Miami Dolphins-New York Jets Rivalry Has Playoff Implications in Week 13
Though both teams are not very likely to make the playoffs, both the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets are in the mix in the AFC for the last Wild Card spot despite having no business being in this mix. The Jets’ season has been led by rookie quarterback Geno Smith who looks to have permanently replaced former starting QB Mark Sanchez. As for the Dolphins, the ongoing “Bully-Gate” investigation has been a part of the team since just a few days prior to taking on the Cincinnati Bengals on Halloween night just over a month ago.
The Jets have been handed a couple of victories this season which is primarily why they are still in the hunt for the playoffs. Last second penalties in their games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the AFC East division leading New England Patriots helped propel the Jets to victories they didn’t deserve.
As for the Dolphins, smoke and mirrors have provided the excitement this year as they have defeated good football teams and lost a few games that they held the lead in during the second half. The only team to really take it to the Dolphins this year so far has been the New Orleans Saints. Aside from that Monday night meltdown, their losses to the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Patriots, and Carolina Panthers have all come down to a final drive late in the game for a chance to win.
One of these two teams, the Jets or Dolphins, will create a little separation in the race for the postseason amongst themselves, but both teams will likely have to win a majority of their remaining games to have a chance at playing for the Lombardi Trophy.