Dolphins playoff probabilities: How Miami can clinch an AFC wild-card spot in 2020,
The Dolphins go into Week 16 of the 2020 NFL common season with a great probability to earn their first AFC wild-card spot since 2016. At 9-5, Miami can be the No. 7 in the AFC’s expanded playoff area if the playoffs began immediately.
However how do the Dolphins make sure that to safe their spot in the convention event? Here is a look at their playoff or non-playoff destiny tied to the three alternative ways they can end in the ultimate two weeks:
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1. Dolphins go 2-0 to complete 11-5
The Dolphins end the season on the highway, on the Payments (11-4). Buffalo, having wrapped up the AFC East title in Week 15, could be in place to relaxation gamers in Week 17 if it will get locked into the No. 2 seed in Week 16.
Ought to the Dolphins maintain their very own enterprise by successful out, they’d be in the playoffs. The Dolphins, with a 6-4 convention report, maintain the tiebreaker over the additionally 9-5 Ravens, who can end no higher than 7-5 in AFC play.
2. Dolphins shut 1-1 to complete 10-6
The Dolphins can be in actual bother right here in the event that they lose to the Payments. The Ravens have a really favorable remaining schedule, vs. the Giants (5-9) and on the Bengals (3-10-1).
Say the Ravens lose to the Giants however beat the Bengals in this situation. Then each the Ravens and Dolphins can be 10-6 with equivalent convention information of 7-5. Then the ultimate AFC wild-card spot would come all the way down to the common-games tiebreaker.
The Dolphins and the Ravens each performed the Patriots, Bengals, Chiefs and Jaguars. The Dolphins can be 3-2 in these video games. The Ravens would even be 3-2 in these video games. Then comes the strength-of-victory tiebreaker. Because of wins over the 10-4 Browns (twice) and 10-4 Colts, the Ravens would have that tiebreaker and get in over the Dolphins.
Say the Ravens beat the Giants however lose to the Bengals in this situation. Then the Dolphins nonetheless get in at 10-6 with a greater convention report, 7-5 vs. 6.6.
Sure, there’s the potential of the Colts-Titans AFC South runners-up and/or Browns additionally ending 10-6, which might create a cluster of wackiness. In an extremely unlikely three- or four-way tie that breaks the suitable manner, each the Dolphins and Ravens can get in on the expense of 1 different group.