Well, the schedule is out, and as I’ve been saying, the NFL goes out of its way to help the more popular teams while doing nothing positive for the also rans. And the Dolphins have been also rans lately.
Early in the season, when the Miami weather is at its hottest and most humid and gives the Dolphins the biggest advantage over the opponents, we only get one game. And that is against the Buccaneers, who play in the only city more hot and muggy than Miami. The Dolphins have no weather advantage over Tampa Bay.
Then comes a string of 3 LONG road trips. We’re not talking about short trips to Jacksonville or Atlanta. We’re talking Los Angeles. New York. Europe. 3 brutal weeks IN A ROW. The NFL put 5 months of thought into this schedule and no one saw this? Last year we had three road games in a row, and it was rough. This year, it’s worse. 3 extremely long flights.
Then another home game that we don’t really need home field advantage for, because we should be able to easily defeat the lowly Titans no matter where we play.
Back on the road again. To Atlanta. The Dolphins are already losing 29-3, but don’t worry.
Home for the Jets, as the calendar turns to fall and the weather is pleasant. Visitors love coming to Miami in October, November, and December. We have advantage.
Two days later, we pack and go to Baltimore for a Thursday night game.
Then home again for Sunday Night Football vs. the Raiders. If Derek Carr’s leg is mended, they can be formidable. (Incidentally, the one game I was certain New England would lose n 2017 was Patriots at Raiders…but I just realized that it’s NOT at the Raiders. It’s at Mexico. Neutral turf. The Patriots play 7 away games and we play 7 home games. Unfair.
At Carolina on MNF is next up. You never know which Panther team will show up.
The bye in Week 11 is intriguing, unusually late for the Dolphins.
Then a tough stretch begins with the Pats, Broncos, and Pats again. The genius schedule makers couldn’t have spread the 2 Patriot losses out more for us? Or given us an easy team in between at least?
Next is the Bills, Chiefs, and Bills.
What do you guys think…
Sunday, Sept. 10
Sunday, Sept. 17
at L.A. Chargers
Sunday, Sept. 24
at N.Y. Jets
Sunday, Oct. 1
New Orleans (at London, England)
Sunday, Oct. 8
Sunday, Oct. 15
Sunday, Oct. 22
Thursday, Oct. 26
Sunday, Nov. 5
Monday, Nov. 13
Sunday, Nov. 19
Sunday, Nov. 26
at New England
Sunday, Dec. 3
Monday, Dec. 11
Sunday, Dec. 17
Sunday, Dec. 24
at Kansas City
Sunday, Dec. 31