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Dolphins Odds to Make the NFL Playoffs Entering Week 17

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Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick rescued the Dolphins in Week 16, but QB Tua Tagvailoa will start Week 17's pivotal game at Buffalo
Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick rescued the Dolphins in Week 16, but QB Tua Tagvailoa will start Week 17's pivotal game at Buffalo / Billie Weiss/Getty Images
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The turnaround season for the Miami Dolphins (10-5) is quite a story in 2020. After winning just five games last year following an 0-8 start, the Dolphins are on the cusp of making the playoffs following an improbable Week 16 win against the Raiders.

The Dolphins are a 3-point underdog at Buffalo against the Bills in Week 17, according to NFL odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. A Dolphins win and they earn a wild card playoff spot as the AFC's No. 5 seed.

Dolphins Odds to Make Playoffs

Miami can also get into the playoffs if they lose at Buffalo. The Dolphins would need any of three other teams to lose - the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Those teams also have 10 wins apiece.

Football Outsiders still has the Dolphins' chances of making the playoffs at 65.4%. The Dolphins' odds to make the playoffs currently sits at -280, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL future odds. The odds for other AFC wild card contenders include the Baltimore Ravens (-1450), Cleveland Browns (-750) and Indianapolis Colts (-205).

The Bills still have something to play for as AFC East division champs. A win by Buffalo over Miami secures the AFC's No. 2 seed and at least two home playoff games if they win their opening playoff matchup. The Bills are 5-0 against division opponents this season and beat the Dolphins, 31-28, in Week 2.

Josh Allen passed for a season-high 415 yards and 4 touchdowns in the victory over Miami. Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns.

But Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has decided to stick with rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa as his starter in Week 17 despite some late-game heroics by Fitzpatrick in last week's win over the Raiders that kept the Dolphins playoff hopes alive.

The Dolphins are right in the middle of the action to make the playoffs, which seemed unlikely at the start of the season.

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