- Herm Edwards, ESPN Insider
As we head into December, several NFL teams are fighting for the two wild-card spots in the AFC. But the race is really only for that final playoff berth, because even after three straight losses, the 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs are the overwhelming favorites to land the No. 5 seed. And that leaves two teams well-positioned to get the No. 6 seed: the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.
Even though Baltimore holds the tiebreaker thanks to a 26-23 win over Miami in Week 5, I like the way the Dolphins are playing right now, and I believe they'll make the playoffs on the heels of strong coaching, a good defense and an offense that understands its limitations.
Joe Philbin's coaching job
I can't say enough about the job that Philbin has done to right the ship after the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin incident. That episode extended far beyond football and brought about a national discussion on bullying, a discussion that is still ongoing. As a coach, all that you can control is what goes on in your locker room, and Philbin believed he had a strong enough group of players that could hold up under the media scrutiny and not fall apart. He was right.
The Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens are jockeying for the final playoff spot in the AFC. Herm Edwards explains why he believes the Dolphins have the edge.