One of the first indicators of the nearing 2017 NFL season is the eventual release of regular season schedule. That didn’t happen Monday, but the league did release the preseason schedules including for the Buccaneers, Jaguars and Dolphins.
First, in Tampa Bay, the 2017 preseason schedule strongly resembles a year ago. The only new opponent is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bucs will open there the weekend of 8/10-14. Next, the Bucs will play familiar foe Jacksonville on the road for the second straight preseason in week two in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN Thursday night 8/17. The Buccaneers, who requested two road games from the league while they are finishing more renovations for Raymond James Stadium, finish again with the exact opponents in the same order as 2016, the Cleveland Browns (weekend of 8/24-27) in week three and then the Washington Redskins at home on 8/31 or 9/1 to finish the preseason.
Next, the Jaguars get to play both teams that participated in Superbowl LI. They will open at the defending champion Patriots in weekend one, then after hosting the Bucs, will host another NFC South team in the Panthers at Everbank Field for weekend three. Then, they will finish in the preseason finale’ at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta against the defending NFC champion Falcons on 8/31 or 9/1.
Finally, the Dolphins also got their preseason opponents and order on Monday afternoon, as well. Miami will be at home with phase three of renovations at Hard Rock Stadium being completed on both the first two weekend of the preseason. They will play the aforementioned Falcons first in weekend one followed by the Baltimore Ravens in game two. As for the third weekend, the Fins will travel to Philly to play the Eagles and then finish with the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on 8/31 or 9/1.
The league also announced Monday afternoon that the Dolphins regular season game with the Saints at Wembley Stadium in London will be Sunday October 1st and will kick at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 London time), thus making it a stand alone game on national television prior to the Sunday slate.