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Playoffs: Dolphins could be in or out this weekend

Most of the playoff scenarios I've been sharing with you are about good news: If the Dolphins do this or that they make the playoffs.

There's even a scenario under which the Dolphins can make the playoffs this weekend. If they beat Buffalo and both Cincinnati (vs. Minnesota) and Baltimore (vs. New England) lose, the Dolphins are in the postseason.

But there is a flip side to that.

The Dolphins can also be eliminated from the playoffs this weekend.

If Baltimore beats New England while Cincinnati beats Minnesota and Oakland beats San Diego ... and the Dolphins lose to the Buffalo Bills ... it's over for Miami. The Dolphins would not qualify for the playoffs regardless of what happens the final weekend of the season.

Yes, there are scenarios in which the Dolphins lose and still get in -- assuming the Bengals and Ravens don't both win. But that gets more complicated.

Bottom line: Dolphins win and the other two (Baltimore, Cincinnati) lose and the Dolphins are in. But the Dolphins and San Diego lose and the other two win, the Dolphins' playoff chances are done.

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Lookout!!!


Go Dolphins!!!!!

FINS UP!!!!

That's correct Lefty ...

This is why we play the games holy cow

Go phins

we should have kept losing and gotten better draft picks. now they messed everything up.

Funny.

Thank You captain obvious ! Have no fear Dolphins fans; I expect Miami to win this game by double digits like they did against the Jets in New York 3 weeks ago. Miami isn't even going to give Buffalo a sniff in this one !

This post by Mando is NOT correct.

If the Dolphins lose and the Ravens and Bengals win they are NOT IF the Chargers win.

Week 17 the Fins would have to win and have the Ravens lose AND have the Chargers win setting up a three way tie at 9-7. The tiebreakers then favor Miami.

Again, this post is NOT accurate by Mando.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000299945/article/nfl-playoff-scenarios-for-week-16

Try this link.

Mando IS correct if the Chargers lose.

I THINK WE GET SCREWED EITHER WAY....I BELIEVE WE WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME WINNING IN BUFFALO SO PEOPLE ARE GONNA SAY WE AREN'T THAT GOOD..ALSO I BELIEVE BALTIMORE WILL BEAT THE PATS THIS WEEK ..AND PEOPLE GONNA SAY THE PAT WIN WASN'T THAT GREAT...JUST WIN FINS AND STAY INJURY FREE.P.S BET THE HOUSE THE RAVENS BEAT THE PATS THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!

Mando no. 1 Eh.

I care what other people say.

These scrubs dont deserve the playoffs. If they do sneak in they'll get slaughtered.

TGH, do you not watch football? We have been competitive against every team except New Orleans. The only AFC team I foresee slaughtering us is Denver--all the others we have a good chance of beating.

These scrubs dont deserve the playoffs. If they do sneak in they'll get slaughtered.

Posted by: TGH | December 20, 2013 at 06:32 PM

Fishing for a sucker?

You got one!

Has Ireland been fired yet?

Lance don't be a sucker, Learn to recognize those that come here with the hopes of provoking idiots to respond. They are so obvious.

AppleJackOff...YOU SURE SEEM TO CARE WHEN WE DID THE TRAIN ON YOUR MOM............?

AppleJackOff...YOU SURE SEEM TO CARE WHEN WE DID THE TRAIN ON YOUR MOM............?

Posted by: APPLEJACKSON411 | December 20, 2013 at 06:56 PM


That's the best you got? What are you, 12 years old? Or black?

AppleJackOff...IN YOUR MOMS CASE THE CHUCK WAGON..PITIFUL WOMAN!

When someones only comeback is to attack your mother, you know you are dealing with a mindless, illiterate, uneducated, infantile low wage worker. These people make up the bulk of our country. That is why beer commercials feature idiot brain dead fools like most of the trolls here. That is the majority of their customers.

The Fins beat NE.

The Fins beat Pitt at their house in the snow.

The Fins beat the Chargers.

The Fins beat Cincy.

This is an improved team and should be able to earn their way into the playoffs where anything can happen.

Tough divsional game or not, if they don't beat the Bills and the Jets they should be watching the playoffs with all the other almost there teams.

Philbin will have to uncork his best motivational speeches, the Thurs off things should give the team more energy to finish strong.

The game plan HAS to be shut off the run! INCLUDING controlled pocket collapse so their running QB doesn't gash us with his legs.

The OL has to hold their mud as well.

Cheers,

AppleJackOff............IF YOU HAD TO THINK ALL THAT AND HAD TO WRITE ALL THAT THAN ..THAN YOU KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE OR SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY LIKE YOUR KID......DAMNI SWEAR THEY DON'T MAKE GEEKS LIKE THEY USED TO.!!!

