NFL Playoffs 2012-13: Miami Dolphins Chances at Making the Postseason
They currently sit just a game behind the New England Patriots for control of the AFC East, although their 4-4 record does leave them smack in the middle of the overall AFC standings.
As they continue to play from the outside looking in, they are going to need to close out some games in the second-half of the season if they hope to be playoff bound.
By winning just those four, they'd take the division title with a 5-1 record after already splitting games with the NY Jets earlier in the season.
I don't like their chances of taking down New England on the road in Week 17, but they could steal a game at Sun Life Stadium in Week 13 if their secondary can somehow find a way to contain Tom Brady.
I'd like to think that the Dolphins will emerge victorious in their two games against Buffalo, but anything can happen in their Week 11 meeting as both teams face-off on a Thursday night after just three days of preparation.
Even if they split games with both division rivals, it's still possible that the Dolphins can make the playoffs by raising their level of play against their remaining opponents.
When you look at the other four games left on the schedule, the Dolphins appear to have at least two relatively easy victories lined up.
This Sunday they face the Tennessee Titans, whose defense currently ranks dead last in the NFL allowing 34.2 points per game on average thus far.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who currently own the worst record in the NFL at 1-7, should be another easy win for the 'Phins Week 15.
To put it lightly—the Jaguars are a lost cause.
The Dolphins' other two non-divisional opponents, however, just so happen to boast top-five defenses at the midway point.
Out of the remaining eight games, how many will the Dolphins actually win?
The 49ers tenacious defense, persistent rushing attack and talented receiving corps will be more than enough to squish the fish.
Combine that with Alex Smith's ability to minimize turnovers and manage games, it looks like a no-brainer in San Francisco.
The Seattle Seahawks game Week 12, on the other hand, is a different story.
Despite being 4-0 at home with the comfort of their "12th Man", they currently hold a 1-4 record when the team hits the road.
Although their defense has proven to be a formidable foe—their scoring production has left something to be desired.
I can't guarantee a Dolphins victory here, but I can certainly say that it'll be a great, low-scoring game from two young teams on the rise.
All in all, if the Dolphins can continue to impress and improve on both sides of the ball, going 5-3 or even 6-2 to close out the season is by no means far-fetched.
At 10-6, they may just secure a spot for themselves and potentially take the AFC East crown.
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