At 4-6, the Miami Dolphins have a lot of work to do to make a push for a wild-card spot in the AFC. A major issue that is hurting the team is its lack of tiebreakers.
The good news is the Dolphins are among seven AFC teams with either four or five victories. However, they are 0-4 within their division and hold a 2-5 record against conference foes. Those are significant tiebreakers that could prove costly down the stretch.
Here are the standings for the final wild-card spot in the AFC:
No. 6 (wild card): Kansas City Chiefs (5-5 overall, 4-2 in conference)
No. 7: Houston Texans (5-5, 4-3)
No. 8: Buffalo Bills (5-5, 5-4)
No. 9: New York Jets (5-5, 4-4)
No. 10: Oakland Raiders (4-6, 4-3)
No. 11: Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6, 4-4)
No. 12: Miami Dolphins (4-6, 2-5)
In head-to-head tiebreakers, Miami was swept by the Bills in Week 3 and Week 9, and lost to the Jaguars in Week 2. The team does have a 44-26 victory against the Houston Texans in Week 7.
Without much in their favor, the Dolphins’ best path is to get hot down the stretch and win at least five of their last six games. That seems to be the mentality of the team and interim head coach Dan Campbell.
"After all of this and everything that’s been said and done, we still have a chance," Campbell said Monday. "I mean, we still have an opportunity. It’s still out there for us. We know what we’re capable of. When we do it right we can play good football, and we can compete with anybody in this league when we do it right."