The undefeated Miami Dolphins are surprisingly atop ESPN’s latest NFL Power Rankings – something no one would have expected after last season’s 9-8 finish.
The Dolphins (3-0) jumped four spots to first place in the poll, which was released Tuesday morning, followed by the Buffalo Bills (2-1), Philadelphia Eagles (3-0), Kansas City Chiefs (2 -1) and the Los Angeles Rams (2-1).
The main reason ESPN has ranked the Dolphins so highly is the team’s strong start led by the emergence of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
“Tua Tagovailoa is off to the start every Dolphins fan has been dreaming of in his third season in the NFL. He ranks second in the league in passing yards and is already halfway to tying his career high. for touchdown passes with eight.He also leads the NFL in QBR and is second in yards per attempt.The new coaching staff and improved supporting cast around him appear to have unlocked the potential Miami saw when 5 overall in 2020, and that’s a big reason why the Dolphins are the only undefeated team in the AFC entering Week 4.”
Tagovailoa has posted an impressive 100+ assist rating in all three games this season.
Miami, which got off to its first 3-0 start since 2018, sits in first place in the AFC East heading into Thursday night’s road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Dolphins held off the high-powered Bills, 21-19, on Sunday after rallying from a 35-14 deficit to shock the Baltimore Ravens 42-38 in Week 2.
The Dolphins and Eagles are the only undefeated teams in the NFL.