Here's How the Dolphins Can Clinch the Final AFC Playoff Spot in Week 17

Isaiah De Los Santos
Here's how the Miami Dolphins can clinch the final AFC playoff spot in Week 17.
Here's how the Miami Dolphins can clinch the final AFC playoff spot in Week 17. / (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The AFC playoff picture is nearly set after Week 16's results. One spot remains up for grabs, with the Miami Dolphins in the driver's seat down the stretch.

Here's how Miami can lock up a playoff berth in Week 17.

Miami Dolphins AFC Playoffs

The Dolphins' easiest path to the postseason is a win on Sunday paired with a loss/tie by the New York Jets. The second, more complicated route features a Miami tie, plus a Jets loss and a Pittsburgh Steelers loss/tie.

Mike McDaniel's squad will likely face an uphill battle in Week 17, however. Starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is in concussion protocol once again, prompting serious doubts about his availability for Sunday's game. The Dolphins are also in the middle of a four-game losing streak and must now get a road win against the scrappy New England Patriots.

The Jets are the other key factor in Miami's playoff-clinching path this week. They'll face a struggling Seattle Seahawks team that is capable of keeping New York in the postseason hunt with a loss.

FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds peg Miami as 2.5-point underdogs against New England in Week 17. New York, meanwhile, is a 2.5-point road favorite over Seattle.

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