The Miami Dolphins took their first big step in putting themselves in position to make a run at a playoff spot in the AFC. The Dolphins win over the Jets evened their divisional record at 1-1 and improved their conference record to 3-2. BOTH will be important when late December rolls around and playoff spots are determined. Additionally, the Dolphins win over the Jets, knocked the Jets to 3-5, putting their hopes of the divisional title on life support.
Earlier this month, when the Dolphins were 2-3, we laid out their road map to the playoffs. The Dolphins have won their last 2 games, which sticks to the script. Next up, the Dolphins must win 3 of their next 4 games (@ Indy, vs. Tenn, @ Buff, vs. Seattle). The 3 AFC games are most important because they are against teams that are tied with or trailing the Dolphins in the race for a wild card spot. In a perfect world, the loss would come against the Seahawks because they are a non-AFC team so it wouldn’t hurt the Dolphins AFC record.
Did you now the Dolphins are currently the hottest team in the AFC? The Dolphins hold the AFC’s longest winning streak at 3 games. This week they can take a big step in both the AFC East and AFC wild card races, if they can find a way to beat the Colts in Indianapolis. Here’s a look at the current layout of the AFC East and what’s ahead for each team.
New England Patriots (5-3 overall, 2-0 division)
Two weeks ago, the Patriots were tied with the rest of the AFC East at 3-3. After a gut-check win against the Jets at home and a dominating win against the Rams in London, the Patriots are on top of the division, all by themselves. The Patriots played solid defense against the Rams and their offense looked like it was back to it’s old ways. The Patriots are off this week and then play host to the Bills and Colts the next 2 weeks. There is a very real possibility that the Patriots will be 7-3 through their first 10 games of the season. (cont’d on page 2, click below)