A funny thing happened on the way to the AFC playoffs this week.
Going into this week most of the teams who were ranked ahead of the Dolphins in the wildcard picture wound up losing to other AFC teams which allowed the Dolphins to actually move up a slot.
Miami went from #9 to #8.
Ahead of us for the wild card going into Sunday was KC, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati or Cleveland, depending on who wins the AFC North.
Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati all lost to AFC teams which deemed well for us.
Currently Miami has only 2 conference losses in the very competitive AFC standings.
This in itself allows us to almost control our own destiny finishing out the season.
We have the head to head against San Diego who is 5-4 with 3 AFC losses.
Pittsburgh, who lost to the Jets, is now at 6-4 and has 3 AFC losses so if both of us win out, we would have less AFC losses.
Buffalo has the tie breaker on us today but if we win Thursday night they will basically fall 3 games back with 5 AFC losses.
Kansas City has the tie breaker on us and has only 2 AFC losses so at 6-3, they would have to lose 2 more games for us to hurdle them.
So for us to get into the 6th seed, we need to beat Buffalo and then have either Cincinnati or Cleveland lose one more game.
Of course all this depends on us running the table.
But the point is that all is not as bleak as one would think after losing a tough game in Detroit.
Had we won we would be the 6th seed already.
So before anyone goes jumping off the 2014 Season Bridge, there is still plenty of football left and a lot those teams mentioned above still have to play us and each other.
Until two of these AFC teams breaks out of the pack, there is a lot that can happen between now and week 17.
If you won't count your chickens before they hatch then don't count us out either.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
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Monday, November 10, 2014
Posted by Carl Leone