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NFL Power Rankings 2018 Week 3: Dolphins continue to climb all around web The Miami Dolphins have started an NFL regular season 2-0 for the first time since 2013 Youth Kenny Stills Jersey , a record that currently has them sitting alone in first place of the AFC East. While it is still early in the season, with 14 [url=http://www.miamidolphinsteamonline.com/ryan-tannehill-jersey][/url] more games to be played before a division winner is crowned and the playoff berths are set, the Dolphins are starting to turn some heads.How will their fast start to the season reflect in the Week 3 2018 NFL Power Rankings? Hopefully with a rather sizable gap between themselves and the 32nd position, a place some power rankings had Miami before the start of the season.Here are the Week 3 power rankings for the Dolphins, along with the change from last week and any write up if there was one. At the end, we take a look at the highest single week and average ranking for Miami this year, as well as the lowest for both of those.SB Nation - Rebecca TobackThis week: 12Change: Up 10Meanwhile, the Buccaneers and Dolphins are both 2-0, along with the Jaguars, making for three undefeated teams in Florida. Ryan Tannehill is impressing and Ryan Fitzpatrick is blowing everyone away, looking far better than expected while filling in for the suspended Jameis Winston.Niners Nation - David FucilloThis week: 10Change: None.Bleeding Green Nation - Brandon Lee GowtonThis week: 19Change: Up 5The Dolphins are unexpectedly first in the AFC East at 2-0. Maybe Miami is decent?NFL.com - Elliot HarrisonThis week: 17Change: Up 6The Dolphins have gotten off to the most optimal start fans could envision: 1-0 in the AFC East, 2-0 in the conference and relatively healthy (though the Josh Sitton injury does hurt). Miami’s defense put it on tape, so to speak, in Sunday’s first half, shutting down the Jets at every turn. When Sam Darnold and Co. turned it on after the break, the Dolphins’ offense made the plays it had to make. Look no further than Frank Gore’s (shoestring-)catch-and-run to convert third-and-forever, essentially putting the game away in the fourth quarter. Only 25 yards rushing for him Sunday, but that was still enough to move Gore into fourth place when it comes to career rushing yards. With 14,112 ground yards to his name, Gore only trails Barry Sanders (15,269), Walter Payton (16,726) and Emmitt Smith (18 http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-t.j.-mcdonald-jersey ,355). What a career.ESPN This week: 16Change: Up 8Miami is in sole possession of first place in the AFC East through at least two games for the first time since Week 2 of 2010. FPI gives the Dolphins a 66 percent chance to improve to 3-0 on Sunday and maintain control of first place. -- Joey KoontzCBS Sports - Pete PriscoThis week: 12Change: Up 5They are off to a 2-0 start and have a winnable game at home against Oakland. Adam Gase has this team playing good football.Yahoo! Sports - Frank SchwabThis week: 15Change: Up 10Do you believe? The Titans and Jets, the teams the Dolphins beat, are 2-0 in their other games. So it’s not a glaring example of the Dolphins going 2-0 against terrible teams. Ryan Tannehill looks at least decent. Our preconceived notions of the Dolphins gives them a higher bar to cross before we buy into this 2-0 start. If they can beat the Raiders at home Sunday, a Week 4 game at New England becomes very interesting.Sporting News - Vinnie IyerThis week: 20Change: NoneThe Dolphins have not done much particularly well in the first two games, but they’ve been clean, and that alone can steal a few wins. Credit coach Adam Gase for cooling his hot seat for now.USA Today - Nate DavisThis week: 18Change: Up 5No team averaging fewer passes, but resurgent Ryan Tannehill is highly efficient (72.5% completion, 104.9 rating) when he does throw.Bleacher Report - Paul KasabianThis week: 16Change: Up 10Bleacher Report - NFL StaffThis week: 21Change: Up 7Raise your hand if you thought the Miami Dolphins would be undefeated two weeks into the season and in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.Now put your hand down, you big liar.Last week, the Dolphins used big plays to down the Tennessee Titans. In Week 2, it was, well, um鈥e’re not completely sure.The Dolphins ran for more yards than Ryan Tannehill passed for at the Meadowlands. Miami was outgained by the Jets, 362-257. And yet, thanks in large part to three Jets turnovers, the Dolphins managed to eke out a win.Undefeated or no, we’re still not ready to call the Dolphins contenders. Or even call them good. And at the end of the month, Miami travels to Foxborough to face the Patriots in their first real test of 2018.But with a home date coming up with the Oakland Raiders before that, it’s entirely possible the Dolphins will roll into Gillette Stadium at 3-0 with a chance to open up a two-game lead on the Pats.Nobody saw that coming.The Washington Post - Mark MaskeThis week: 11Change: Up 5Miami Dolphins, AFC East leaders. It’s an odd phrase, isn’t it?Sports Illustrated/MMQB - MMQB