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Despite loss, Dolphins remain in playoff picture


Despite loss, Dolphins remain in playoff picture
Nov. 26--Despite the Dolphins' loss to the Patriots on Sunday, they remain in the playoff picture, especially the wild-card race, in which they are a game behind the Ravens, Colts and Patriots. Staff Writer Harvey Fialkov takes a look at the AFC wild-card picture, assuming the Jets, Steelers, Titans and Broncos remain atop their divisions for automatic playoff berths.


Ravens

Record: 7-4

Schedule: Last five opponents have combined record of 27-27-1, with three of five games at home. However, those three teams -- Washington, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville -- are 11-4 on the road.

Key stat: Ray Lewis leads the NFL's second-ranked defense.

Key injury: Tackle Jared Gaither needs to get healthy.

Prediction: 9-7 and out of the playoffs.

Patriots

Record: 7-4

Schedule: Remaining opponents are 26-29, including the hapless Raiders and Seahawks. Three road games left.

Key stat: Quarterback Matt Cassel has led an offense that is second in the NFL in first downs.

Key injury: Trying to survive until linebacker Adalius Thomas' forearm can mend.

Prediction: 10-6 to grab a wild card.

Colts

Record: 7-4

Schedule: 3 of 5 at home, and remaining opponents have combined record of 19-35-1.

Key stat: Despite their league-worst rushing attack, the Peyton Manning-led Colts have won four in a row, all by a touchdown or less.

Key injury: Desperately in need of strong safety Bob Sanders (knee) to return.

Prediction: 11-5 for a wild card.

Bills

Record: 6-5

Schedule: 3 of 5 at home, which includes a dome game in Toronto vs. the Dolphins. Remaining opponents are 30-25.

Key stat: They're 0-3 against AFC East opponents and have lost 7 of 8 to Patriots and five in a row to the Broncos, their last two opponents.

Key injury: Struggling without defensive end Aaron Schobel and safety Donte Whitner.

Prediction: 7-9 and outside looking in for the ninth consecutive year.

Dolphins

Record: 6-5

Schedule: Four of five on the road, but the remaining teams are only 20-35.

Key stat: The offense has amassed 340 yards or more in nine consecutive games.

Key injury: Left tackle Jake Long needs to heal quickly from sprained ankle.

Prediction: 9-7 to complete one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history, but just shy of a playoff berth.

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Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 26, 2008

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