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Dolphins get break early with release of 2018 schedule

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In what will be a critical 2018 for coach Adam Gase and his team, the Dolphins now know the order of opponents for the upcoming campaign. There are uncertainties about QB Ryan Tannehill coming back off ACL surgery, who replaces Jarvis Landry at receiver and will acquisitions Robert Quinn, Danny Amendola and others fill the gaps?

However, we now know their slate of games, and tt starts a little slowly but will be a challenge late:

Miami will begin 2018 hosting Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday September 9th. Tennessee was a playoff team last year, but only one of the next eight opponents on Miami’s schedule made the post season.

That other team is the defending AFC Champion Patriots, and for a change, Miami gets the home game with them early (September 30th), after playing them in December at home in each of the last three years. This game will feature WR Danny Amendola, who has been outspoken recently, getting a shot at his old team.

Miami will be under the lights, for now, only for Thursday Night Football (on Fox this year) for October the 25 at the Texans. It is possible Dolphins scheduled game with Jacksonville could become a Saturday prime time game on December 22nd. For now, the game is Sunday December 23rd. Miami is almost always a Monday Night Football destination, but not in 2018.

The Dolphins will endure the cold and probably the elements in their last game, as they face division rival Buffalo in Week 17. Will that game matter for the post season. Miami clinched a playoff spot in week 16 in Orchard Park, NY, against the Bills in 2016.

The Fins will play their final five games against teams that made the postseason in 2017. That also includes a trip, albeit indoors, to Minnesota in December.

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