As the Miami Dolphins reach the midway point in their season, they've also arrived at a crossroads.
The Dolphins (4-4) began preparing Monday for two games in five days. With a sweep — and they'll likely be favored in both games — Miami remains part of the AFC playoff race. Anything less, and the franchise turnaround led by new coach Joe Philbin could stall.
Miami plays host Sunday to Tennessee (3-5), then makes its 2012 prime-time debut the following Thursday at Buffalo (3-5).
The Dolphins missed a chance to tie for the AFC East lead when they lost 23-20 Sunday at Indianapolis to snap a three-game winning streak. It was Miami's third three-point defeat, with the previous two coming in overtime.