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AFC Playoff Picture - Week 9: Can the Dolphins be a surprise?

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Nearly all of the Week 9 games are complete, and the Dolphins are in the Playoff picture.

NFL: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has one game remaining on the Week 9 schedule, a Monday Night Football meeting between the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. While the Bills are smack in the middle of the AFC Playoff picture, we can take a look at the current standings across the conference, getting an idea of where the Miami Dolphins, coming off a third-straight win, stand.

Current Playoff Standings - AFC

1. New England Patriots (7-1) - AFC East leader

2. Oakland Raiders (7-2) - AFC West leader

3. Houston Texans (5-3) - AFC Sout leader

4. Baltimore Ravens (4-4) - AFC North leader

5. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) - Wildcard 1

6. Denver Broncos (6-3) - Wildcard 2

In the hunt

7. Miami Dolphins (4-4)

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)

9. Buffalo Bills (4-4) - Moves to 7th with win.

10. San Diego Chargers (4-5)

11. Tennessee Titans (4-5)

12. Indianapolis Colts (4-5)

Not yet eliminated, but not looking good

13. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1)

14. New York Jets (3-6)

15. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)

16. Cleveland Browns (0-9)

Dolphins

So Miami is currently sitting in the first position out of the playoffs, thanks to the tie breaks. They have beaten both of the other 4-4 teams head-to-head, so they are sitting nicely in the Playoff picture right now. They, obviously, need the Broncos and/or Chiefs to pick up another couple of losses, and they have to keep winning, but Miami is clearly positioning themselves well.