Rumors flew around, leaks came out and speculation ran rampant, but now the Miami Dolphins' schedule has been officially revealed, and there are some things about the schedule that are not particularly favorable.
September 13th - At Redskins
September 20th - At Jaguars
September 27th - vs Bills
October 4th - vs Jets (in London)
October 18th - At Titans
October 25th - vs Texans
October 29th - at Patriots
November 8th - at Bills
November 15th - at Eagles
November 22nd - vs Cowboys
November 29th - at Jets
December 6th - vs Ravens
December 14th - vs Giants
December 20th - at Chargers
December 27th - vs Colts
January 3rd - vs Patriots
Obviously the first thing that works against the Dolphins is the very early bye week, which was expected after the game in London against the New York Jets. Technically speaking, the Dolphins will be dealing with nine away games and only seven home games since one of their home games is in London.
Then there's the Thursday night game against the New England Patriots, it's already difficult to face them as it is, but now with only a few days to prepare for the annual playoff contender, this game looks to be a matchup well in the Patriots favor.
The team will have a Monday Night Football game, which will be at home when the New York Giants come to visit. The Giants don't seem intimidating, but any sort of team analysis before the draft takes place is rather foolish as the rosters are still incomplete.
Nevertheless, seeing the schedule as it is, there are certainly things the team will not be looking forward to. The first two weeks of the season will be on the road, so taking advantage of the September heat will not be happening this season, as the first home game in that month is against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are most certainly more accustomed to Florida weather.
One bright spot in my opinion is that the final game of the season is at home, which definitely helps considering the Patriots are the team being played. If the team has to make one final push before the season ends, it's best to be playing at home since New England will definitely be trying to stand in their way.
Further analysis will have to wait until the draft takes place, but just looking at the schedule at face value, there are things that are and aren't very favorable for the Dolphins. Hopefully they will be able to overcome the challenges coming their way.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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