Well, the Dolphins have done a great job of digging themselves a hole as far as the playoff race is concerned. The Dolphins are 3 games behind both the Pats and Jets who are both 8-2. Realistically, the playoffs are out of reach, especially when you consider the injuries the Dolphins have sustained. If they DO hope to make the playoffs, they will need a lot of help, particularly hoping that one of the AFC North Teams (Ravens or Steelers) fall quickly.
The Jets remind me an awful lot of the early 2000′s Patriot teams that won games every year that they had no business winning. The Jets did it again on Sunday, coming back with a late touchdown from Sanchez to Holmes to beat the Texans. This week, the Jets welcome in the woeful Cincinnati Bengals. Remember the Bengals, the team that blew a 21 point lead to the Bills. Look for the Jets to move to 9-2. Not much of a Thanksgiving night game.
New England Patriots (8-2)
The Pats will also get a turkey on Thanksgiving, traveling to Detroit to take on the Lions tomorrow. The Pats are coming off a home win against the Colts and shouldn’t have too much trouble matching the Jets at 9-2 heading into their big showdown in 2 weeks.
Miami Dolphins (5-5)
The Phins needed the full 10 days to rest and recuperate following their embarassing 16-0 loss to the Bears, at home, last Thursday night. The Phins will likely be without Brandon Marshall, but may very well get back their starting QB, Chad Henne. If the Dolphins want to even be in the playoff discussion, they must win this week at the Raiders.
Buffalo Bills (2-8)
The Bills picked up their second win of the season last week, rallying to beat the Bengals. This week the Bills could really help the Dolphins by picking up a win at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bills offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders, but their defense will have to come up big against Big Ben and the Boys.
Other Games of Note:
- Jaguars (6-4) are ahead of the Dolphins and travel to NYC to play the Giants. Let’s go Big Blue!
- Titans (5-5) are tied with the Dolphins and travel to Houston to play the Texans. The Texans let the Jets off the hook last week, hopefully they can do something to help out the Phins this week.
- Chiefs (6-4) travel to Seattle in another game where the Dolphins can root for the NFC squad. The Chiefs haven’t played well of late and could be in for a late season meltdown.
- Ravens (7-3) host the surprising Bucs. Let’s go fellow Floridians!
- Colts (6-4) take on the Chargers (5-5), really a toss-up, but if you had to root for one team, it should be the Chargers. The Phins need every team in the AFC to get to the 5 losses that they have as quickly as possible.