This coming season the Dolphins will be facing the AFC West and NFC North. Just like every other team in the NFL, Miami will start the season full of hope big things to come in 2014.
Miami is coming of its best season in five years and now that the schedule has been release, the Dolphins now know what the road map looks like to their first playoff appearance since 2008. Here is a look at the most interesting games this coming season:
Week 1: Patriots @ Dolphins
September 7th @ 1:00 EST, Sunday
Even thought the New York Jets will certainly put their two cents in, this season opener for the Miami Dolphins could represent the changing of the guard in the AFC East. Miami came away with a 24-20 victory over the Patriots in December of last year, arguably the high point of the 2013 season, but the Dolphins’ ended the season in disappointing fashion to say the least. For their second meeting with the Patriots the Dolphins will visit New England on December 14th. The Miami Dolphins have not won a game in Foxboro since 2008.
Weeek 4: Dolphins vs Raiders (London)
September 28th @ 1:00 EST, Sunday
For only the second time and since the horrendous 2007 season, the Miami Dolphins will travel across the Atlantic. The Dolphins will be facing the Oakland Raiders, a team that many see as an improved club from the prior season. We always hear that teams that travel 3,000 miles from one side of the country to the other really has no effect on the outcome of a game, but traveling to London should make for an intriguing game (5,345 miles for Oakland and 4,426 miles for Miami). The only good news for the Oakland Raiders is that the last time the Dolphins lost in London their opponent went off to win the Superbowl.
Week 6: Packers @ Dolphins
October 12th @ 1:00 EST, Sunday
For the first time since becoming the starter for the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers will visit sunny South Florida as coach Joe Philbin will face his former team since becoming head coach of the Miami Dolphins. During his nine year stint, Joe Philbin aided in developing the Packers most prolific offense in the NFL. This game will mean a lot for Philbin as it is his first match-up against his former team as coming away with a win will mean more that just a notch in the win column.
Week 12: Dolphins @ Broncos
November 23rd, 4:25 EST, Sunday
The Miami Dolphins will get a look at Peyton Manning and the revamped defense of the Denver Broncos on November 23rd. The Denver Broncos were the only division champions not to suffer a loss to the Dolphins last season. The once thought to be a front runner to sign with the Dolphins, Payton Manning will face a defense that will try to slow his Hall of Fame career down. The one player that will have the most on his shoulders to try and keep Manning off the field and on the sidelines is former Bronco’s running back, Knowshon Moreno, as he was last season’s leading rusher for Denver.
Week 13: Dolphins @ Jets
December 1st, 8:30 EST, Monday
Last season the New York Jets kept the Miami Dolphins from a playoff berth and these two team will face each other on Monday Night Football as Miami’s second primetime game of the season. Both clubs were busy this offseason and this matchup should come with huge playoff implications. Exactly one year ago from December 1st, the Miami Dolphins came away with a 23-3 win at Met Life Stadium. As it was last year, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets will face off once again to end the season in South Florida.