Miami Dolphins (8-4) and New England Patriots (6-6)
Dolphins remaining schedule: @ Los Angeles Chargers, @ Buffalo Bills, vs. Green Bay Packers, @ New England Patriots, vs. New York Jets
Patriots remaining schedule: @ Arizona Cardinals, @ Las Vegas Raiders, vs. Cincinnati Bengals, vs. Miami Dolphins, @ Buffalo Bills
While the Dolphins and the Patriots are two games apart, there are similarities in how their outcomes will affect the Jets' chances of making the playoffs given that they are both in the AFC East.
For the Dolphins, the Jets currently own the tiebreaker as they defeated Miami in Week 5. Their matchup with New York for Week 18 of the season will likely be significant when it comes to playoff implications.
If the Jets face the Dolphins and are only behind by one game, they can keep ownership of that tie-breaker with a win. It could impact seeding at a minimum or it could be a win-and-you're-in situation for one or both teams.
Right now, the Dolphins have a 2-1 division record, so they would need to drop a few games to their upcoming AFC East opponents to get closer to the Jets' conference record of 2-2.
The Patriots have faltered in the past two weeks, looking like they are heading in the wrong direction when it comes to the playoff race. The unfortunate situation for the Jets is that they would lose on a tie-breaker since they lost twice to New England.
The team will have to hope that the Patriots slide continues so that tie-break scenario never happens.