What are the chances the Miami Dolphins make the playoffs this year? Pretty slim considering week 11 is almost over and was not in their favor. Besides their loss Thursday night to the Chicago Bears, the Dolphins divisional rivals the New York Jets (8-2) and the New England Patriots (8-2) are a lock, tied for first place in all of the NFL along with the Atlanta Falcons (8-2), which means one of the two will take the AFC East division spot and the other will likely take an AFC wildcard spot. Jets face two tough games in the coming weeks in New England and in Pittsburgh. Patriots have an easier schedule with just the one home game against the Jets. Expectations are that they both will lose no more than 2 games each and both make the playoffs. Theoretically, that leaves only one wildcard spot open.
The Baltimore Ravens (7-3) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) face a similar dilemma in the AFC North as the Jets/Pats in the East. One will most likely take the AFC North division spot (Ravens currently on top) and one may take the last AFC wildcard spot. On the bottom of that pile stand the Indianapolis Colts (6-4), the Oakland Raiders (5-5), then the Dolphins, Tennessee Titans (5-5) and, after tonight’s Monday Night Football game, possibly the San Diego Chargers (4-5) too. Miami must win 6 of the next 7 games and hope all of the above teams go on a losing streak.