Miami Dolphins Holding Slim Playoff Hopes

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Cincinnati Vs. Tampa Bay

Nov 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers are a bad football team this year. There is no question of that but they can pull off the role of spoiler and that is exactly what Miami fans should hope for on Sunday. A loss by the Bengals puts the AFC North into a spin that could easily see all four teams tied at the top after Sunday. Well not all of them. While the Bengals have a 7-3-1 record they would immediately fall to the bottom if everyone else got to eight wins this weekend. That is how tight this division is.

In all honesty the Dolphins could benefit from the Bengals winning and staying atop the division as they are basically one and one half games behind the Bengals should the teams compete for a 5th or 6th seed playoff spot. They are one game back of everyone else. Still you can’t start looking that far ahead with an out of conference game staring at you in the face. A loss by Cincinnati would make some interesting story lines heading into the final four weeks.