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Monday, November 9, 2009
Take your pick: Fins' or Jets' playoff chances?


The answer to the question I'm about to ask would seem obvious. I'm not so sure it is.

The New York Jets are 4-4. The Miami Dolphins are 3-5.

But which team do you think has the best chance to make the playoffs?

New York is a game ahead, but that lead isn't colossal when you consider the remaining schedules for each team.

Miami's future opponents have a combined .453 win percentage. The Dolphins will face only three teams that have winning records after Week 9.

The Jets' remaining opponents have a .563 win percentage, and their final three games might be the NFL's wickedest regular-season finish.

Plus, the Dolphins are in a better position when it comes to tiebreakers. They have a 3-1 divisional record, including a season sweep of the Jets, who are 1-3 in the AFC East.

Let's take a gander at the remaining eight games, with each team playing four at home.

New York Jets

Head coach Rex Ryan: "We know our schedule is brutal. ... That's a tough schedule. We're capable of beating any team in this league, and I believe that. I've said it before: If we don't play our game and we keep making mistakes, we can get beat by anyone as well. That's the challenge to us. I really think if we can improve little steps, I don't think we need to improve a great deal, but just make improvements in all areas and we'll be just fine."

Miami Dolphins

Head coach Tony Sparano: "I think we are a 3-5 football team. I think you are what your record says you are, but from my end, I know in my heart that we are pretty close to being a pretty good team. ... We are at a point right now this thing can go either way. It really can, but I am going to try my best to make sure it only goes one way."