The Miami Dolphins have six games remaining to earn their first playoff berth since the 2008 season.
Working in their favor is a schedule featuring just one playoff team if the season ended today: the New England Patriots, a cheating-prone franchise that may be resting for the postseason by the time their Week 17 matchup in Miami comes around.
Also working with the Dolphins are their chances of making the playoffs. Miami’s odds of snatching wild card are up to 45.6 percent, according to Aaron Schatz of ESPN.com, which makes them “the most likely team to win an AFC wild card.”
The article states their overall postseason odds are 55.5 percent, meaning their chance of winning the AFC East is about 10 percent. Obviously this all doesn’t mean much, but it’s quite the turnaround considering teams that start the season 1-4 have gone on to make the playoffs just 6 percent of the time since 1990, per ESPN Stats and Information.
Schatz’s piece considers the seven teams below to be his playoff favorites. Note: A team from the dreadful AFC South has to make it, with the Texans leading at No. 7.
Still playing for something in late November sure feels strange. You should strap in and enjoy the ride.