At one point, both teams were on pace for playoff berths. But 13 weeks in, they face off in a game that will all but eliminate the loser from the playoff conversation.
Gang Green plays host Sunday in the matchup of 5-6 AFC East teams. Both undoubtedly consider it a do-or-die scenario.
The Jets had sole possession of the final Wildcard spot the last two weeks but lost that luxury after putting up a stinker against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. Meanwhile, the Dolphins, who started the year 3-0 but fell apart in the second quarter of the season, are coming off a tough loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Here's what the playoff picture looks like with five weeks to go:
1. Denver Broncos (9-2): AFC West leader
2. New England Patriots (8-3): AFC East leader
3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4): AFC North leader
4. Indianapolis Colts (7-4): AFC South leader
5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2): Wild card
6. Tennessee Titans (5-6): Wild card
On bubble:Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6), Baltimore Ravens (5-6), San Diego Chargers (5-6), New York Jets (5-6), Miami Dolphins (5-6).
The Steelers and Ravens also go head-to-head this weekend, as do the Titans-Colts and Bengals-Chargers. So come Monday, the playoff slate will really start to take shape. "At this point every game is a must-win," Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson said Monday, via NewYorkJets.com. "These last five games, it's at the end now."