The meaning of the knockouts is at stake when the Packers visit the Dolphins on Christmas Day

Its a fight for the playoff life of these teams, with one being more likely to succeed than the other. The dolphin Join if they win. Dots. They may not even need to win. The packereven if they win, they still need help from other teams in their conference (and in their department) to make the impossible possible.

Miami just dropped the sixth seed and is currently seventh due to Charger‘ won last weekend. Miami and Los Angeles have the same 8-6 record, but the Chargers have a head-to-head record. And although the Dolphins have some room to wiggle around, seeding will be important. Right now, as the seventh seed, they will play the second seed in the knockout round, which is currently Chief of Kansas City. It’s not a team that anyone wants to see first after the season. Climbing up the rankings is only possible if Miami takes care of the business for the rest of the way.

Green Bay is going down to Miami with a 9% chance of making it to the knockout stages, according to a New York Times simulation. If the Packers win, that number goes up to 19%. If they lose, it drops to 1%. The Packers desperately needed this win.

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They are on a two-game winning streak, although both are against struggling teams. The Green Bay defenses damaged the shell of a Rams Monday night offense with Mayfield baker in midfield and the 67th combination of attacking midfielders. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but that unit has had no continuity throughout the season and on Monday, Mayfield was fired five times. That’s more than we’ve come to expect from a Green Bay defense that includes many first picks on its seven fronts. On top of that, the Packers are now second in terms of breaking through the defense, allowing only 185.1 yards per game in the air.

They will need to open fire on those very pylons to combat the Miami crime that has cooled a bit over the past few weeks. It resulted in a three-game losing streak, even though all three losses were against strong teams (49ersCharger, Receipt). That being said, midfielder Tua Tagovailoa still leads the NFL in passer ratings at 107.8. This is a true match that can give Miami a good start to advance to the knockout stages. In contrast, the Packers are 1-5 against all-win teams this season, while the Dolphins are 5-1 at home.

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Dolphin left tackle Terron’s arm was among those who did not practice on Wednesday, but he has been playing with multiple injuries over the past few weeks. With that vulnerability, Green Bay can try to take advantage. Smith had two of the Packers’ five sacks on Monday night and has had at least half a sack and a handle to lose three of his past four games. In the only game of his career against Miami while with Washington D.CSmith had been sacked, once forced clumsy and once recovered clumsy.

He and the rest of the Packers’ defensive front seem to be figuring out how to work without Rashan Gary and finally put pressure on the opposing midfielders here in the final quarter of the season. Going to Tagovailoa would be the easiest way to slow down an attack in Miami, which has all the potential to create explosive bursts of star receivers Tireek Hill and Jaylen waddling.

main statistics:

  • Aaron Jones (937 javelins this season) required 63 javelins to become only the fourth player in Packers history to set a three-season record with more than 1,000 javelins (John Brockington, Jim Taylor, Ahman Green).
  • Tyreek Hill, who is second in the NFL in terms of tackles (109) and yards received (1,529), needed four catches to set the Dolphins’ new single-season record (current record is 112 hits). shadow by Jarvis Landry in 2017).

Guess: The Dolphins have been fantastic at home and are desperate for a win to boost morale, motivation or whatever you want to call it, heading into the post-season. I think Tagovailoa is back on track against a defense that has struggled against good teams.

However, that doesn’t mean the Packers won’t score some points. They had begun to find a rhythm when attacking, while still not fully identified. They have both Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs healthy and when combined with Randall Cobb and Allen Lazardmidfielder Aaron Rodgers believes the recipient team can get Green Bay into the post-season. run backwards AJ Dillon, who left the Rams game early, has completed concussion treatment so both he and Aaron Jones are ready. At least, the Packers are healthy at a good time, but does that matter? Dolphin said no.

Dolphins 29, Packers 27

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Carmen Vitali covers NFC North for FOX Sports. Carmen has made previous stops with The Draft Network and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She spent six seasons with the Bucs, including 2020, the title of Super Bowl Champion (and boat parade participant) to her résumé. You can follow Carmen on Twitter at @CarmieV.

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