Dolphins tumble four spots in latest NFL Power Rankings

It’s been a roller-coaster year for the Miami Dolphins in ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings. Our expert panel can’t seem to peg the team with any consistency as it began with high expectations, underachieved and fired its coach, then had a recent resurgence under interim head coach Dan Campbell.

However, Campbell suffered his first loss with the Dolphins last week in a 36-7 blowout defeat to the New England Patriots. That caused Miami to fall four spots to No. 17 this week.

The Dolphins (3-4) remain a middle-of-the-pack team. They are not consistent enough to be great but talented enough to avoid being a bad team. This group must figure out which way they are trending, and it starts with a big game Sunday against their AFC East rival Buffalo Bills (3-4).

Miami lacked consistency all season. Campbell, who is 2-1 since taking over on Oct. 5, will try to provide it the rest of the year.