Miami Dolphins' Road to the Playoffs Goes Through the New York Jets

Tavis McKnellyContributor IDecember 12, 2008

Wouldn't it be nice if there were only 15 games in the regular season? If that were true, the Miami Dolphins would have two games left in the 2008 regular season. One game at home against the 5-8 San Francisco 49ers, and one game away against the dismal 2-11 Kansas City Chiefs. Easy enough way to clinch the division, and end the regular season, right?   


When Dolphins fans wake up from that dream they were having about a 15-week regular season, they will awake to the bitter reality of how this season is going to have to end.

Not only will the Dolphins have to beat the 49ers, as well as the Chiefs, but they will also have to beat the New York Jets on the road.  A New York Jets team that will also be fighting to win the AFC East, as well as a playoff berth.  

This fact scares any Dolphins fan for one reason, and one reason only. That reason being that the New York Jets are the only team in the NFL that has a winning record against the Dolphins.

The Jets are coming off of a two-game losing streak to host a Buffalo Bills team that is without Trent Edwards this week. After that, they will make the long trip to Seattle to take on a Seahawks team that is also without their leader under center in Matt Hasselbeck.

The Miami Dolphins would enjoy nothing more then to see the Jets lose both of those games, but the odds just do not favor that outcome.

The Dolphins could be a 10-5 team facing an 8-7 Jets that Sunday in December, or they could be an 8-7 team facing a 10-5 Jets. Another scenario could leave the Jets and Dolphins tied at 10-5, or tied at 9-6, and even 8-7 is possible.  

The point is that no matter what the record of these two teams on Dec. 28 may be, either the AFC East Division Title, or an AFC wild-card spot will be riding on it.

Although the "road to the playoffs" may run through Brett Favre and the Jets for the Miami Dolphins, it may not be the last time the two teams meet this season. Both teams could meet again in the playoffs, and that last game of the regular season could decide whether that game is played in Miami, or the Meadowlands.

Just another reason on the long list of reasons of why Dec. 28 will be the biggest game for the Miami Dolphins' regular season in 2008.