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Who makes playoffs from AFC?
With each passing week, things get muddier in the AFC playoff picture. Well, not among the top five teams -- the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals all have one foot through the postseason door. But that last spot is up for grabs, with eight teams within one game of qualifying.
The New York Jets, they of a 37-14 loss at Buffalo on Sunday, are tied for the spot. The Miami Dolphins, who gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their first win all season, also own a 5-5 record. A trio of AFC North teams -- the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens -- all are 4-6, as are the Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. How will the whole thing play out?
Bucs win; are Fins finished?
In a "Monday Night Football" meeting between two of the the league's most turmoil-riddled teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally earned their first win, while the woebegone Miami Dolphins dropped their fourth in five to fall to 4-5. Tampa seems to be well outside the playoff race, but it could salvage some dignity in the last seven weeks. Miami, meanwhile, remains in wild-card contention. But with fallout still settling from the Richie Incognito situation, the postseason seems pretty far away.
Lines drawn in Incognito scandal
The situation that led Jonathan Martin to leave the Dolphins has dominated headlines for the past week. Some players are coming to the defense of Richie Incognito, who is suspended indefinitely for allegedly tormenting Martin, and Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland suggested that Martin physically confront Incognito as a method of dealing with the situation. Regardless of the particulars, this scandal has revealed a side of NFL locker rooms that many might prefer to keep hidden.
Is NFL hazing out of control?
Rookie hazing is a common sight in NFL training camps, generally taking the form of menial tasks and the occasional ridiculous costume. Some players on the Dolphins, however, seem to have taken it a bit further -- guard Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely for his role in bullying second-year player Jonathan Martin, including reportedly intimidating Martin, forcing him to pay for expensive trips, and using racially charged language. Actions like that are obviously unacceptable, but what about lesser forms of hazing?
Are Miami Dolphins playoff-bound?
It all seemed to be going so wrong for the Miami Dolphins. Local kid Giovani Bernard had just scored on a staggering 35-yard run, squaring the game at 17 and giving the visiting -- and Halloween-dressed -- Cincinnati Bengals much fourth-quarter momentum. But the Fins stood strong, got to overtime and then ... bam. A walk-off safety. On an 8-yard sack by Cameron Wake. Does this win -- its first in five games -- launch Miami back into the playoff race? What to make of the Bengals, who lost Geno Atkins to a knee injury?