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Miami Dolphins maintain on to playoff hopes – Axios

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is sacked by two Chargers defenders.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is tackled by two Chargers defenders throughout final Sunday’s recreation. Picture: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Occasions by way of Getty Pictures

The Miami Dolphins have gone from main the AFC East to clinging to an opportunity to clinch the playoffs after dropping their final two video games.

What’s occurring: The Dolphins (8-5), sitting second of their division, would simply barely make the playoffs if the season ended as we speak.

Sure, however: Miami has 4 video games remaining, and it is not a simple highway forward.

  • Three of the groups they’re going to face — the Payments, Jets and Patriots — have a profitable file.

Why it issues: After years of disappointment, Dolphins followers have been optimistic about this 12 months’s workforce — with a brand new head coach, rising-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and new offensive weapons.

  • However after a 5-game profitable streak slammed to a halt, that pleasure has became concern that Tagovailoa and the offense are dropping steam.

By the numbers: Tagovailoa had the worst recreation of his profession on Sunday, when Miami misplaced to the Chargers 17-23. The quarterback accomplished simply 35.7% of his passes for 145 yards, a profession low.

Flashback: The Fins have not made the playoffs since 2016 and have not gained a playoff recreation since 2000.

What we’re watching: Per Chris Perkins of the Sun-Sentinel, the Fins most likely have to win two of their final 4 to make the playoffs.

  • The Fins have a 73% probability of clinching, in response to FiveThirtyEight. (In late November, it was 90%.)
  • Miami’s subsequent matchup is Saturday on the highway towards the AFC East-leading Payments (10-3) in what could be a snow game.


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