This Sunday’s match up with the New York Jets would have been a whole lot easier had the Miami Dolphins had done one thing last Sunday - beaten the Buffalo Bills.
A win and the team does not have to fight and claw to the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. Sure other teams like San Diego, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Baltimore would all be in a catfight for the final spot with the Fins, but winning would have made it a lot easier.
Now, the game against New York for the final spot means one thing and one thing only - win or go home.
According to Fox Sports, “The Ravens win a head-to-head tiebreaker in a two-team tie with Miami and a conference record tiebreaker in a two-team tie with San Diego. The Dolphins win a three-way tie, as well as a two-team tie with San Diego.
“The Steelers get in by beating the Browns Sunday and having the Ravens, Dolphins and Chargers all lose. In a four-way tie scenario, the Steelers would win the tiebreaker -- and, like the Ravens, could be in Cincinnati for an all-AFC North wildcard game.”
Exhausted already? I am and it is only Tuesday. The media coverage of this dance will continue and probably gain as much steam as the tracking of Santa and the reindeer tonight.
The Dolphins beat the New York Jets to begin a three-game winning streak that was halted this past weekend by the Bills. The Dolphins could not get out of the way of the Bills pass rush and could not move the ball down field. The Dolphins quarterbacks were also sacked seen times on Sunday.
“We’ve got to go back to work. We’ve got to improve,” said Philbin on miamidolphins.com. “We’ve got to make certain corrections that occurred in the ball game against Buffalo, and we’ve got to get back to playing our style of football. That’s good, sound, fundamental football.”
If you can take anything from the anticipation of this upcoming game, the Dolphins may have played their finest game of the season against the Jets the last time the two teams met in a 23-3 win. Miami had
453 total yards. Playing this game at home might also help with momentum for a playoff run.
“On the offensive side, especially in the second half, we were able to break some tackles and get yards after the catch and yards after contact in the running game,” said Philbin. “Those things added up to points for us on offense.”
Miami was also successful in causing match up problems and turnovers against the Jets a month ago, which included two interceptions.