After the Miami Dolphins lost to the then win-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football during the middle of the Incognito-Martin fiasco, I for one believed that their season was over and any hopes of the playoffs had vanished instantly along with their offensive line. Since that embarrassing loss, the Dolphins have wont 4 out of their last 5 games, and find themselves within striking distance of the 6th and final AFC playoff spot. Just how close are the Miami Dolphins? Much closer than you would think. Here is a look at Miami’s Week 16 playoff scenario.
Shockingly, Miami could lock up the 6th seed by Sunday night. First and foremost, the ‘Phins would need to go into Buffalo and defeat the Bills (kickoff is at 1:00 ET) in what I expect will be a very close game (nothing unexpected with this Miami team). Then, they would need some help. They would need the New England Patriots to beat the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore (kickoff is at 4:25 ET). Finally, the ‘Fins would need the Minnesota Vikings to do what few teams have done and knock off the Cincinnati Bengals at home (kickoff is at 1:00 ET).
Is it realistic? No, not really. Could it happen? Definitely, weirder things have happened in the past few weeks. I believe Miami will beat Buffalo and that the Pats will rebound and beat the Ravens. The only scenario of the 3 that I don’t see happening is the Vikings beating the Bengals in Cincinnati. That being said, the Matt Cassel is playing well and the Cincinnati secondary is depleted by injuries. It could happen.
Ultimately, the Dolphins just need to take care of business and win their final two games. However, it sure would be nice (and an early holiday present) for the Ravens and Bengals to also lose. If everything unfolds perfectly, the ‘Fins will be rejoicing in an early playoff birth this Sunday evening.