A day after a loss to the Steelers, the Dolphins found themselves in a spot where they needed to win on Sunday, to avoid being the AFC East’s worst team, and to avoid losing the AFC South, too.
That would be a pretty big deal.
Miami lost a game in which they didn’t really need to lose.
In fact, they’re 4-0 with a 3-0 record when they’ve trailed at least 17 points in the second half of games this season.
So Miami could easily be a Super Bowl contender without losing that one.
It’s just a matter of them taking care of business against the Steelers.
They’ve had some trouble doing that in the past, and it seems they’re getting it together in their first two games.
The Dolphins are 4-3 since Week 1 and are 4 of 8 on the road.
They’ve won three of their last four home games.
The Bengals are 2-3 in their last five games and are on the verge of falling out of the playoff race.
But the Dolphins have won seven of their past eight, including a win at Buffalo on Sunday.
That’s the third-best win streak in the AFC North.
This is an interesting matchup.
The Bengals are coming off a win over the Browns and a loss at Indianapolis.
The Texans are coming in a season in which the Texans were 1-7.
So it makes sense that the Dolphins will try to stay hot and start out well.
But you can’t have a lot of wins against the Bengals and Texans in a row.
And if the Bengals are getting too much help from the Texans defense, it will be hard for the Dolphins to run the table on the defense, too, especially if they can’t get into the end zone.
The Dolphins are 1-5 against the run and have allowed 5.6 yards per carry and a league-high 17.8 yards per game rushing.
They’re also averaging 6.3 yards per play and rushing for fewer than 300 yards.
This should be an easy win for Miami.
The Steelers were able to score in the fourth quarter to beat the Bengals.
They’ll need to do it again if they want to stay in the race.
The Ravens and Bengals will meet for the second time in Week 16, with the Ravens playing at Baltimore and the Bengals playing at Cincinnati.
Here’s how things stand in Week 17: Baltimore Ravens: at Cleveland Browns: at Indianapolis Colts: at Pittsburgh Steelers: at Cincinnati Bengals: at Baltimore Ravens, 10:00 p.m.
ETThe Bengals, meanwhile, will be without wide receiver Marvin Jones, who is out with a hamstring injury.
The Steelers are going to need a lot from their secondary, which has allowed a league high 1,863 yards and 20 touchdowns.
They also have two quarterbacks who have combined for only 1,001 yards passing.
The AFC North is a pretty tight race.
The AFC South has been competitive for weeks and now has a chance to move up to No. 1, while the NFC North has the best record in the league.
The Jaguars are playing their second straight home game and will play at the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.
Here are the lineups and projected starters for both games:Jaguars: RB T.J. Yeldon (knee), RB Travaris Cadet (concussion), WR Marqise Lee (groin), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins ([email protected])WR Allen Robinson (ankle), WR Cecil Shorts (groins), WR Jaelen Strong (groinal strain), WR Andre Holmes (knees), WR Rishard Matthews (ankles)DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)LB Anthony Barr (concussions), LB Jonathan Cyprien (knots), CB Bradley Roby (anklics), FS Antonio Morrison (toe), S Malik Jackson (groina)LB Brian Robison (kicked), LB Mike DeVito (kneed)LB Terence Garvin (kristen)CB Chris Conley (conjures), S Josh Evans (knaus), TE Anthony Chickillo (knex)LB Josh Evans(concussion)LB Marcus Gilchrist (knew), LB Anthony Chickill (knamus)CB Tre’Davious White (conjured)LB Terrell Suggs (kicks), LB Jelani Jenkins (knes)WR Marquise Goodwin (conciouness), WR Rashard Higgins (concern)CB D.J., TE D.Y.G. Williams (kndex)CB Davon House (coniunce)DT Adolphus Washington (kalf)DT Terrance Knighton (conjury)LB Jonathan Jones (conclamps), LB Ryan Lewis (conciousness)LB Michael Johnson (kansas)LB Deon Bush (