Miami Dolphins: How They Can Get Into The Playoffs Not Next Year, But This Year

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Miami Dolphins: How They Can Get Into The Playoffs Not Next Year, But This Year
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The Dolphins' playoff chances look dimmer by the week.

Right now they stand at 6-5, which isn't terrible but isn't great by any stretch of the imagination. In the NFC West, they'd be in first place and most likely cruising to a division title.

But the Dolphins are in the AFC East, which contains two of the best teams in the NFL in the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. The Dolphins losses to both teams are why the Phins are 6-5 while both the Jets and Pats are 9-2. If the Dolphins win both of those games (which were both winnable) then you'd see a three-way tie for first at 8-3.

To add to the Dolphins problems, they're also behind whomever finishes second in the AFC North, as both teams are at 8-3. Now Baltimore killed Miami, but we all know what happened against Pittsburgh. 

Despite calling for the heads of certain coaches (*cough* Henning *cough*), you can't argue with the effort put forth by Miami. They could be the best 6-5 team in the NFL, and they could, with a few steps, head into the playoffs.

How will that happen? The path will clear up a bit this week. Here are some steps the Miami Dolphins must take, and other things that must happen, in order for them to be playoff-bound.

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