Two games behind the New England Patriots for the AFC South title and two games behind both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts for a wild card berth, the Miami Dolphins can't afford a loss in Week 11. Taking on the Bills on Thursday night at 8:20 p.m. ET, the Dolphins have the opportunity to get back to .500 with a win, but they would severely hurt their playoff chances with a loss.
In a similar situation are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Far behind the Falcons for the division lead, the Bucs are one of four teams that doesn't lead an NFC division but has a winning record after 10 weeks. Facing the 2-7 Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, a loss would be a huge blow to the Buccaneers, while a fourth consecutive win would help catapult them into the thick of the wild card race.
Long past are such hopes for the Jacksonville Jaguars, though. Huge underdogs for a Week 11 matchup against the Texans, kicking off at 1 p.m. ET, the only race for the Jaguars is the one for the top spot in the NFL Draft, a symbol of futility.