We will soon see how Tannehill throws a wet ball. There is a 100 % chance of rain in Buffalo. The good news is that it will be in the high 30s or low 40s with the high at 44 degrees. There will also be wind (16 MPH).

It is going to be nasty out there. This game really concerns me. Let's just hope it does not get too bad out there. The fins are going to have to play stout defense, run the ball, and protect the football. It is not going to be a good day to pass the football. The Dolphins are going to miss Daniel Thomas in this game.

In hindsight, isn't losing to the worst teams and beating the best teams better than the other way around? The pride of taking down the leagues top QB's trumps the blunders against the poor teams. Amidst an in-house scandal mind you.

They have shown, finally, they are a better team, a new team, a team that has turned the corner. My gut feeling is that we win out the last two games and become the talk of the sports shows nationwide going into the playoffs.

At first I wanted Philbin to show more emotion on the side line, more energy. Now is poker face approach is growing on me. It seems to keep the team calm during these recent cardiac arrest finishes.

Tannehill does not rattle. I'll take his current short comings in exchange for what he does well right now, plus it sure appears he has plenty of upside to come.

DOES CHRIS BERMAN OWN SOME OF THE BUFFALO BILLS? OR DO THE BILLS FANS HAVE A PICTURE OF BERMAN....ALWAYS PICKS THE BILLS OVER US...I SWEAR IT GOES BACK SINCE 1987 PRIMETIME..HE ALWAYS PICKS THEM TO BEAT US...GO DOLPHINS SHUT THAT OLD PENGUIN UP!

Orlando, you forget, both teams have to play in whatever the weather proves to be. When athletes are determined to make the playoffs, the weather is no issue. Miami played a freezing cold game in 2009 and won it easily because they were a team on a mission.

I have no doubt WHATSOEVER that all of you have atrocious hygiene, are morbidly obese, and have the social skills and intelligence of a mule. It is repulsive.

Orlando Dolphan,

Is Daniel Thomas definitely out? That's a huge loss given that the Bills are generally lousy against the run. I love this team. Have a paper to write, but can't seem to motivate myself b/c all I keep thinking about is SUNDAY.

Neither the Bills or Jets are cakewalks. They've both competed with and beaten playoff caliber teams this year. I do think we're a better team than both, but we need to come back strong after an emotional to play strong in difficult weather. I believe in our guys and feel they have confidence, but they need to keep playing with confidence and execute.

Little know fact: Mules are the most socially adept and hygiene conscious animals on the planet. If they weren't sterile they would have formed a benevolent and free society undreamed of by humanity.

....We will soon see how Tannehill throws a wet ball. There is a 100 % chance of rain in Buffalo....

....The fins are going to have to play stout defense, run the ball, and protect the football...

....It is not going to be a good day to pass the football......

Posted by: Oralndo Dolphan | December 20, 2013 at 07:33 PM
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OD... (I THINK you meant Orlando Dolphin)...?

1. Miami, Obviously, plays and practices in South Florida. Unless there is lightning, they are left outside to practice. Miami has already played in the raid a couple times and a blizzard... Weather isn't going to be a factor, both teams have to play in it and the Bills are starting a rookey at QB so... No excuses.

2.Tell me when having a "stout defense" and "Protecting the football" are not on top of every team in the NFL's list of "Things to do in order to win?" As far as running the ball goes, they will, they'll get between 50 and 100 yards on 25 to 30 carries unless they get behind early, set your watch by it.

3. The refs keep the ball fairly dry, Ryan has thrown thousands of passes in the rain, either in Florida or Texas. The field is turf, it will be slick but will hold and not divot under foot... Miami will throw for 250 to 300, 2-3 TD's and 1 pick... Set you watch by it.

Miami 27 Buffalo 17

Bring on the Jests........

Apple, Berman grew up in New York and has always favored the Bills. Hopefully he gets it wrong this time.

The Patriots will defeat the Ravens and the Vikings will defeat the Bengals. Miami will defeat the Bills. We will lock up the 6th seed this weekend. We will play our second string players in next week. We will face the the Bengals or the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs.

Berman is the typical Bills fan, dumb, slack assed and think he is funny at any given line.

Berman must be in the masons or some other guild to still have his job. Hope we put a frown on that face and take the win Sunday.

t's in the breeze.... TROOP..!!

You scoffed at me when I told you Belichek would take Clay out of the game. I mentioned how he took Graham out of the game and you still thought my comment ridiculous.

Charles Clay 1 catch, 6 yards. One heck of a single catch game though.

Still, Belichek took him out of the game.

If the Dolphins games were decided by Berman's picks, then the Dolphins would be 0-14. Berman fantasizes over the k-gun offense and all of its past weapons. Don't sweat the small stuff. Berman is still using the same mannerisms and lingo that he used in the late 80's early 90's. The guy is out of style and I cannot believe he is still on ESPN.

