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After such a demoralizing loss filled with stupidity from the players and coaches, one might find it hard to be positive about the Dolphins.
I attempted to do that in this piece, but even I can't be as positive as the playoff picture, which still slightly favors the Dolphins.
Miami will need help, but so does everyone else in the race as described in this piece by Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated.
As simple as this can be, if both the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers emerge victorious on Sunday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins will be headed to the playoffs.
According to Yahoo Sports, San Diego is favored by 10 at home in their matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, as the Chiefs have already clinched the fifth seed in the AFC East, and the Chargers already defeated the Chiefs back in November by the score of 41-38 in Kansas City.
This doesn't guarantee anything, but it should tell you that the Dolphins have a very good shot at the playoffs.
What would also help is a loss by the Baltimore Ravens against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Cincinnati will be playing for the second seed in the AFC, so expect a full game plan from them at home against a division rival that they have had trouble against in the past.
But all of this becomes a moot point if the Dolphins lose. If that were to happen, they would not only lose out on a playoff spot, but would fall behind the Jets and into third place in the AFC East thanks to the Jets holding a divisional tiebreaker over the Dolphins.
As long as Miami wins, everything is in their favor to make the playoffs, the same situation they were in last week.
Let's hope that they don't put up the same performance.
Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com.