The Dolphins have been out of the playoff hunt since, oh, mid-October. That makes this Sunday’s home game against the Jets the closest thing they will get to a playoff game.
It sounds like they are relishing the opportunity.
“As a Dolphin, that’s all you want to do is shatter their dreams,” Dolphins defensive lineman Kendall Langford said via the Miami Herald. “I’m sure the fans would love it, too. I’m sure the New York fans would hate it.”
The Dolphins have looked like a better team than the Jets in the second half of the season. Taking out their longtime rivals would be a nice way to wrap up Jason Taylor’s career.
“To be in a position, No. 1, where you can play in a football game and No. 2, win a football game and affect the outcome of a season of a rival, obviously, yeah, that’s motivation,” said Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick.
We’ve seen the Jets’ playoff chances calculated at 10%, but the scenarios they need to get into the playoffs aren’t so far-fetched.
The hardest part of the entire equation will be scoring enough to beat a good Dolphins defense in Miami.