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The good, the bad, the ugly, and the playoffs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- So there was good and there was bad in this 16-13 Miami Dolphins victory over the New York Jets.

As I wrote in my column the Dolphins will more than happily accept this victory. It vaults them into the playoff picture as the No. 6 seed currently in the AFC. But it will take a better effort than this to get in and stay in the postseason. And it starts next week, folks.

The problematic signs are right here.

The things you can be encouraged about?

Ryan Tannehill is now the only quarterback in the NFL this season to record five consecutive games with a 70-or-better completion percentage. Additionally, his seven games completing 70-or-better percent of his passes are tied for the most in the NFL this season with Saints QB Drew Brees and Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

So that's good. Of course, you saw Tannehill again struggle with a couple of deep passes. And, as I point out in the column, Mike Wallace didn't help his QB, either, on one pass that could have gone for a score.

The defense?

The Dolphins have to get with stopping the run better going forward. The Broncos rushed for 201 against Miami. The Jets rushed for 277 against Miami. You think the Ravens will try to test the Miami run defense?

I will say linebacker Jelani Jenkins was great against the Jets, collecting 16 tackles with two of those for losses. It was his third game with at least 14 tackles this season.

And, believe it or not, the defense actually held a fourth-quarter lead on the final drive for the first time this season, having failed previously against Green Bay, Detroit and Denver.

So that's progress. But, honestly, I assume we all know it must be better in the coming weeks, particularly against Baltimore and New England.

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