Miami Dolphins Get Crucial Win, Remain in Thick of Hunt for AFC Playoffs

By Ryan Heckman
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After beginning the season 3-0, the Miami Dolphins’ season has gotten muddy in a hurry. They have gone from a team with the questions circling around them such as “Are these guys for real?” to questions like “Who will survive the firings that will come at the end of the season?”

Thanks to Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, the Dolphins’ past couple of weeks have been everything but football — except for a couple of hours each week when they have taken the field. Outside of in-game action, the Dolphins’ organization has been wrapped up in what has been labeled everything from a case of bullying to a locker room simply being out of control and suffering from a lack of coaching.

Alas, the Dolphins might actually escape some of this talk momentarily. Sunday, Miami took on another 4-5 team looking to get themselves positioned for a playoff run — the San Diego Chargers. With Philip Rivers having one of his best seasons yet as a pro, the Dolphins knew they’d be in for a fight.

Miami gutted out a win, though, and now find themselves at 5-5. More importantly, the Dolphins are just a game out of the final playoff spot in the AFC, behind the New York Jets.

No, that still doesn’t sound right to me either. You don’t get used to it.

Over the course of the rest of the season, though, the Dolphins play the Jets twice. Those two games might end up playing a big part in who gets the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. Right behind the Dolphins are the Oakland Raiders and five other 4-6 teams, so this race is far from over.

For the moment, the Dolphins can enjoy this win over the Chargers and know that their season is far from over, and far more than just a locker room catastrophe. Getting two wins against the Jets will be crucial down the stretch, but if Miami can muster up a couple more wins, the playoffs won’t be just a dream.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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