Our final sarcastic look at what the NFL schedule maker did not only to the teams, but to their fans also, with the official release on Wednesday night takes us South to the Miami Dolphins.
First, as we have laid out previously, the Buccaneers have the biggest complaint against the NFL, as they will go seven weeks between games being played in Tampa. The Dolphins do not have any stretch that resembles that. However, you can certainly bring up a couple of points where the NFL could have done better by them.
First for the facts: Miami does get to open at home against the Baltimore Ravens on September 8th and further, they get to play new coach Brian Flores and his old team/arch AFC East rival New England also at Hard Rock stadium in week two.
There had been speculation that the Fins were going to play the Dallas Cowboys (for the first time in eight years in “Big D”) on Thanksgiving day. Thus, reliving one of their epic wins from 1993 in the snow at old Texas Stadium. However, the NFL instead made it a non-descript Sunday week three game at AT&T Stadium.
Nostalgic Dolphins fans say, “booooo” to that.
Next, the Fins do get three of their first four games at home. However, beginning with October 20th, Miami will play three out of four games on the road. They will start with Buffalo and then, play their lone prime time game on Monday Night Football October 28th at Pittsburgh. After posting the Jets to begin November, it will be a week 10 game at Indianapolis for the fins.
And, if the Dolphins are somehow hanging around wildcard contention for December, the weirdest scheduling quirk possible exists when the league new Miami had to play to New York road games. They have decided that those will be back-to-back weeks starting December 8th against the Jets at The Meadowlands, and the Dolphins will be right back at MetLife Stadium on December 15th to play the Giants.
Obviously, both of those will be cold weather games, to boot.
This sets up the possibility that Miami will just simply stay in New York for the five days or so in between those two matchups. And, finally the Dolphins will finish the regular season at Foxboro against the Patriots in a game that may or may not mean something for the defending Super Bowl champs.
So again, Miami doesn’t have nearly as much to gripe about, as say the Oakland Raiders, who are going to be away from Oakland for seven straight weeks at one point in the season.
Still, the Aqua and White probably wanted to see more love from the guys and gals in New York putting their official schedule together.
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