How Dolphins can still make the playoffs

December, 18, 2012
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Will the 6-8 Miami Dolphins make the playoffs?

As unfathomable as that sounds, the Dolphins are still in the hunt to make the postseason.

Miami needs to take care of business on the field and get a lot of assistance from other teams to sneak into the playoffs. The New York Jets losing last night to the Tennessee Titans opened the door for Miami to keep its remote playoff chances alive.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, here are all the things Miami needs to happen in the final two weeks:
  • No. 1: Miami must win its final two games against Buffalo and New England
  • No. 2: Jets (6-8) must lose to the Chargers or Bills.
  • No. 3: Bengals (8-6) must lose to both Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
  • No. 4: Pittsburgh (7-7) must beat the Bengals and then lose to Cleveland in Week 17.

If all of this happens, the Dolphins would creep into the playoffs thanks to a three-way tie at 8-8 over the Steelers and Bengals. Miami would have a better conference record by one game at 6-6.

The Dolphins need a lot of fortune, but at least they have a shot.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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