We at F.F.I. are still groggy after covering the late night Bucs-Cowboys game in Dallas but on a Monday, here’s the latest on the playoff picture for both Tampa Bay and the Dolphins coming out of the weekend.
First, the Dolphins are in, for now.
By virtue of their impressive showing against the Jets Saturday night, the Fins are 9-5 and in the six spot for the AFC Wildcard free and clear. And that’s the best news of with two weeks remaining, Miami only needs to win at Buffalo and finish the season with a home win over the Patriots. New England won the East Sunday and likely will have the AFC one seed locked up and may be resting players in week 17.
This is what you what, if you are Fins fan: control your own destiny and have New England potentially resting guys game 16.
For tiebreakers, the Dolphins got the loss by Denver they needed and the Broncos are 8-6. Miami also, for now, holds the head to head tiebreaker if it comes to it against the Broncos. Now, the Ravens and The Titans also won dramatically Sunday and are 8-6 also, and a game back. The bad news is both of them would hold head to head tiebreaker over the Fins, with their head to head wins over Miami.
We won’t go into all the tiebreakers each direction for now, but the Dolphins are good…for now.
Buccaneers are on the outside, for now, and need some losses.
With the defeat in Dallas Sunday night, not only was the Bucs five game win streak snapped, it also took the sixth seed in the NFC Wildcard outright away from them. Further, if the Redskins beat Carolina at home Monday night, then they will be 8-5-1 and will control their own destiny for that last spot. Now, a Panthers upset in D.C. puts Tampa Bay and Green Bay, who won a thriller in Chicago, back into the six spot tied at 8-6.
At that point the Bucs and Packers have many options to make it in, involving them winning their last two games and others in the NFC playoff picture losing. We won’t go into all of it, but both could also win their division and host a playoff game too, depending on what else happens in the final two weeks. That’s great incentive for both.
The Redskins (with that October London tie against Cincy either hurting or helping them in the end) finish at Chicago and at home with the Giants. Bucs finish at the Saints and at home with the Panthers. Packers finish at Lambeau with Minnesota and then, at the Lions.
Lots of football left to be played.
Lots of playoff possibilities.