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Power Rankings: No. 17 Miami Dolphins

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

Preseason: 20 | Last Week: 21 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Miami Dolphins continue to ride their roller-coaster season. After suffering a tough loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 12, the Dolphins responded with a 23-3 victory over the New York Jets this past Sunday. The win puts the Dolphins (6-6) back at .500 with four games remaining.

ESPN.com’s panel was impressed enough to move Miami up four spots this week to No. 17. The Dolphins’ up-and-down ranking is reflective of their season.

Miami is looking to establish some consistency for the first time since its 3-0 start in September. The Dolphins will try to win two in a row Sunday in a crucial game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7). Both teams are competing for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

The Dolphins can improve their ranking if they prevail on Sunday and string together important wins in December.