The Miami Dolphins (4-4) are back at .500 as they enter the midpoint of their season.
Miami earned a crucial 22-20 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals to keep its season alive. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Dolphins, who hadn't won since Sept. 22.
After surviving a brutal first-half schedule, things are suddenly looking up for Miami. The second half looks much easier, and the Dolphins have the potential to make a push for the postseason.
Here is a look at Miami's remaining schedule:
Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)
Week 11: San Diego Chargers (4-3)
Week 12: Carolina Panthers (4-3)
Week 13: at New York Jets (4-4)
Week 14: at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5)
Week 15: New England Patriots (6-2)
Week 16: at Buffalo Bills (3-5)
Week 17: New York Jets (4-4)
Combined record: 27-33
The Dolphins' second-half schedule is certainly more manageable. Miami survived tough losses in the first half of the season and worked its way back to .500.
It will take at least nine victories to earn a wild card in the AFC. That would require Miami to go 5-3 the rest of the way. If the Dolphins play consistent football, like they did Thursday night, they may have a chance at hitting that mark with a weak second-half schedule.