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Dolphins jumping back into Playoff picture with 10 games to play

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The Miami Dolphins climbed back to .500 this week, meaning the season is starting over.

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The Miami Dolphins will now play a 10 game season with a shot at the Playoffs on the line. After beginning the year just 1-3, back-to-back destruction of opposing teams now have the Dolphins back at .500 and in the AFC Playoff picture. Just two weeks into the tenure of Dan Campbell as the team's interim head coach, the Dolphins appear to be a completely new team, one ready to live up to the potential everyone saw before the season started.

Currently, the AFC playoff picture has the New England Patriots sitting atop the conference as the AFC East divisional leaders and one of three undefeated teams in to the AFC. Tied with them at 6-0 are the Cincinnati Bengals, second in the seeding and leading the AFC North, and the Denver Broncos, third and AFC West leaders. The three teams are ordered based on strength of victory tie breakers.

The AFC South leading Indianapolis Colts are fourth currently, though they are below .500 at 3-4 on the season.

The two Wildcard positions are currently held by the New York Jets (4-2) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3).

The Dolphins are a game behind the Jets at 3-3, tied with the Oakland Raiders just outside the Playoff picture. The Raiders currently hold the tie breaker over the Dolphins based on conference winning percentage.

Behind the Dolphins are the Buffalo Bills (3-4), Kansas City Chiefs (2-5), Cleveland Browns (2-5), Houston Texans (2-5), Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5), San Diego Chargers (2-5), Baltimore Ravens (1-5), and Tennessee Titans (1-5). The Ravens play on Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals, which could either find them in the mass 2-5 tie, or in last place in the AFC.

The Dolphins will now run a gauntlet of the Patriots, Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys over the next four weeks. The Week 8 contest against the Patriots will be held Thursday night. If Miami is able to keep up the momentum over the next few weeks, they will absolutely be able to keep themselves in position to earn a postseason berth.

Not bad for a team that three weeks ago was 1-3 and fired their head coach.