AFC East is wide open for NY Jets after another Dolphins loss

NY Jets, Tua Tagovailoa
NY Jets, Tua Tagovailoa / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets received a little help from the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday morning following a thrilling 21-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Germany. The loss sends Miami to 6-3, leaving the rest of the AFC East wide open for the taking.

The Dolphins haven't been able to shed the "can't beat good teams" narrative. All six of their wins have come against teams with losing records, and they haven't looked particularly impressive against teams with winning records, either.

Miami was blown out 48-20 by the Buffalo Bills, lost by 14 points to the Philadelphia Eagles, and fell behind 21-0 to the Chiefs before battling back to make it a game in the second half.

As a result, the Dolphins still sit atop the AFC East with a 6-3 record, but with a win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, the Jets would be just a half-game out of first place.

This division is anyone's for the taking right now.

The NY Jets are a serious threat to win the AFC East

There's a realistic possibility that the Jets are a half-game out of first place and a half-game ahead of the Bills for second place in the AFC East after tomorrow's game.

The Bills play the surging Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football tonight — they're the betting underdogs in the game. A Bills loss would send them to 5-4, potentially behind the Jets if Gang Green pulls off a victory.

Monday's game has serious playoff implications for the Jets. Not only is it crucial for the team's division race, but it could be an important wild-card tiebreaker come the end of the season.

Both the Jets and Chargers figure to be competing for a wild-card spot in January, barring an unexpected division title win for New York. Head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker.

Miami's loss on Sunday morning makes tomorrow night's game all the more important. A Jets win catapults them to the thick of a tightly-contested AFC East title race. A Jets loss puts them in the wild-card conversation, although it costs them a key wild-card tiebreaker.

The Jets received some help on Sunday, but it's up to them to capitalize on said help tomorrow.