If the Miami Dolphins win, it doesn’t matter what the Baltimore Ravens or San Diego Chargers do. It doesn’t matter what happened with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin earlier this year. It doesn’t matter that Mike Wallace had a bit of an attitude problem earlier in the season. It just doesn’t matter.
It is just that plain and simple in week 17.
The Dolphins currently hold the sixth and final seed in the AFC with a record of 8-7. Also tied with them at the same record are the Chargers and Ravens, but Miami owns the tiebreaker over both teams. Therefore, the ball is in their court now.
So, how will the Dolphins fare against the New York Jets in week 17? Well, considering the Jets are out of playoff contention, Miami cannot take them lightly. As I have said before, at this point in the season the most dangerous teams in the league are not those that are headed to the playoffs. New York has nothing else to play for except pride — oh, and Rex Ryan’s job.
If this matchup goes anything like their first meeting back on December 1st, though, the Dolphins should be able to manage a victory no problem. Miami beat New York 23-3 on that day, and that was played at the Meadowlands. This time, it’s in Miami with the playoffs on the line.
If the Dolphins’ defense can manage to eat up a few passes thrown by Geno Smith — which is very probable — then they will have a chance to win. All you have to do to beat the Jets, guaranteed, is to win the turnover battle. Can Miami do what nobody thought they could do midway through the season and sneak into the playoffs?