I guess the Chargers didn't get the memo.
They aren't supposed to win on the east coast at 1 PM.
But they did and ruined a pretty good day for the Dolphins.
What we don't need is the Chargers winning the AFC West. Then both the Broncos and Chiefs, who both beat us, would be in the Wild Card hunt.
All the teams ahead of the Dolphins in the loss column of the AFC Wildcard took a spill excluding the Chargers.
If teams do not play each other, the first tie breaker is your conference record.
We actually needed the Ravens to win. That would have kept Baltimore ahead of us today with only 4 total losses but we could notch another one on them next Sunday in Miami and hold the head to head with them as we both would have 5 losses.
The Browns and Steelers both lost and now are 7-5.
The Steelers have only 3 AFC losses as do we which would make for an interesting tie breaker with us.
The Steelers still have @Bengals, @Falcons, Chiefs and Bengals left to play. Not an easy row to hoe.
The Browns have 5 AFC losses so we are ahead of them if we run the table. They still have the Colts, Bengals, @Panthers and @Ravens. Not an easy row to hoe.
The Chargers still need to lose one more game. They are 8-4 and have only 3 AFC losses. They still have to play Pats, Broncos, @49ers and @Chiefs. Not an easy row to hoe.
The 7-4 Chiefs host the 8-3 Broncos tonight. If the Chiefs win there will be a 3 way tie at 8-4 in the AFC West. Crazy!
The Chiefs still have to play @Cardinals, Raiders, @Steelers and Chargers. Not an easy row to hoe.
The Broncos still have to play Bills, @Chargers, @Bengals and Raiders. Not an easy row to hoe.
Our buddies in the AFC East, the 7-5 Bills with 5 AFC losses, still have to play @Broncos, Packers, @Raiders and @Pats. The Pats may not need that last game and may, by that point, have the #1 or #2 Seed locked up. The Bills may catch a break there but @Broncos and then hosting the Packers is not an easy row to hoe.
The 6-6 Texans are staying in the hunt. They have only 3 AFC loses too and still have to play @Jags, @Colts, Ravens and Jags. That may be the easiest row to hoe out of all the teams still in the hunt.
We still have to play @Jets, Ravens, @Pats, Vikings and Jets. Those Jets are a pain in our asses. Throw the records out with them. Twice.
The Vikings will be fighting for jobs so they will be no pushover.
The other two games need no explanation.
Lets face it, if we win out we are in pretty good shape looking at everyone's schedules.
I don't see any of those other teams running the table. I think everyone is going to lose at least one more game if not more.
December is going to be very interesting for all the fans, talking heads and teams involved in the AFC race.
And that is exactly what the NFL has worked so hard to produce.
I hope we play well and reap the rewards.
It is there for the taking.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971