Harry Styles..........HE ACTS LIKE HE OWNS THE LEAGUE AND THE PLAYERS...LIKE HE KNOWS WHATS GONNA HAPPEN IN THE GAMES..JERK!

APPLEJACKHEADMAN HANGS OUT IN LOCKER ROOMS FOR LOOKSIES

I don't want to see Miami in the playoffs if they lose the Bills and / or Jets. Nothing worse than limping into the wildcard. That being said, I think they take care of business and finish strong.

Who is Berman blowing to stay on TV ? He hates the Dolphins and has for years. The comedy routine he pulls is so lame. The only media man worse than him, is Phil Simms.... why is he on TV ?

The Phins need to win period. Seems as though the odds are in our favor and the positive vibe coming from the players is comforting. There are no excuses to lose at this point in the season with the momentum the Phins have right now.

Lighten up fellas...Some of you guys are all nervous and ohhhh so concerned about the Bills. In my best Bluto impersonation...

Bluto: What the ____ happened to the fans I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh?! This could be the greatest game of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst! "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you.... we might get in trouble." Well, JUST KISS MY arse FROM NOW ON!!! Not me! I'm not gonna take this! Thad Lewis, he's a dead man! M. Williams, DEAD! Maroone—

Rob in OC said it best @ 7:26-
If they can't beat the Bills and Jets, they should be sitting at home watching the playoffs with the other "almost-there" teams. I want Miami hitting the playoffs on a red-hot winning streak, not because some other AFC teams' losses. The Bills and Jets are bad teams (I know, I know, any given Sunday, blah blah blah), but these are games that Miami SHOULD win! For some reason I don't have that feeling that the wheels are gonna fall off like they always do. This team has come together and is ready to make a run:)

The Jets beat NO and NE. You can't take either of these two games lightly, they both can beat most teams on a good day.

The blog is busiest when the team does bad. When the team does good? Mostly silence.

What can we deduce from this?

The Phins by 10 in a statement win! Who saw Philbin come out with the definition of "swagger" in his interview...it was genius to say that's not them. That guy has a dry sarcastic wit most people don't see or get. What he really said is yeah..we're feeling good and gonna stomp the heck out of the lowly Bills.

Watty !

People don't complain when they are happy dude :)

Jj,

I agree with you, I'm just reinforcing Nome's thoughts: You can't take either team lightly. People assume the best when we're doing well (Remember the Dolphins of 3-0?), assume the worst when we're doing poorly (remember 4-5 after the Tampa Bay loss?).

We are on a 3-game winning streak and I do believe in this team, but winnng two games in a row against 2 different teams in our division is tough sledding for any franchise. I believe we can do it, I'm just saying that we can't take these games lightly, and we can't abandon this team and the progress they've made if they come up short.

Personally, I believe we SHOULD win. I believe we are the better team. I humbly hope we prove it over the next 2 weekends. Go Phins!

Krillian

Are you one of those sci-fi dudes that once fingered a sci-fi girls poonza and so now live your life by the emblem?

Finally!!! A bad scenario to put pressure on the Fins to win this game!!!!!

They don't need to do anything but their jobs. And the Phins are better at it than the Bills.
Fins will win. Nothing else to say or add.

Who is Berman blowing to stay on TV ? He hates the Dolphins and has for years. The comedy routine he pulls is so lame. The only media man worse than him, is Phil Simms.... why is he on TV ?

Posted by: Harry Styles | December 20, 2013 at 08:30 PM

Berman is on because he very entertaining. And dont lots of people hate the Dullfins?


The blog is busiest when the team does bad. When the team does good? Mostly silence.

What can we deduce from this?

Posted by: Watson | December 20, 2013 at 09:10 PM

Well,
1 -That we are the worst fans in the country.
2 -That we have a bunch of whiney little turds that specialize in criticizing.(Note that since Fins won they go on to criticize ESPN broadcasters).
3 - That we have low football IQ.

Should I go on?

Mid-30s/low-40s & rainy is MUCH WORSE than cold and snowy.
I am becoming very anxious about this game. Too many season ending debacles in Buffalo in winters past. If it's a gray day our guys may become sad & homesick.
This game is causing me to feel very insecure.

I'm unconcerned with that blow hard Berman picking against the Phins...does anyone really consider him that credible? I think he has team pictures of the Bills from the 80's he kisses before he goes to bed every night.

Pffft...Maybe like a decade or two ago the guy was relevant, fresh and entertaining.

Do you like cheese?

Seeking fan who likes cheese with grapes and aged whiskies.

Teenager Timmy,

I have no clue what you just said, but yes that's exactly how I got the name:)

Krillian is dumber than dumb! Must be a lite beer and garbage processed food consumer. Like most of you I guess

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