StaffThis week: 15Change: Up 4Fansided - Matt VerderameThis week: 23Change: Up 2Give the Dolphins credit. The wins haven’t been impressive, but 2-0 will play, and the Raiders come to South Beach next.2018 SeasonChange in average from last week: Up 5.6Highest Weekly Ranking: Week 2/3 - Niners Nation - 10Highest Average Ranking: Week 2 - 16.1Lowest Weekly Ranking: Week 1 - ESPN - 32Lowest Average Ranking: Week 1 - 27.3Week 1 Average: 27.3Week 2 Average: 21.7Week 3 Average: 16.1 Todd Bowles has a secret — and he's not letting on at all.The only thing is Authentic Jesse Davis Jersey , everyone has a pretty good idea what it is.The New York Jets coach won't say who his starting quarterback will be this season, despite all signs appearing to point to rookie Sam Darnold."I definitely won't do it today," Bowles said Sunday of an official announcement. "Sometime next week ... maybe."Darnold has started New York's past two preseason games and appears to be the front-runner in the competition that includes incumbent Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. The No. 3 overall draft pick has been solid this summer, impressing coaches and teammates with his decision-making and ability to quickly digest the playbook."As coaches, we'll meet on it and keep meeting on it," Bowles said. "I have my ideas in my head, which I'll keep to myself at this point."But, I have a good idea."Bowles insisted that the decision is not something he's even struggling with. No lost moments of sleep while juggling his signal callers in his mind."Not really," he said. "No."To anyone watching the Jets throughout training camp and the preseason, it would be a surprise if Darnold isn't under center when New York opens the regular season at Detroit on Sept. 10. It would seem unlikely that Darnold will get much, if any, time on the field in the preseason finale Thursday night at Philadelphia — the game when starters typically sit out.After missing the first three days of camp while getting his contract hammered out, Darnold quickly caught up to his teammates on the field. He was third in the rotation in the preseason opener against Atlanta, but opened the past two games with the starting offense.Bowles said he has not told any of the players yet who the starting quarterback will be. And that's OK, as far as Darnold is concerned."I'm not really going about my day any different than I would," Darnold said. "I'm still continuing in practice to take advantage of every opportunity I get to play football and to be able to play this position. And, continuing to do my thing and trying to be as consistent as possible and go about it that way."From a numbers standpoint, Darnold hasn't necessarily been eye-popping this preseason. He's 29 of 45 for 244 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.It's the veteran-like way he has handled situations in the games that has been promising. Darnold has displayed an ability to make plays when the pocket collapses, while also being smart with the football."I mean, I wouldn't be disappointed and I wouldn't be surprised," Darnold said of the possibility he isn't named the starter."Throughout my short career playing football, I've seen a lot of things," he added. "Teddy and Josh are great players Authentic Reshad Jones Jersey , so I wouldn't be surprised. At the same time, every quarterback wants to play, but that's not my job to put the best player out there. That's Coach's job. Whether that's Josh, whether that's Teddy, whether that's me, we're just going to go out there and do the best we can."Bridgewater has perhaps outplayed Darnold, just based on statistics, going 28 of 38 for 316 yards and two TDs and one interception. But it seems the veteran, who has proven he's healthy two years after a devastating knee injury, will be a backup — that is, if he's not traded."I'm living in the now," Bridgewater said. "I'm taking advantage of this opportunity I have right now."Meanwhile, McCown has thrown just one pass, a 4-yard completion, in one series this preseason. It was similar to last summer when the 39-year-old veteran got limited work while the Jets evaluated their young QBs. McCown still ended up being the starter when neither Christian Hackenberg nor Bryce Petty distinguished himself.This year, though, Darnold and Bridgewater have given Bowles and his coaches plenty to consider."I don't think it happens in a week," Bowles said of the decision. "It happens throughout the course of the spring and summer. I'll always get their opinion. This is not a state-of-the-union-type of thing. I think they have a feel for where I am from a coaching standpoint and you tell the players when you tell the players and kind of go from there."NOTES: Bowles said WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) is considered "day to day, week to week." It's uncertain if Kearse, who led the team with 65 catches last season, will be ready for the season opener. ... Second-year RB Elijah McGuire (foot) won't be ready for the start of the regular season and Bowles wouldn't rule out putting him on short-term IR.
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