down the rankings this year, which is a reflection of their 8-7 record. There have been times when Miami looked like a playoff contender and other times the team simply wasn't good enough. In the end, the Dolphins missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

This week Miami is coming off a wild 37-35 victory over the Minnesota Vikings to end a two-game losing streak. Still, ESPN.com’s panel kept the Dolphins at No. 16 for the second consecutive week.

The Dolphins are very much a middle-of-the-pack team. Next year Miami must work on its consistency and figure out how to separate from the NFL's robust middle class.